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

VIVIAN wins Best New Restaurant and Best Restaurant in the 2018 Stoobie Awards

Shannon and Josiah McGaughey, owners of Vivian

Congratulations to Vivian restaurant for winning not one, but two awards in the 2018 Stoobie Awards. Vivian won Best New Restaurant and Best Restaurant. Vivian is “an insanely great restaurant, and a brilliant new jewel in the crown of high-end dining establishments that currently rings our city.” – Stu Helm

Click here to read about Vivian and the other winners at the Stoobie Awards website, and here to see Vivian’s menu and make a reservation.


Puppy Love: Adoption Event, Fundraiser & Exhibit

Pink Puppy Gallery
344 Depot St., Suite 101, Asheville, NC
Adoption Event, Fundraiser & Opening Reception Saturday, February 9, 12:00–3:00PM
Exhibit February 1–28, 2019

Lynn Bregman Blass, Wishing for a Kitten

Come meet your new furever friend at Pink Dog Creative’s Puppy Love event. Brother Wolf Animal Rescue will bring several orphaned dogs who are in need of a new home. Hang out with the dogs, peruse the art and meet the artists. The Puppy Love art exhibit will be on view, which will contain pet-themed artwork, along with sips and snacks. Pink Dog Creative Artists will be donating a portion of all sales from the day to Brother Wolf Animal Rescue. Be sure to swing by Vivian restaurant after the event for their $8 Puppy Love drink special.

For more information, please click here.


William Henry Price Exhibition

Momentum Gallery, 24 N Lexington Ave.
Opening reception Thursday, February 28, 5:00–8:00PM
February 25–April 27, 2019

“I am awed by the intricacy of life on the mountainside, how the bloodroot takes in the light, or the feel of rock that is three hundred million years old.” Often intricately detailed, William’s new paintings invite us into the fresh air, the dawn chorus of birds and the dark richness where seeds germinate. Large ink drawings fill the page with spontaneous growth, and small, intensely-colored panels in acrylic evoke ancient lacquerware.

See more of William’s work at his website.


Joseph Pearson in Fresh Paint

Asheville Gallery of Art
82 Patton Ave, Downtown Asheville, NC
February 1–28, 2019
Opening reception Friday, February 1, 5:00–7:00PM

Joseph Pearson, Trash to Treasure, Mixed media

Joseph Pearson is participating in a two-person exhibition, Fresh Paint, at The Asheville Gallery of Art. Joseph is presenting paintings from a body of work on recycling and renewal that began with an investigation into how nature reclaims elements through decay and deterioration. “I see my role as both observer and activist,” he says. “I watch what’s going on around me, internalize and mix it with my own creative interpretation, and reflect it back to society.” Pink Dog Creative would also like to congratulate Joseph on being the newest member of the Asheville Gallery of Art, Asheville’s longest established fine art gallery.

Read more about the exhibit in the Citizen-Times website article.


Youth Arts Empowerment Workshops Exhibition: On the Cusp

Pink Dog Creative Gallery
348 Depot St., Asheville, NC
Opening Reception Friday, March 1, 5:00–8:00PM
Exhibit March 1–31, 2019

Living Life Like Its Golden, Zion, age 15, 2018

Youth Arts Empowerment (YAE) creative workshops provide young people with a safe place to develop self-empowerment through self-expression. Students, between the ages of eleven and nineteen, were provided art materials, shown various ways to use them and given creative assignments. The narrative paintings presented in this exhibit reveal the meaning, depth and importance of their creative process and power of art. The students’ exhibit, entitled, On the Cusp opens at the Pink Dog Creative Gallery, in the River Arts District on Friday, March 1, 2019 with an opening reception from 5 to 8pm. Youth Arts Empowerment is facilitated by its founder, Cleaster Cotton, artist, educator, and ALNUGE inventor. The flagship six-session YAE Workshop Series was sponsored by Pink Dog Creative in partnership with the Arthur R. Edington Education & Career Center/Southside Arts and Agriculture Center. As one student commented, “I realized that I am an artist.”


Trigger Warning

Pink Dog Creative Gallery, 348 Depot Street
January 11–February 24, 2019

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 Pink Dog Creative Gallery, 348 Depot St. Asheville, NC, beginning January 11 through February 24, 2019.


Brett Douglas Hunter in DWR and kinder MODERN Installation

A colorful cacti sculpture “planted” in a mid-century Bullet Planter is by artist Brett Douglas Hunter, who also created other pieces of fantastical creatures in the space.

Congratulations to artist Brett Douglas Hunter, whose work has been included in A Playful Home, an installation by Design Within Reach and kinder MODERN, and featured in Design Milk. Brett was commissioned to create several pieces for the installation, which “exhibits creative and whimsical possibilities when it comes to living with modern design….”

See photos of the entire installation and read more in the Design Milk article.


Fresh West closed February 4–7

Fresh West Pizza will be closed from Monday, February 4 through Thursday, February 7 in order to spruce up their floors. We apologize for any convenience. Fresh West will reopen on Friday, February 8.

Peruse the Fresh West menu at their website.


Joseph Pearson: Thoughts on the time: reflections on today’s current of racial injustice and violence

Walker Arts Center at Asheville School
360 Asheville School Road, Asheville, NC
January 10–March 1, 2019

Joseph Pearson, A Mother’s Angst, oil on canvas, 30″ x 30″

Joseph Pearson has been invited to have a solo exhibition at The Asheville School. The show will open January 10th with a reception from 5:30–7:30PM, and on January 18th Joseph will conduct two presentations to the students.

See more of Joseph’s work at his website.


Community Container Project in The Laurel

Trinity Harper Pierce

Pink Dog Creative’s Community Container Project was recently featured in The Laurel. Connection was a theme for Trinity Harper Pierce as she created her work. “If you don’t love your community, there are lots of things that could happen that could be bad, like more violence and heartache,” says Pierce. “It’s sad to see families lose loved ones to violence.” Pierce says creating art helps her feel calm and express herself, and seeing her art on such a large scale gave her lots of emotions. “I feel a little bit nervous because I have never done anything like this and I am excited at the same time,” she says. “I hope that when people see the mural that their hearts grow bigger than the heart in the middle.”

Read the full article at The Laurel website.


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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.


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.