History: The Weaverville Art Safari was first organized in April 2001 by a small group of local artists and two Weaverville B&Bs. Those two B&Bs are still doing a great job of entertaining guests here and are honored on our Sponsors Page as Founders. In the very beginning the objective was twofold — attract guests to the B&Bs during the spring & fall, and give local artists an opportunity to meet with potential buyers in a studio setting.
During the intervening years the Weaverville Art Safari has developed into one of the most popular art studio tours in Western North Carolina. We have our own web site, we publish approximately 13,000 4-color brochures for each of our spring/fall events, we advertise in many area publications and we typically wind up having 40-50 artists participating.
The Art Safari has certainly put Weaverville on the map as a fine arts destination, and over the years has exposed thousands of visitors to the town’s many great restaurants, B&Bs and businesses. Weaverville’s business community and town government have actively supported the event and helped it to be a great experience for everyone involved.
BROCHURE: Our official Art Safari brochure contains a map showing the locations of each participating studio. You can download the Fall 2014 Art Safari brochure on this web site in mid-September. Alternate options include providing us with your email address and we’ll email the brochure to you when it’s ready. Or you can just wait and pick up a copy at our Information Booth on Main Street in downtown Weaverville during Art Safari weekend (November 1-2).
FINDING THINGS: If you have access to a GPS unit in your car, cell phone or PDA, that's a great way to find your way from studio to studio. Of course, you can also follow the Art Safari road signs which our artists place at strategic locations to help you find them.