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 27 artists working in their studios, Fresh West Wood Fired Pizza, Vivian Restaurant and RADical Elements.

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

Ginger Huebner: beyond words.
…everyone has a story worth telling.

Pink Dog Gallery, 348 Depot St., Asheville, NC
Opening reception Friday, July 14, 6:00–9:00 PM
July 19–August 18, 2019

Beyond words is an exhibit of self-portraits co-authored by artist Ginger Huebner and twenty individuals of different economic, social, political and religious backgrounds. Inspired by a desire to deeply and authentically connect with the people in her community, these works tell the stories of her collaborator’s life journeys—experiences of tragedy and triumph, love and loss, friendship and struggle.

Please click here for more info.


Randy Shull: Sight Lines

Tracey Morgan Gallery, 188 Coxe Ave., Asheville, NC
Opening Reception Friday, July 19, 6:00–8:00 PM
July 19–August 23, 2019

Tracey Morgan Gallery is pleased to present Sight Lines, an exhibition of new painting by interdisciplinary artist Randy Shull. This will be Shull’s first exhibition with the gallery. An opening reception will be held Friday, July 19, 6-8 p.m.

In this new body of work, Shull plays hide and seek with the viewer as he blurs the boundaries of photography and painting. Taking photos of his own eyes and collaging them into the core of his highly textured relief paintings, Shull adds another medium to his visual vocabulary. “In addition to my own inner searching and experiment-ing, I’m thinking about many things in this work: the self becoming other, fragmented vision, my father’s ongoing issues with his eyes, as well as Josef Albers and his passion for ‘opening eyes,” states Shull. In Sunflower Eyes, 2019, Concise, 2019, and Eye Storm, 2019, Shull playfully arranges the cut out photographs and buries them under layers of bright paint which is then sanded to reveal the eyes below. In these works, Shull subverts the voyeuristic gaze of the audience by allowing the object to become the observer. In doing so, Shull alters the space between the object and the audience, creating patterns of tension.

For more information, please contact Tracey Morgan Gallery.


Reiko Miyagi: The Illustrative Works of Reiko Miyagi & Jenny Mendes

In Tandem Gallery, Bakersville, NC
Opening Reception Friday, July 5, 4:00–7:00 PM
July 1–July 31, 2019

The gallery owner states, “I find myself wondering what the stories are behind the beautifully made ceramic imagery of Jenny Mendes and Reiko Miyagi. So many ceramicists I know use glaze as a secondary element to their forms, be it for utilitarian reasons or simply to add color and some design. Definitely not for Jenny and Reiko. The pictures they create are doubtlessly the main thing, and I’m so glad they are. There’s a whimsical, delicate, even sweet, relatable quality to all their pieces; animals observing and acting as an audience while people play musical instruments or sit and daydream; vegetation curling and surrounding hopping rabbits and/or sitting foxes… It’s your favorite childhood picture books on plates and cups and wall tiles. How could any ceramic lover not just stare at these ‘Secret Garden-like’ gems and wish they could jump into the scenes themselves? Like a dream come true.”

Read more at the gallery’s website.


Karen Keil Brown artwork commission for Mission Hospital

Mission Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina has commissioned Karen Keil Brown to create a 96″ x 42″ painting. It will be displayed in the Waiting Area Lounge.

See more of Karen’s work at her website.


Mostly Mosaics Open House with Glass Artist Leene Hermann

Leene’s Glassworks, 348 Depot Street, #125
Friday, July 12, 4:00–7:00 PM

Come by and enjoy Leene Hermann’s newest mosaics, fused glass, art to wear jewelry, as well as art for your home. You will learn how she creates her unique, one-of-a-kind, whimsical glass pieces. During this event only, there will be a 20%–50% discount on everything in the studio. Light refreshments will be served.

See more of Leene’s work at her 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.


Christie Calaycay in Asheville Made

Jewelry artist and designer Christie Calaycay was featured in the March issue of Asheville Made. “Calaycay’s work captures both the delicacy and endurance of botanical life, inspired by natural ecosystems around the world.” Visit her in Suite 100 at Pink Dog Creative.

Read the article at the Asheville Made website.


Lucy Cobos in 2019 NC Statewide Pastel Exhibition

Hickory Museum of Art, Hickory, NC
May 4–August 18, 2019

Two pastel paintings by Lucy Cobos have been accepted into the 2019 NC Statewide Pastel Society show. Out of 190 submissions, 60 paintings were selected by master pastelist Lyn Asselta.

View more of Lucy’s work at her website.


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.


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.


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.