Urban Loft + Art Tour 2016

The Asheville Art Museum’s 2016 Urban Loft + Art Tour on Thursday, October 6 was a great time. Many thanks to our Sponsors, Volunteers and our Tour Guests. The support received through this event continues to contribute to the Museum’s mission of transforming lives through art.

Nearly 200 guests joined us to tour some of the stunning living spaces that are nestled above the businesses lining the streets of downtown Asheville. We had 50 amazing volunteers help us make the event possible! Funds raised through tour + raffle tickets totaled more than $12,000, which will help the Museum continue to offer the innovative public programs and exciting exhibitions that you have grown to love. Our 2 S. Pack Square location will be going under construction soon, but your support helps the Museum continue its active programming out and about in the WNC community!

We have posted photos from the evening in a Facebook gallery.

We’d love your feedback about the event! Please take this brief survey. Once you complete it, you’ll receive a code that you can use to select a free catalogue from our Museum Shop.

We hope you can join us next year!


A Successful Raffle!

Two lucky winners won a raffle for one of these fun-filled packages below:

 “Away-Cation” to Charlotte, North Carolina
Looking for a fun place to go that isn’t too far away? Come to the Queen City and enjoy a variety of sites and activities! Pamper yourself with a weekend stay for two at the Aloft Ballantyne Charlotte and enjoy its state-of-the-art inspired design set along the golf greens of The Golf Club at Ballantyne and in the heart of the Ballantyne Corporate Park. Tech savvy and social travelers will love having fast & free WiFi throughout and a thriving bar scene at W XYZ® bar. You can even bring two friends along with an additional weekend stay at the Aloft or you can save it for another weekend away! Take a drive to Uptown Charlotte during the day and stroll through the lovely streets, taking in the beautiful architecture and magnificent city parks. Make sure you stop in at the local art museums with passes to the Mint Museum and the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. Continue your museum tours with a stop at the Levine Museum of the New South. Make sure you save a day to spend at the U.S. National Whitewater Center, and use your AllSport passes to access to all land and water activities including whitewater rafting and kayaking, flatwater kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, rock climbing, zip lines, ropes courses and mountain biking. Finish up your trip with a stroll through the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens in Belmont. Make sure you do not skip stepping into the Orchid Conservatory. It is Carolina’s only glass house — 8000 square feet under five stories. Dedicated to the display of orchids and tropical plants, it’s a display of living, growing and ever-changing exhibits.

“Stay-Cation” in Asheville, North Carolina

Featuring the final loft stop on this year’s Urban Loft + Art Tour, you will stay at the lovely South Slope Loft off Biltmore Avenue for 2 nights, located down the street from Wicked Weed and many other great breweries. Also included is a one-night stay at the Aloft Asheville Downtown. Combine your two stays for a three day “Stay-Cation,” or break them up and have two Stay-Cations! During your Stay-Cation you will be able to enjoy the Biltmore House and Gardens, Antler Hill Village and Winery with complementary passes to the estate. Schedule a Glass Experience at Chaotic Joy Glassworks and then spend some time browsing in the River Arts District and enjoy a private tour at Old Wood Co. (Make sure you thank them for the complimentary Old Wood Co. mugs and hats!) Return downtown and check out some local galleries with private tours at Blue Spiral 1 and Lexington Glassworks. Don’t forget to stop in with passes to the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Historic Site as well. Take a load off your feet after walking and enjoy a relaxing time in Asheville’s Salt Cave, an all-natural microclimate providing salt therapy, engaging all 5 senses in the healing power of nature. Plan ahead and schedule your trip around your evening activities with passes to the Asheville Community Theatre, NC Stage Company and the Asheville Symphony.

Many thanks to our “Away-Cation” and “Stay-Cation” raffle package donors:

Thank you to Vaden Landers for providing the evening’s entertainment.

Urban Loft + Art Tour 2016 Committee

Lauren LB Bacchus
Diana Davidson
Steve Lott
Joanna Miller
Mondy Pahlka
Judy Swan
Jen Swanson
Miller Williams


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