Penland – Thoughts on the Wonderful Week that Was

by Louise Glickman Penland, is the place that brought me to Asheville two decades ago. In the millennial year 2000, I visited the gallery and campus,  walked into a studio, smelled the paint and immediately flashed back to years of art school in college. By 2001, I had moved to Asheville to stay, intending to return to art and build my own studio practice that I had given up to years of career-building and child-raising. Last week, I once again walked the Penland campus viewing the final one-week of summer classes. I… Read More

Artist Activist Leslie Rosenberg Betters Neighborhoods Through Street Murals by Kristina Aaronson

From Louise Glickman: Over the coming months you will be getting more blogs and stories written by writer Kristina Aaronson and myself. SHAC also invites artists and art enthusiasts to tell us their stories. Write to us at lsglickman@gmail.com and put SHAC Blog in the subject line. Asheville community artist Leslie Rosenberg’s expertise is in redesigning community spaces. “I am interested in how we assign meaning to places and how spaces engage the community… we all want to live in safe neighborly places that feel walkable and inviting,” she says. Known as… Read More

James Love: “compelled to express myself freely before God”

When I’m creating art, I feel spiritually inspired and have no consciousnesses of time. I’m not concerned about perfection or with being famous but compelled to express myself freely before God, sharing my creative messages with others.

Do Yourself a Favor — Meet Black Artists on Juneteenth

Juneteenth celebrates the date—June 19,1865—of the announcement in Galveston of General Order No. 3 by Union Army general Gordon Granger, proclaiming freedom from slavery in Texas, two-and-a-half years after Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation and two months after Lee’s surrender formally ended the Civil War. Implementation in Texas had been slow and inconsistent before Granger’s announcement as enforcement generally followed the advance of Union troops, and Texas, the most remote of the slave states, had a sparse Union military presence throughout the war. Although emancipation didn’t happen overnight for everyone—in some cases, enslavers withheld… Read More

Center for Craft 25th Anniversary

Center for Craft launches 25th Anniversary with Virtual Benefit on May 26 Spotlighting internationally renowned ceramicist Magdalene Odundo and Craft Futures Award Honoree Michael Sherrill.

Jenny Pickens, Profile of an Artist and Doll Maker

Sometimes childhood memories stay with us forever. One of my favorites was having dolls I could dress and whose hair I could style. I would even use old hand-me-downs to make new outfits for them, giving authenticity to the character of the doll. Dolls taught me quite early to love and care for others.  My name is Jenny Pickens, a native of Asheville, NC as well as a self-taught artist. Although my mediums lie in several categories, sewing is a favorite.  I paint, quilt and freely tackle new ideas and art mediums to… Read More

SHAC Exhibit Announcement in AVL Today

SHAC’s upcoming 1st anniversary exhibition is announced in AVL Today.

Making It: Three Easy Steps to Money and Visibility for Emerging Artists

Sand Hill Artists Collective provides opportunities for artists. We’re talking grants, workshops, conferences and exhibitions. Quick clicks that will lead you to easy money, FREE learning and simple ways to exhibit your work.

SHAC / Pink Dog Creative Artist Featured in Our State Magazine

Beautiful Ukrainian Psanky Eggs, created by artist Andrea Kulish, are featured in Our State magazine in an article on art and food and festivities befitting the Spring/Easter season. Read the full article here. Andrea has a studio at Pink Dog Creative in the River Arts District. She is also the social media coordinator for Sand Hill Artists Collective, so we are particularly pleased to see her receiving this recognition. Congratulations, Andrea! And thanks to Our State for featuring her work.

What a WOW! SHAC Supporters Visit Momentum’s New Gallery

Jordan and Shifra Ahlers invited us to preview their exciting new Momentum Gallery, which has moved to 52 Broadway across from the Center for Craft.