For our viewers who don’t enjoy the chilling side of Asheville, we’d like to offer a glimpse into its softer, more artistic undercurrent. West Asheville, in particular, has experienced a renaissance. Artist studios now inhabit once-vacant industrial buildings, including the Cotton Mill, dating back to 1893. This area is now known as the River Arts District….and for good reason. Workshops and galleries dot the streets and alleyways.
Graffiti is also commonplace here, but only seems to complement the colorful vibe. We have also included a photo of a labyrinth, built by the RiverLink organization, which can be found near the Cotton Mill studios. Labyrinths have been used since prehistoric times and are considered sacred. It is believed that when one strolls the maze of stones to the center, it can be life-changing. I can’t attest to that, as we did not take the time to participate. As for this post, the photos speak for the mood of the area, so we will leave you to judge for yourselves.