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.

Fun Shops Will Get you Outside the Covid Box

Social isolation during Covid really slowed down my studio practice but it also gave me the time to carefully examine the why, what and how of my art making.

Asheville Area Arts Council Announces March Events of Interest

Virtual Holiday Gallery Tour Survey Results

Responses to SHAC Virtual Holiday Gallery Tour survey are in. Check out these graphs.

Selene Plum: Artist Finds Creative Home in Asheville

As an encaustic painter and businesswoman with deep ties to the Midwest, I can’t believe I took the plunge and moved to Asheville in the midst of the pandemic. At first glance, it appeared that I might have to exchange the quest for a peaceful and inspiring space to paint for the commotion of two side-by-side houses (mine and my daughter’s), a settling-in period, and lots of babysitting. Always my goal in moving the family to Asheville was to connect with local artists. As luck would have it, I read about Sand… Read More

It’s a Wrap: SHAC Puts a Lid on 2020 — by Louise Glickman

As we close 2020, we also celebrate the first year anniversary of Sand Hill Artists Collective, an embryo of an idea born to bring neighbors and art enthusiasts together in the age of Covid. Here’s a look at how we have grown and gifted the inspiration of creativity to supporters across the country. December 2019 – March 2020: An enthusiastic group gathered at the Biltmore Lake Clubhouse just three times for discussion and art presentations from Biltmore Lake Artists before Covid shut us down in early March. A survey of our first… Read More