Shoppers flock to the River Arts District in search of unique gifts

Asheville is known for its arts scene, and no one took a day off in the River Arts District on Friday.

North Carolina Glass Center director Kim Hundertmark welcomed curious customers for a unique experience.

“We wanted to be open and give people the opportunity to do their last minute shopping in a place where they can pick up items made locally and by artists in our community,” Hundertmark said.

Lori Schmidt, who was visiting from San Antonio, Texas, was one of RAD’s many visitors.

“We’re here to visit Asheville and enjoy all there is to do here, and now we’re doing our Christmas shopping,” Schmidt said.

The artists were working on what is for the most part vacations and doing what they love.

Nabile El Jasukari, who worked at the Mark Bettis Gallery, encouraged curious visitors.

“Come to the neighborhood and be open-minded and be really curious about the process and the concept of the artists,” Jasukari said. “Everyone here would love to help and give advice.”

Buyers spent their day looking for unique gifts that could only be found in the RAD.

Debbie Cebula and her family were at the Glass Center to enjoy an early Christmas present.

“It’s a Christmas present for my daughter. We make Christmas decorations and blow glass, ”Cebula said.

It is safe to say that Cebula enjoyed her experience and is already looking forward to another visit.

“I liked it. I already texted my sister and told her she had to come down and do it,” Cebula said.

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