arts district

The Ashe Arts Center, located in West Jefferson’s vibrant downtown Arts District at 303 School Ave., serves as the central hub for artistic expression. This area is renowned for its thriving arts scene, with numerous galleries and studios showcasing the exceptional work of local and regional artists.

At the heart of the Arts District, you’ll find the Ashe Arts Center, which houses the offices of the Arts Council. Within this beautifully restored stone building, you’ll discover the gallery, a year-round exhibition space that proudly displays a diverse range of artwork created by talented local and regional artists. The gallery shop offers a selection of locally produced art and crafts, providing visitors with the opportunity to support the community’s creative endeavors.

Originally constructed in 1938 by the Works Progress Administration, the Ashe Arts Center has a rich history as a gathering place for the community. In addition to the rotating gallery exhibitions, the center hosts various events throughout the year, including concerts, special speakers, holiday celebrations, fundraisers, and an annual outdoor arts and craft exhibition held every September.

For more information about the Ashe Arts Center and its offerings, please visit their website at


The Downtown West Jefferson Gallery Crawls during the summer months offer a chance to explore downtown and visit over 15 galleries participating in an open house event. These galleries, studios, and businesses showcase a variety of art mediums, including original artwork, sculptures, pottery, photography, and handmade items. It’s a wonderful opportunity to meet the artists and do some shopping. The gallery crawls take place from 5-8 pm on the second Friday of each month from June to October, as well as on the first Friday of December. For more information, please contact the Ashe Arts Center at (336) 846-2787.


West Jefferson boasts over 15 captivating murals that form a delightful walking tour in the heart of downtown. These magnificent artworks, skillfully crafted by talented local artists, beautifully depict the rich history and distinctive mountain essence of the area. To embark on this enchanting journey, simply visit the Ashe Arts Center & Ashe Chamber of Commerce to obtain a walking tour map.

ashe civic

The Ashe Civic Center, a charming 282-seat theatre/auditorium, serves as a vibrant cultural hub hosting a diverse array of events year-round. Its eclectic calendar features an exciting mix of performances, from live music concerts that resonate through its walls to captivating theatrical productions that bring stories to life on its stage. Conveniently situated just off Highway 221, the Civic Center provides not only a cultural destination but also the convenience of ample free parking, making it an accessible and welcoming venue for all. Whether you’re seeking an evening of entertainment or a place to celebrate the arts, the Ashe Civic Center has something to offer everyone in the community.

Florence thomas art school

The Florence Thomas Art School in West Jefferson, North Carolina, is a beloved creative hub. Founded in honor of the eponymous local artist, the school serves as a vibrant center for artistic expression and education. With its charming location, the school offers a wide range of art classes and workshops, catering to both beginners and experienced artists. From painting and pottery to sculpture and photography, the Florence Thomas Art School fosters a nurturing and inclusive environment where individuals can explore their artistic talents and find inspiration in the stunning natural surroundings. It has become an integral part of the local arts community, drawing visitors and artists from far and wide to immerse themselves in the beauty and creativity that define this unique institution.