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Art Connections Tours to Asheville

Before Symposium
Saturday, July 6 – Half Day Tour – $50/Per Person

  • Visit to the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway for a guided tour of the exhibition Woodn’t You Like to Know featuring 30 wood artists  
  • Demonstration of wood turning by Southern Highland Craft Guild member Jack Rogers 
  • Visit to Blue Spiral 1 in downtown Asheville to see the Wood Only Work (W.O.W.) exhibition featuring over 20 wood artists, including guided tour of exhibition
  • Artist talk with Betty Scarpino at Blue Spiral 1

After Symposium
Tuesday, July 16 – Full Day Tour – $135/Per Person

  • Visit to David Ellsworth’s studio just north of Asheville 
  • Visit to Graeme Priddle and Melissa Engler’s studio on the northern edge of downtown 
  • Lunch at an area independent restaurant 
  • Visit to the Folk Art Center to see the Woodn’t You Like to Know exhibition 
  • Visit to Blue Spiral 1 Gallery to see the W.O.W. exhibition 
  • This tour includes transportation

Click here for details and to register.

Things to do in Raleigh

AAW attendees will find many ways to have a great time when exploring Raleigh when you are here in July for American Association of Woodturners 33rd Annual Symposium.  We’re a destination that boasts a lot.  Get your toes tapping to the sounds of emerging music and bands, as well as rollicking bluegrass festivals and more. Invigorate your senses by sampling the many flavors of artisan craft brews and spirits. Discover gifts and treasures from local boutiques, including many handmade and custom designs for truly eclectic finds. And, join in broadening your horizons through an enticing array of visual and performing arts exhibitions.

FREE, FUN things closest to the Raleigh Convention Center include:

  • Downtown Raleigh gives 100,000 visitors per year the chance to witness creativity in action. Visitors can peruse 30,000 square feet of galleries, get an up-close-and-personal look at artists as they work, create and display masterpieces of your very own and even purchase that piece you can’t live without including Artspace.
  • North Carolina State Capitol - This National Historic Landmark stands as one of the best-preserved examples of a civic building in Greek Revival-style architecture. Originally, the Capitol building housed the governor’s office, cabinet offices, legislative chambers, state library and state geologist’s office. Today, you can tour all three floors of the building (guided tours are available at no cost each Sat. at 11am and 2pm) as well as explore the numerous statues and monuments on Union Square. 
  • Historic Oakwood - Tour Historic Oakwood for a wonderful array of late 19th- and early 20th-century Victorian-inspired homes featuring a diversity of architectural styles. The homes, some with the most beautiful gardens, have been lovingly restored to exude old-world charm and splendor. You can explore this 30-block neighborhood by car or on foot. For a self-guided tour brochure, visit the Raleigh, N.C., Visitor Information Center. 
  •  North Carolina Museum of History - A literal hop, skip and jump across a walkway from the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, the North Carolina Museum of History—founded in 1902—allows visitors to access more than 14,000 years and 150,000 artifacts of N.C. history in a dynamic and immersive setting. Artifacts range from a full-size replica of the 1903 Wright Flyer to the lunch counter from a 1960 sit-in in Salisbury, N.C. (plus much, much more!). 
  •  State Farmers Market, Raleigh - The State Farmers Market, one of the best and most modern markets in the U.S., boasts 75 acres of indoor and outdoor vendor space. Sample and shop some of the freshest fruits, vegetables, meats and gift products from across the state year-round. Also check out the specialty gifts shops, plus the ever popular State Farmers Market Restaurant (don't miss the biscuits!). 
  • Raleigh Flea Market - Visitors have been attending the Raleigh Flea Market, located on the North Carolina State Fairgrounds, every weekend since 1971. More than 600 vendors turn up every Sat. and Sun. from 9am-6pm to showcase everything from antiques and collectibles to handcrafts, furniture, homemade goodies, clothing, jewelry and more.  
  • Guided Tour Companies in Raleigh - You can go solo or with a group, on a trolley or electric Trikke, or how about a pontoon boat or paddleboard? Check out some of the ways to learn about the area's history, culture, cuisine, nature and wine and spirit scene on one of these unique guided tours. These companies offer regularly scheduled tours (check out Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tours or Tobacco Road Tours  as well as customized options like The Great Raleigh Trolley, with prices ranging from $19 per person and up).   
  • Makers and Doers / We call them Passionate Minds - The area’s energetic, intelligent and culturally-rich vibe is shaped by the smart, savvy locals who call the area home. Artists, athletes, bakers and BMX bike champs; musicians, magicians and mathematicians—all sorts of passionate people contribute to the innovative, one-of-a-kind experiences that await visitors. Meet some of these residents as you explore the city, and they will stop everything to share their favorite things and invite you to sit for a bit and swap stories. Southern-born or not, Raleigh’s residents greet you with a hospitality that embraces people from across the globe who have come to work with the area’s major companies, to start their own businesses or to be part of the vibrant arts and cultural scene. Read about them and what keeps them here, and hear from them as they talk about what makes the Raleigh area so special.


