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 28 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.  *See below for COVID-19 updates*

 

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

 

COVID-19 Update:

ALL ART STUDIOS are closed until further notice due to the Stay-At-Home Order. Art in the Time of COVID  is an online artwork exhibition by Pink Dog Creative artists. The work in this exhibition is either related to the COVID-19 pandemic, made during the time of Stay-At-Home orders, or is uplifting or otherwise helpful during this challenging time. Most of the work is for sale. Our artists are hard at work and appreciate your support during this difficult time. Check out our artist pages and please get in touch with artists directly for information on gift certificates, online sales and classes, freelance work & commissions! Work will continue to be added during the quarantine, so please check back for updates.

FRESH WEST PIZZA is open for takeout. In addition to their wood-fired pizza, salads and sandwiches, they are also offering par baked non cut pizzas, beer and wine to go. Delivery is available through UberEats, or call (828) 552-3917. Please visit their Instagram for updates. Hours: Wednesday–Sunday 3–8pm
(Closed Monday + Tuesday.)

VIVIAN is open for takeout and also grocery offerings when possible. Check out their Facebook page for daily menus and updates.

RADical Elements are available for video call tours of the shop. Check their Facebook page for updates.

 

Andrea Kulish artwork in Our State + online pysanky workshops


Andrea Kulish’s pysanky eggs fill the welcome page of this month’s Our State magazine. Spend an hour with Andrea via Meet Makers, or sign up for an online pysanky lesson.

Please click here for more info.

 

Lucy Cobos artwork in 2020 NC Statewide Pastel Exhibition


Lucy Cobos’ To The Summit was accepted into the 2020 NC Statewide Juried Pastel Exhibition hosted by the Piedmont Pastel Society. Judged by eminent pastelist Alain J. Picard, the show is scheduled to be on display at the Cornwell Center in Charlotte from May 11–June 20. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Piedmont Pastel Society will finalize plans in the upcoming days. Should they not be able to have the exhibition at the Cornwell Center, PPS will host an online show.

More info can be found at the PPS website.

 

Morgan Santander


Pink Dog notes with great sorrow the death of Morgan Santander, whose bright smile, easy laugh and extraordinary paintings created a bright light in Asheville’s contemporary art scene. Morgan had a stunning exhibition at the Pink Dog Gallery in 2018.

 

Andrea Kulish Artwork Acquired by Pysanka Museum

Kolomyia, Ukraine

Andrea Kulish, 2020, Pysanky eggs: Wax resist goose egg, pigeon egg and chicken egg

Pink Dog congratulates Andrea Kulish as the Pysanka Museum in Kolomyia, Ukraine acquires three of her pysanky eggs for their permanent collection. The museum will be launching their first-ever exhibit dedicated to the pysanka artists of North America. This historic exhibit will present how traditional pysanky writing was preserved in North America by waves of immigrants and enthusiasts, and how the artform has grown to include innovative techniques, methodology and creativity. The Evolution of Pysanky in North America exhibit opens on Saturday, April 25, during the annual Kolomyia Pysanka Festival.

Kolomyia, Ukraine is home to the largest pysanka museum in the world, dedicated to preserving the art of pysankarstvo internationally.

Visit the museum’s website to learn more.

 

VIVIAN Wins 2019 Best Restaurant of the Year Award

Congratulations to VIVIAN restaurant for winning the 2019 Asheville Food Fan Award for Best Restaurant. This is the second year in a row that VIVIAN has won this honor.

Read more about VIVIAN and make a reservation at their website.

 

Casimir Bationo: Flow of Africa

Pink Dog Gallery, 348 Depot St., Asheville, NC
February 21–May 3, 2020

ZenobiaStudio presents Flow of Africa, an exhibition of paintings by Casimir Balibie Bationo (CasziB). Mr. Bationo is a contemporary artist from Burkina Faso, Africa, now living and working in Meknes, Morocco. NOW EXTENDED through May 3, 2020.

To see more of CasziB’s work, please click here to visit his website.

 

Welcome Racquel and Bobby Wilkins

Bobby Wilkins III, Contour Woman 1

Racquel Wilkins, 11th Divine Ray–Pure Divine Love

Racquel and Bobby Wilkins are artists living in Asheville, NC. Racquel’s work centers around balancing the body’s chakra energy and creating custom portraits that are an intuitive soul reading for the recipient. Bobby is a portrait artist whose work is a combination of street art, caricature, and modern expressionism. Visit their studio in 348 Depot, Suite 140.
Click here to see more of Racquel and Bobby’s work.

 

Pink Dog Creative Artists featured in The Laurel of Asheville



Pink Dog Creative artists David Watts and Andrea Kulish are featured in The Laurel of Asheville March Education edition. You can reach David Watts at (828) 231-1397 for more information. Andrea Kulish will be teaching pysanky this spring via online classes. Please visit her website for more information or to sign up for a workshop.

 

Randy Shull Artwork Acquired by Western Carolina University Fine Art Museum

Cullowhee, NC

Randy Shull, Simultaneous Pattern, 2011, Acrylic on wood panel, 73″ x 96″ x 8″

Pink Dog Congratulates Randy Shull as the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University acquires Simultaneous Pattern for their permanent collection. Curator Carolyn Grosch writes: “Shull’s Simultaneous Pattern, part of a series called Borders, transforms a map of the United States into a dialogue about immigration, cultural exchange, and contemporary politics. The work raises questions about our country’s border policies, the relationship between the United States and the rest of the world, and the effects of treating one’s country like an island.”

Visit Randy’s website to see more of his work.

