Randy Shull and Hedy Fischer are creating a colorful sensation on Depot Street in Asheville’s River Arts District. The former textile manufacturing and warehouse building at 342-348 Depot Street has been transformed into an exciting mix of artist studios and retail spaces.

Pink Dog Creative shares the neighborhood with New Belgium & the Wedge Breweries, 12 Bones Smokehouse and hundreds of local artists. Pink Dog has 24 artists working in their studios, Fresh West Wood Fired Pizza, Vivian Restaurant and RADical Elements. Pink Dog raises funds and awareness for people and organizations working to make our communities more equitable and just, including Southside Rising, Youth Artists Empowered and the Edington Center, among others.

Open Hours: Artists work odd hours but we promise to have our studios open for the public on Fridays and Saturdays from 11–5.


We’re thrilled that Pink Dog Creative was chosen to represent Asheville in this stunning short film.

Pink Dog Creative, Visit Asheville


Ongoing Exhibitions & Artist News

Barbara Fisher: Tangled Mapping: Memories of the Future

Pink Dog Gallery, 348 Depot St., Asheville, NC
August 23–September 22, 2019

Barbara Fisher, After the Flood, 2019, acrylic on canvas, 36″ x 40″

Aerial views, brain circuitry, weather patterns, lost memories………all of these narratives can be found in the intricate meanderings and devious spaces of the Tangled Mapping series. Some evoke being lost in a big city, others feel like the brain trying to recall a distant memory or translate a twisted knot of thoughts into something coherent; still others evoke the ecotones of climate change. All of these images presage the future while already being present in our consciousness, through communal memory or our own forgotten thoughts, dreams and early life experiences.

Please click here to read a review of the exhibit by Jeremy Phillips.


Cleaster Cotton: Evocation

Pink Dog Gallery, 348 Depot St., Asheville, NC
Opening Reception Friday, September 27, 6:00–8:00 PM
September 27–October 27, 2019

Cleaster Cotton, Conjurer, 2019, Acrylic on canvas, 16” x 20”

Evocation is presented in colorful, poignant, contemporary primitive, acrylic and mixed media paintings. Photography and collage are incorporated into narratives, portraits and vignettes. Cotton triggers memory, stirs the blood and creates a pensive mood that engages the macabre. She depicts snapshots from America’s relentless history of racism and violence, privilege and oppression, its legacy of slavery and subjugation, white supremacy and tyranny. “Evocation is as visceral as it is cerebral. This exhibit reflects the blatant and subliminal ‘stuff’ that consistently fosters PTSD in my life… in so many lives… on a daily basis.” –Cleaster Cotton

Please click here to see more of Cleaster’s artwork.


Joseph Pearson artwork at Benne on Eagle, one of TIME magazine’s World’s Greatest Places of 2019

Benne on Eagle, 35 Eagle Street, Asheville, NC

Joseph’s mural pays homage to what The Block looked like in the 1960s.

TIME magazine named Benne on Eagle, a restaurant in the Foundry Hotel in downtown Asheville, one of their World’s 100 Greatest Places of 2019. Joseph Pearson was commissioned to paint a mural at the Benne On Eagle, along with charcoal portraits of four of the black chefs who had businesses on the block (pictured above), in honor of the black business heritage of that area. Joseph’s interest in social realist representation goes back to the 1960s when he was coming of age in the Jim Crow South. He was influenced by many social realists of the day, including Charles White, Hughie Lee-Smith, Elizabeth Catlett, John Biggers, Jacob Lawrence and others who used their art to broaden social consciousness and affect social change by addressing social/political issues.

Joseph Pearson artwork commissioned by Mission Hospital

Joseph Pearson, Girl with Flower, Oil on canvas, 30″ x 36″

Joseph Pearson has also been commissioned by Mission Hospital to create artwork for their new building. The hospital selected two paintings and two giclee prints by Joseph.

See more of Joseph’s artwork at his website, and click here to read more about TIME’s 2019 World’s Greatest Places.


Lucy Cobos accepted into two juried international shows

The Pastel Society of Southern California, August 1–30, 2019
The Pastel Society of North Carolina, September 1–30, 2019

Lucy Cobos was accepted into two juried international shows. Her pieces Plaza De Los Hombres and Field Dog were accepted into The Pastel Society of Southern California’s 10th anniversary celebration. Field Dog was recognized with the Richeson Art Award. Her entry The Final Grind was accepted into Pure Color by the Pastel Society of North Carolina.

See more of Lucy’s work at her website.


