Throughout the summer months, the Downtown West Jefferson Gallery Crawls are an opportunity for folks to stroll the streets of downtown and visit the 15+ galleries participating with an open house type event. Galleries, studios and businesses alike feature an array of art mediums including original artwork, sculptures, pottery, photography, handmade items and much more. A great opportunity to mingle with the artists and do some shopping, too! The gallery crawls are held from 5-8 pm on the second Friday of the month June through October and again on the first Friday of December. For more information, contact the Ashe Arts Center at (336) 846-2787.
West Jefferson is the site of 15+ murals that create a walking tour throughout downtown. The murals were designed and painted by local artists reflecting the area’s history and unique mountain character. A walking tour map can be picked up at the Ashe Arts Center & Ashe Chamber of Commerce. Click here to learn more!
Concrete Pedestal Art
As part of the town’s streetscape improvements, the Town of West Jefferson removed 2 stop lights as well as all the large street lights. The lights were mounted on concrete pedestals that were left standing along the sidewalks. The Arts Council received permission from the Town in 2011 to utilize these 14 former streetlight concrete pedestals as a canvas to display artwork throughout the downtown. The theme of the art project was wildflowers of Ashe County. Intricate designs, detail and bright colors of each of these pedestals makes them a unique art canvas while marketing public art by local artists and beautifying and promoting the Town already bustling with public art murals and galleries. Take a stroll, can you find them all?