The news about Pink Dog Creative is spreading fast! Read what the press has to say about our space.
Pink Dog co-founders Hedy Fischer and Randy Shull, photographer Jeff Rich, and curator Ralph Burns discuss WATERSHED: THE FRENCH BROAD RIVER, an exhibition of photographs by Jeff Rich.
From the article:
“I thought it would be great to have an exhibit that focuses the conversation back on what this area is,” Burns noted. “The River Arts District. And to bring the river, in another way, (into focus) with artwork that is reflective of where we actually are, and asks some questions in a nice way.”
Randy Shull, Pink Dog Creative co-founder and creative director, was featured in a livability.com article about Asheville’s River Arts District. Pink Dog Creative was also mentioned as one of the recent RAD transformations that have created homes for artists and studios.
Our State Magazine
“In the late 1800s, this area was the booming, industrial heart of the city. Factories and mills lined the banks along the French Broad River, producing everything from fabric and flour to crackers and ice. Those businesses have long since faded away. But the district’s creativee spirit never died.”
The Asheville Citizen-Times featured Pink Dog Creative as an example of what the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce hopes to achieve in their new job-creation initiative, Asheville 5×5. Read an excerpt from the original article below the link.
“But when it’s said and done, we did create jobs,” Shull said, ticking off the numbers: 15 artists in the buildings; 11 employees at The Junction, an adjacent restaurant; four employees of the Asheville Area Arts Council, which has a gallery in the space; several assistants employed by artists. Shull’s economic triumph provides just the sort of example local economic development officials point to as a roadmap for future success.
UNCTV featured Pink Dog Creative in a piece about the role of arts in the economy. Hedy Fischer and Randy Shull discuss this topic and talk about the development of Pink Dog.
A Pink Tie Affair
“Formerly a textile manufacturing and storage facility, 342 Depot Street has been brought back to life as Pink Dog Creative, a juicy mix of commercial outlets, galleries, and artist studios. Last Friday, I attended the grand opening of this hip new creative space.”
“Inspired by the palette of Merida, the Mexican town where they spend much of their time, the pair decided to use bright colors to turn the former textile warehouse into an arts destination, and in May of last year, after the previous tenant had moved on, Shull began painting the various street-facing sections of the 20,000 square foot structure, creating a panorama of greens, yellows, oranges, reds and blues.”
2011 RiverBusiness Award Recipient
Pink Dog Creative has been honored as a 2011 RiverBusiness Award recipient by RiverLink.org. An excerpt is below, but you can read the full article at the Mountain Xpress.
“Pink Dog Creative Studios on Depot Street was founded in 2010, the brainchild of Randy Schull and Hedy Fisher, two long time Asheville artists, entrepreneurs and activists. Randy is an architect, artist and sculptor who has transformed old manufacturing space into more artist studios, a new restaurant and a theater. They added these facilities as entrepreneurs without a government subsidy. It is a vibrant community of 15 artist studios, the Asheville Area Arts Council and The Junction Restaurant and Bar, due to open spring of 2011. Pink Dog Creative’s goal is to create a thoughtful community providing space for creative minds to gather, create, show and work eat and drink together.”
Pink Dog Creative had its first open house on Friday, October 1! Pattiy Torno of www.ashevilleRAD.com really captured the evening’s energy with the video below. For more videos, visit ashevilleRAD.com’s YouTube page.
In the Beginning
Artist Randy Shull and Hedy Fischer have transformed 342-348 Depot Street into a panorama of colors to house artist studios and retail space. The large Pink Dog logo painted on the front of the building came from a well-executed graffiti tag that was on the building when they bought it. Shull and Fischer decided to incorporate the dog into the building—but paint it pink—thereby taming the ferocious-looking dog into a more approachable and whimsical creature. Pink Dog Creative is right at home in Asheville’s River Arts District. Take a look at the before and after pictures to see the dramatic transformation!
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