Stained Glass Classes by David Watts

Pink Dog Creative, Suite 101
October 12–November 30, 2019

David Watts will be teaching classes in stained glass at his Pink Dog Creative studio. Six sessions, Saturdays 10am–noon: October 12, 19, November 2, 9, 16, 23, plus one make up session on November 30. Call the Instructor at (828) 231-1397 to register or for more information. $270 for the set of six classes.

Visit David’s website here.


Andrea Kulish artwork commissioned by Mission Hospital

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Andrea Kulish was commissioned by Mission Hospital to create 27 Ukrainian pysanky eggs for the Pediatric Consult area of their new building. The eggs will be framed in three sets of nine. The pysanky were all designed with specific symbols and colors that are wishes for good health, long life, love, strength and togetherness, and many bright colors were used especially with children in mind.

See more of Andrea’s work at her website.


Randy Shull’s Open Space acquired by

Randy Shull, Open Space, 2017, Acrylic on wood panel, 84″ x 48″ x 16″

Congratulations to Randy Shull as the Asheville Art Museum acquires Open Space. Shaping negative space with a combined artistic and mathematical precision, Shull explores the boundaries and intersections between furniture and fine art. In Open Space, sculptural components comment on the relationship between furniture and art as well as their implications when occupying a shared environment. Considering furniture to be an equalizer among people in its ubiquity and daily utility, Shull encourages us to not only reconsider our personal rapport with furniture but also the ways in which we navigate our world.

See more of Randy’s work at his website.


Stephen St. Claire: Guest Artist

Capella on 9, 10 Broadway Street, Asheville
Wednesday, August 14–Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Stephen St.Claire will be the guest artist at Capella’s rooftop bar and restaurant on the ninth floor of the AC Hotel from Wednesday, August 14 through Wednesday, October 2. Several original paintings and framed giclée prints will be displayed and available for purchase.

See more of Stephen’s work at his website.


Holly de Saillan in Industry

Adler Gallery, Posana Restaurant, 1 Biltmore Ave., Asheville
August–October, 2019

The Adler Gallery at Posana restaurant in downtown Asheville presents the group exhibition Industry, opening on Thursday, August 8 from 6-8 pm through October. Holly de Saillan’s collage work Indigenous will be included.

To see more of Holly’s work, please visit her website.


Karen Keil Brown artwork commission for Mission Hospital

Mission Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina has commissioned Karen Keil Brown to create a 96″ x 42″ painting. It will be displayed in the Waiting Area Lounge.

See more of Karen’s work at her website.


Hedy Fischer appointed to Art21 Board of Trustees

Hedy Fischer, co-founder of Pink Dog Creative, has been named to sit on the Board of Trustees of Art21. Art21 provides unparalleled access to the artist’s voice to diverse audiences around the world, using the power of digital media to introduce millions of people to contemporary art and artists. For over two decades, Art21 has changed the paradigm for teaching and learning about the creative process.

In addition to its Peabody Award-winning PBS-broadcast television series Art in the Twenty-First Century, Art21 produces the digital film series New York Close Up and Extended Play; as well as special artist projects. Art21 also creates educational resources and professional development programs; annual public programming; an online publication featuring guest contributors; and a comprehensive website at Art21.org.


Christie Calaycay in Asheville Made

Jewelry artist and designer Christie Calaycay was featured in the March issue of Asheville Made. “Calaycay’s work captures both the delicacy and endurance of botanical life, inspired by natural ecosystems around the world.” Visit her in Suite 100 at Pink Dog Creative.

Read the article at the Asheville Made website.


Lucy Cobos in 2019 NC Statewide Pastel Exhibition

Hickory Museum of Art, Hickory, NC
May 4–August 18, 2019

Two pastel paintings by Lucy Cobos have been accepted into the 2019 NC Statewide Pastel Society show. Out of 190 submissions, 60 paintings were selected by master pastelist Lyn Asselta.

View more of Lucy’s work at her website.


Community Container Project in The Laurel

Trinity Harper Pierce

Pink Dog Creative’s Community Container Project was recently featured in The Laurel. Connection was a theme for Trinity Harper Pierce as she created her work. “If you don’t love your community, there are lots of things that could happen that could be bad, like more violence and heartache,” says Pierce. “It’s sad to see families lose loved ones to violence.” Pierce says creating art helps her feel calm and express herself, and seeing her art on such a large scale gave her lots of emotions. “I feel a little bit nervous because I have never done anything like this and I am excited at the same time,” she says. “I hope that when people see the mural that their hearts grow bigger than the heart in the middle.”

Read the full article at The Laurel website.


