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, and Fresh Wood Fired Pizza.

Open Hours: Artists work odd hours but we promise to have our studios open for the public on Fridays and Saturdays from 10-4.

Pink Dog Creative After Hours
The Asheville Citizen-Times recently featured Pink Dog’s summer After Hours weekly Thursday event. Join us on Thursdays this summer for some after hours art and music!
Read about Pink Dog’s After Hours at the Asheville Citizen-Times.

Ongoing Exhibitions & Artist News

Check out our July newsletter for news from our studios and ongoing artist exhibitions!

Hoots Flea – Qualified Quirkiness
at 342 Depot Street

July 11, 11 am – 4:00 pm

Hoots Flea

Hoots Flea comes to Asheville July 11. Qualified Quirkiness is not just the byline for Hoots Flea, it’s their raison d’etre. Join in the fun and the quirkiness and buy, sell, eat, and play from 11 am – 4 pm on July 11 in the parking lot across from Pink Dog Creative. Learn more and apply to be a vendor at www.hootsflea.com.


Anna Jensen: The Bait Hides the Hook
at Pink Dog Creative Gallery

June 19 – August 2, 2015

Anna Jensen

The Bait Hides the Hook, an exhibition of paintings by Anna Jensen, is open at Pink Dog Creative Gallery, 348 Depot St., Asheville, NC.

Jensen’s psychological landscapes and emotionally complex narratives in acrylic, glitter, and oil stick bring to mind the humor and pathos previously mastered by great expressionists and later manifested by pop artists. Jensen combines references to art history, pop culture, natural science, and personal chronicles to represent the conflicts of life.

For more about Anna’s work visit www.annajensenart.com.

Anna was also recently featured in Paint Pens Collective. Read her post online at Paint Pens Collective.


Karen Keil Brown: Ethereal Paintings
at Ananda West

June 10 – August 10, 2015

Karen Keil Brown

Ethereal Paintings, an exhibition by Karen Keil Brown, is open at Ananda West on Payne Avenue in the River Arts District through August 10, 2015.


Stephanie Grimes
4th Annual International Exhibition of Scratchboard Art
at Delaplaine Visual Arts Center

June 27 – July 26, 2015
Artist Reception Saturday, July 11, 3 – 5 pm

Stephanie Grimes, Emu II

Emu II, Stephanie Grimes

Two scratchboard works by Stephanie Grimes, Emu II and Smiling Gator, have been accepted into the 4th Annual International Exhibition of Scratchboard Art.

The 4th Annual International Exhibition of Scratchboard Art will be held at Delaplaine Visual Arts Center in Frederick, Maryland Saturday, June 27 – Sunday, July 26, 2015 with an artist reception on Saturday, July 11, 3 – 5 pm.


The Junction Bar + Restaurant presents:
The Junction Third Thursdays

The Junction Third Thursdays

Mark Bettis: Abstract Speculations
at The Junction Bar + Restaurant

through July 12, 2015

Illumination, Mark Bettis

Illumination, Mark Bettis

Mark says, “My paintings are a synthesis of color, line, texture and form. I’m intrigued and influenced by the elements of my surroundings. I apply multiple layers of oil paint, cold wax medium, marble dust and other elements then cut, scratch and smooth with great energy to let the painting evolve into an abstract interpretation of these elements.”



Third Thursday: Jeremy Russell
at The Junction Bar + Restaurant
Opening Reception Thursday, July 16, 5:30 – 8:00 pm

Jeremy Russell

From Jeremy’s website: Jeremy works in several genres and mediums ranging between non-objective and photo-realism. His work is conceptual in nature and plays with symbolic imagery to establish the cause and effect relationships of the particular focus. His subject matter deals with issues such as science, sexuality, psychology, human nature, religions, politics, and the interconnectedness of the universe.



The Paintbox – You Never Know What’s In Store!

The Paintbox

The Paintbox Jam – Tuesday, July 14
We continue our Music Jams each 2nd Tuesday of the month with local singers, songwriters, musicians and voyeurs (those of us who love to watch!), and anyone happens upon our open doors. Stop in for some fun!

When: Tuesday, July 14th, Starts @ 6:00pm and goes till we get blisters!
Where: The Paintbox, 344 Depot St. Suite 104, Pink Dog Creative Bldg. Asheville 28801
Bring: Your Drink, (a snack to share is greatly appreciated)
We Provide: a snack, water, and a comfy place to hang out.

The Paintbox Presents The Sunday Sessions with Singer / Songwriter Brad Hodge
Join us Sunday, July 19th , 1 pm – 6 pm, as Brad Hodge hosts an afternoon of genuine and original talent on our Paintbox stage. He tops it off by adding his own songs between sets. Come see why The Paintbox in the Pink Dog Creative Building is the place to be on a Sunday afternoon.

The music we’ve experienced in The Paintbox during The Sunday Sessions has proven to be AMAZING! We are so fortunate to showcase these very talented, local singer-songwriters. You really have to experience their energy.

Check out facebook.com/PaintboxProject to see and hear some of our recent performers. And remember to “Keep It Local – Keep It Live – Keep It Asheville!”

The Paintbox Framing Corner
We offer Custom Picture Framing and Art Restoration. Please pass it on and consider us for your picture framing, building your painting boxes, canvas stretching, metal leafing, and repair of your frames, paintings and sculptures.

River Arts District artists and business owners receive a wonderful Friend & Family discount. Ask about our reclaimed frames for an even greater deal!

New at The Paintbox
In August we’ll be hosting an Estate Sale / Auction Event at The Paintbox, to benefit the Care Partners Foundation. Look for more details in Pink Dog’s August newsletter, and like us on facebook.com/PaintboxProject to receive the details and event invites.

Hours at The Paintbox
Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 6pm
Sunday – Monday by appointment

Julia & Mark Goldthwaite
407-620-1871 & 407-616-4917


Andrea Kulish, Studio A & Holly de Saillan
at The Big Crafty

July 12, 2015, 12 – 6 pm

The Big Crafty

Holly de Saillan and Andrea Kulish will be vendors at The Big Crafty, which will be held on Sunday, July 12 from 12-6 at the Asheville Art Museum. Admission is free.

The Big Crafty revives the tradition of the community bazaar, a lively celebration of handmade commerce, featuring local food, beer, music, and fine wares from a juried group of select indie artists and crafters. Their guiding principle is that buying handmade is good for the community, and their aim is to make doing so fun.

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.

Read more about Second Saturday open houses:
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