 

Congratulations Brett Douglas Hunter for being included in Architectural Digest

Pottery Barn chaise lounges sidle up to the pool by Modpools. Sculpture by Brett Douglas Hunter.

Douglas Friedman with his sculpture by Brett Douglas Hunter

Brett, formerly a Pink Dog studio artist, had a successful exhibition of his artwork at the Pink Dog Gallery in October, 2015. He also created a mural of Manute Bol for the Container Project at Pink Dog Creative.

 

Welcome Azlin Studio

Azlin Studio is a partnership between Linda Azar Metalsmith and Cotton Candy Etc. Linda Azar creates contemporary jewelry mixing organic and architectural elements. Her works are made with sterling silver, semi precious stones, powder coated steel and brass. Cotton Candy Etc. makes textiles for the home using unique, high quality fabrics. Azlin Studio provides adornment for yourself and for your home. Visit their studio in Suite 103.

More info at Linda’s website and the Cotton Candy site.

 

Welcome Heather Davis


Heather Davis’ art is about architecture, infrastructure and time. She paints in series, each reflecting a certain time and place, bringing the imagery forward to create contemporary conversations. Her primary medium is encaustic and her paintings are organized using techniques of the old masters, using principles such as the Golden Ratio and the Phi Grid. The durability and archival quality of encaustic, together with its hazy translucency, enhances the imagery of her work. Heather’s hours in the studio will be Tuesday and Thursday, 11-5, and by appointment.

Click here to see more of Heather’s work.

 

Ralph Burns Photographs Acquired by North Carolina Museum of Art

Raleigh, NC

Ralph Burns, How Great Thou Art #30 (1987), Memphis, TN, 1978–2007, Silver gelatin print, 11″ x 14″

A suite of twelve vintage photographs by Ralph Burns has been acquired by the North Carolina Museum of Art. The photographs, all from Burns’ three decades long project, How Great Thou Art, Memphis, TN, 1978 – 2007+, were acquired in December, 2019, and will be held in the museum’s permanent collection.

In writing about How Great Thou Art for a European/British exhibition, the German/Israeli Curator Doreet LeVitte Harten wrote that “(his) insight into the religious character of the Graceland pilgrimage makes Burnsʼ works, apart from their aesthetic qualities, into documents of anthropological significance.”

With this latest acquisition, the North Carolina Museum of Art will have 16 of Burns’ photographs in their collection.

See more of Ralph’s work at his website.

 

Karen Keil Brown: Creative City Shapes

Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC)
121 Hendersonville Road, Asheville, NC
January–March 2020

Karen Keil Brown, Across the City Park, Acrylic and oil, 48″ x 30″

Karen Keil Brown, Ethereal Landscape Painter, will be having an exhibition of artwork in the main lobby of the Mountain Area Health Education Center. The exhibition, entitled Creative City Shapes, will run from January through March. MAHEC is located at 121 Hendersonville Road in Asheville.

Please click here to see more of Karen’s work.

 

Joseph Pearson Completes New Public Artwork

South Market and Eagle Streets, Asheville, NC

The City of Asheville and Celebrating African Americans Through Public Art (CAAPA) selected two local artists – Joseph Pearson, a mural artist and Phyllis Utley, a literary artist – to work alongside the Art Ecologie Collective. The Collective is creating a collaborative experience exploring the history of the African American community in Asheville’s BLOCK. Pearson’s and Utley’s collaborative artwork was recently installed at the corner of South Market and Eagle Streets and Joseph’s mural is at the corner of Biltmore Ave. and Eagle Street. Their transformation of the space includes a mural and a multi-dimensional cube installation of metal/wood and bright imagery representing the past and the future of the community. The local artists provided needed leadership, guidance and community engagement and are promoting the inclusion of authentic memories.

Joseph states, “The majority of my 40 years as a professional artist has been devoted to addressing social/political issues, especially as it relates to Black folks. My interest in social/political issues is informed by my early experiences coming of age during the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights era. I am interested in telling the story of the “Everyman.“

See more of Joseph’s work at his website.

 

Pink Dog Creative Welcomes Christine VanCott

344 Depot Street, Suite 100

Christine VanCott is a watercolor artist and children’s illustrator who creates small-scale dimensional paintings, prints and custom kids’ name art.

Her playful paintings are often composed in several layers, then hand cut and hand assembled for a 3-dimensional, pop-up book effect. Like a miniature storyboard, the background and foreground give each scene a sense of depth and natural shadow. Her work is tiny and cheerful, with small details and a free sense of scale and perspective.

Please stop by and say hello! Christine is located in Suite 100.

You can find more of her work at www.ipsydoodles.com.

 

Joseph Pearson artwork featured in Time Magazine and The New York Times

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


Joseph Pearson’s painting The Block, Looking Back In Time has been featured twice this month in national publications, the New York Times and Time Magazine. 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. Illustrated in the article is artist Joseph Pearson’s painting, The Block, Looking Back In Time, documenting the historic African American business district of Asheville, along with charcoal portraits of four significant female black business owners when The Block was in it’s heyday.

The New York Times also highlighted the Benne on Eagle along with a photograph of Joseph’s painting, in the article, “Summer’s Not Over Yet! 8 Ways to Extend Your Vacation.”

Pearson states, “I was honored to be a part of reflecting our history in this area, realizing that without this documentation in visual form, in a few years of gentrification no one would know the rich Black history of The BLOCK.”

See more of Joseph’s work at his website and Instagram.

 

Andrea Kulish artwork commissioned by Mission Hospital

Please click on the image to view a larger version.

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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).”

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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.