Sand Hill Artists Collective

Sand Hill Artists Collective’s First Year – by Louise Glickman

Rounding the corner with hope toward a healthier new year, I want to point out that Sand Hill Artists Collective (SHAC) has been a bright spot in 2020. Last December a group of neighbors in Biltmore Lake got together to discuss art and learn more about it on a regular basis. Biltmore Lake Artists began with about fifty folks, not only artists but neighbors who enjoy exploring all things creative and are eager to learn more.

Most of the artists in the group wanted to work towards an open studio tour here in Biltmore Lake, to join the ranks of neighborhood “studio strolls” near Beaverdam, Kenilworth, Weaverville and others. Covid-19 forced the recognition that this couldn’t be done at present, but why not begin with a virtual tour, a blog delivered to homes monthly? That evolution, Sand Hill Artists Collective, is now seven months old, reaches more than 400 subscribers, and is mounting Asheville’s first Virtual Holiday Gallery Tour from December 2nd through 15th.

Each month the SHAC website, available throughout the US, features three artists working in a variety of media and provides regional art news and commentary. This content is archived and easily accessible on the site. Anyone can view our growing online gallery of artists and learn about our creative neighbors and area arts non-profits. Subscribe on the Home Page to receive your monthly blog. It’s free.

The admin who maintains the SHAC website is Bob Ware, while I, together with a small committee of volunteers, develop ideas and criteria to move forward. This has all happened on a “shoe string,” and so far Bob and I have borne all expenses. The Virtual Holiday Gallery Tour showcasing area galleries and artists—including some from our SHAC neighborhoods—is intended to raise funds that will allow SHAC to hire a part-time social media coordinator to broaden our visibility. Our advisory committee agrees that this is critical for Sand Hill Artists Collective to grow, so that when the pandemic subsides we will have built a foundation of support to launch a live open studio event full of creative input and art from Biltmore Lake, West Asheville, Enka and Candler.

So, please support SHAC’s first-ever Virtual Holiday Gallery Tour. Tickets can be purchased on our website at You will receive ten Zoom links, one for each gallery program, all for $55. Shop virtually by selectively “visiting” your favorite galleries or explore the offerings of all ten venues. Kick back with a glass of wine each weekday afternoon from 5-6 pm from Dec. 2-15.

See, shop, and learn about art in these hour-long webinars. View presentations, live demos, explore the galleries: Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center, 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. Meet gallery directors and curators, hear from artists, view work, and shop from the comfort of home. Enjoy a range of work from the contemporary to the traditional in 2D and 3D, featuring the region’s well-known and emerging artists and craftsmen in a range of media: painting, drawing, wood, metal, fiber and more.

If, however, you are unable to attend the Virtual Holiday Gallery Tour sessions but wish to support SHAC’s future, you can find a donation link on our Home Page or here.

Virtual Holiday Gallery Tours Tickets Available

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.

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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 many will offer an online shopping opportunity for this holiday season.

Tickets are available now. A single $55 ticket will secure your access to any or all of the tours. This is a great chance to explore the best of our regional galleries, meet gallery owners, curators, and artists, and pick up some holiday gifts from the comfort of your living room. You’ll be supporting the ongoing mission of Sand Hill Artists Collective as we bring you news of area arts events and feature a wide variety of local artists’ work throughout the coming year.

We look forward to seeing you online!

Randy Shull and Hedy Fischer: Speaking Out Through Art

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 by design pinpoints RAD as a focus of excitement and artistic energy. These shows embrace current issues stimulating both change and action; they are compelling, courageous and thought provoking.

Currently, Pink Dog Creative artists have collectively contributed works to In Solidarityan exhibition that speaks to the violence, fear and grief caused by centuries of injustices to Black people. Conversely, the pieces also celebrate the many contributions made by people of African American descent to the culture of this country and to the world. To view it virtually allows for quiet introspection and a greater understanding to the viewer of their role in both understanding and resolving cultural bias. Up to 100% from the sale of art from “In Solidarity” will go to the following charities whose missions include justice and equity: Black Lives Matter, BeLoved Asheville, and the Equal Justice Initiative.

22 London: For over 25 years Randy Shull has been working at the intersection of architecture, landscape design, furniture design and painting. His evocative studio space at 22 London Road allows him to show and sell significant paintings and furniture, often bridging the gap between art and design. Once again, the couple collaborate throughout the year to curate their own generous art collection to advance cultural understanding and meaningful dialogue. Currently on view by appointment is “High Anxiety,” select pieces that bear on themes such as identity, race, forced migration, politics, technology, pandemic and corporate culture. Viewed individually but considered as a whole, “High Anxiety”  evokes contemplation of the challenges that face us now and for the considerable future. Poignant and energizing as Randy and Hedy themselves, the collection inspires confidence that through the viewing, we may ourselves foster greater creativity and inspiration.

