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
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.


Randy Shull: The Devil’s Hammock

Centro Cultural La Cúpola, Mérida, Mexico
Through January 12, 2019
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.


Holly de Saillan and Stephanie Grimes in Eyes Group Show

Posana Restaurant
1 Biltmore Ave., Pack Square, Downtown Asheville, NC
Opening reception Wednesday, December 5, 2018, 6:00–8:00PM
December 5, 2018–February 2019

Stephanie Grimes, Equine Observer, 2018, Scratchboard (left) Holly de Saillan, I Understand (detail), 2018, Vintage image mixed media collage (right)

A new art exhibition, Eyes, will open its doors December 5th at the Adler Gallery in Posana Restaurant. Curator Constance Vlahoulis has invited local artists to create their best work using the theme of eyes as their inspiration. The twenty participants include a host of Asheville’s best and most beloved artists. Styles will range from representational to atmospheric impression, abstract and whimsical.


Joseph Pearson and Viola Spells in Asheville Through Brown Eyes

The Refinery Creator Space, 207 Coxe Ave., Asheville, NC
Opening reception December 7, 2018 5:00–8:00PM
December 7, 2018–January 11, 2019

Asheville Through Brown Eyes will highlight the works of seven Buncombe County residents who are not only fine artists, but have extensive knowledge of the history and culture of people of color in Asheville. To celebrate the opening reception of Asheville Through Brown Eyes, an Ancestor Walk Butoh will form a procession on Coxe Ave. The group will be welcomed into the gallery by Adama Dembele, a 33rd Generation Master Djembe Player from Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa. The festivities will commence with a welcome talk from curator, Joseph Pearson.

Learn more about the exhibit at the Asheville Area Arts Council website.


Patti Anastasi: Eccentric Archetypes

Walker Arts Center at Asheville School
360 Asheville School Road, Asheville, NC
Through December 15, 2018

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.


Joseph Pearson Artwork Commissions

Joseph Pearson has completed several commissions, including an oil portrait of Mrs. Beverly McKenna, co-founder of the New Orleans Tribune and wife of Dr. Dwight McKenna, New Orleans’ first Black Coroner. Joseph was also commissioned to paint a mural at the Benne On Eagle restaurant in the Foundry Hotel in downtown Asheville, along with charcoal portraits of four of the black chefs who had businesses on the block (pictured above), in honor of the black business heritage of that area.

See more of Joseph’s work at his website.


Jennifer Kincaid and Reiko Miyagi in GreenHill Winter Show

Greenville Center for North Carolina Art, Greensboro, NC
December 2, 2018–January 18, 2019

Jennifer Kincaid

Jennifer Kincaid and Reiko Miyagi’s work will be included in the 2018 Winter Show at GreenHill in Greensboro, NC. This year’s show brings together over 120 artists from across North Carolina and “construes a comprehensive survey of the finest art and crafts being produced in the state.”

Read more about the show here.


Reiko Miyagi Zone One Arts Interview

East Meets West and Reiko Miyagi Produces New Ceramics

The Australian blog, Zone One Arts, features an interview with Reiko by Deborah Blakeley: East Meets West and Reiko Miyagi Produces New Ceramics. In the interview, Reiko talks about thirty years of making her art, both pottery and jewelry in Japan and the USA.

Read more at the the Zone One Arts website.


Noël Yovovich Featured December Artist

Pink Puppy Gallery, 344 Depot Street, Suite 101

For the month of December, jeweler and painter Noël Yovovich will be exhibiting her new work at the Pink Puppy Gallery. In honor of this exhibition and her one-year anniversary at Pink Dog (and in Asheville) there will be titanium-coloration demos throughout the month, as well as 10% off all work up to a $100 discount.

Visit Noël’s website here.


344 Depot Street, Suite 100
Throughout December

Make your own Ukrainian egg ornament! These workshops are open to beginners and those with experience. Teacher Andrea Kulish will guide you through making snowflakes or other festive designs.

Learn more at the Studio A website.


Holly de Saillan Clay + Collage & Studio A Holiday Party

344 Depot Street, Suites 105 & 100
Saturday, December 8, 4:00–7:00PM

As part of December on Depot, join Holly de Saillan and Andrea Kulish for a holiday party including wine, treats and giveaways. Then stroll down Depot Street for a host of other holiday parties.

Read more about the event here.


Reiko Miyagi

12th Annual Simple Cup Show Invitational, KOBO Seattle

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.


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.


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.