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 Pizza Pura.

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

Pizza Pura

Pizza PuraPizza Pura opened to the public on Saturday, April 6!

Ben Mixson and Laura Reuss of White Duck Taco fame bring Neapolitan-style pizza and gelato to the River Arts District with a new restaurant, Pizza Pura. Instead of making decadent, cheesy meltdowns, Reuss creates scaled-down pies that showcase quality ingredients.

“I like the thin crust, the chewiness, the richness of the ingredients, kind of unspoiled, just add a little salt here and there or fresh herbs,” she says. “It’s really about the preparation.”

Pizza Pura is located at 342 Depot Street in the Pink Dog Studios building, on the opposite end from The Junction Restaurant and Bar. Read more about Neapolitan pizza and Pizza Pura’s mission at www.pizzapura.com.

Ongoing Exhibitions & Artist News

Check out our latest newsletter for news from our studios and ongoing artist exhibitions!
Read the November newsletter.

River Arts District Autumn Studio Stroll
November 8 – 9, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

RAD Studio Stroll

The Artists of Asheville’s River Arts District open their doors for a full weekend in the Fall Studio Stroll and Art Walk, welcoming the public to see and collect amazing art in their studios and galleries.

Find more information at www.riverartsdistrict.com.

And congratulations to Pink Dog Creative’s Andrea Kulish for winning the stroll poster design contest!

 

Rob Amberg: ShatterZone
at the Pink Dog Creative Gallery

Curated by Ralph Burns and Rob Amberg
November 7, 2014 – January 11, 2015
Opening Reception Friday November 7, 5:00 -8:00 pm

Rob Amberg

Boy With Jawbone, Walnut, Madison County, NC 2002

Shatter zone is an 18th century geologic term that refers to an area of fissured or fractured rock. The phrase took on new meaning after World War II when political theorists began using it to denote borderlands. In this modern definition shatter zones become places of refuge from, and resistance to, capitalist economies, state rule, and social upheaval. Appalachia, and Madison County in particular, fit that definition. While the county is wired into the 21st century, many individuals understand it as a place where one can continue to resist modernity and be as “off the grid” as you want to be.

Curator and photographer Ralph Burns states, “Rob is a significant and highly revered regional photographer. His body of work will be increasingly viewed as one of the seminal works of late 20th and early 21st century American photography, and also as a sensitive and unsparing look at a regional culture in transition. This exhibition at Pink Dog, titled ShatterZone, offers Asheville and WNC an exciting opportunity to see this new and extensive iteration / collection of Rob’s work, in one place and within shared context.”

For more information, visit www.robamberg.com.

 

Limited Visibility
at CAM Raleigh

409 W Martin Street, Raleigh NC
October 3, 2014 – January 4, 2015

Laura Belém

Temple of One Thousand Bells, Laura Belém

CAM Raleigh is pleased to present an exceptional exhibition of contemporary works from Latin America. Curated by Patricia Garcia-Velez Hanna and Natalia Zuluaga of Miami, Florida, Limited Visibility features a selection of works from the collection of Randy Shull and Hedy Fischer of Asheville, North Carolina and Merida, Mexico. In addition to the works in the Shull Fischer collection, the curators selected works by other leading artists from Latin America. Limited Visibility features sculpture, photography, mixed media, painting, video and installation.

Curators’ Statement: Voluntary omission, erasure, withholding, and concealment: these are the methods the artists in Limited Visibility employ in order to draw attention to that which is missing. What we see in these images, paintings, and installations is what is not there: each work absents presence and presents something absent. In each case, the viewer is required a certain amount of belief to fill in that which is not visibly available—these are not riddles, but questions with actual answers in the form of artworks.

For more information, visit camraleigh.org.

 

Viola Spells
at Pink Dog Creative

Viola Spells

Viola Spells, photo by Matt Rose

Pink Dog Creative would like to welcome back Viola Spells. Viola, a jeweler and sculptor, was the first artist at Pink Dog Creative and she has returned. Please visit Viola at 344 Depot St. and see her new work.

 

The Junction Bar + Restaurant presents:
Third Thursday: Holly de Saillan, Objet Trouvé
at The Junction Bar + Restaurant

Opening Reception Thursday, November 20, 5:00 – 8:00 pm

Holly de Saillan

See more of Holly’s work at www.beetlesagogo.org.

 

Randy Shull
at Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center

Black Mountain College

Asheville artist and designer Randy Shull is not one to shy away from challenges. He has been pushing the limits of functional work and design for over 25 years. Shull blurs the boundaries of art, craft and design and is about to take on a challenge to all three: he has been commissioned to design and oversee the expansion of the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center, which is slated to begin this fall.

Shull was chosen for the BMCM+AC project not only for his vision, creativity and multiple skills but it is also in keeping with the spirit of Black Mountain College, the experimental art school in Black Mountain, NC from 1933- 1957, that saw major creative talents teach or study there such as Josef and Annie Albers, Merce Cunningham, John Cage, Buckminster Fuller and Willem de Kooning, to name only a few. Students and faculty were known to have designed and/or built several structures on the campus so it seems only fitting to ask an artist to lead the design of the Museum that honors its legacy. “He has a particular appreciation for the art and architectural work and philosophies of the Bauhaus masters who taught at BMC, their use of available materials, and their blurring of the lines between art, architecture, furniture design and traditional notions of ‘craft.’” states BMCM +AC board chairman Dr. Richard Gruber.

Read more at Carolina Living.
Read more at Black Mountain College online.

 

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.

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