Pink Dog Creative, 344-348 Depot St., Asheville, NC 28801, (828) 216-1331

22 London, 22 London Rd, Asheville, NC 28803.

Randy Shull or Hedy Fischer

John Cram, a pioneer of downtown Asheville’s renaissance, has died at 72

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.

Arts for Life Anywhere

Did you know that you can now virtually access Arts For Life, the North Carolina-based nonprofit that brings creative programs to Mission Hospital’s young patients? Arts for Life Anywhere takes their unique programming online for children, teenagers and their families to enjoy wherever they are, whenever it’s needed. Providing online programs and resources has long been a goal for Arts For Life, but COVID-19 spurred the development and launch of Arts For Life Anywhere this past May.

Based on nearly 20 years of experience interacting with young people in the hospital, Arts For Life recognized the importance of connection for families in isolation. And with limitations on volunteers in hospitals across the country, they needed to create a new way to meet young patients. Arts For Life Anywhere offers recorded videos, project ideas, live art and music sessions, and boxes of quality art materials for kids and families, all free of charge. 

While Arts For Life doesn’t have the ability to change why kids are in the hospital, the arts can transform their experience, inspiring courage and creativity, giving patients a way to transport themselves out of the hospital to a place free from pain and anxiety and filled with joy and resilience. Arts For Life’s cornerstone programs—Inpatient Bedside Studios and Waiting Room Art Tables—invite patients and families to explore the arts from within the hospital, putting art materials and musical instruments right into their hands. The success of these in-person programs was the inspiration for creating Arts For Life Anywhere.

Arts For Life now serves four children’s hospitals across North Carolina, including Mission Children’s Hospital in Asheville. Last year, nearly 15,000 people participated in Arts For Life art and music programs.With Arts For Life Anywhere, they look forward to serving even more kids and families across the country.

Want to join in the fun? Enjoy any of the following creative ideas:

Art of the Carolinas Online Workshops November 9-14

Center for Craft Virtual Tours

Can’t make it to the Center for Craft to check out their current exhibitions? Tour the Center from home with a virtual tour of a current exhibition the first Thursday of every month. Available for a nominal fee of $5.

On Thursday, October 1st, Crafted Roots exhibition curator, Michael Hatch will conduct a virtual tour of the exhibition, Crafted Roots: Stories and Objects from the Appalachian Mountains.

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Looking ahead:

Thursday, November 5

Virtual tour of Sleight of Hand curated by 2020 Center for Craft Curatorial Fellow, Angelik Vizcarrondo-Laboy.

‍This event is hosted on Zoom. You will receive the link to the Zoom webinar event in a follow-up email. New to Zoom? Visit their FAQ page to get set up

CUSTOM FRAMING: Making Fine Art Even Finer

Whether you are an artist planning to market your art or an art consumer hanging art in your home or office, your goals are the same: to make your art look the every best it can. 

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This program, funded by the N.C. Arts Council, provides the opportunity for regional consortia of local arts councils to award project grants to artists in their regions. These grants support professional artists in any discipline and at any stage in their careers to pursue projects that further their professional development./more Types of fundable projects include:

  • Creation of new work
  • Purchase of equipment and materials
  • Professional development workshops
  • Travel support for expenses associated with a professional opportunity such as participating in an exhibition or a conference
  • Development or upgrading of promotional materials such as brochures, DVDs, CDs, and websites

Artist fees are also allowable expenses under the new program. Grant amounts vary from region to region. Statewide, they range from $300 to $5,000, though most grants are between $500 and $2,000. Projects must be completed by June 30, 2021. A list of participating counties, deadlines for each region, and a primary contact for each consortium appears below. Regions are listed from west to east.

2020 Deadlines are pending. Click here for further information.

Letting Go: How to Become a Self-Taught Artist

by Karen Rosenfarb

If your goal is to express yourself creatively, look into your soul, make a commitment and take a leap. There’s nothing to stop you.

As a young child, I loved drawing horses and focused on the smallest details. Today my “inner child” has helped me to acknowledge that this is still my process, paying attention to a wrinkle in the face, a fold in clothing or the rhythm of a street scene. 

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