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 28 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.

Pink Dog Creative, Visit Asheville


Ongoing Exhibitions & Artist News

Pink Dog Creative Group Show: A Contemporary Response to Our Changing Environment

Pink Dog Creative Gallery, 348 Depot Street
opening reception at Pink Dog Creative Gallery, February 3, 2018, 5:00 – 8:00 PM
Meet the Artists at the Collider, 1 Haywood Street, Fourth Floor, February 9, 2018, 10:00 – 11:00 AM (open to the public)
exhibit runs February 3 – March 31, 2018, Mondays – Saturdays 12:00 – 5:00 PM

Polluted Health by Joseph Pearson

Pink Dog Creative is pleased to announce A Contemporary Response to Our Changing Environment, a group exhibition of Pink Dog Creative artists, curated by artist Joseph Pearson to be held at the Pink Dog Gallery, 348 Depot St. Asheville NC, 28801 with an opening reception on February 3.

The debate around climate change tends to dwell in the realms of science and politics rather than in the arts, yet creative solutions to addressing climate issues are needed.  This exhibition will look at climate change through artists’ perspectives and will share this perspective with the scientists and business leaders attending ClimateConThe Business of Change, by staging an associated exhibition at the Collider, a nonprofit innovation center focused on catalyzing market-driven solutions to climate issues, March 19th-23rdat the Collider offices in downtown Asheville.

Jacqueline Lowe from the Collider said,  “We’re so excited to be connected with the Pink Dog artists and I know that being able to create this visual tie between our two worlds will bring a much needed connectivity to both the folks in our space everyday, and those visiting for ClimateCon.”

Artists include Joseph A. Pearson, Andrea Kulish, Deanna Chilian, Holly de Saillan, Karen Keil Brown, Lynn Bregman- Blass, Julie Miles, Jennifer Kincaid, Leene Hermann, Ralph Burns, Viola Spells, William Price, Sam Reynolds, Christie Calaycay and Pat Phillips. The exhibition will run through March 31.


New mural at Pink Dog Creative

AS ONE: Asheville-based artist Jenny Pickens says her latest mural is a response to worldwide strife. Photo by Thomas Calder

Pink Dog Creative is pleased to announce a new mural on its’ containers across the street from 342 Depot Street in the River Arts District.

In a continued effort to build bridges between the River Arts District and the Southside community, Pink Dog Creative has commissioned the second of our Southside neighbors, Jenny Pickens, to design and paint a mural. Jenny grew up in the Southside community and is an accomplished artist. Her design, entitled Zolas Embrace (peaceful earth) depicts a woman stitching the world back together. Pickens says, “With so much negative energy going on worldwide, I wanted to show mother nature repairing the world with the love that’s been lost. We all share a common goal. Peace on earth.”

Stop by Pink Dog Creative, 342-348 Depot Street, to see the completed mural.

Zolas Embrace (peaceful earth) has been featured in both Asheville Made and the Mountain Xpress. Please click here to read the article in Asheville Made, and here to read the Mountain Xpress article.


Randy Shull work acquired by Spartanburg Art Museum

84″ x 56″ x 15″, Acrylic on wood panel

Spartanburg, SC

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.


Joseph Pearson in New Orleans African Tricentennial Celebration Art Exhibition

Stella Jones Gallery
201 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA

Emmett Till: Portrait of innocence; Images of hate ink wash drawing

Joseph Pearson is one of 47 artists who was invited to contribute to the celebration of New Orleans’ Tricentennial in an exhibition sponsored and hosted by Stella Jones Gallery in New Orleans. The working title of the exhibition is “MADE AMERICA: The Power of Perception.” Joseph was asked to contribute two pieces, one of which is pictured above.

Visit Joseph’s website at josephart.net.


