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 33 artists working in their studios, GRIND Coffee Bar, Fresh West Wood Fired Pizza,  Vivian Restaurant and A.C.E. Bicycles. Pink Dog raises funds and awareness for people and organizations working to make our communities more equitable and just, including Southside Rising, Youth Artists Empowered and the Edington Center, among others.

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

From Sunrise to Sunset: Photography by Franklin Oldham

Pink Dog Gallery, 348 Depot Street
Opening Reception Saturday, May 14, 5:00–7:00 PM
May 13–June 12, 2022

Franklin Oldham, Fishing in Paradise, Key West Florida, 2021

Franklin Oldham is an Army Veteran who consistently seeks refuge in the solitude of nature. He was raised on a 35mm camera, and has now transitioned to full frame mirrorless photography. Oldham states, “I have decided to share what I see during my journey through life. If you look closely at anything found in nature, you will always see absolute and true beauty. Through beauty, peace is always felt.” Oldham will be presenting landscape photographs printed on paper, canvas, and metal, in an array of sizes. This work is mostly from Western North Carolina.

See more of Oldham’s work at his website.

 

GrindFest

8 River Arts Place, Asheville, NC
May 27–30, 2022

GrindFest is a celebration that acknowledges the positive and important contributions of Black business owners, entrepreneurs, and professionals. Despite this global pandemic, in an effort to combat racism and discrimination, GrindFest emphasizes hope that everything will be alright. This block-party style event at 8 Rivers Arts Place will include a weekend full of music, games, live performance, food, local vendors + learning, employment and partnership opportunities. The goal of the festival is to highlight the progress made by people of color while also connecting folks in the community. A long weekend of fun and excitement, this festival encourages everyone to attend the four days of festivities. Check out the lineup of events on the GrindFest Website. Remember to sign up and get your ticket soon at grindfestavl.com.

 

Andrea Kulish Fundraisers for Ukraine in Time and Wall Street Journal

Studio A, 344 Depot Street, Suite 100

Andrea Kulish, a first generation Ukrainian-American, is raising funds to help Ukraine. At Studio A, Stand With Ukraine stickers, handmade items from Ukraine, pysanky eggs, t-shirts and more are available for purchase by donation. 100% of funds collected are being donated to the UNWLA Humanitarian Aid Fund for life-saving medical equipment for Ukraine. Studio A has raised over $42,000 for the fund as of this date.

Read more in this Wall Street Journal article about pysanky eggs, and in a recent Time.com article.

Follow Andrea on Instagram for more of her fundraising updates.

 

Lucy Cobos in Asheville Made


Lucy Cobos was featured in April’s Asheville Made in an article entitled Thousands Of Pastel Sticks Were Exiled Along The Journey.

Read the article at this link.

 

Welcome Pam Granger Gale

Suite 140

Pam Granger Gale is a retired art teacher with 31 years of experience teaching all ages in different media. She has narrowed her personal art love to marbling. She has a BA degree in Art Education from Limestone College and attained National Board Certification in 2004 and 2014. Pam fell in love hard over thirty years ago with the process of marbling. As a lifelong teacher and learner, she has continually shared her love of the fickle process with others, introducing them to a relaxing addiction. Marbling, the ancient art of floating paint on a thickened water surface, is commonly remembered as facing pages in old books and Bibles. When the desired pattern is achieved, then it may be printed by laying paper to capture or freeze the design.

Learn more about Gale’s marbling and classes at her website.

 

Welcome Heather Divoky

Suite 101

Heather Divoky, Crown, Pen and ink on paper with wire and beading

Heather Divoky is an artist and poet living and working in Asheville, North Carolina. She obtained her BA in Art History at Appalachian State University and her Masters in Arts and Culture at Leiden University, the Netherlands. She has worked in the arts as a creator, curator, historian, designer, and administrator. Her work is shown nationally and internationally from Nashville to Amsterdam. Her primary concern is story-telling through great detail and color. Divoky works with marker, ink, wire, and stained glass, although she is always trying new media and techniques.

See more of Divoky’s work at her website.

