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 local favorites, such as Wedge Brewery, Clingman Cafe, 12 Bones and many local artist studios. Pink Dog has 25 artists working in their studios, The Junction Restaurant and Bar, Fresh West Wood Fired Pizza, and Sunnyside Trading Company.

Open Hours: Artists work odd hours but we promise to have our studios open for the public on Fridays and Saturdays from 10-4.

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

Pink Dog Creative, Visit Asheville

Micah MacKenzie — Lure

As an artist, all I know to do is create from nothing. LURE is a photography exhibition about being drawn to the fantastic world inside my head that allows for the joy of spreading positivity. I am continuously inspired to push myself past my comfort zone. The lure of the next piece is what drives me. This show will reveal both the art and the artist that drives this passion of mine.

Micah MacKenzie: LURE
Pink Dog Gallery
August 12, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Join us next Friday, August 12, for the opening of LURE: art/photography by Micah Mackenzie, from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. In the Pink Dog gallery, in the turquoise section of the building.

Wide Open, Randy Shull’s Architecture + Design



Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center
69 Broadway, Asheville, NC 28801

Curated by J. Richard Gruber, this exhibition documents internationally recognized artist, designer and builder Randy Shull’s creative process in the planning, design and construction of two contemporary art museum and research environments for the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center in downtown Asheville, NC. Built in two phases, Phase One (2014-15) focused on the renovation and conversion of the museum’s original 56 Broadway site into a new three-zoned environment featuring a public entry and retail sales area with an adjoining Black Mountain College (BMC) orientation center, an expanded and updated BMC exhibition gallery, and a new BMC library, research and study center. Phase Two (2015-16) is a new exhibition, performance, program and office environment designed for a converted historic property at 69 Broadway where expanded contemporary exhibitions and programs will be presented in a flexible, multi-functional public space. The exhibition will consider the distinctive architectural design of each site, as well as the hand-made furniture, counters, desks, cabinets, and display systems by Randy Shull Design, built using vernacular and available regional materials, and inspired by the design aesthetic and creative philosophies of Black Mountain College.

Show review: Perceptions — The Black Male, Images of Dignity
in the Mountain Xpress

Joseph Pearson

Teach Them to Fish, Joseph A. Pearson

“The latest art exhibit at the Pink Dog Creative in the River Arts District seems, in part, a response to all this talking at, rather than conversing with, or, better yet, thinking through. Perceptions: The Black Male, Images of Dignity is a showing of artists Joseph A. Pearson’s and Jessie Whitehead’s individual works. The exhibition — a combination of print and oil — is both visually stimulating and thought provoking.”

Joseph Pearson and Jessie L. Whitehead, Ph.D.
Perceptions: The Black Male, Images of Dignity
at Pink Dog Creative, 348 Depot St. Asheville, NC 28801

Read the full article at the Mountain Xpress online →

Asheville’s David Holt chosen for NC Music Hall of Fame

David Holt

David Holt (left)

Asheville musician and storyteller David Holt will join the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame later this year.

He was selected for the annual honor along with seven other musicians and groups from around the state: The Avett Brothers, Band of Oz, Chuck Brown, Rhiannon Giddens & The Carolina Chocolate Drops, Percy Heath, Kellie Pickler and Ron Tyson.

Holt will officially become a member of the hall of fame at a red carpet induction ceremony Oct. 20 in Kannapolis, the site of the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame Museum.

“It was really a wonderful surprise, especially since last year Warren Haynes was inducted and this year, The Avett Brothers and Rhiannon Giddens,” Holt said. “Those are all good friends of mine, and I’m honored to be in that company.”

Holt is no stranger to accolades. He has won four Grammy Awards for music and storytelling. He hosts the TV shows “Folkways,” “David Holt’s State of Music” and “Great Scenic Railway Journeys,” which air on PBS.

He is author or co-author of several books, including “Spiders in the Hairdo: Modern Urban Legends.”

To learn more about the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame or to buy tickets for the induction ceremony, visit northcarolinamusichalloffame.org.

— Emily Patrick

Read this article on the Asheville Citizen-Times.

Ongoing Exhibitions & Artist News

Check out our August newsletter for news from our studios and ongoing artist exhibitions!

Pink Dog Creative welcomes Sunnyside Trading Company, our newest tenant at 346 Depot St.

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Sunnyside Trading Company is the newest addition to Pink Dog Creative. Offering one of a kind home furnishings and textiles, this small family business has been inspired by its worldwide travel to experience different cultures. Siblings Will and Charlotte Hough have curated their collections into a new kind of lifestyle and aspire to share their Travel Home Philosophy with the locals and visitors of Asheville.

