In Solidarity

In Solidarity, an exhibition by Pink Dog Creative artists and associated friends, seeks to speak to the violence, fear and grief caused by centuries of injustice to Black people and to celebrate the many contributions made by people of African descent to the culture of this country and the world. At Pink Dog we stand for justice and equity for everyone. We are outraged and saddened by the recent deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor and the unnecessary violence against Johnnie Rush in our own city. These names are only the more recent victims in a long history of racism in this country. We believe that artists speak to our times and that art can uplift, enlighten and encourage dialogue. Art can be a vehicle for social change.

Up to 100% from the sale of art from this exhibition will go to the following charities whose mission is justice and equity, Black Lives Matter, BeLoved Asheville, and the Equal Justice Initiative. We encourage you to join us in donating to organizations that are working to progress racial equality. Pink Dog Creative will match all donations from sales from this exhibition. Now also on view at the Pink Dog Gallery, 348 Depot Street, Asheville, NC. Click on each image for larger view.

Joseph Pearson, Breonna Taylor, 2021, Inkwash drawing, “20×16″ $275.00 [email protected] Joseph Pearson, Breonna Taylor, 2021, Inkwash drawing, 20″ x 16″ $275.  50% to the Equal Justice Initiative  [email protected] 

Joseph Pearson, Mama and son, 2021, Oil on canvas, 36″ x 30″ $3,000, 50% to the Equal Justice Initiative  [email protected]


Casimir B Bationo – CasziB, Black Lives Matter, 2020, Acrylic, 63.77” x 53.18″, SOLD- $4800, 35% of sale price goes to Black Lives Matter. [email protected] “BLM” is an artwork to highlight Blacks’ conditions in the world.  In the artwork, figures intertwine with the buildings to indicate that in the suburbs people are not safe. The writings sing freedom, equality and represent the discontent of the inhabitants against injustice and discrimination. The accused raise their fists and shout in chorus “freedom and justice”. This raised fist represents the cry for freedom called the “Black Power sign”. (This sign has existed since the Black Panther movement in 1960 and has stirred 60 years later with the BLM movement.)


Patti Anastasi, I’m Having a Great Time Here Without You, 2015, Acrylic combined media, 20″ x 24,” $600 framed, 50% to a charity of your choosing. [email protected] In African culture the headdress is worn to denote one’s high position in society.  It is worn by on special occasions by those in leadership positions, the wealthy, and spiritual advisors.

Patti Anastasi, Conceived of Something Beyond Imagination, 2018, Acrylic combined media, 18” x 24,” $500 framed, 50% to a charity of your choosing.  [email protected]  


Karen Keil Brown, I Can’t See the Forest Because of the Trees, 2020, Acrylic on canvas, 15” x 30,” $1200 includes tax + ship, 50% to Equal Justice Initiative [email protected] If you look at things one at a time, you might not realize that a branch of separate “trees” go together to make a “forest”! We can become too involved in the details of a problem to look at the situation as a whole: Injustice and Inequality Is a global problem and we can start by making changes in our own neighborhoods.


Karen Keil Brown, Bridges, Acrylic, 30” x 40,” SOLD. $2400, 50% to Equal Justice Initiative. [email protected] A bridge connects two opposite points–they meet together and helps you get to the other side. I hope we can all do that too!


Ralph Burns, Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana #4, 2013  (From Field Notes From The Anthropocene, 2012 -20xx ), 1 of 10, Fiber Base Silver Gelatin Paper, Toned in Selenium, 13” x 5” (+/-) on 11” x 14,”  $1200, 50% goes to Equal Justice Initiative. [email protected]


Christie Calaycay, Aya Earrings, 2020, Sterling silver and green tourmaline, $345. SOLD. 100% to Black Lives Matter. [email protected] Inspired by the African symbol Aya or fern, which signifies endurance, resourcefulness and the will to persist even when adverse circumstances make it difficult. According to Adinkra symbology, “an individual who wears this symbol suggests that he has endured many adversities and outlasted much difficulty.” Green tourmaline provides a sense of peace and calm to the nervous system and is ideal for healing purposes.


Deanna Chilian, Ghosting, 2020, Oil + cold wax on panel with a 2″ cradle, $400, 100% to Equal Justice Initiative.  [email protected] Change begins with awareness. While it may seem ironic, systemic racism impacts how white feminism has failed to engage black women. From that premise, I wanted to bring attention to the need to elevate issues that have a disparate impact on black women, such as inequities surrounding health care and incarceration. Using the pink pussy hat as a feminist symbol… Read more..

