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.

Pizza Pura

Pizza PuraPizza 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.

David Holt: Fully Exposed

Mixed Media Paintings and Photographs
June 6 – July 31, 2014
Public Reception June 6, 6-8 pm

David Holt

Cas Wallin, Ballad Singer

Fully Exposed, an exhibition of mixed media paintings and black and white photographs by David Holt will open at Pink Dog Creative, 348 Depot Street, Asheville, NC on Friday, June 6, 2014 with a public reception from 6-8 pm.

David Holt is best known as a Grammy Award winning musician, host of multiple PBS series and musical partner of Doc Watson yet photography has always been an integral part of his work as well. Since arriving in the southern mountains in the early 1970s, David has photographed his musical mentors, capturing their personalities and uniqueness. “Choosing the exact moment to push the shutter is a wonderful, creative challenge. I rely on intuition to capture a compelling composition at the very moment the subject lets down his guard,” Holt explains.

Holt’s show is a combination of his black and white photographs taken over the last forty years, plus his new mixed media paintings. The paintings are developed with layers of paint, limestone clay and photo transfers using the palimpsest technique. Palimpsest is something reused or altered but still bearing visible traces of its earlier form.

Holt says, “Recently I felt a need to combine the photographs with painting to explore some deeper meaning. Each painting must be created over time, revealing itself as the process evolves. It is a way to create art that evokes age, history, imperfection and soul. A tough combination to find, but one I experienced in the musicians of Appalachia, making them a natural subject here, too.”

Holt’s exhibition is being presented at the vibrant Pink Dog Creative, 348 Depot Street, a significant new addition to the city’s River Arts District, committed to supporting the arts and encouraging artists from creation to exhibition. Fully Exposed will be on display from June 6 to July 31, 2014.

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David Holt: Fully Exposed
Mixed Media Paintings and Photographs
at Pink Dog Creative

June 6 – July 31, 2014

Dellie Norton, black and white photograph, 10 x 16", 1982 Mountain Souls, mixed media, 24 x 24", 2014

Dellie Norton, black and white photograph, 10 x 16″, 1982
Mountain Souls, mixed media, 24 x 24″, 2014

Fully Exposed, an exhibition of mixed media paintings and black and white photographs by David Holt will be open through July 31, 2014 at the Pink Dog Gallery, 348 Depot Street, Asheville, NC 28801.

David Holt is best known as a Grammy Award winning musician, host of multiple PBS series and musical partner of Doc Watson yet photography has always been an integral part of his work as well.

Holt’s show is a combination of his black and white photographs taken over the last forty years, plus his new mixed media paintings. The paintings are developed with layers of paint, limestone clay and photo transfers using the palimpsest technique. Palimpsest is something reused or altered but still bearing visible traces of its earlier form.

 

David Holt and the Lightning Bolts
at Fire on the Lake Music Festival

July 4, 2014, 7:30 pm

David Holt & The Lightning Bolts

David Holt and the Lightning Bolts will be playing Weaverville’s July 4 Celebration, Fire on the Lake Music Festival. The festival runs from 5:30 – 10:00 pm and features food and a fireworks show at dusk.

 

Ralph Burns: A Persistence of Vision — Photographs 1972-2013
at Asheville Art Museum

Saturday, March 29 – Sunday, July 20, 2014

Festividad de Nuestra de Guadalupe #1, Ralph Burns 2003, Gelatin silver selenium toned FB print, 14 x 11"

Festividad de Nuestra de Guadalupe #1, Ralph Burns, 2003, Gelatin silver selenium toned FB print, 14 x 11″

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.

 

Asheville Area Arts Council:
The Asheville Area Arts Council (AAAC) is moving locations, from 346 Depot St. in the River Arts District to the downtown Grove Arcade suite 144 and 143A, in order to expand its exhibitions and launch new programs. Opening in August 2014, the AAAC will continue to host Point of View: Artists Curate Artists gallery exhibitions, as well as expand resources for artists by developing the Artist Resource Center (ARC). Pink Dog Creative is happy to have been a part of the revival of the AAAC and we wish them all the best in their new location.

 

The Junction Bar + Restaurant presents:
Third Thursday: Kevin Palme
at The Junction Bar + Restaurant

Opening Reception Thursday, July 17, 6:00 pm

Kevin Palme

The Junction’s Third Thursday featured artist is Kevin Palme. Kevin was the first Third Thursday featured artist and The Junction is looking forward to having him back!

 

The Junction’s Traditional Pig Pickin’
featuring Apple Brandy Farms
at The Junction Bar + Restaurant

July 4, starting at 3:00 pm

The Junction will be open Friday, July 4 and will host a traditional Pig Pickin’ with pork from Apple Brandy Farms and traditional (all vegetarian) sides. The fun starts at 3 pm. Reservations are recommended and can be made at 828.225.3497. Cost is $25 per plate or $15 for kids 12 and under.

 

Holly de Saillan and Andrea Kulish
at The Big Crafty

Asheville Art Museum
July 13, 2014

The Big Crafty

Be sure to visit Holly de Saillan of Holly de Saillan Clay & Mosaic, and Andrea Kulish of Studio A at the Big Crafty!

 

Karen Keil Brown‘s current collection of works can be viewed at:

Karen Keil Brown

An Early Morning Visit, Karen Keil Brown
oil on canvas, 48×36

Agora Gallery
530 W 25st (Chelsea), NYC, NY
Art-Mine.com

Shuptrine Fine Art Gallery and Gold Leaf Designs
2646 Broad St., Chattanooga, TN 37408
Shuptrines.com

Asheville Gallery of Art
16 College St., Asheville, NC
ashevillegallery-of-art.com

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.

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