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. Randy has already established his studio in the building and shares it with 15 other artists, galleries, The Junction Restaurant and Bar, the Asheville Area Arts Council, and Pizza Pura.
Open Hours: Artists work odd hours but we promise to have our studios open for the public on Fridays and Saturdays from 10-4.
Roaming in the Raw
Roaming in the Raw, our favorite raw foods food truck which has been deliciously and healthfully supplying us lunch on Thursdays and Fridays from the Pink Dog Creative lot is heading south for the winter months. Look for them in early April for more creative and tasty dishes on Depot St.
About Roaming in the Raw
We have Raw Foods (including desserts), Juices, and Smoothies. We use all organic ingredients and most of our food comes from all of the awesome local farms surrounding us (Milo Acres, Ivey Creek Farm, Mountain Harvest Organics, Gaining Ground, Thatchmore Farms, Country Fields). Some examples of things you might find on our ever evolving and rotating menu might be: Raw Enchiladas, Raw Lasagna, Raw Pad Thai, Living Wraps, Zucchini Noodle Pastas, Spring Rolls, Beet Salad, Kale Salad, Raw Desserts like Superfood Truffle Cookies, Raw Chocolate Avocado Mousse Torte, Raw Carrot Cake or Pecan Pie. We also have tons of unique juices and smoothies. Jenni Squires is the main chef and she learned a lot of what she knows about Raw Foods while she worked at Back to Nature Organic Market in Cape Coral, FL.
Visit Roaming in the Raw on Facebook at www.facebook.com/roamingintheraw
Pizza Pura opened to the public on Saturday, April 6!
Ben Mixson and Laura Reuss of White Duck Taco fame bring Neapolitan-style pizza and gelato to the River Arts District with a new restaurant, Pizza Pura. Instead of making decadent, cheesy meltdowns, Reuss creates scaled-down pies that showcase quality ingredients.
“I like the thin crust, the chewiness, the richness of the ingredients, kind of unspoiled, just add a little salt here and there or fresh herbs,” she says. “It’s really about the preparation.”
Pizza Pura is located at 342 Depot Street in the Pink Dog Studios building, on the opposite end from The Junction Restaurant and Bar. Read more about Neapolitan pizza and Pizza Pura’s mission at www.pizzapura.com.
Ongoing Exhibitions & Artist News
Check out our latest newsletter for news from our studios and ongoing artist exhibitions!
Read the February newsletter.
Randy Shull is enjoying making work in his Merida, Mexico studio for an upcoming solo museum exhibition at the Spartanburg, SC Museum of Art.
Ralph Burns: A Persistence of Vision — Photographs 1972-2013
at Asheville Art Museum
Saturday, March 29 – Sunday, July 20, 2014
This is Burns’s second solo exhibition at the Asheville Art Museum, his first being in 1990. His work has also been included in a number of group exhibitions at the Museum and is included in the Museum’s Permanent Collection. Ralph Burns: A Persistence of Vision — Photographs 1972-2013 is a broader and more extensive survey of Burns’s work over the past 40 years and, although centered on his images of religion, ritual and belief, is not limited to those subjects.
Karen Keil Brown will have two exhibitions of her artwork:
Asheville Eye and Associates
January – June 2014
8 Medical Park Dr., Asheville, NC
for more info call 828.258.1586
Keller Williams Real Estate Lobby
86 Ashland Ave., Asheville, NC
for more info call 828.777.5458
View Karen’s current collection of works at:
530 W 25st (Chelsea), NYC, NY
Shuptrine Fine Art Gallery and Gold Leaf Designs
2646 Broad St., Chattanooga, TN 37408
Asheville Gallery of Art
16 College St., Asheville, NC
Third Thursday: Mark & Julia Goldthwaite
Dreaming of Springtime & Cocktails
at The Junction Bar + Restaurant
Third Thursday Opening Reception February 20, 2014, 6:00 pm
Julia and Mark, owners of “The Paintbox”, are creating 22 new Painting Boxes that will satisfy your desires for warmer weather during these icy days of winter! Come see Julia & Mark’s first collaborative show in 7 years!
It’s always fun to top off a Third Thursday evening with dinner at The Junction, or warm up to Courtney behind the bar for one of her heavenly, Springtime cocktails!
The Paintbox is expanding February 1st! More walls are being transformed to envelope our creativity, fine art, workshops, and Indonesian furniture. The Paintbox will be opening a connection to the art studio directly behind the existing studio, providing more room for Paintbox Projects & Events.
Beer Dinner with New Belgium Brewing Company
at The Junction Bar + Restaurant
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
The Junction Bar + Restaurant will host a beer dinner with New Belgium Brewing on February 5th. The dinner is currently fully booked, but The Junction is taking names for a waiting list. The dinner costs $55 per person for five courses and six beers.
Valentine’s Day: Chef Chad is working up a special menu centered around family-style meals for two for Valentines weekend. Reservations are strongly suggested.
Save the Date: The Junction’s next wine dinner is coming up on March 5th! Details to come.
Asheville Area Arts Council Presents:
curated by Frank Meadows
February 7 – March 8, 2014
The Asheville Area Arts Council will host In Public curated by Frank Meadows February 7th through March 8th as part of our continued “Point of View” exhibition program. In Public exhibits new works by young local artists across a wide range of media. Curator Frank Meadows states, “I aim to use this show as an opportunity to expose and elevate true work being done by new artists. By taking fresh ideas out of bedrooms and studios and placing them in the public eye, the hope is to create a broader awareness of up and coming artists, and the challenges that their works present. Media range from computer-based design, to mixed media drawing, photography and sculpture. Each work presents a style I find remarkably individual and fully engaged with the risk-taking necessary to sustain vitality.” In Public will feature the works of Zach Smith, Nick James, Dow One, soshie LAN, Charles McCurry, Bailey Ewing, Mary Claire Becker, Keegan Hooper, David Grubba, and Marissa Zarrabzadeh.
Opening Reception featuring performances by AESC CPI and Páciens Trine will be held February 7th from 6:00pm-9:00pm.
The Asheville Area Arts Council Gallery
346 Depot Street
Asheville, NC 28801
Open Tuesday – Saturday, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Pink Dog and RAD in the Mountain Xpress
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.
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.