VIVIAN wins Best New Restaurant and Best Restaurant in the 2018 Stoobie Awards

Shannon and Josiah McGaughey, owners of Vivian

Congratulations to Vivian restaurant for winning not one, but two awards in the 2018 Stoobie Awards. Vivian won Best New Restaurant and Best Restaurant. Vivian is “an insanely great restaurant, and a brilliant new jewel in the crown of high-end dining establishments that currently rings our city.” – Stu Helm

Click here to read about Vivian and the other winners at the Stoobie Awards website, and here to see Vivian’s menu and make a reservation.


Vivian receives Best New Restaurant Award

Vivian is honored to receive a “Best New Restaurant” award from Mountain Xpress Best of WNC Awards for Asheville in 2018. Vivian would like to thank all their wonderful guests who voted for their nomination in this category; they look forward to serving you many more delicious meals!

Learn more and make a reservation at Vivian’s website.


Pink Dog Creative and 22 London Featured in Burnaway article

Pink Dog Creative, 22 London, and the upcoming exhibit Say It Loud at 22 London were all mentioned in a new article in Burnaway, The Voice of Art in the South. The article is entitled How Did Asheville Make the List of 40 Most Vibrant Arts Communities in America? by Diana Stoll.

Read the full article at burnaway.org here and the original research findings about the 40 Most Vibrant Art Cities here.


New pole banners in the River Arts District

114 new pole banners are part of a project to help River Arts District vitality during RADTIP construction, which involves a partnership of the City of Asheville, RADBA (River Arts District Business Association) and RADA (River Arts District Artists). The banners are meant to help people find their way around the River Arts District and beautify the area. The banners feature artwork by various artists in the district, street names, and are color coded to match the RADA studio guide map. Pink Dog Creative artist and graphic designer Andrea Kulish designed the banners. Pink Dog Creative sponsored four of the banners, which feature artwork by Pink Dog Creative artists. You can see them on Depot Street, Lyman Street and Riverside Drive.

Read more about the project here.


Dining review: RAD’s Vivian grows from Salt & Smoke

An excerpt from the article: “Vivian feels as though it’s been operating for years. Its cuisine is clearly defined, and the warm hospitable approach to the service helps makes the restaurant a success… Vivian set out to meld southern and European cuisines in an elevated way, and it succeeds. ”

Read the full article here.


Randy Shull work acquired by Spartanburg Art Museum

Spartanburg, SC

84″ x 56″ x 15″, Acrylic on wood panel

Pink Dog congratulates Randy Shull as the Spartanburg Art Museum acquires Striped Reflection, a recent piece from his reflection series that explores the relationship between painting and furniture. Fundamentally, Shull says the work is about pairing and relationships.

See more of Randy’s work at his website.


Viola Spells featured in the Mountain Xpress

Viola Spells was featured in Mountain Xpress article Two Local Artists Follow Their Passions in the RAD by Alli Marshall.

ON THE WIRE: Asheville native Viola Spells crafts unique crocheted wire jewelry for her business, Zenobia Studios. She will make jewelry on commission for those with specific ideas and, “Most of my statement necklaces are one of a kind,” she says. Photo by Alli Marshall

Read the article here.


Fresh West Pizza in the Mountain Xpress

FIRE IT UP: Chester Oland, head pizza craftsman at Fresh West, is pictured with owner Mark Tomczak in front of the oven at FRESH West. Photo by Liisa Andreassen

Read Liisa Andreassen’s interview of the owner of FRESH West- Quick Dish: Q + A with Mark Tomczak of FRESH Wood Fired Pizza in the Mountain Xpress – read the article here


10 Top U.S. Cities for Art Lovers: Asheville

Pink Dog Creative is the feature photo for a “Top 10” article on AARP!

Photo by Alamy

Photo by Alamy

Read more at AARP Travel online.


Asheville, North Carolina is unlike anywhere else in the South

“[Asheville’s] singular mix of worldliness and hominess gives it a character unique among cities below the Mason-Dixon line.”

“A visit to the emerging River Arts District felt more my speed. A string of converted industrial buildings along the French Broad river, it’s now home to working artists in spaces that New York creatives would give both arms for. It’s impossible to categorize the talent here, but in just a few hours, I met abstract-animal painter Daniel McClendon (349 Depot St., danielmcclendon.com) and record producer-turned ceramicist Akira Satake (191 Lyman St., akirasatake.com), whose airy workshop houses his wife’s exquisite pastry shop, Yuzu Patisserie (191 Lyman St., yuzubycynthia.com).”


In the buzzing River Arts district, disused warehouses and industrial buildings have found new life as artists’ studios. Art Meripol/ExploreAsheville.com

Read more of this article at the NY Daily News.