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

Outlandish: Photographs by Ralph Burns | Photographs from the Collection of Allen G. Thomas Jr. at North Carolina Museum of Art

North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC
August 20, 2022–February 12, 2023

Ralph Burns, How Great Thou Art #114, from How Great Thou Art, Memphis, TN, 1978–2007, 1978

The North Carolina Museum of Art is exhibiting a selection of Ralph Burns’ photographs in its new exhibition, Outlandish: Photographs by Ralph Burns | Photographs from the Collection of Allen G. Thomas Jr. Using photographs from the Museum’s permanent collection, this exhibition examines the peculiarity of human experience and expression. Burns’ work, in the Julian T. Baker Gallery, “captures the intricacies of worship, ritual, and love.” The exhibition is on view in the East Building from August 20, 2022 to February 12, 2023.

Please click here for more information at the museum website.

NCMA’s Fall 2022 Billboards: Ralph Burns

North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC
September 2022–March 2023

Ralph Burns, Baptism #1, Jordan River, Israel, 1996

Burns’ photographs will also be on display in North Carolina Museum of Art’s Ann and Jim Goodnight Museum Park. The exhibition, Fall 2022 Billboards: Ralph Burns “surveys the artist’s distinguished black-and-white documentarian style,” with his images serving “as glimpses into a connected experience of religiosity and adoration.” Fall 2022 Billboards: Ralph Burns will be on display from September 2022 to March 2023.

Please click here for more information at the museum website.
See more of Burns’ work at his website.

 

Bevelyn Afor Ukah: Our Ecology: Shifting Our Gaze Inward

Pink Dog Gallery, 348 Depot Street
September 30–October 30, 2022
Reception Saturday, October 22, 7:00 PM, Artist Talk 8:00 PM

Bevelyn Afor Ukah, Wolf Moon (Silver Moon), 2022, Watercolor, acrylic, ink, mixed media collage, 12.5″ x 18″

Bevelyn Afor Ukah was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia within a multicultural Black, Nigerian-American family. A huge part of her life’s work is about exploring how humans can make immense connections across cultures and perspectives. Her art reflects a collaboration of perspectives on race, sexuality, & body image. Her pieces can inspire inquiry on how these identity markers connect us to an ecological responsibility to healing and reimagining. She says, “We are all stardust, and each of us have an immense power to make positive changes within and all around us.” Her belief in our cosmic connections shows up in most of her work. The exhibition runs September 30–October 30, with a reception on Saturday, October 22 from 7–9pm and an Artist Talk at 8pm.

See more of Ukah’s work at her website.

 

Andrea Kulish Fundraisers for Ukraine in Time and Wall Street Journal

Second Saturday and Third Thursday Fundraiser for Ukraine

Studio A, 344 Depot Street, Suite 100
Saturday, October 10, 12:00–3:00 PM

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 $56,000 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.

 

Welcome Tim Barnwell Photography

Suite 106

Barnwell Photography specializes in photographing people, places, and products. This includes business and family portraits (in studio or on location), photography for artist and craftspeople (all media including wood, fiber, glass, ceramics, jewelry, and flat art), editorial assignment work for magazines, location photography of travel and tourism destinations, architectural interiors/exteriors of homes, hotels, businesses, and B&B’s, product photography, and on-site factory and industrial images. Other services include copying and restoring old photographs, designing and printing promotional postcards, business cards, brochures, and making exhibition prints. Tim Barnwell also offers private photography instruction as well as a series of photography workshops open to the public.

Learn more at the Barnwell Photography website.

 

Majik Studios Marbling Class at John C. Campbell Folk School

Brasstown, NC
August 28–September 2, 2022

Majik Studios will be teaching marbling at John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC the week of August 28-September 2. “I sing behind the plow,” the Folk School’s motto since its founding in 1925, reflects the importance of lifelong learning and growth while finding joy throughout every step of the process. Pam is honored to be able to teach at this prestigious school.

See more of Pam’s work at her website.

 

ACE E-bikes new brands and models in stock

342 Depot Street

For information on sales and rentals, please check out the ACE Bikes website theacebikes.com or call 27ACEBIKES (272-232-4537). ACE Bikes is located at 342 Depot Street next to Fresh West Pizza.

 

Mark Flowers work on view at Asheville Regional Airport

July 2–November 1, 2022

Mark Flowers, Airport Seduction, Mixed media, 36″ x 38″

Mark Flowers is pleased to announce that four of his paintings will be included at the next exhibition at the Asheville Regional Airport from July 2 until November 1. Flowers is especially pleased that his piece Airport Seduction will be on display, as he has always said that if he hadn’t pursued a lifetime of teaching art as his day job, he would have worked at an airport. Flowers states, “There is something very interesting to me about how humanity travels. In an airport we cross between each other, possibly meet on purpose or by chance. In each traveler there are individual stories that are waiting to be discovered.”

See more of Flowers’ artwork at the St. Claire Art Studio/Gallery and on his Instagram page.

 

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.

 

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 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 $56,000 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.

 

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.

 

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.