Traveling around the world is amazing, but being in the comfort of your home can be even better. Each item that they offer is one of a kind and tells a story from foreign lands. You can experience colors and textures from abroad in your living room.

Will and Charlotte work with their father Stuart, who began an antique business in Colorado in 1978. He specialized in European decorative arts, especially the rustic antique furniture from the countrysides of Europe, and moved his family to Paris in 1995. After ten years abroad, the family moved back to Colorado and a few years later Stuart shifted his interest away from European style to focus on tribal arts.

With Stuart’s knowledge and influence, and Charlotte and Will’s mission to connect people, places, and stories, Sunnyside Trading Company is unlike any furnishings store you have ever seen. There are mid-century modern style chairs upholstered in vibrant vintage textiles from India; intriguing “free edge” organic objects from Thailand; a large selection of pillows and floor cushions made from vintage fabrics sourced in North Africa, India, China, and Vietnam; vintage and over dye rugs from Turkey and Morocco; and rustic/industrial/reclaimed antiques from all over the world.

You can check out their new store at 346 Depot St. They will be open Monday – Saturday from 11am to 7pm, and Sunday from 12pm to 5pm. Sunnyside Trading also operates a large trade warehouse that may be visited by appointment.

They look forward to you visiting them soon!

Read more about the Hough family and Sunnyside Trading Company online at the Asheville Citizen-Times.

Instagram: @sunnyside_trading_company

Telephone: 303.885.8112 or to make an appointment at the warehouse call Stuart at 303.547.5940

Pink Dog Creative congratulates co-founder, Randy Shull on his residency in Prague


Pink Dog Creative congratulates co-founder Randy Shull on his upcoming international artist residency in Prague, Czech Republic. Sponsored by The US Embassy in Prague and the Czech Ministry of Culture, Randy has been awarded a one-month residency at Bubec, a 100,000 square foot artist-run initiative that is both work space and exhibition space. Bubec Studio was founded in 2000 by Čestmír Suška, a sculptor. On the outskirts of Prague, Bubec is a former brick factory located in Řeporyje a 12th century village and historical township which combines ancient and contemporary architecture.

Shull submitted a body of work that investigates the notion of change and identity. This residency will provide an opportunity to explore the boundaries that continue to perpetuate stereotypes and divisions and consider ways in which to bridge the gaps that keep us all in separate categories. The possibilities of working in Prague, long shuttered and now open, offer additional inspiration and considerations.

Shull’s studio work has been the subject of several solo museum exhibitions. His most recent, Wide Open at Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center, opened July 1, 2016 and runs through Sept. 3, 2016. Accompanied by a publication, the exhibition explores the relationship of Shull’s design for the museum and his influences. Out of Line, a solo exhibition in 2014, was presented at the Spartanburg Museum of Art in Spartanburg, SC. Channeling the USA, curated by Janet Koplos, debuted at the McColl Center in Charlotte, NC and traveled to Virginia Wesleyan University in 2012 and was accompanied by a catalog. Crossing Boundaries, a mid-career survey exhibition, traveled from 2010 to 2011 to The Gregg Museum, Raleigh, NC, the Museum of Craft and Design, San Francisco, CA, the Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA and to the Ogden Museum, New Orleans, LA. A full color catalog was produced.

His work is in the permanent collection of The Brooklyn Museum; The High Museum, Atlanta, GA; The Renwick Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.; The Mint Museum of Craft & Design, Charlotte, NC; Racine Museum of Art, Racine, WI; The Gregg Museum of Art & Design, Raleigh, NC, The Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, NC; The Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL; and Museum of Art and Design in New York City.

Read more about this residency online.
See Randy’s work online at randyshull.com.

And his continuing exhibition at the Black Mountain College Museum, 69 Broadway, Asheville, NC.


Read about the exhibition online at Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center.
Read about the exhibition online at The Architect’s Newspaper.

Joseph Pearson and Jessie L. Whitehead, Ph.D.
Perceptions: The Black Male; Images of Dignity
at Pink Dog Creative, 348 Depot St. Asheville, NC 28801

Through August 7

Perceptions: The Black Male; Images of Dignity

“I am human, and nothing of that which is human is alien to me.” — Terence

There is a seemingly continuous collective negative perception of black males in the United States. In light of some most recent events, we believe that now is an important and opportune time to address the various perceptions of black males in our society. This body of work portrays different perceptions of black males in the United States, with an emphasis on positive representations. We believe in the power of art to provoke and/or expand society’s re-imagination, effectively contributing to social transformation.