Deanna Chilian, The American Dream, 2020, Oil + cold wax + collage on cradled panel, two 12” x 12″ pieces,” $750, 100% to Equal Justice Initiative.  [email protected] From the late 19th-mid 20th Century, Jim Crow laws did not only impact life for black Americans in the South, but throughout the nation. One manifestation of these laws that continues to negatively impact black communities and black wealth was a practice called “redlining”. Simply put, redlining was a control measure which shut black neighborhoods out of participating in the larger housing economy. Read more…


Lucy Cobos, Artists: Yoron Israel, Esperanza Spalding, Bill Pierce, Giclee prints, 8.5″ x 11″ up to 17″ x 22″ on 100% cotton rag paper.  $125-$400. Larger sizes also available upon request. 100% of the profit from sales will be donated to Black Lives Matter. Contact: [email protected] In celebration of the extraordinary contributions made by African-American jazz artists to world culture, I am featuring 3 portraits from my photography collection. Jazz epitomizes the diversity of rhythm and notes coming together to make beautiful music. Our world is a similar blend of different “notes” that makes us who we are, joined together in our common humanity. We are only as beautiful as the rhythm we dance to, in step as one.

Lucy Cobos, Esperanza Spalding, Pastel on Sennelier paper, framed, $800. $650 to Black Lives Matter. SOLD. [email protected] In celebration of the extraordinary contributions made by African-American jazz artists to world culture, I am featuring this pastel portrait of Grammy award winning artist Esperanza Spalding. I was commissioned by Berklee College of Music to showcase some of their esteemed faculty. About Esperanza Spalding~ Ms. Spalding is an American jazz bassist, singer, songwriter, and composer. Her accolades include four Grammy Awards, a Boston Music Award, and a Soul Train Music Award. In addition to writing and performing music, she has also worked as an instructor, first at the Berklee College of Music, beginning at age 20. In 2017, she was appointed professor of the Practice of Music at Harvard University. In 2018, Ms.Spalding received an honorary doctorate of music from her alma mater, Berklee College of Music, and served as commencement speaker at the ceremony. Jazz epitomizes the diversity of rhythm and notes coming together to make beautiful music. Our world is a similar blend of different “notes” that makes us who we are, joined together in our common humanity. We are only as beautiful as the rhythm we dance to, in step as one.


Cleaster Cotton, Ascension… Portrait of American History, 2020, Painting | Acrylic and marker on paper, 20″ x 16,” $846, Unframed, 50% to BeLoved Asheville. [email protected]  828.367.7708   “This portrait of American history depicts the ascension from colonization.” ~ Cleaster Cotton, Artist (2020)


Heather Davis, At the Barricade, Encaustic collagraph/mixed media on birch panel, 18” x 24,” $250, SOLD, 100% donated to Black Lives Matter. [email protected] Heather’s intention when creating this piece was to represent the awful altercation at Lafayette Square where peaceful protesters encountered violence.


Holly de Saillan, Universe, 2020, Mixed-media vintage image collage, 12” x 9” archival masonite board, $190 unframed or $240 in a floating black frame plus shipping, $50 to Black Lives Matter *SOLD*. 828.280.8804 [email protected]  Universe was created right after the George Floyd vigil in Durham. The image of the man is from a 1960’s LOOK magazine. Humanity’s racism haunts our entire existence. We all have work to do.

Holly de Saillan, Nod to Andy Warhol #2, 2020, Collage Japanese Gocco silkscreen prints, 12” x 24” Archival panel, $220 plus shipping,$50 to Black Lives Matter. 828.280.8804 [email protected] Nod to Andy Warhol #2 was created with a 1970s Japanese Gocco Riso screen printer. These little printers are not made any more. I have been interested in Warhol’s Race Riot screen print and took inspiration from his multiple prints of celebrities. I also happened to be reading the work of Ibram X. Kendi.


Andrea Kulish, Black Lives Matter Pysanky, Series One: Memorials, 2020, Wax resist process on eggshells, $50 each, SOLD, 100% to Black Lives Matter. [email protected] Each egg is a memorial to these people whose names I have inscribed.. they are just a few of the countless Black lives that have been tragically lost.

