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 30 artists working in their studios, GRIND Coffee Bar, Fresh West Wood Fired Pizza, and Vivian Restaurant. 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

Mixed Media by Tarah Singh

Pink Dog Gallery, 348 Depot Street
Opening Reception Friday, July 9, 5:00–7:00PM
July 9–August 9, 2021

Tarah Singh, I AM, Mixed media

Tarah Singh is a humanitarian and her-storian. She believes that artists document the times in which they live; that art is a symbolic language for storytelling and educating. Each line, shape, and color is meant to communicate.

Her works are inspired by her own experiences and local mentors in her area such as Vadim Bora, Reed Todd, Jean Lindaberry and Henk Keifta. You can find Tarah’s work in homes around the world. She is a person who values her community and encourages awareness of global issues.

Tarah’s show Insights is about her lens and life as a creative woman, and the emotions evoked by her experiences. Some of the work is interactive and gives the audience an opportunity to self-relate as they view the work.

See more of Tarah’s work at her website.


Jonathan Bidwell and Aaron Hill Studio Grand Opening

Pink Dog Creative, Suite 104
Friday, July 30, 6:00–9:00PM

Jonathan Bidwell, River Arts Blues; Aaron Hill, Hank Aaron 1954 Topps

Jonathan Bidwell and Aaron Hill will be hosting a Grand Opening at their studios in Suite 104, Friday, July 30 from 6-9pm. Food and beverages will be provided.

See more of Jonathan’s work at his website, and visit @4aronhill on Instagram.


Women of Distinction: If you can see it, you can be it!
Paintings by Joseph Pearson

Pink Dog Gallery, 348 Depot Street
Opening Reception Saturday, June 5, 5:00–7:00PM
June 5–July 5, 2021

Joseph Pearson, Aunt Lucy, 20″ x 16,” Oil on panel

Joseph Pearson created this body of work to honor the women in his family–he states, “…women whose love, nurture and support made me who I am. These were women who worked hard at home and in the community.”

This desire was precipitated with the celebration of his last living aunt’s 97th birthday, which led him to consider doing something to honor her and the women of her generation, including his mother and her older sister. Through this body of work Pearson presents a few of the many professional women from the local community as examples for younger women and girls as they strive to reach their goals and potential. “It’s a way of giving back something of the nurture and encouragement I received from the women in my life.”

Learn more in this interview of Joseph by Blue Ridge Public Radio and in the Asheville Made article.


Cindy Walton in 1971- 2021 Celebrate 5 Decades Of Women In The Arts

An Exhibition Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Women In The Arts Foundation, Inc.
Ceres Gallery
New York, New York
June 22–July 17, 2021
Opening Reception Saturday, June 26, 12:30–5:30 PM

Cindy Walton, Favela 6, Arches oil paper, waxed linen thread, oil paint, cold wax, 9.5″ x 7″

Cindy Walton is honored to be part of the organization Women in the Arts Foundation Inc. and is participating in their 50th Anniversary Exhibition. Women in the Arts Foundation works to overcome discrimination against women artists. Cindy states, “I am honored my art is part of Women in the Arts Foundation, Inc. An Exhibition Celebrating Our 50th Anniversary. This organization, along with others, helped promote women artists at a time the art world was predominantly male, as it continues to do today. I am honored to exhibit with so many outstanding women artists at Ceres Gallery in New York City.”

Please take a look at the online presentation and if you are in NYC stop by.


Andrea Kulish / Studio A Black Lives Matter Fundraiser

Suite 100 at Pink Dog Creative

Andrea Kulish, BLM Pysanky Series One: Memorials, 2020, Wax resist on eggshells, (SOLD)

In honor of Juneteenth, for the month of June, Andrea Kulish / Studio A will donate 5% of all sales to Black Lives Matter. Andrea will also create Series Three: Unity pysanky. These wax resist eggshells will be offered for $50 each, 100% of which will go to Black Lives Matter.

See more of Andrea’s work at her site.


Special Guest Rosebud

Rosebud, the mini-donkey stole our hearts at the Plant Sale on April’s Second Saturday weekend. Thank you to Rosebud for joining us. We’re happy to report that Rosebud is now at her furever home.


Branching Out: North Carolina Contemporary Artists Interpret Nature
A Group Exhibition

Presented by Artsuite + The Umstead Gallery
100 Woodland Pond Drive, Cary, NC
March–July 31, 2021

This spring, the Umstead Gallery and Artsuite will present a group show of notable contemporary North Carolina artists inspired by the natural world. For artists, poets and philosophers, there has long been a strong connection between art and nature. In the words of Maya Angelou, “No one comes from the earth like grass. We come like trees; we all have roots.” Monet states, “The richness I achieve comes from nature, the source of my inspiration.” “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better”, says Albert Einstein.

During the last year, the world has experienced a global pandemic, economic, social and political unrest, and limited gatherings with friends and family. People around the globe have longed for connection and have sought inspiration and connection in nature. The Umstead Gallery is a destination where nature and art unite. The permanent art collection and the dedicated gallery space present an opportunity for visitors and our community to engage with art and learn more about North Carolina artists.

More information at artsuite.com and the Umstead Gallery site.


Grind Marketplace

Pink Dog Creative, 346 Depot Street

Support Black services and products at the Black Wall Street Market Place. Every Saturday from 10am to 2pm be sure to visit the this weekly pop-pup shop at GRIND Coffeehouse.

More details at GRIND’s website.


Welcome Beth Hill

Suite 101

Pretty. Sassy. Funny. Beth’s hand embroidered work includes both artistic and detailed pieces as well as quotes and funny sayings that bring a smile. Come by and learn a stitch or two, and take home some fresh flowers that she grows and arranges.



