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
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
In one segment of the Sand Hill Artists Collective’s Virtual Holiday Gallery Tour, ceramic artist Shae Bishop talks about his detailed, colorful, and thought provoking work as part of the Penland Gallery webinar. This brief excerpt is a small fraction of the work and artists featured in the webinar series presented by SHAC this month. Tickets are available on our home page. Purchasers will receive access to recordings of all ten webinars after the series concludes.
On a personal note: Today, midway through SHAC’s Virtual Holiday Gallery Tour, I’ve come to some realization of how far we have advanced bringing a kernel of an idea to satisfying fruition. Bob Ware has literally made this virtually possible with his tech skills. Our production is smoother now, including segues from live to video and our content has been strengthened by daily communications with gallery presenters. I’m also learning why so many people are out of work and possibly never to return. Since Covid, everyone has had to reinvent their businesses and non-profits… Read More
Michael Manes, director of Blue Spiral 1 Gallery, provided an insider’s look at the history and range of talents represented at this acclaimed gallery that has parented the Asheville art scene.
Day 2 of SHAC’s Virtual Holiday Gallery Tours told the story of culture and communities through the eyes and hands at Pink Dog Creative (PDC), its founders and artists. We were introduced to the vision of Randy Shull (Randy’s art at https://22london.org) and Hedy Fischer that PDC would form a community of artists while launching the expansion of creative businesses onto Depot Street. Their philanthropic endeavors dovetail with projects like In Solidarity where their artists and friends have done special works, sold online and at the gallery, raising over $7000 for justice & equity initiatives. http://www.pinkdog-creative.com/in-solidarity. Joseph Pearson gave us demos of delightful… Read More
This time last year saw the start of the Biltmore Lake Artists group, which has expanded to become the Sand Hill Artists Collective. SHAC has grown rapidly in its mission to showcase artists living in the Biltmore Lake, Enka, Candler, and West Asheville area. SHAC begins its fund-raising Virtual Holiday Gallery Tour this week.
Sand Hill Artists Collective has announced its Virtual Holiday Gallery Tours! For ten weekday evenings at 5:00 pm December 2nd through 15th SHAC will host live, hour-long webinar-style online tours of ten Asheville area art galleries, a different one each day. The galleries are Black Mountain College Museum, Blue Spiral 1, Center for Craft, LEAF Global, Momentum Gallery, Penland Gallery, Pink Dog Creative, River Arts District Artists, Southern Highland Craft Guild, and Tracey Morgan Gallery. Each gallery will present a unique webinar highlighting their artists and offerings, their histories and programs, and… Read More
This creative couple has carved a path of understanding through their creative activism to model Asheville as a more thoughtful and socially committed community. Randy and Hedy are collectors, travelers, curators and all around cultural pollinators who have used their dynamic capabilities as communicators, designers, builders and philanthropists. Pink Dog Creative: As a team, they are committed to art that spurs social advocacy, evokes understanding and stimulates self-awareness. Hedy curates a monthly exhibit at Pink Dog Creative, their colorful studio collective of 28+ working artists on Depot Street. This colorful venue alone… Read More
Louise Glickman and Daryl Slaton join the Asheville arts community in mourning the loss of long- time friend and supporter John Cram. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him. https://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/2020/10/27/asheville-john-cram-business-gallery-owner-dies/6021358002/