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 and Vivian Restaurant. 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.  *See below for COVID-19 updates*

 

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

 

COVID-19 Update:

SOME ART STUDIOS are closed until further notice due to the Phase II Safer-At-Home Declaration. Please check with artists individually for their hours and availability. 

In Solidarity


In Solidarity, an online 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. Click here to see the exhibition.

 

Ralph Burns Exhibition at Blue Spiral Gallery

Ralph Burns, COLLEGE STREET #11, Asheville, NC

Ralph Burns – A Time Before: Asheville and Beyond, 1975-1999, opens at Blue Spiral 1 on July 3rd, 2020. The exhibit, in Blue Spiral’s Showcase Gallery, features a selection of Burns’ early career photographs taken mainly in Asheville and its environs, and includes many images never before seen. Blue Spiral 1 is located at 38 Biltmore Avenue, in downtown Asheville.

Please click here for more information.

 

Joseph Pearson Paints Mural at Blue Ridge Public Radio, Asheville

Joseph Pearson sifted through photos of George Floyd and decided to paint a portrait of him in a navy sportcoat. ⁣“I wanted to show him from a place of dignity. I wanted folks to see his humanity,” Pearson said.⁣⁣ He says he chose to paint Floyd surrounded by a golden yellow backdrop to suggest spirituality, similar to gilded paintings of saints found in churches. ⁣⁣Floyd’s portrait is next to a scene depicting protestors alongside the Vance monument. ⁣⁣

 

Joseph Pearson Commission


Each year the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina chooses a local artist from which to commission a work of art, and Joseph Pearson was selected for 2019. The content of the painting addresses five major landmarks in the historic New Shiloh Community, a historically Black Asheville community. The landmarks are the Linwood Crump Complex, the Shiloh Community Garden, Rock Hill Missionary Baptist Church, A.M.E. Zion Church and Brooklyn Mission Church, the oldest in the community. An official unveiling will be announced when possible.

See more of Joseph’s work at his website.

 

FRESH WEST PIZZA is open for takeout. In addition to their wood-fired pizza, salads and sandwiches, they are also offering par baked non cut pizzas, beer and wine to go. Delivery is available through UberEats, or call (828) 552-3917. Please visit their Instagram for updates. Hours: Wednesday–Friday 3–8pm, Saturday + Sunday 12-8pm
(Closed Monday + Tuesday.)

Award-winning VIVIAN restaurant has recently reopened for takeout and dining on selected days. 

• open for dinner Thursday – Saturday with seatings between 5–8:30pm, reservation only.  We also have brunch on Sundays with seatings between 10:30am–1:30pm.
• currently we are only seating on the patio, but hope to reopen the dining room soon!
• all guests are required to wear masks whenever they are not dining at their table, and all Vivian staff will be wearing them at all times.
• if you aren’t feeling 100%, save your visit for another time!
• take out available curbside for those that are not ready to dine in just yet!

Check out their Facebook page for daily menus and updates.

 

Now Open: Online Viewing Room


A new online gallery of recent work by Pink Dog Creative artists is now open. Artists are hard at work during this time of isolation. All work is available for purchase. Please contact the artists directly for inquiries.

Explore the Viewing Room.

 

#artistsupportpledgeRAD


#artistsupportpledge is a movement to support artists and makers during Covid-19. Artists post pictures of their works for sale for $200 or less. Every time an artist makes $1,000 in sales they commit 20% on purchasing the work of another artist using the hashtag. It is a system based on trust where everyone, at every level can contribute in supporting artists and makers. Many Pink Dog Creative artists are participating using the local hashtag #artistsupportpledgeRAD. Please search Instagram and Facebook using that hashtag, and check our Pink Dog Creative social media frequently for the latests posts from our artists.

Click here to see work for sale as part of the #artistsupportpledgeRAD initiative.

 

Karen Brown Featured in Rapid River Magazine

Karen Brown is featured in the June issue of Rapid River Magazine. Click here to read the full article online.

 

Casimir Bationo: Flow of Africa

February 21–August 3, 2020 (extended)

ZenobiaStudio presents Flow of Africa, an exhibition of paintings by Casimir Balibie Bationo (CasziB). Mr. Bationo is a contemporary artist from Burkina Faso, Africa, now living and working in Meknes, Morocco. NOW EXTENDED through August 3, 2020. *COVID update: *Gallery open only by appointment**

To see more of CasziB’s work, please click here to visit his website.
 

 

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. The Evolution of Pysanky in North America exhibit opens on Saturday, April 25, during the annual Kolomyia Pysanka Festival.

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.

 

 

Randy Shull Artwork Acquired by Western Carolina University Fine Art Museum

Cullowhee, NC

Randy Shull, Simultaneous Pattern, 2011, Acrylic on wood panel, 73″ x 96″ x 8″

Pink Dog Congratulates Randy Shull as the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University acquires Simultaneous Pattern for their permanent collection. Curator Carolyn Grosch writes: “Shull’s Simultaneous Pattern, part of a series called Borders, transforms a map of the United States into a dialogue about immigration, cultural exchange, and contemporary politics. The work raises questions about our country’s border policies, the relationship between the United States and the rest of the world, and the effects of treating one’s country like an island.”

Visit Randy’s website to see more of his work.

 

Congratulations Brett Douglas Hunter for being included in Architectural Digest

Pottery Barn chaise lounges sidle up to the pool by Modpools. Sculpture by Brett Douglas Hunter.

Douglas Friedman with his sculpture by Brett Douglas Hunter

Brett, formerly a Pink Dog studio artist, had a successful exhibition of his artwork at the Pink Dog Gallery in October, 2015. He also created a mural of Manute Bol for the Container Project at Pink Dog Creative.

 

 

 

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.

 
 

Joseph Pearson artwork featured in Time Magazine and The New York Times

Joseph’s painting pays homage to what The Block looked like in the 1960s.


Joseph Pearson’s painting The Block, Looking Back In Time has been featured twice this month in national publications, the New York Times and Time Magazine. Time Magazine named Benne on Eagle, a restaurant in the Foundry Hotel in downtown Asheville, one of their World’s 100 Greatest Places of 2019. Illustrated in the article is artist Joseph Pearson’s painting, The Block, Looking Back In Time, documenting the historic African American business district of Asheville, along with charcoal portraits of four significant female black business owners when The Block was in it’s heyday.

The New York Times also highlighted the Benne on Eagle along with a photograph of Joseph’s painting, in the article, “Summer’s Not Over Yet! 8 Ways to Extend Your Vacation.”

Pearson states, “I was honored to be a part of reflecting our history in this area, realizing that without this documentation in visual form, in a few years of gentrification no one would know the rich Black history of The BLOCK.”

See more of Joseph’s work at his website and Instagram.

 

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.