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.

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Ongoing Exhibitions & Artist News

In Times Like These
Curated by Hedy Fischer, Laurie Wilcox Meyer and Cherry Lentz Saenger

Pink Dog Gallery, 348 Depot St., Asheville, NC
May 10–June 9, 2019
Opening reception Friday, May 10, 5:30–7:30 PM
Three poets read their work at 6:30 PM

Joshua Adams, Ghostface Warrior Deluxe, 2016, Plasticine mold, wood panel, acrylic, 15 x 15 x 7 inches

Fifteen local, regional and national poets submitted poems that address a variety of political and social issues, from our environment to our present political divisiveness. We then invited fifteen visual artists to respond to a specific poem with work they felt best represented the feeling and meaning of the poem chosen for them.

The result of this “blind” collaboration is a thought provoking exhibition of work, on display from May 10-June 9, 2019 at the Pink Dog Gallery, 348 Depot St., Asheville, NC 28801. There will be an opening reception May 10 from 5:30-7:30 pm. Three poets will read their exhibited poem at the opening reception, Nickole Brown, Meta Commerse and Jessica Jacobs, at 6:30 pm.

Please click here for more information.


Visual Journaling Classes by Mary Alice Ramsey

Pink Dog Creative, 344 Depot Street, Suite 101
May, 2019

Mary Alice Ramsey will offer classes in Visual Journaling during the month of May at Pink Dog Creative. A visual journal is a sketchbook containing both words and mixed media art.

The class, entitled Lettering Variations, will meet Thursday evenings in May beginning on May 9 from 5:00 until 7:00. Topics in expressive lettering will be Form, Placement, Variations, and Elaborations. These lettering processes will enhance the already-established backgrounds. Tuition for May is $200 plus a $10 materials fee.

Each participant will produce several complex and colorful mixed media journal pages and will gain the expertise to continue working independently.

Mary Alice Ramsey is an artist, teacher, book-maker, writer and performance poet who has kept visual journals for twenty-five years. Contact her for additional information or to sign up at majramsey@gmail.com or at (828) 275-7071. Enrollment is limited.


Karen Keil Brown in Visual Contemplation: Land, Sea and Sky

Asheville Gallery of Art, 82 Patton Ave., Downtown Asheville, NC
Opening Reception Friday, April 5, 5:00–8:00 PM
April 1–31, 2019

Karen Keil Brown will be one of the featured artists for the April art show at the Asheville Gallery of Art. This month’s show, entitled Visual Contemplation: Land, Sea and Sky, will be on view throughout the entire month. The reception will be held on Friday, April 5, from 5:00 to 8:00PM.

See more of Karen’s work at her website.


Christie Calaycay in Asheville Made

Jewelry artist and designer Christie Calaycay was featured in the March issue of Asheville Made. “Calaycay’s work captures both the delicacy and endurance of botanical life, inspired by natural ecosystems around the world.” Visit her in Suite 100 at Pink Dog Creative.

Read the article at the Asheville Made website.


Lucy Cobos in 2019 NC Statewide Pastel Exhibition

Hickory Museum of Art, Hickory, NC
May 4–August 18, 2019

Two pastel paintings by Lucy Cobos have been accepted into the 2019 NC Statewide Pastel Society show. Out of 190 submissions, 60 paintings were selected by master pastelist Lyn Asselta.

View more of Lucy’s work at her website.


Reiko Miyagi exhibition

Wayne Center for the Arts, Wooster, OH

Reiko Miyagi is showing her work at an exhibition Functional Ceramics 2019 at the Wayne Center for the Arts in Wooster, OH. Functional Ceramics 2019 will feature pottery by 20 artists from across the country and will be presented at the Wayne Center for the Arts in Wooster, Ohio, March 16–April 14, 2019.

Please click here to visit Reiko’s website.


Pysanky / Ukrainian Easter Egg Workshops at Studio A

344 Depot Street, Suite 100
May, 2019

Learn to make your own Ukrainian Easter eggs. You will learn the method of batik – also called wax-resist – dying. You will also be familiarized with the wide range of Ukrainian folk art traditional patterns, designs and symbols and their history. Workshops will take place this spring at Studio A, Suite 100 at Pink Dog Creative.

Please click here for more information.


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.


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.


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.