About the Weaverville Art Safari

The Weaverville Art Safari is a 16-year-old organization comprised of approximately 100 member artists residing in Northern Buncombe County including the Weaverville, Alexander and Barnardsville areas.

The Weaverville Art Safari is a non-profit corporation in the State of North Carolina, a U.S. Internal Revenue Service 501c3 organization and is 100% member volunteer operated (no paid staff) with the purpose of…

“To encourage and promote artistic expression and development of artists; to create opportunities for artists to display and promote their work; to create programs to promote appreciation of the arts; and to promote the arts through education of the public.”
– WAS Bylaws Part IV, Article 2.2

Governance of the organization is by a Board of Directors elected by the membership at large. Both members and non-members are eligible to serve on the Board. Current Board membership is comprised of 6 female and 6 male members. All current Board members are members of the organization.

The major project of the Art Safari is the sponsorship of two self-guided studio tours per year, one in the spring and one in the fall. Approximately 45-50 members and visiting artists participate in each tour. Each of the Weaverville Art Safari tours will on average have approximately 500-700 visitors per tour. While the majority of visitors are from the Buncombe County area, the Art Safari draws attendees from all of the southeastern part of the U.S.

Primary funding for marketing and operating expenses of the tours is from the following sources:

  • Each participating artist pays an entry fee to participate in the Studio Tours.
  • Grants from the North Carolina Arts Council and the Asheville Area Arts Council.
  • Local business and artist advertisements in the Studio Tour Brochure.
  • Donations from businesses and individuals within the community.

The Art Safari is active in the community and works in tandem with the Town of Weaverville, the Weaverville Business Association, northern Buncombe County Schools and the Asheville Chamber of Commerce regarding the arts.

Bylaws and Tax Exempt Status

You may download a copy of the Weaverville Art Safari Bylaws here (PDF File – 270K). A copy of the Weaverville Art Safari IRS Tax Exempt Status letter is available to download here (PDF File – 40K).


Board of Directors – 2016

Board members are elected by the membership at large. The current board consists of:

One-Year Term
Ending December 31, 2016

Howard Atwood

Alicia Kelemen

Kathy Lightcap

Cory McNabb



Two-Year Term
Ending on December 31, 2017

Phil Atwood

Ann Hord-Heatherly

Leo Monahan




Three-Year Term
Ending on December 31, 2018

Cindy Ireland

Susan Lee

Mike Lightcap

Rob Mangum

Amy Medford