Best of the Blue Ridge is a juried art competition and exhibition sponsored by the Ashe County Arts Council each year. The competition is open to visual artists residing in Ashe and the surrounding five counties, Alleghany, Wilkes, Watauga, Grayson VA, and Johnson TN. The juror for 2017 is Addren Doss; corporate sponsor Cheap Joes Art Stuff provided $1000 in merchandise certificates. The opening exhibit at the Ashe Arts Center runs from October 12 - November 16 with the awards reception from 5 – 8 pm on Friday, October 13.
Gallery Crawls are presented on the second Friday of the month June through October and a special Christmas Crawl in December in the arts district of West Jefferson. Fifteen galleries and craft shops are featured along with street musicians, artist demonstrations, and an opportunity to stroll the streets enjoying the downtown public art scene.