Welcome Clare Beumer-Hill

Suite 101

Hand painted acrylic florals inspired by the natural and imagined, vintage textiles, and the way colors interact.

See more of Clare’s work at her Etsy shop.


Welcome Gayle Paul

Suite 140

Gayle Paul’s Artist Statement: “Time and space are the subjects for this collection of new paintings. How has time spent painting over a long career influenced my work and how can time be the subject? Time is my experience both as a painter and as an observer. Space is the canvas, paint, and brushes that I use to express both visual and abstract thoughts. I think of myself as a constant painter — a painter who continuously tries to translate what I see and feel to visual paintings.”

More info at Gayle’s website.


Andrea Kulish featured in Our State Magazine

Andrea Kulish and her Ukrainian pysanky eggs are featured in Our State Magazine’s April edition, which has a theme of Art. Available at North Carolina newsstands or read the online version here.


In Solidarity has Raised $12,170 for Charities

As of this date, sales from In Solidarity have raised $9,070 for charities. This exhibition by Pink Dog Creative artists and associated friends, seeks to speak to the violence, fear and grief caused by centuries of injustice to Black people and to celebrate the many contributions made by people of African descent to the culture of this country and the world. At Pink Dog we stand for justice and equity for everyone. We are outraged and saddened by the recent deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor and the unnecessary violence against Johnnie Rush in our own city. These names are only the more recent victims in a long history of racism in this country. We believe that artists speak to our times and that art can uplift, enlighten and encourage dialogue. Art can be a vehicle for social change.

Up to 100% from the sale of art from this exhibition will go to the following charities whose mission is justice and equity, Black Lives Matter, BeLoved Asheville, and the Equal Justice Initiative. We encourage you to join us in donating to organizations that are working to progress racial equality. Pink Dog Creative will match all donations from sales from this exhibition. Now also on view in the Pink Dog Gallery, 348 Depot Street. Click here to see the exhibition.

Congratulations to Casimir Bationo (Caszi B) on the sale of his “Black Lives Matter” painting as part of the “In Solidarity” exhibition. 35% of the sale of this painting went to Black Lives Matter, and this amount has been matched by Pink Dog Creative, doubling the donation amount. See the online exhibit at http://www.pinkdog-creative.com/in-solidarity


Pink Dog Creative featured in Asheville Made

Pink Dog Creative is featured in the November issue of Asheville Made. Paul Howey’s article Gallery Addresses Big Issues in Bright Hues includes the history, current artists, restaurants and retail which comprise Pink Dog Creative.
Please click here to read the article.


Welcome GRIND Coffee Bar and Co-Working Event Space

346 Depot Street, Asheville

Asheville’s first Black-owned coffee shop, GRIND is a place for coffee. It’s also a place for co-working, events, team meetings, business decisions and hanging out enjoying the best coffee in town. GRIND is located at 346 Depot Street and will be open 7 days a week.

For more information call The Grind at 828-785-0233, email [email protected], read the article in Urban news or visit GRIND’s website.

Support GRIND and other Black-Owned Businesses year-round at: https://www.websiteplanet.com/blog/support-black-owned-businesses/


In Love’s Shadow Featured in The Bitter Southerner

Ralph Burns, How Great Thou Art #207, Memphis TN, 2017

In Love’s Shadow, a short documentary film about Ralph Burns and his multi-decade photography project, How Great Thou Art, is showcased in a recent issue of The Bitter Southerner. The film, made by Jethro Waters, follows Burns as he returns to Graceland on the 40th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death, and looks at the relationship of this project to Burns’ fuller body of work. In Love’s Shadow was produced by David Raymond, and was made possible with the generous support of many.

Link to film and article: bittersoutherner.com/in-loves-shadow


Joseph Pearson and Jenny Pickens Lead Artists for Asheville Black Lives Matter Mural

Aerial image by Reggie Tidwell, Curve Theory

Joseph Pearson and Jenny Pickens were Lead Artists for the Asheville Black Lives Matter Mural. On Sunday, July 19, 20+ artists came together to create this mural in the heart of downtown Asheville. Many thanks go to Councilwoman Sheneika Smith for providing the leadership to bring community members, artists, and the Asheville of City together to create this community project.

Read more about the artists and mural here.


Fresh West Pizza and Vivian Updates

FRESH WEST PIZZA is open for dine-in and 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 noon–8pm
(Closed Monday + Tuesday.)

Award-winning VIVIAN restaurant has recently reopened for takeout and dining on selected days. 

• open for dinner Thursday – Saturday with seatings between 5–8:30pm, reservation only.  We also have brunch on Sundays with seatings between 10:30am–1:30pm.
• currently we are only seating on the patio, but hope to reopen the dining room soon!
• all guests are required to wear masks whenever they are not dining at their table, and all Vivian staff will be wearing them at all times.
• if you aren’t feeling 100%, save your visit for another time!
• take out available curbside for those that are not ready to dine in just yet!

Check out their Facebook page for daily menus and updates.


Now Open: Online Viewing Room

A new online gallery of recent work by Pink Dog Creative artists is now open. Artists are hard at work during this time of isolation. All work is available for purchase. Please contact the artists directly for inquiries.

Explore the Viewing Room.



#artistsupportpledge is a movement to support artists and makers during Covid-19. Artists post pictures of their works for sale for $200 or less. Every time an artist makes $1,000 in sales they commit 20% on purchasing the work of another artist using the hashtag. It is a system based on trust where everyone, at every level can contribute in supporting artists and makers. Many Pink Dog Creative artists are participating using the local hashtag #artistsupportpledgeRAD. Please search Instagram and Facebook using that hashtag, and check our Pink Dog Creative social media frequently for the latests posts from our artists.

Click here to see work for sale as part of the #artistsupportpledgeRAD initiative.


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.



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.




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.


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.


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).”


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.