 

Mark Flowers in 27th Annual Fine Arts League of Cary National Art Competition

Page-Walker Arts and History Center
Cary, NC
Opening reception Friday, May 27, 2022, 6:00–8:00 PM


This work, Man From Cameroon, was just accepted in the 27th Annual Fine Arts League of Cary National Art Competition. With over 600 entries by 225 artists from 35 states, 67 were accepted into the exhibition, the farthest coming from Hawaii. Eighteen artists from the Triangle are represented, with another 9 from across NC. The Juror, Jennifer Dasal, is the former Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, North Carolina, and is the host of the independent podcast ArtCurious, which she started in 2016 and which was named one of the best podcasts by O, The Oprah Magazine and PC Magazine. The opening is at Page-Walker Arts and History Center in Cary, NC on Friday May 27 from 6-8PM. You can see more of Flowers’ work at St.Claire Art Studio/Gallery in Suite 104, at https://foundwork.art/artists/edit/markflowers/works, or on Instagram at @markflowers.

 

Randy Shull Honors Ukraine

Pink Dog Creative, 342-348 Depot Street

Randy Shull Honors Ukraine, the newest Container Project by Randy Shull at Pink Dog Creative, was painted on March 5. Visitors are encouraged to take selfies in front of the artwork and post using hashtag #standwithUkraine in support of Ukraine.

Learn more about past Container Projects here.

 

Fundraisers for Ukraine at Studio A

Suite 100

Andrea Kulish, a first generation Ukrainian-American, is raising funds to help Ukraine. At Studio A, Stand With Ukraine stickers, hand painted and handmade items from Ukraine, pysanky eggs, t-shirts (coming soon) and more are available for purchase by donation. 100% of funds collected are being donated to the UNWLA Humanitarian Aid Fund for Ukraine, which goes directly to four hospitals to help wounded soldiers and civilians, and to aid displaced civilians in Ukraine. Studio A has raised over $10,180 for the fund as of this date. Andrea also co-organized and co-hosted an online benefit concert. Click here to watch the concert, which has raised almost $8,000.

Follow Andrea on Instagram for more of her fundraising updates.

 

Welcome Colleen Lineberry

Suite 101

Colleen Lineberry, Fleeting Moment, 20″ x 24″

Colleen Lineberry has exhibited her abstract paintings during the past 22 years in International juried shows and civic spaces in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina, including George Segal Gallery, City Without Walls, Monmouth Museum, Atlantic City Museum, Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital, Emerge Gallery, Sky+Ground Contemporary Art, and more. Her earlier work includes designing and creating textiles using batik and varied surface design techniques and dye methods as well as building collage and mixed media abstract paintings. She is currently working in oil, cold wax, and mixed media on wood and paper.

Ms. Lineberry taught creative nonfiction, poetry, fiction, and memoir for more than 30 years at Brookdale Community College, and as a consultant, created and taught creative expansion and writing workshops throughout New Jersey. She has shared her passion for creativity and the arts through painting, teaching, and writing and has been the recipient of fellowships at Princeton University, Rutgers University, and Vermont Studio Center. In 2018 she attended Edgewood Farms Arts Residency, adjacent to the Cape Cod National Seashore.

Lineberry states, “Art-making, for me, is an expression of spirit and a form of meditation as I try to convey my passion for the feeling and energy of a place or moment, especially in the natural world. I’m inspired by color, texture, and pattern, and I love how moments in the outer landscape combine with my own inner landscape to fuel my intuitive, creative process.”

See more of Lineberry’s work at her website.

 

Welcome Liz Hosier

Suite 101

Liz Hosier, Daring to Look Beyond, 24″ x 24″

Liz Hosier believes that art is that process of seeking truth through color, light and form inspired by sight, feelings, and contemplation supported by life experiences. Her work reflects this belief as she explores art through her love of nature, travels, and her innate need to create. As an abstract artist, she works primarily in oils, encaustics, and mixed media.

Liz recently returned to Weaverville, NC, where she was born. While living in Wilmington, NC for 30 years, she taught at the Museum School at Cameron Art Museum, participated in several art organizations (Wilmington Art Association, Diverse Works), and participated in regional and local art exhibitions and individual shows throughout the southeastern United States. Currently, her work hangs in Gallery Citrine in Wilmington, NC.

Click here to see more of Liz’s work.

