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.

Pink Dog Creative, Visit Asheville


Ongoing Exhibitions & Artist News

Clay Harmon: Al Dente

Pink Dog Creative Gallery, 348 Depot Street
Opening reception Friday, November 16, 5:30–8:00PM
November 16–December 30, 2018

Clay Harmon, Detritus 1, 2007, Archival pigment print, 12” x 18”

There is a magic point when cooking pasta when it is perfectly done – soft and slightly chewy. Supposedly, throwing a piece of spaghetti against the wall to see if it sticks is a method to determine if pasta has reached this state of perfection: if it sticks, it is ready. The organizing conceit of this exhibit is the same: I am going to throw some projects on the wall to see if they stick. First is the Telos project, which is a dark minimalist take on commuting—driving through the dark toward an uncertain destination. The Curve project is a set of extractions from architectural subjects taken over several trips to Europe that share a common visual sensibility. And the Detritus project documents a strange visual conversation with anonymous commuters who eat in their cars and then leave the evidence ready to be pondered.

See more of Clay’s photography at his website.


Kenn Kotara: _i_u_

Pink Dog Creative Gallery, 348 Depot Street
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

Centro Cultural La Cúpola, Mérida, Mexico
November 23, 2018–January 12, 2019
Opening reception Friday, November 23, 6:00 PM

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.


Joseph Pearson selected for 2018 Veterans’ Juried Exhibition

Asheville Area Arts Council, 207 Coxe Ave., Asheville, NC
November 2–30, 2018
Opening reception Friday, November 2, 5:00–8:00 PM

Joseph Pearson, Home From War, 2008, Oil on canvas, 34″ x 26″

Two paintings by Joseph Pearson, Pink Dog Creative artist and also an Army veteran, have been accepted into the 2018 Veterans’ Juried Exhibition, sponsored by the Asheville Area Arts Council. Joseph also completed a recent drawing workshop with six participants as part of the AAAC Arts & Wellness program for veterans.

See more of Joseph’s work at his website.


Patti Anastasi: Eccentric Archetypes

Walker Arts Center at Asheville School
360 Asheville School Road, Asheville, NC
November 8–December 15, 2018
Opening reception Thursday, November 8, 5:30–7:30PM

Patti Anastasi will be having a solo show at the Walker Arts Center at Asheville School. The opening is Thursday, November 8 from 5:30–7:30. The show is titled Eccentric Archetypes and depicts images of a psychological nature that are relative to all humanity.

To see more of Patti’s work, please visit her website.


Reiko Miyagi

12th Annual Simple Cup Show Invitational, KOBO Seattle

Opening reception, Saturday, November 3, 6:30PM

Starry, Starry Delights, Dunedin Fine Arts Center, Dunedin, FL
November 2–December 23, 2018
Opening reception, Friday, November 2, 6:30PM

Reiko Miyagi will be showing her yunomis and guinomis (tumblers and sake cups) at the 12th Annual Simple Cup Show Invitational at KOBO Seattle. She will also be showing her plates at the 2018 holiday show entitled: Starry, Starry Delights at the Dunedin Fine Arts Center in Dunedin, Florida. The opening reception is Friday, November 2 and it runs through December 23.

Visit Reiko’s website here.


November Group Show in the Pink Puppy Gallery

Pink Dog Creative, 344 Depot Street, Suite 101

Noël Yovovich, Sylvie’s Sunrise, 2018, Acrylic, 18″ x 24″

For the month of November, the exhibit in the Pink Puppy Gallery will feature a group show of Pink Dog Creative artists including Viola Spells, Holly de Saillan, May Rhea, Lucy Cobos, Patti Anastasi, Mary Alice Ramsey, Anita Shwarts, and Noël Yovovich.


River Arts District Fall Studio Stroll

November 10–11, 2018, 10:00 AM–5:00 PM

2018 Stroll poster design by Andrea Kulish

The Artists of Asheville’s River Arts District open their doors for a full weekend at the Fall Studio Stroll, welcoming the public to experience and collect amazing art in the studios and galleries. The Fall Stroll will once again feature a Food Drive in support of MANNA FoodBank by collecting non-perishable food items for our area’s needy families. Attendees will enjoy special demonstrations and events, free parking, and a free shuttle around the one-mile area of the River Arts District.

For more information, please visit the River Arts District website.


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.


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.


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.