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
Open house reception for ClimateCon attendees and the general public: Sunday, March 18, 4:00 – 6:00 PM
Exhibit runs February 3 – March 31, 2018, Mondays – Saturdays 12:00 – 5:00 PM

Polluted Health by Joseph Pearson

Pink Dog Creative’s current exhibition, A Contemporary Response to Our Changing Environment, a group exhibition of Pink Dog Creative artists, curated by artist Joseph Pearson, will hold an open house for ClimateCon attendees and the general public on Sunday, March 18 from 4-6pm.

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 looks at climate change through artists’ perspectives and will share this perspective with the scientists and business leaders attending Climate Con, The 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-23rd at 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, Pat Phillips, Patti Anastasi, Leene Hermann, Stephen St. Claire and Larry Turner. The exhibition will run through March 31.


In Love’s Shadow Screening & Fundraiser

RAMP SOUTH Studio, 821 Riverside Drive #179, Asheville, NC

Saturday, March 24, 6:00 – 8:00 PM

In Love’s Shadow, a documentary film being made about the photography and creative motivations of Ralph Burns, is currently in the early editing stages. The film, produced by David Raymond and directed/filmed by Jethro Waters, follows Burns to Graceland, Elvis Presley’s former home, in August of 2017, for the fortieth anniversary of Presley’s death. The film uses this return visit to illuminate and reflect upon How Great Thou Art, Burns’ 30 year project on Elvis Fans (1978 – 2008), and as a vehicle to view and contextualize that project within Burns’ other bodies of work. The film is scheduled for completion in early summer of 2018.

In Love’s Shadow from Jethro Waters on Vimeo.

Reserve your seat here.


Andrea Kulish in Asheville Made magazine

Her Egg Making Is The Unbroken Link To An Eastern European Past

Andrea Kulish is featured in the March issue of Asheville Made magazine, which you can find at various media outlets around Asheville. Read more about Andrea and her pysanky in this article entitled Her Egg Making Is The Unbroken Link To An Eastern European Past. Andrea’s spring pysanky workshops will be held in April and May.

Visit Andrea’s website here and read the article online 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.


Joseph Pearson in MADE LOUISIANA: The Power of Perception

Stella Jones Gallery
201 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA
March 1 – April 28, 2018

Creole Cottage by Joseph Pearson

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 LOUISIANA: The Power of Perception.” Joseph was asked to contribute two pieces, one of which is pictured above.

Visit Joseph’s website at josephart.net.


Pink Dog Creative welcomes Mary Alice Ramsey

White in July

Mary Alice Ramsey is a native of western North Carolina. Her acrylic and mixed media works are frequently representational and incorporate images of people or botanical forms. She is influenced greatly by her backyard garden, the surrounding Appalachian Mountains, family, friends, and by her Christian faith. As a published author and performance poet, she also incorporates writing into some of her art. She completed undergraduate work at the University of North Carolina at Asheville and graduate work at Western Carolina University. She retired from teaching art in public school with National Board Certification. She lives in Fairview with her husband, Terry, and has four adult children and six grandchildren. She is an Extension Master Gardener Volunteer who just happens to have a very cool tree house where she makes art.

See more of Mary Alice’s work at her website.


Pink Dog Creative welcomes Anita Shwarts

Resting Beauty

Anita Shwarts takes inspiration from “Life Itself.” There is nothing more beautiful than the flow of the human form, the energy of a child enjoying the moment or a glance captured from a beautiful face. Working in mostly graphite, Anita uses natural shades and neutral colors to reflect both the mood and the moment. Whether creating a study from a live model or capturing a memory from a photograph, Anita hopes to recreate detail in location and emotion in the subject, creating art that shows the beauty in “Life Itself.”

See more of Anita’s work at her website.


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.


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.