 

Mark Flowers receives Artist Support Grant

Mark Flowers has been awarded a North Carolina Arts Council Artist Support Grant to support a future exhibition, Baltimore. In March of 2021, while his wife Kristy was having brain surgery at Johns Hopkins, Mark rode a commuter train from downtown Baltimore out to the suburbs and back. He stuck his cell phone to the window of the train and recorded still images as the train moved from downtown to the suburbs and back. These images are the foundation of the work in a series of new paintings that he will exhibit in the future under the title Baltimore.

See more of Mark and Kristy’s work at their website.

 

Pink Dog Creative accepted into the Blue Ridge Craft Trails

Pink Dog Creative has been accepted to be part of the Blue Ridge Craft Trails. The artists of the building and the building itself will be featured on maps, website and other materials from this non-profit.

Learn more here.

 

Welcome Jeremy Phillips

Suite 103

Jeremy Phillips works in a variety of styles from geometric abstraction to realism and collage.

See more of Jeremy’s work at his website.

 

Welcome Aaron Tucker

Suite 103

Aaron Tucker is a southern artist who finds inspiration in marks, scratches, scrapes, and half-worn images. His work is aged and weathered, the color is raw. He draws heavily from antique children’s books, isolating images, then replacing original content with a new, fractured perspective.

​Aaron has always worked in both oil paint and collage, using one to influence the other. “Several years ago, I began collecting colored scraps of paper, which I found useful in developing the structure for paintings. Finding marks left behind by children in books from years past drove me toward scratching marks into wet paint, mimicking the uninhibited hand.”

​”As a child growing up in North Carolina, I spent much time wandering around in the woods, finding treasures, dragging them home, and then making art out of whatever broken bottle or metal scrap I found. These findings soon developed into the paintings I create today.”

View more of Aaron’s work at his website.

 

Duke Hospital acquires Randy Shull painting

Raleigh, NC

Duke Hospital acquires Periwinkle by Randy Shull, 2021, 90″ x 70″ for its new Raleigh location. Thanks to Marjorie Hodges with Artsuite; Leigh Bleecker, CEO of Duke Hospital, Raleigh; Dia Holman, Facilities Design Coordinator at Duke Hospital and Tracey Morgan Gallery.

See more of Randy’s work at his website.

 

Joseph Pearson commissions

Reverend Todd and Joseph Pearson

Joseph Pearson’s commissioned painting, Heritage, for the Cathedral of all Souls in Biltmore Village was recently unveiled. The painting addresses the history of the historically Black community of Shiloh in south Asheville as well as some of the programs of the Cathedral. Heritage is in honor of the Very Rev. Todd Donatelli, Dean of the Episcopal Cathedral of All Souls, upon his retirement after 24 years.

Pictured above, Joseph Pearson recently completed an 8′ x14’ mural for Delta House Development Center on French Broad Ave in Asheville. In other news, on July 17th he taught his third adult workshop at the Asheville Art Museum; this was the second figure drawing workshop he taught there. 

To see more of Joseph’s work, please visit his website.

 

Welcome A.C.E. Bikes


Welcome A.C.E. Bikes to Pink Dog Creative! Specializing in custom e-bikes, rentals, and sales, A.C.E. Bikes is located next to Fresh West Pizza.

For more info please contact Brian at 707-312-0920 or visit the website
www.theACEbikes.com.

 
 

Pink Dog Creative featured in Asheville Made


Pink Dog Creative is featured in the November issue of Asheville Made. Paul Howey’s article Gallery Addresses Big Issues in Bright Hues includes the history, current artists, restaurants and retail which comprise Pink Dog Creative.
Please click here to read the article.

 

Welcome GRIND Coffee Bar and Co-Working Event Space

346 Depot Street, Asheville


Asheville’s first Black-owned coffee shop, GRIND is a place for coffee. It’s also a place for co-working, events, team meetings, business decisions and hanging out enjoying the best coffee in town. GRIND is located at 346 Depot Street and will be open 7 days a week.

For more information call The Grind at 828-785-0233, email [email protected], read the article in Urban news or visit GRIND’s website.

Support GRIND and other Black-Owned Businesses year-round at: https://www.websiteplanet.com/blog/support-black-owned-businesses/

 

In Love’s Shadow Featured in The Bitter Southerner

Ralph Burns, How Great Thou Art #207, Memphis TN, 2017

In Love’s Shadow, a short documentary film about Ralph Burns and his multi-decade photography project, How Great Thou Art, is showcased in a recent issue of The Bitter Southerner. The film, made by Jethro Waters, follows Burns as he returns to Graceland on the 40th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death, and looks at the relationship of this project to Burns’ fuller body of work. In Love’s Shadow was produced by David Raymond, and was made possible with the generous support of many.

