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 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.

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Ongoing Exhibitions & Artist News

Kenn Kotara: _i_u_

Pink Dog Creative Gallery, 348 Depot Street
Opening reception Friday, October 12, 6:00–8:00 PM
October 12–November 11, 2018

Kenn Kotara works in a variety of media and substrates on painting, drawing, sculpture, structure and installation. Kotara’s architectural background and Louisiana roots permeate his work. The underpinning of his work is structured upon systems using the grid, language, and maps on which to hang his subject. His work has been in over one hundred fifty exhibitions, and is in several permanent collections around the world.

See more of Kenn’s work at his website.


Randy Shull: The Devil’s Hammock

Weizenblatt Gallery, Mars Hill University
Mars Hill, NC
September 26–November 2, 2018
Opening reception Wednesday, October 3, 6:00–8:00PM

Shull has engaged a wide range of Mexican imagery in this new body of work—appropriating, collaging, conflating, colliding, concealing, painting, and pasting; evoking enduringly complicated sets of relationships. Old and new, past and present, privileged and powerless, near and far, horizontal and vertical, over and under, faded and saturated. The stability of abstracted architectural form meets the instability of historical representation and interpretation. Cut-out eyes, applied crudely onto pre-Colombian figurines and Mexican folk heroes offer an opportunity to feel the figures looking back at us, or communing knowingly among themselves. The museum springs to life in uncanny ways.

-Eric Baden, Professor, Warren Wilson College

Click here to read more.


Randy Shull in Defining America

Western Carolina University Bardo Arts Center
Cullowhee, NC
September 11, 2018 – May 3, 2019

Randy Shull, Simultaneous Pattern, 2013, acrylic on wood panel, 73 x 96 x 8 inches

Randy Shull’s work Simultaneous Pattern has been chosen for inclusion at Western Carolina University’s John Bardo Arts Center in the exhibition Defining America curated by Carolyn Grosch.

Defining America is inspired by the WCU campus theme for the 2018–2019 academic year. The exhibition brings together artists with different perspectives on the concept of America and asks visitors to reflect on the values, definitions, and assumptions attached to this concept. The exhibition will be on view through May 3, 2019.

Visit Randy’s website here.


Susan Sertain and Viola Spells Present

Chit-Chat Fashion Show: Talking About Leaves
Pink Dog Creative, 344 Depot Street, Suite 101
Sunday, October 14, 2018 3:00–6:00 PM

Susan and Viola have collaborated to bring Asheville a fresh approach to fashion shows. Chit-Chat is a must, if you follow local fashion and enjoy fashion shows in a unique setting. The “Leaves” theme is in honor of the fall season. Models will wear vintage clothing with jewelry made of crochet wire with metal leaves. This show is free to the public.


Viola Spells: Featured October Artist

Pink Puppy Gallery, Pink Dog Creative, 344 Depot St., Suite 101

Viola Spells will be the featured artist in the Pink Puppy Gallery for the month of October. Viola states, “After completing my B.F.A., I started ZenobiaStudio and began making crochet wire jewelry. I love the delicate and lacy look of crochet wire, which reminds me of my mother’s lace curtains and my grandmother’s doilies. This crochet wire jewelry has a contemporary look by using beads, crystals, amber, wood, and gemstones.”


Noël Yovovich One Year Anniversary Celebration and Opening

Pink Dog Creative, 344 Depot Street, Suite 101
Saturday, October 20, 2018 3:00–7:00 PM

The end of October marks one full year at Pink Dog Creative for jeweler/painter/potter Noël Yovovich! Come for a celebration on Saturday, October 20 from 3-7pm. Enjoy snacks and beverages and see brand new paintings done during a September retreat in rural Canada as well as other new work. Take advantage of discounts on older work and enter your name to win a pair of her ever-popular bird earrings.

See more of Noël’s work at her website.


Stephen and Joy St. Claire: Featured October Artists

Woolworth Walk, 25 Haywood Street, Downtown Asheville

The work of Joy and Stephen St. Claire will be featured in Woolworth Walk’s F.W. Gallery for the month of October. The paintings displayed will be the latest autumn-themed pieces the couple has created this year. The opening reception for the artists will be on Friday, October 5, from 5:00–7:00pm. F.W. Gallery at Woolworth Walk is located at 25 Haywood Street in downtown Asheville.

For more information, call 828.254.9234 or visit woolworthwalk.com.


Mary Alice Ramsey at FAAL at the Mountain

Mountain Mojo Coffeehouse, Fairview, NC
October 1–December 1, 2018

Botanical images by Mary Alice Ramsey will be included in works featured at Mountain Mojo Coffee during the month of October. Her bright acrylics celebrate the ending of summer and beckon the beginning of autumn. View this Fairview Area Arts League show throughout the month.

For coffeehouse hours, please visit the Mountain Mojo Facebook page.


Karen Brown art workshop

Shuptrine Fine Art, Chattanooga, TN
October 5, 2018

Karen Brown will teach an art workshop in Chattanooga, TN at Shuptrine Fine Art on October 5, 2018 from 10am-1pm. The gallery represents Karen’s artwork.

See more of Karen’s work at her website.


Trigger Warning

First Presbyterian Church
40 Church Street, Asheville
September 7—October 31

Leene Hermann, No More, 2018, glass mosaic

Pink Dog Creative is pleased to announce the exhibition, Trigger Warning which addresses the issue of and consequences of gun violence in the United States and specifically in Asheville and Buncombe County. Sadly, Asheville had 7 homicides in 2017, and 9 in 2016, most occurring in Asheville’s poorer neighborhoods. Asheville’s homicide total for 2018 has already eclipsed the total for all of 2017.

We each respond in our own particular way to the gun violence issue but 21 artists from Pink Dog Creative are tackling the issue in their specific creative ways with the exhibition Trigger Warning, on view at the First Presbyterian Church, 40 Church St., Asheville in September and at Pink Dog Creative Gallery in Asheville, in January through March, 2019.


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.