“The latest art exhibit at the Pink Dog Creative in the River Arts District seems, in part, a response to all this talking at, rather than conversing with, or, better yet, thinking through. Perceptions: The Black Male, Images of Dignity is a showing of artists Joseph A. Pearson’s and Jessie Whitehead’s individual works. The exhibition — a combination of print and oil — is both visually stimulating and thought provoking.”

Read the full article at the Mountain Xpress online.

See the exhibit before it comes down on August 7!

Stephen St. Claire
at Pink Dog Creative


A few days ago, I ordered a 6′ x 8′ panel for a new project I want to undertake. I knew it would be big. Then today it was delivered. This thing is truly huge. At 6′ x 8′, this monster will be the largest painting I’ve ever done. Most paintings take between 3-4 weeks. This one will take six months. I wanted something larger, more intricate and more challenging than anything I’ve ever done before.

This is not a commission. It will hang in my studio until someone adopts it.

Why do this? Well, you know how some people get into running and they end up running a marathon? If you ask them why they would do that, many of them will simply answer “to see if I could do it.”

So that’s my answer. I want to see if I can do it.

You’re welcome to visit the studio regularly and check the progress!

Andrea Kulish & Studio A


The Studio A summer pysanky workshop schedule includes one class in August. Email andreakulish@gmail.com or call/text 828.423.6459 to sign up today.

Pink Dog Creative wants to bid farewell to Grace Carol Bomer and David Holt, who will be leaving Pink Dog August 31.

Grace Carol Bomer will be moving into the Warehouse Studios, Studio #6 on the 2nd floor, just over the tracks. In the meantime, read her blog or see her work at the opening of the Cherry Bounce / The American Elections Invitational at the William King Museum, Abingdon, VA September 2 to January 2016.

She will be teaching oil and cold wax workshops in Athens, GA and Tryon Painters and Sculptors in the near future. Call her for info at 828.545.2451.


David Holt is being inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame in October, so has been very busy with little time to paint. Catch him for a live performance or watch him on The State of Music on PBS.

Pink Dog wishes them both continued success.

The Junction presents: The Chef’s Tasting Table
at The Junction Restaurant and Bar


The Chef’s Tasting Table is a gorgeous solid wood bar-height table created by The Old Wood Company. Its proximity to the kitchen will give diners both an unparalleled view of the working kitchen, as well as a unique opportunity to interact with Chef David Van Tassel and his team.


The five-course tasting menu will feature highlights of our seasonally driven nightly offerings (count on a few fun & unexpected twists) and will be determined by Chef David on a daily basis. The Chef’s Tasting Table is available Wednesday – Saturday evenings by reservation only.

Cost is $55/person, not including taxes, beverages or gratuity. The table seats up to four.

Call 828.225.3497 for more information
or to make a reservation.


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 (122 Riverside Dr., akirasatake.com), whose airy workshop houses his wife’s exquisite pastry shop, Yuzu Patisserie (122 Riverside Dr, 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.

Pink Dog and RAD in the Mountain Xpress

The Junction Restaurant

Photo courtesy of Mountain BizWorks.

The Junction Restaurant and Bar:
A Winter Survivor

While some local restaurants choose to hibernate by limiting their hours or closing altogether, the Tribers are driven to meet their customers’ expectations. As Charles says, “Sometimes it’s harder to stay here through winter than to just shut your doors and wait for the season to change. But we can’t do that to our guests. We really owe it to them to be here.”
Read the full article at mountainx.com.

River Arts District

Photos by Yeager St. John.

The Evolution of Depot Street and RAD
The district a decade ago looked pretty different — even two years ago. Depot Street, once dilapidated territory, now shines at night. Pink Dog Creative at 342-348 Depot St. turned an old Nabisco plant into artist studios, an arts supply store, a gallery (the Artery), the Asheville Area Arts Council’s offices and a restaurant (The Junction). Next door, nonprofit development organization Mountain Housing Opportunities built the Glen Rock Depot, a mixed-use complex that includes street-level businesses, such as The Magnetic Field bar and theater.
Read the full article at mountainx.com.

Collect ART Asheville

Pink Dog Creative is participating in “Collect ART Asheville” with open studios every second Saturday of the month. Come visit the open studios at Pink Dog Creative and see work by great artists in the River Arts District.

Read more about Second Saturday open houses:
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