Andrea Kulish, Black Lives Matter Pysanky, Series Two: Protection, 2020, Wax resist process on eggshells, $50 each, (Blue, red and green still available) 100% to Black Lives Matter. [email protected] Each egg contains both African Adinkra symbols and Ukrainian symbols for protection and good fortune.


James Love, After Floyd, 2020, Acrylic Paint, acrylic wash and wax, 5” x 8,” $110, 60% of my sales to Youth Transformed for Life (YTL). 336.264.8737 [email protected] Instagram: @ipaintforgod After Floyd represents what we felt after watching George Floyd be murdered. 

James Love, Stone-Faced, 2019, Clay and graphite, Approx. 7” x 8 1/2” x 1.5,” $350, 60% of my sales to Youth Transformed for Life (YTL). 336.264.8737 [email protected] Instagram: @ipaintforgod Stone-Faced represents the apathy and lack of emotion we sometimes feel. It’s in response to the years of disrespectful treatment and lack of justice that people, particularly African Americans, have faced in the United States. Many of us adapted these sentiments as survival techniques. 


Pat Phillips, Taking a knee, 2020, Enamel, 3” long; 1.25” wide; 0.5” deep, $125, 100% to Black Lives Matter. [email protected] The work was created to show solidarity with all those who are taking a knee and calling for an end to racism in our nation.


Jenny Pickens, The Watcher, Acrylic, 30″ x 30,” $1,500. 50% to Youth Transformed for Life (YTL) Training Program. The Watcher is an ancestor who is there to remind us of the strength, wisdom, and perseverance we have. The red beads are worn around the neck as a symbol of Fire and Courage.

Jenny Pickens, Birth of Knowledge, 2018, Acrylic, 36” x 48,” $1250, 50% to Black Lives Matter. [email protected] Knowledge of Greatness is given at birth. Enslaved Kings and Queens can’t be broken by chains and shackles. Their strength continues the key of life!


Anita Shwarts, My First Quiet Message, 2020, Mixed exotic woods, 7” x 11.5,” $120, 50% to be given to a charity of your choosing. [email protected] A Quiet Message – a series of 3 pieces for a subject I feel very strongly about, yet I often find that speaking your message quietly means it will be heard by more! Each of these pieces are made in a combination of 4 different exotic woods all shown in their own natural color with nothing added, or taken away, just as it should be…

Anita Shwarts, My Second Quiet Message, 2020, Mixed exotic woods, 7” x 11.5,” SOLD. 50% to be given to a charity of your choosing.

Anita Shwarts, My Third Quiet Message, 2020, Mixed Exotic woods, 7.75” x 12,” $120, SOLD. 50% to be given to a charity of your choosing. [email protected]


Viola Spells, Hands Up Don’t Shoot, 2019, Pendant: Sterling silver, nickel silver, copper, brass, 4.5″ x 17,” $300, 50% to Black Lives Matter Asheville. [email protected] This necklace focuses on police brutality in the African American communities across the United States.


Stephen St.Claire, Why?, 2018, Oil paint on textured metallic leaf, 14” x 34,” SOLD $1450, 100% to Equal Justice Initiative [email protected] 828.505.3329 This painting is titled Why? because I’ve had a lot of people look at this painting and ask me “why did you ruin this painting?” Great question! I ruined this piece so that I could ask people the same question: Why? Let me explain… Please take a look at this painting. What’s “wrong” with the red tree? Absolutely nothing, right? It’s beautiful, but it’s different from the others and it’s wounded and shattered. But we do the same thing to each other don’t we? As a culture, we seem to be afraid of their skin colors, cultures and groups, rather than intrigued by them and open to learning from them. It’s so easy to look at our own culture or group as “normal” and then minimize others who are different. Why do we do that? Why do I do that? Why do you? So here’s an idea: what if we celebrated people who are different than we are? What if we stopped talking about “tolerance” so much and started doing more than just “tolerate” others, but really enjoy them?  Personally, I can’t think of any reason why not. 


Noël Yovovich, Beauty Beneath our Boots, 7.5” x 1,” Sterling silver and found stones, $475, 40% to Black Lives Matter. [email protected] The stones in this bracelet are road gravel, picked up during walks and hikes here in Asheville. These broken rocks, intended to be walked and driven on, are now cut and polished to reveal their potential and their sparkle. I see this as a metaphor for members of our human family who have been discarded, broken, and ground underfoot but whose potential to shine only needs an opportunity. Please click here to see a video of the bracelet.