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 29 artists working in their studios, Fresh West Wood Fired Pizza, Vivian Restaurant 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 11-5.


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

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Ongoing Exhibitions & Artist News

Morgan Santander: Recent Paintings

Pink Dog Creative Gallery, 348 Depot Street
Opening reception Friday, June 29, 5:00 – 8:00 PM
June 29 – July 29

Morgan Santander, The Easter Egg Hunt,  2016, acrylic on canvas, 42″ x 60″

This exhibition comprises a selection of recent paintings from two distinct bodies of work. Floral still life paintings, reminiscent of the classical Dutch tradition, are juxtaposed with images from Santander’s series Beyond Reconstitution. Santander’s narrative paintings, Beyond Reconstitution, challenge as well as reconfigure the roles and the significance of traditional historical genre painting. The combination of these two bodies of work are intended to be both unsettling and playful.

See more of Morgan’s work at his website.


Trigger Warning

YMI Cultural Center
39 S. Market St., Asheville, upstairs
June 15 – July 15
Tuesday – Friday, noon to 4:00 PM

Leene Hermann, No More, 2018, glass mosaic

Pink Dog Creative is pleased to announce the exhibition, Trigger Warning which addresses the issue of and consequences of gun violence in the United States and specifically in Asheville and Buncombe County. Sadly, Asheville had 7 homicides in 2017, and 9 in 2016, most occurring in Asheville’s poorer neighborhoods. Asheville’s homicide total for 2018 has already eclipsed the total for all of 2017.

We each respond in our own particular way to the gun violence issue but 21 artists from Pink Dog Creative are tackling the issue in their specific creative ways with the exhibition Trigger Warning opening at the YMI Cultural Center, 39 S. Market St., Asheville, NC 28801. The opening reception was held on Friday, June 15, 2018, and the exhibit is open to the public to view during the YMI Cultural Center’s hours, Tuesdays through Fridays from noon to 4:00 PM.

Trigger Warning will travel to multiple venues including, Habitat Brewing, 174 Broadway St. Asheville, NC 28801 with an opening reception August 3, First Presbyterian Church, 40 Church St., Asheville in September and at Pink Dog Creative Gallery, 348 Depot St. Asheville, NC 28801, in January through March, 2019.


Randy Shull in Opening Eyes: New Asheville Painting

The Satellite Gallery, 55 Broadway St., Downtown Asheville
June 1 – July 31

Randy Shull, Open Space, 2017, acrylic on wood panel, 82″ x 48″ x 16″


Holly de Saillan in Food

Posana, 1 Biltmore Ave., Downtown Asheville

Holly de Saillan, cakEscape, mixed media collage, 60″ x 30”

Holly is part of a food themed group show at Posana Restaurant entitled Food. The exhibit will run throughout the summer.

See more of Holly’s work at her website.


Reiko Miyagi at the Charlie Cummings Gallery

Gainesville, FL

photo by Charlie Cummings

Reiko Miyagi is currently featured in a show at the Charlie Cummings Gallery in Gainesville, Florida. The items are available online as well as at the gallery.

Click here to view the collection online.


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.


Mary Alice Ramsey: Flower Messages

Pink Dog Creative Group Studio, 344 Depot Street
July 1-31, 2018

Mary Alice Ramsey, Three in a Row, acrylic, 18″ X 24″

Flower Messages is a collection of representational acrylic paintings which beckon us to look closely and consider what the blossoms might convey.

Flowers are so much like us, and we are like them. They strive to grow and reach upward toward light. They also sink deep roots and endeavor to flourish and reproduce. They are fragile and tough. When cut back, they do their best to grow again. They show their best colors to draw attention and they go through phases and seasons. Flowers send messages of beauty, friendship, pride, purity, passion, creativity, reproduction, and connection to both nature and to the divine. Perhaps most importantly, flowers symbolize love.

Mary Alice Ramsey is a passionate gardener who is inspired by the flowers in her own back yard as well as by garden photographs. She is a native of Western North Carolina who lives in Fairview.

You can see more of her work on her website at maryaliceramsey.com.


Larry Turner: Recent Paintings

The Wedge at Foundation, 5 Foundy Street, Asheville, NC
Opening reception August 7, 5:30 – 10:00 PM
August 1 – September 4

Larry Turner will have an exhibition of recent paintings at The Wedge at the Foundation August 1st until September 4th. There will be a reception on August 7th from 5:30 to 10:00 PM.


Stephen St. Claire at 30A Home

Oklahoma City, OK

Stephen St. Claire has recently joined forces with 30A Home, an interior design firm in the Oklahoma City area, where his paintings are displayed in their showroom, which is frequented by interior designers as well as the general public. Stephen has developed a whole new type of abstract for this market, combining all of his standard “ingredients” including texture, metallic leaf, oil paint and solar-resistant resin and putting them together in a completely new way. He’ll be creating several more of this type of abstract for his Pink Dog studio / gallery space as well.

See more of Stephen’s work at his website.


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.