Link to film and article: bittersoutherner.com/in-loves-shadow

 

Joseph Pearson and Jenny Pickens Lead Artists for Asheville Black Lives Matter Mural

Aerial image by Reggie Tidwell, Curve Theory

Joseph Pearson and Jenny Pickens were Lead Artists for the Asheville Black Lives Matter Mural. On Sunday, July 19, 20+ artists came together to create this mural in the heart of downtown Asheville. Many thanks go to Councilwoman Sheneika Smith for providing the leadership to bring community members, artists, and the Asheville of City together to create this community project.

Read more about the artists and mural here.

 

Andrea Kulish Artwork Acquired by Pysanka Museum

Kolomyia, Ukraine

Andrea Kulish, 2020, Pysanky eggs: Wax resist goose egg, pigeon egg and chicken egg

Pink Dog congratulates Andrea Kulish as the Pysanka Museum in Kolomyia, Ukraine acquires three of her pysanky eggs for their permanent collection. The museum will be launching their first-ever exhibit dedicated to the pysanka artists of North America. This historic exhibit will present how traditional pysanky writing was preserved in North America by waves of immigrants and enthusiasts, and how the artform has grown to include innovative techniques, methodology and creativity.

Kolomyia, Ukraine is home to the largest pysanka museum in the world, dedicated to preserving the art of pysankarstvo internationally.

Visit the museum’s website to learn more.

 

VIVIAN Wins 2019 Best Restaurant of the Year Award

Congratulations to VIVIAN restaurant for winning the 2019 Asheville Food Fan Award for Best Restaurant. This is the second year in a row that VIVIAN has won this honor.

Read more about VIVIAN and make a reservation at their website.

 

 

Ralph Burns Photographs Acquired by North Carolina Museum of Art

Raleigh, NC

Ralph Burns, How Great Thou Art #30 (1987), Memphis, TN, 1978–2007, Silver gelatin print, 11″ x 14″

A suite of twelve vintage photographs by Ralph Burns has been acquired by the North Carolina Museum of Art. The photographs, all from Burns’ three decades long project, How Great Thou Art, Memphis, TN, 1978 – 2007+, were acquired in December, 2019, and will be held in the museum’s permanent collection.

In writing about How Great Thou Art for a European/British exhibition, the German/Israeli Curator Doreet LeVitte Harten wrote that “(his) insight into the religious character of the Graceland pilgrimage makes Burnsʼ works, apart from their aesthetic qualities, into documents of anthropological significance.”

With this latest acquisition, the North Carolina Museum of Art will have 16 of Burns’ photographs in their collection.

See more of Ralph’s work at his website.

 

Randy Shull’s Open Space acquired by

Randy Shull, Open Space, 2017, Acrylic on wood panel, 84″ x 48″ x 16″

Congratulations to Randy Shull as the Asheville Art Museum acquires Open Space. Shaping negative space with a combined artistic and mathematical precision, Shull explores the boundaries and intersections between furniture and fine art. In Open Space, sculptural components comment on the relationship between furniture and art as well as their implications when occupying a shared environment. Considering furniture to be an equalizer among people in its ubiquity and daily utility, Shull encourages us to not only reconsider our personal rapport with furniture but also the ways in which we navigate our world.

See more of Randy’s work at his website.

 

Hedy Fischer appointed to Art21 Board of Trustees


Hedy Fischer, co-founder of Pink Dog Creative, has been named to sit on the Board of Trustees of Art21. Art21 provides unparalleled access to the artist’s voice to diverse audiences around the world, using the power of digital media to introduce millions of people to contemporary art and artists. For over two decades, Art21 has changed the paradigm for teaching and learning about the creative process.

In addition to its Peabody Award-winning PBS-broadcast television series Art in the Twenty-First Century, Art21 produces the digital film series New York Close Up and Extended Play; as well as special artist projects. Art21 also creates educational resources and professional development programs; annual public programming; an online publication featuring guest contributors; and a comprehensive website at Art21.org.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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).”

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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.