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 25 artists working in their studios, The Junction Restaurant and Bar, Fresh West Wood Fired Pizza, 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.

Pink Dog Creative, Visit Asheville


Ongoing Exhibitions & Artist News

Mark Flowers: Signs of Life

Pink Dog Creative Gallery, 348 Depot Street
June 2 – July 9
Opening Reception June 2, 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Mark Flowers’ mixed media works evoke events and observations from his life. His rich panels of enhanced surface and figurative images combine to create a narrative that evokes a storyline to engage the viewer.

Mark was raised in Greenville, S.C., and has been part of the Southeastern art community for over 35 years. His work is exhibited nationally and internationally, and he is in numerous public and private art collections throughout the country. He and his artist wife, Kristy Higby, live in Alexander, N.C., just north of Asheville. They live in a handmade log cabin and work out of a large studio located on the property.

More can be found out about his life and work at www.mountainteastudios.com.



Beware of the Dog: new mural by Randy Shull

Pink Dog Creative
342-348 Depot Street, River Arts District, Asheville

Come see Randy Shull’s newest mural on the two shipping containers in the Pink Dog Creative parking lot, across from the Pink Dog Creative building at 342-348 Depot Street in Asheville’s River Arts District. Randy is co-owner and co-creator of Pink Dog Creative.

Here are some recent photos we found on Instagram- be sure to tag your pics with #pinkdogcreative!

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.


Joseph Pearson painting on cover of WNC Woman

Joseph Pearson’s painting Teach them to fish is an older generation teaching a younger generation how to navigate the challenges of life.. “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach him to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” WNC Woman is a monthly magazine that “celebrates the wisdom, strength and grace of women.”
Read the June issue online.


Stephen St. Claire will take part in the
Afternoon Tea and Fine Art Extravaganza

Waynesville, NC
Sunday, June 4

The Secret Garden

Sunday, June 4, twenty other area artists and I will show our work at the Afternoon Tea and Fine Art Extravaganza at the home and gardens of Wells & Kathryn Greeley in Waynesville, NC. I will be displaying my new painting The Secret Garden, which is based on photos of the event location. There will be live music, tea, champagne and a full English afternoon tea table. If you’re interested in attending, please call (828) 456-3243 for information.


Brett Douglas Hunter in the New York Times

Pink Dog Creative congratulates Brett Hunter, former Pink Dog artist, for his work in the New York Times. Brett now lives in Nashville, TN.

Read the article here.


Reiko Miyagi in the National Teapot Show

Cedar Creek Gallery, Creedmore, NC
May 19 – September 5, 2017

This show has been hosted every three years for the past twenty-six years. Cedar Creek Gallery carries hand-crafted treasures from across the nation to enrich the lives of all those who come across it and supports a healthy, happy community.

Visit the gallery website here,
and see more of Reiko’s work at her site.


William Price launches YouTube channel

William has started making videos and started a YouTube channel. This first one is a video diary of the process of painting Firebird.

Watch the video on YouTube.


Julie Miles in Hats – Group Art Show

As yet untitled piece by Julie Miles, created for the show, from her series, The Burdens We Bear

Posana, 1 Biltmore Ave, Asheville
April 20 – July 2017

Meet the ARTISTS at our Opening Reception, Thursday April 20th from 6 to 8pm in the heart of Asheville, Pack Square, Posana Alder Gallery. Exciting & FUN art show with a WHO’S WHO of artists: Julie Bell, Mark Bettis, Anne Bevan, Gary Cooley, Tebbe Davis, Jacqui Fehl, Kristin Foley, William George, Barbara Hipwell, Nancy Joyce, Cheryl Keefer, Julie Miles, Virginia Pendergrass, Kathryn Phillips, Cason Rankin, Bee Sieburg, Constance Vlahoulis, Wendy Whitson, and a special Opening night display of custom made hats by Simone Bernhard of her Chapeaux by Simone. Curated by Constance Vlahoulis.

More information at: www.Conn-Artist.com
RSVP to the Facebook event invite here.


Sunnyside Trading Company and Northville Apparel
featured in the Mountain Xpress Retail Comes to the RAD article

FAMILY AND FURNITURE: Siblings, Will and Charlotte Hough sit inside Sunnyside Trading Co., a family business they opened in the River Arts District this past July. Photo by Lisa Wood

THE AVION: David Kopelman, owner of Northville Apparel, stands outside his shop in the RAD. Photo by Thomas Calder

“When you think of Asheville’s River Arts District, what comes to mind are probably things like painting, sculpture, pottery, glass blowing — you get the drift. But as the neighborhood continues to expand and evolve, new businesses are also popping up. In the last six months, a number of retail shops have opened in the district. Xpress met with the owners of three of these newbies to discuss the challenges of developing a business while surfing the changes in a rapidly evolving area.” -Thomas Calder, excerpted from the article.

Read the full article at the Mountain Xpress online.


Pink Dog Creative featured in 25 Most Popular Instagram Spots in Asheville

Pink Dog Creative is featured twice in the article 25 Most Popular Instagram Spots in Asheville by the popular blog Local Adventurer.
See the other 23 spots and read the article here.


Joseph Pearson featured in LOCAL HEARTED podcast:

The Talk linocut

Local heARTed host Meredith Adler talks with Joseph Pearson about his paintings themed on guiding children to do well in society, and tips on artist grants. This podcast regularly features interviews with artists of Asheville and Western North Carolina about their inspirations, their lives, and their businesses. Meredith also interviews people in the community with services to help our local artists with the business end of things, such as printing, framing, and social media.

Read the article and hear the podcast on the Local Hearted website.



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 (122 Riverside Dr., akirasatake.com), whose airy workshop houses his wife’s exquisite pastry shop, Yuzu Patisserie (122 Riverside Dr, 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.


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.