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 21 artists working in their studios, Fresh West Wood Fired Pizza, Vivian Restaurant and RADical Elements. Pink Dog raises funds and awareness for people and organizations working to make our communities more equitable and just, including Southside Rising, Youth Artists Empowered and the Edington Center, among others.

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

Christie Calaycay and Holly de Saillan: EVOKE

Pink Dog Gallery, 348 Depot St., Asheville, NC
Opening reception Friday, November 8, 5:00–8:00 PM
Studio Stroll Open House Sat. + Sun. Nov. 9 + 10, 11:00AM–4:00PM each day
Exhibition November 8–December 1, 2019

Please join us for EVOKE– to Hear, to See, to Feel, to Smell & to Taste, a collaborative multi-sensory installation created by Christie Calaycay and Holly de Saillan.

While deeply reflecting upon current fearful and uncertain times, the artists ask themselves, “Have we become uncomfortably numb?” Leading to, “As artists, how do we respond?” The resulting collaboration is their response. Restorative sensory stimulation enables us to engage with the environment, communicate in multiple and complex ways and reduce our stress levels. Inspiriting our sensuous nature is important for overall emotional well-being.

Within the space of EVOKE the artists are exploring the means to invigorate, surprise, calm and stimulate one’s senses. Please accept the invitation to contemplate the creative visions of these two artists. Both longtime River Arts District artists, Christie Calaycay is a metalsmith/jewelry designer, and Holly de Saillan is a lifelong ceramic artist.

Please click here for more info.


River Arts District Fall Studio Stroll

Saturday, November 9 + Sunday November 10, 10:00 AM–5:00 PM
Free Trolley around the District 11:00 AM–4:30 PM

The River Arts District Fall Studio Stroll is a creative experience for people of all ages, welcoming families, friends, couples and single explorers. The event is great for seeking out fine art to add to your collection, falling in love with a funky new hat, or collecting colorful artist cards to create a mosaic. There are all kinds of art and craft being created in the district, from traditional and contemporary painting to gorgeous jewelry, blown glass, exquisite woodworking, and even majestic bonsai. Many studios have snacks and refreshments, and there are also plenty of cafes, restaurants, and watering holes to take a break, along with open spaces for the kids or dogs to play.

Please click here for more information about Studio Stroll.


Pysanky Ornament Workshops

Studio A at Pink Dog Creative, Suite 100
Through December 26, 2019

This November + December, learn to make your own Ukrainian pysanky ornaments at Studio A. Andrea Kulish will teach workshops in creating beautiful Ukrainian pysanky Easter eggs – as ornaments for your holiday tree. The workshops will cover the method of batik – also called wax-resist – dying on real eggshells. Students will become familiarized with the wide range of Ukrainian folk art traditional patterns, designs and symbols and their history. The designs on the eggs are made with beeswax which is melted in the flame of a candle and applied to the egg using a tool called a kistka. The eggs are dipped into successively darker dyes. At the end of the process the beeswax is melted off to reveal the beautiful and colorful design. Students may use the traditional patterns, or also freestyle and make up their own design.

Please click here for more info.


Pink Dog Creative Welcomes Christine VanCott

344 Depot Street, Suite 100

Christine VanCott is a watercolor artist and children’s illustrator who creates small-scale dimensional paintings, prints and custom kids’ name art.

Her playful paintings are often composed in several layers, then hand cut and hand assembled for a 3-dimensional, pop-up book effect. Like a miniature storyboard, the background and foreground give each scene a sense of depth and natural shadow. Her work is tiny and cheerful, with small details and a free sense of scale and perspective.

Please stop by and say hello! Christine is excited to join the annual Studio Stroll event on November 9 & 10 and will be setting up her work space at Suite 100 in mid-November.

You can find more of her work at www.ipsydoodles.com.


Noël Yovovich Grand Opening

348 Depot St., Suite 101

Noël Yovovich is now open in a bigger, better studio space, still in Pink Dog Creative. Come see new work, and work you may not have noticed in the tighter quarters of the old studio. Also, demos of the positively magical process of using voltage to produce bright, vibrant color on titanium and niobium, available anytime for the asking.

See more of Noël’s work at her website.


Reiko Miyagi in Vessels of Merriment

Grovewood Gallery, Asheville, NC
November 16–December 31, 2019

Reiko Miyagi’s work will be included in Vessels of Merriment, an invitational exhibition at Grovewood Gallery. Vessels of Merriment will feature handcrafted drinking vessels by 16 studio potters from around the country. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, November 16 from 2-5pm, free and open to the public, where viewers will have the opportunity to meet some of the participating artists. This show will remain on view through December 31, 2019.

See more of Reiko’s work at her website.


Joseph Pearson artwork featured in Time Magazine and The New York Times

Joseph’s painting pays homage to what The Block looked like in the 1960s.

Joseph Pearson’s painting The Block, Looking Back In Time has been featured twice this month in national publications, the New York Times and Time Magazine. Time Magazine named Benne on Eagle, a restaurant in the Foundry Hotel in downtown Asheville, one of their World’s 100 Greatest Places of 2019. Illustrated in the article is artist Joseph Pearson’s painting, The Block, Looking Back In Time, documenting the historic African American business district of Asheville, along with charcoal portraits of four significant female black business owners when The Block was in it’s heyday.

The New York Times also highlighted the Benne on Eagle along with a photograph of Joseph’s painting, in the article, “Summer’s Not Over Yet! 8 Ways to Extend Your Vacation.”

Pearson states, “I was honored to be a part of reflecting our history in this area, realizing that without this documentation in visual form, in a few years of gentrification no one would know the rich Black history of The BLOCK.”

See more of Joseph’s work at his website and Instagram.


Stained Glass Classes by David Watts

Pink Dog Creative, Suite 101
Through November 30, 2019

David Watts will be teaching classes in stained glass at his Pink Dog Creative studio. Six sessions, Saturdays 10am–noon: October 12, 19, November 2, 9, 16, 23, plus one make up session on November 30. Call the Instructor at (828) 231-1397 to register or for more information. $270 for the set of six classes.

Visit David’s website here.


Andrea Kulish artwork commissioned by Mission Hospital

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Andrea Kulish was commissioned by Mission Hospital to create 27 Ukrainian pysanky eggs for the Pediatric Consult area of their new building. The eggs will be framed in three sets of nine. The pysanky were all designed with specific symbols and colors that are wishes for good health, long life, love, strength and togetherness, and many bright colors were used especially with children in mind.

See more of Andrea’s work at her website.


Randy Shull’s Open Space acquired by

Randy Shull, Open Space, 2017, Acrylic on wood panel, 84″ x 48″ x 16″

Congratulations to Randy Shull as the Asheville Art Museum acquires Open Space. Shaping negative space with a combined artistic and mathematical precision, Shull explores the boundaries and intersections between furniture and fine art. In Open Space, sculptural components comment on the relationship between furniture and art as well as their implications when occupying a shared environment. Considering furniture to be an equalizer among people in its ubiquity and daily utility, Shull encourages us to not only reconsider our personal rapport with furniture but also the ways in which we navigate our world.

See more of Randy’s work at his 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.


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.


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.