FAQs

Are you part of the Omni Grove Park Inn?
No. This property has been privately owned by the Blomberg/Patton family of Asheville since 1953. Our stories are intertwined though, and our complex was built by Edwin Wiley Grove’s son-in-law to complement The Grove Park Inn.

What were these buildings used for originally?
Our historic complex was built to house the weaving and woodworking operations of Biltmore Industries, a noteworthy enterprise in the history of American craft and textiles.

Are you part of Biltmore Estate?
No, but we do share a history. Biltmore Industries (our parent company) was an Arts and Crafts enterprise that originated in Biltmore Village and was financially backed by George and Edith Vanderbilt. In 1917, a few years after Mr. Vanderbilt’s death, Edith sold the Industries to Fred Loring Seely, Edwin Wiley Grove’s son-in-law and then manager of The Grove Park Inn. Seely relocated the business to where Grovewood Village is housed today.

Are you dog friendly?
Yes, all well-behaved four-legged friends on a leash are welcome.

Is photography allowed?
Handheld cameras may be used (no tripods). Photographs cannot be commercially sold, reproduced, transferred or distributed.

Are your buildings wheelchair accessible?
While most of Grovewood Village is wheelchair accessible, some areas of our historic property are not. Our 100-year-old Dye House, which is only open to the public during our guided history tours, has been left in its original condition and is not wheelchair accessible. Also, the second floor of Grovewood Gallery is not wheelchair accessible, as well as a few of the private artist studios. Our two museums have steps at their entrances, but our docent can bring out a wheelchair ramp for easy access. If you have any concerns, please feel free to contact us directly and we’ll be happy to help you plan your visit.

May I visit the artist studios?
The artist studios are only open to the public during our Open Studio Art Tour event every third Saturday of the month during May – October. If you really want to see a particular artist during the tour, contact us before you visit to make sure their studio is going to be open. Many of our resident artists spend time away at shows and working on commissions, so not every studio will be open. Since these are private workspaces, appointments for studio visits are required outside of those scheduled tour dates. Inquiries can be made through Grovewood Gallery.

What’s with the car museum?
Harry Blomberg, a local entrepreneur and Asheville’s Cadillac-Pontiac dealer for over half a century, purchased this property in 1953, which at the time housed the weaving operations of Biltmore Industries. After downsizing the Industries (and saving it from going out of business), the weaving shed – which once housed 40 looms – eventually became available to shelter Harry’s antique car collection that he and his dealership had come to own over time. Blomberg’s family still owns the property to this day, as well as Harry’s On The Hill – the oldest family-owned car dealership in Asheville.

Does the car museum purchase vehicles?
No, the museum’s budget does not support the purchase of vehicles or other automotive-related items.

Why are the museums closed January through March?
The museums are free entities that rely on donations, and we don’t have enough visitors to the property (or donations) during our off-season to justify the costs associated with keeping them open.

Is all the artwork in the gallery local?
No. While we represent several local artists and craftspeople, we offer works of art from across the United States. Our sister gallery, Gallery of the Mountains, carries all local and regional crafts, and showcases a different selection of work than Grovewood Gallery. They are located across the street from us inside The Omni Grove Park Inn.

Do you have a catalog of everything in the gallery or feature everything online?
No. We currently represent over 400 artists and craftspeople, and our inventory changes on a regular basis. Our online shop features a few of our small-batch production items that are easily shipped, as well as some one-of-a-kind pieces. If you’re looking for something specific, please contact us via email or phone and we’ll be happy to help you. You can also follow us on Facebook and Instagram to see our latest offerings.

Does Grovewood Gallery ship?
Yes, if you are traveling or buying large items that won’t fit in your vehicle, we are happy to ship them to your home or office. Cost of shipping will include packaging and insurance.

What is your return policy?
If for any reason you’re not satisfied with your purchase, you may return it to us within 15 days for a refund, minus any shipping charges. All sales are final for special commissions or custom orders. Return shipping charges will be at the customer’s expense. We recommend insuring return shipments for their retail value to protect against loss or shipping damage. Grovewood Gallery is not responsible for any broken or damaged items shipped by the customer.

How can I submit artwork for consideration?
If you are interested in showing your work at Grovewood Gallery, send a brief bio and a link to your website or Etsy page to submissions@grovewood.com. If you don’t have a website or Etsy page, email us 5 to 8 images that are representative of your current body of work, along with a corresponding list of descriptions, materials used, dimensions, and retail or wholesale prices. Please also include a list of other galleries or retail establishments that currently carry your work. All submissions must be American-made. Please do not drop by the gallery to show us your work. If you don’t have an appointment, you won’t be seen.