The Depot Artists Association was established in 1990 as a non-profit community-based fine arts center whose mission is to promote and support regional artists through working studios and gallery exhibits and provide educational opportunities for the community. Considered one of the top 5 things to do in Abingdon, The Arts Depot has three galleries and seven resident artists who invite you to interact with them in their working studios. Folk art, clay, textiles, portraiture, jewelry, oil, acrylic, watercolor and mixed media painting and more are showcased in this historic freight station built in the 1860’s now known as The Arts Depot. It also serves as a classroom and event center.
Our History: The Abingdon railroad freight station was burned during Stoneman’s Raid. It was rebuilt after the Civil War and in 1990 a dedicated group of volunteers began the hard work necessary to transform it into a home for thriving arts galleries, working resident artist studios and education space that it is today. Our gift shop contains a variety of unique art and gift items and all artwork displayed in the artists’ studios and on exhibit in the galleries is for sale. The Arts Depot is centrally located in the heart of downtown Abingdon, near the Virginia Creeper Trail & many other things to do while you’re in Abingdon.