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


Pink Dog Creative Gallery
Opening reception Friday, August 18, 6:00 – 9:00 PM
August 18 – September 30, 2017

Wet Paint!, 40″ x 30″ by Jeremy Phillips

With 45 paintings and 3 sculptures, mostly from 2017, this show marks Jeremy Phillips’ current moment. There are 4 series of paintings in the show highlighting the variations on themes that Phillips is exploring and that together make sense of the title of the show: Impossible Interior Babel. First up are the “IMPOSSIBLE” shapes on grey backgrounds that never quite resolve in the mind. These visual puzzles in striking colors continuously shift as one looks. To highlight the effect, Phillips has provided 3-D glasses that further contort and enhance the images. Similarly playing with perception, the “Zero Tunnels” series is carefully painted on found fabrics in nuanced coloration; sexy and precious, these artifacts of emptiness recede in the viewer’s gaze. The “INTERIORS” series are 12 paintings in a coherent and vibrant retro palette that show multiple intermixing rooms inside homes. These multi-layered acrylic inventions invite the viewer to make their own path through the architectural detail. Finally, the “BABEL” series riffs on Pieter Breugel’s two different paintings of the Tower of Babel. Phillips’ modern variations hint at layer cakes, piles of shopping boxes, and spools of ribbon as well as stacks of impossible combinations.

See more of Jeremy’s work at his website.

Read more about Jeremy and his work in the Mountain Xpress article by Thomas Calder.

Hand Me the Martillo, 40″ x 30″ by Jeremy Phillips


Lynn Bregman Blass at Frank Gallery

Chapel Hill, NC
opening reception August 11, 6:00 – 9:00 PM
August 8 – September 2, 2017

FRANK Gallery’s August exhibition brings layers of vibrant colors and rich textures to the spotlight. Special guest Lynn Bregman Blass of Asheville joins FRANK artists Peg Bachenheimer, Mirinda Kossoff, and Emily Lees for a harmonious mix of mixed media, painting, ceramics and jewelry. This highly skilled group of artists present a unique opportunity for art collectors and novices alike to view and explore some of the finest local and regional talent.

Visit Lynn’s website here.


Joseph Pearson selected for #ThePigPicture

LEAF Downtown Festival, Pack Square, Asheville
August 4 and 5, 2017

Joseph Pearson’s winning entries to #ThePigPicture competition

On August 4 and 5 at LEAF Downtown in Asheville’s Pack Square, North Carolinians will get their first glimpse of #ThePigPicture when Farm Sanctuary, America’s leading farm animal protection organization, launches a new campaign called “Meet Your Neighbors” that aims to introduce North Carolina’s 10 million humans to the nearly 9 million pigs who live their short lives inside the state’s concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), where they are rarely if ever seen by the general public.

Joseph Pearson is one of five in a select group of local artists who were chosen via competition. They will gather to transform otherwise unadorned life-sized fiberglass pig statues into vibrant pieces of art as advocacy. The pigs will be painted live at the festival and will stand in front of participating business storefronts all over Asheville in an effort to broaden public awareness of the impacts of factory farming on health, the environment, and social justice in the state and to help North Carolinians see #ThePigPicture.

Read more about #ThePigPicture here.


Man & Nature: Pathway to Renewal
Group show at the Asheville Area Arts Council

Thom Robinson and Ray Griffin Gallery at The Refinery Creator Space
207 Coxe Avenue, South Slope, Asheville

opening reception Friday September 1, 5:00 – 8:00 PM
Artist talk at 6:30 PM
exhibition through October

Seed Portraits, Julie Miles

Curated by Joseph Pearson, Man & Nature: Pathway to Renewal will examine some of the many facets of our environmental dilemma through two- and three-dimensional art. Among these are: the use of recycled materials, soil, found object sculpture, paint, pencil and a temporary labyrinth. This exhibit will highlight the works of six Buncombe County residents who are not only fine artists, but have extensive knowledge of the environmental sciences and environmental issues through education and/or occupation. Participating artists include: Joseph Pearson, Deanna Chilian, Julie Miles, Leslie Rowland, Roger Munch, Molly Sawyer, and Chuck Hunner.

For this show, Julie Miles bonds her love of the land with her love of art. Knowing that the availability and existence of the vast majority of vegetable plant varieties have been lost to hybridization and genetic modification (possibly 96%), the focus of her piece is to honor the genesis to plant growth: The Seed. Georgia O’Keeffe once said, “When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else.”

Read more about the exhibit online.


Karen Keil Brown: Featured Artist at Woolworth Walk

25 Haywood Street in Downtown Asheville
Opening reception, Friday, September 8, 5:00 – 8:00 PM

Karen Keil Brown will be the featured artist at Woolworth Walk for the month of September. All are invited to the opening reception on Friday, September 8. The Woolworth Walk, located in a historic building, exclusively represents local artists.
Visit Karen’s website here.