VIVIAN restaurant now open

348 Depot Street at Pink Dog Creative
Vivian Restaurant is now open in the River Arts District! We’re serving up lil’ bites, small plates, and big, rich entrees embracing old school European recipes and culinary techniques. Enjoy a sit down meal in our cozy main dining room or hang out in the bar and enjoy the same full service dining with more of a casual feel. We have an affordable & adventurous wine list, historical cocktails including Julia Child’s “Upside Down Martini,” European import beers, and some rare brews on tap including Fonta Flora & Blackberry Farms! Join us for your New Year’s Eve Celebration on Sunday night, 5-11pm- we’ll be serving our regular menu, some special additions, and all the bubbly! And be sure not to miss out on the first ever Vivian Brunch, kicking off on New Years Day, Monday 1/1, from 10:30am – 3pm. Brunch will typically be on Sundays, but this was the perfect brunch holiday to get the ball rolling!

Check out the menus and make a reservation at Vivian’s website.


Karen Keil Brown in Winter Blues art show

Asheville Gallery of Art
82 Patton Ave., Asheville
opening reception Friday, January 5, 5:00 – 8:00 PM
January 1 – 31, 2018

Karen Keil Brown will participate in the Asheville Gallery of Art’s January show, Winter Blues, during the month of January. This exhibition features the work of 23 member artists and runs January 1-31. What better way to brighten the cold and gray January days than by enjoying a display of great art? Each piece will be an interpretation of the artist’s winter experience. Work will range from serene, snowy landscapes to abstracts in colors calculated to warm and cheer you as you wait for spring.

For further information about this show, you can contact Asheville Gallery of Art at (828) 251-5796, visit the gallery website or go to the gallery Facebook page.


Welcome Mudhoneyz Studio

Suite 103 at Pink Dog Creative

Pink Dog Creative is pleased to welcome Mudhoneyz Studio- the working ceramics studio of LeElaine Comer, Missy Batten and Molly Walter. Their work, both functional and sculptural, is made and fired collectively in their wood kiln located in Weaverville, NC.

Learn more at the Mudhoneyz Studio website.


Ralph Burns’ work included in
CREATED BY LIGHT- Photographs from North Carolina Collections,
at the Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington, NC

September 16, 2017 – February 11, 2018

Ralph Burns tells the story of his photograph How Great Thou Art #4 in this video by the Cameron Art Museum.

How Great Thou Art #4, Memphis, TN. 1978 – 2007,                            1991

Exploring the photography collections of eight North Carolina institutions, the exhibition will examine the evolution of photography highlighting the luminaries of the medium, the connections between the institutions and the NC artists working in photography.

The over 100 works included in the exhibition range from 1887 to 2016 with pioneers of the medium including Ansel Adams, Diane Arbus, Lewis Hine, Robert Mapplethorpe, Eadweard Muybridge, and Andres Serrano among others.

Ralph Burns’ work is in the permanent collections of both the North Carolina Museum of Art and the Asheville Art Museum.

Read more at the museum’s website.


Noël Yovovich in new studio space

Noël Yovovich is all set in her brand new space, around the corner from her old space. If you mention having seen this you will get 10% off your purchase. Come in and see not only jewelry but also paintings and pottery.

See more of Noël’s work at her website.


Julie Miles and Deanna Chilian accepted to Art Fields

Lake City, SC
April, 2018

When Strangers Meet, They Dance by Deanna Chilian

Julie Miles and Deanna Chilian have both been accepted to Art Fields, an annual, nine-day art competition in Lake City, South Carolina. The largest competition of its kind, ArtFields awards more than $120,000 in cash prizes to artists from across the Southeast. And, it’s also infused new energy, creativity, and growth into Lake City and its surrounding communities.

Learn more about ArtFields at their website.


Christie Calaycay: Best of WNC

Congratulations Christie Calaycay for being voted #3 Best Jeweler in the WNC Best of Awards! Visit Christie in her studio Monday-Friday in Suite 100 and online at calaycaydesign.com.


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 (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.