Raleigh Facts

Raleigh was founded in 1792 as N.C.'s capital city. It was named for Sir Walter Raleigh, who attempted to establish the first English colony on the shores of the new world in the 1580s. It is the only state capital to have been planned and established by a state as the seat of state government, and it is the largest city in a combined statistical area known as Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill (the Research Triangle Region). The city's founding fathers called Raleigh the "City of Oaks" and dedicated themselves to maintaining the area's wooded tracts and grassy parks. Home of the N.C. State Fair, N.C.'s largest annual event.

Parks and Recreation - Raleigh boasts more than 9,000 acres of parkland and almost 1,300 acres of water, offering recreational activities year-round. A nationally-acclaimed greenway system spans more than 180 miles, providing walking, jogging and hiking trails that connect many of the City of Raleigh's 200+ parks and Town of Cary's 30+ parks. Surrounding towns have even more parks and recreational opportunities.

Fauna/Flora - The Raleigh area's hardwood and mixed conifer forests are home to a wide variety of wildlife, including wood ducks, white-tailed deer, Canada geese and wild turkeys.

Sports - Sports and outdoor enthusiasts will find plenty to cheer about. Hockey fans can catch the excitement of the NHL Carolina Hurricanes. Relax outdoors at a Carolina Mudcats Single-A baseball game or at WakeMed Soccer Park watching North Carolina FC men's or North Carolina Courage women's pro soccer. The area is also home to stock car racing and great college athletics.

Arts and Culture - Raleigh has an exceptionally diverse art scene. Visitors can see a touring Broadway show, view original plays in theatres and outside in the parks, listen to the North Carolina Opera or North Carolina Symphony or watch the Carolina Ballet. The Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts has a suite of facilities for almost any size performance, including a state-of-the-art symphonic music hall.

Museums - Raleigh is home to three major state museums--of art, history and natural sciences (all are free). The North Carolina Museum of Art celebrated its 50th anniversary in April 1997 and opened a $75 million expansion of iconic gallery and public spaces in April 2010. The North Carolina Museum of History, which moved to its current facility in 1994, provides innovative exhibits that tell the state's history. Across the Bicentennial Plaza, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences moved into a beautiful new facility in April 2000 becoming the Southeast's largest natural history museum: it opened the state-of-the-art Nature Research Center, a new wing of the museum in April 2012. Marbles Kids Museum also gives kids a chance to be hands-on with role-playing and special exhibits. Marbles is also operating N.C.'s only large-screen 3D IMAX theatre next door.

Major Historic Sites in Raleigh
The North Carolina State Capitol, a National Historic Landmark.
The North Carolina Executive Mansion, home to more than 25 governors and their families since 1891.
Historic Oakwood, a neighborhood of 19th-century Victorian homes listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Shopping - Even the most seasoned shoppers will find an impressive array of well-known retail stores, boutiques and locally-owned shops in and around Raleigh. Browse the Raleigh Flea Market or the more than 30 antique stores spread throughout the area. Major shopping areas and centers include Brier Creek Commons, Beaver Creek Commons, Cameron Village, Cary Towne Center, Crabtree Valley Mall, North Hills, Park West Village, Triangle Town Center and White Oak Crossing. The list of specialty stores and upscale shops in Raleigh is impressive--and just keeps expanding.

Cuisine - Raleigh's array of cuisine serves up something to satisfy almost any craving. Menus range from upscale fine dining to brewpubs to traditional Southern cooking. The area is also home to three wineries, two distilleries and nearly 30 craft breweries.

Nightlife - Enjoy nightlife in downtown Raleigh in the Capital District, Fayetteville Street district, Glenwood South, Moore Square district and the Warehouse District. Listen to live music performed by popular local bands or international superstars at one of the area's major venues, concert venues or entertainment complexes, or simply dance the night away to DJs. The Raleigh area has the most live music venues concentrated here than anywhere else in the state and has more than 15 percent of the state's craft breweries, making it a capital of craft beer.

Principal Colleges and Universities
Women's Colleges: Meredith College. Culinary School: The Chef's Academy. Religious Colleges: Shepherds Theological Seminary, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Southeastern Free Will Baptist College. Community College: Wake Technical Community College. Historically Black Universities: Saint Augustine's University, Shaw University. Major Research University: North Carolina State University. Law School: Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law (Campbell University). Other Private: William Peace University.

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