Joseph Pearson to host Color Ball pre-party

The Refinery Creator Space
207 Coxe Avenue, South Slope, Asheville

Saturday, September 9, 6:00 – 7:30 PM

Joseph Pearson will host the Out of the Blue Patron’s Party, which will be held the night of the Asheville Area Arts Council’s Annual Color Ball. Join us in the celestial space just beyond the earth’s atmosphere. Dance among the visible heavens and lose yourself in astral delights as we kick off the evening’s festivities with a party that will feature special surprises to celebrate our “star” donors, sponsors, and patrons.

Descend to Earth and hop on the complimentary Gray Line trolley (first come, first serve) to your pre-party destination.

Read more about the Indigo Ball here.


Joseph Pearson painting at Arts + Culture Center

14 Riverside Drive, River Arts District, Asheville

Wilma Dykeman by Joseph Pearson

Joseph Pearson painted this portrait last year in honor of the legacy and contribution of Ms. Wilma Dykeman. It will be on permanent display 14 Riverside Drive Arts + Culture Center for all visitors to see and appreciate. The recent dedication of 14 Riverside Drive was used to hang and dedicate this portrait. Wilma Dykeman (1920-2006) was a writer, speaker, teacher, historian and environmentalist who spent most of her life in western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee. She made the first full-fledged argument against water pollution in her 1955 book The French Broad. Wilma Dykeman strongly advocated for linkage between economic development and economic protection along the French Broad River. The Wilma Dykeman Riverway is named after this incredible author and activist.

See more of Joseph’s work at his website.


Holly de Saillan at the Odyssey Co-op Gallery

Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts
238 Clingman Avenue, River Arts District, Asheville

Holly de Saillan is the newest member of the Odyssey Co-op Gallery. She was chosen through a very selective, juried process. Her work is now for sale at the gallery, which is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Holly’s work will also continue to be available at her studio at Pink Dog Creative.

Visit Holly’s website here.


Andrea Kulish to teach at LEAF’s Easel Rider

Woodridge neighborhood, Asheville, NC
August 19, 12:00 – 2:00 PM

Andrea Kulish will collaborate with two LEAF Teaching Artists to hold a pysanky egg workshop at the Back-to-School Bash on August 19th in the Woodridge neighborhood of Asheville. The workshop will be held at LEAF’s mobile visual art truck, the Easel Rider, which goes around to Asheville communities providing free visual arts activities.

Read more about the Easel Rider at the LEAF website.


Christie Calaycay: Equilibrium

Charlton Bradsher Art + Design
opening reception Friday, October 6, 6:00 – 9:00 PM
October 5 – 9, 2017

Equilibrium, a collaborative show by Calaycay Design and Cris Bifaro Woodworks, is based on the ancient Five Elements Theory. Wood, fire, earth, metal, and water are believed to be the basic substances of everything in the universe and form a balance, while being in constant movement and cyclical change. Each element is brought to a physical translation in metal and woodwork, observing and honoring natural, creative changes.

See more of Christie’s work at her website.


Julie Miles and Andrea Kulish featured in Clouds exhibition

Adler Gallery at Posana Restaurant
1 Biltmore Avenue, Downtown Asheville

exhibition through October

A Pause, After a Long Day’s Work, Julie Miles, 24 x 36, acrylic, pencil, charcoal on board

A new art exhibition Clouds will open its doors July 27th at the Adler Gallery in Posana Restaurant. Curator Constance Vlahoulis has ingeniously combined art with science by inviting eighteen local artists to team up with The Collider. The Collider is a local non-profit, where business and science “collide” to develop solutions for climate change. When asked the connection between art and science, Vlahoulis quoted Leonardo daVinci, “Art is the queen of all sciences communicating knowledge to all the generations of the world.”

Sixteen of the artists include a host of Asheville’s best and most beloved painters, including Julie Miles of Pink Dog Creative. Styles will range from representational land and cityscapes, to atmospheric impression, abstract and whimsical. 3D artist Andrea Kulish of Pink Dog Creative is well known for her pysanky eggs, an ancient Ukrainian process of handwritten wax resist eggs using symbols of nature.

Read more in the Mountain Xpress article.


Black Mountain College Museum receives NEA grant

Pink Dog Creative would like to congratulate the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center for receiving a $25,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The BMCM + AC carries on the legacy of the Black Mountain College, one of the foremost innovative platforms for American artists in the 20th century. This particular grant supports a multidisciplinary exhibition about the pioneering visual artist Jacob Lawrence. The exhibition will focus on the summer of 1946, when Lawrence was invited by Josef Albers to teach painting at Black Mountain College. Among the artworks to be included are a series of Lawrence’s early gouache paintings and a series of photographs of Lawrence at the campus taken by Beaumont and Nancy Newhall. The BMCM+AC museum was designed by Pink Dog Creative Co-Owner and Creative Director Randy Shull.

Read more at the BMCM+AC website.


Pink Dog Creative display at the I-26 Visitors’ Center

I-26 at Mile Marker 6, Mars Hill, NC

Small works by artists at Pink Dog Creative as well as information about the businesses in the building will be on display at the I-26 Visitors’ Center through early January. Be sure to stop in when you are passing by!

More information about the Visitors’ Center is at their website.



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.


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.


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.