Sand Hill Artists Collective

Upcoming Events at Artsville Collective at Marquee

New Exhibit:  Friday, April 29- July 24: “In Living Color: At Home with Paint, Paper and Thread”- Abstracts light up your life at home or office with small and large works in a mix of mediums. Pure to blended colors mingle freely with wabi-sabi textural designs in a range of perspectives from three uniquely different artists. Showing the abstract paintings of Karen Stastny, textiles from Betsy Meyer and mixed media from Michelle Wise. Retro Pop contemporary with animation from Daryl Slaton and Louise Glickman’s mixed media and fiber art continue.

A predominance of color mixes with textural beauty from three perspectives: Karen Stastny, Michelle Wise and Betsy Meyer.

May 20: Happy 200th Birthday, Frederick Olmsted!
at Art a la Carte

A special look at Olmstead from the “Inside Out” as you discover his “Genius of Place.” Steve Frowine horticulturist, author, guide and raconteur, will inspire you with possibilities to bring a little Olmstead into your own landscape.  Olmsted’s deep-seated beliefs and noteworthy actions formed the foundation of his work as America’s first landscape architect encompassing 81 years as a writer, adventurer, farmer, businessman and finally to the founding of the new field of landscape design. His contributions like Central Park, Biltmore Estate, Niagara Falls and more bring insight to the beauty and art of landscape architecture. Meet + Greet at 11:30 am; presentation from noon-1 pm at Artsville Collective at Marquee. 36 Foundy in the RAD.

Listen In:

The Artsville NC podcast series celebrates contemporary American Arts & Crafts from Asheville and beyond. New episodes are posted regularly. Just released: The newest interview is with Rhona Polonsky who brings her worldwide influences to her functional ceramics. Also, Daryl Slaton discusses his art with entertainment using augmented reality for the home. These lively pieces have found a special niche for Retro Pop lovers and have been a particular hit with VRBO owners!!!

The Artsville NC  podcast has it all: painting, pottery, weaving, woodworking, welding, glass blowing, and more. Just like Asheville, NC, Artsville is a friendly listening space where folks can discover world class artists, makers and creative leaders. Listen on any podcast platform or click a link below.

Scott Power, Artsville Podcast host, records with co-producer Louise Glickman and guest artist Rhona Polonsky.

Party with SHAC, June 4: CELEBRATE with our
Guest Artists and Presenters:

Applaud the talents that make Artsville tick. View works and meet Guest Artists: Betsy Meyer, fiber artist, Karen Stastny, abstract painter and Michelle Wise, mixed media along with Artsville founders; Daryl Slaton retro pop art & animation and Louise Glickman, mixed media. More kudos to Art a la Carte presenters Andrea Kulish, Ukrainian folk-crafted eggs and Steven Frowine, horticulturist, author and raconteur on Saturday, June 4 from 2-5 pm at Artsville Collective at Marquee. 36 Foundy Street in the River Arts District.

Art a la Carte

Upcoming Events at Artsville Collective at Marquee

Art a la Carte: Friday, April 22:  “Ukraine Through the Eyes and Pysanky Eggs of Andrea Kulish.”  Meet this artist and marketing guru for the RAD who will brings stories of her Ukrainian heritage to life through her crafted Pysanky eggs. Design symbols reveal meaning with this tradition dating back to Pagan times. Andrea will also demo and sell pysanky eggs with proceeds to benefit Ukraine’s hospitals. Read More:  and Meet + Greet at 11:30; presentation from noon-1 pm at Artsville Collective at Marquee. 36 Foundy in the RAD.

Andrea provides workshops to carry on the egg tradition of making and giving pysanky eggs. Photo by Matt Rose.

Art a la Carte: Friday, May 20: “Olmstead Inside Out: Discovering the Genius of Place” with Steve Frowine, horticulturist, author, Road Scholar guide and raconteur. Steve will reveal Olmstead’s deep beliefs and noteworthy actions that formed the foundation of his work as America’s first landscape architect. His contributions like Central Park, Biltmore Estate, Niagara Falls and more bring insight to the beauty and art of landscape architecture. Meet + Greet at 11:30; presentation from noon-1 pm at Artsville Collective at Marquee. 36 Foundy in the RAD.

Painting of Olmstead


About Andrea Kulish
Presenting at Artsville Collective on April 22

“Ukraine Through the Eyes and Pysanky Eggs of Andrea Kulish.”

Local artist Andrea Kulish will introduce Artsville Collective guests to the magic of pysanky eggs on April 22 at Marquee. Symbolic graphics written onto the eggshell provide messages of love, life, and family. This Easter season, they will remind us of our good fortune as we help others in great turmoil. 

These Ukrainian Easter eggs are decorated in densely saturated colors and designs using a wax-resist, batik dying method. “All of the symbols on the eggs bring intentions for health, abundance, happiness, and other good wishes,” says artist Andrea Kulish and the creative process provides for an almost magical reveal upon completion. The pysanky egg tradition has pagan roots, with the egg originally symbolizing the natural rebirth as the earth transitioned from winter to spring. Pysanky later evolved into Easter eggs. The eggs tell “stories,” using a graphic language and colors like blue for good health, orange for endurance, pink for success and more.  Learn more at

Andrea showed talent early at the age of five, spending afternoons in her mother’s shop (her mother was also an artist) in upstate New York learning how to make pysanky eggs. She now honors the traditional designs, but also incorporates modern graphics, especially for holidays like Christmas or for commissioned eggs for special occasions. At her Studio A at Pink Dog in the River Arts District, Andrea shares the pysanky egg creation process with others through workshops, keeping the tradition alive and honoring her late mother.

Andrea’s time has been occupied fundraising for Ukraine, and she has sold out of her embellished eggs with few hours to make more. But, her friends and students have donated beautifully decorated eggs for Andrea’s “Community Pysanky,” making more available for Easter and Mother’s Day gifting. All proceeds go direct to the UNWLA Humanitarian Aid Fund, in addition to sales from her “Stand With Ukraine” stickers and handmade craft items from Ukraine that were donated to her shop. Funds continue to pour in at Musicians for the Greater Good ( where Andrea organized a two-hour concert to build more support. Still available for your listening pleasure, all donations will be directed to Ukrainian civilians who have been displaced or injured, as well as to four military hospitals (Kyiv, Dnipro, Lviv and Zhytomyr) caring for injured soldiers.

Andrea’s Website: 

Andrea’s Instagram: @avlstudioa      

Pysanky eggs will be available with proceeds to help Ukraine.

Showing at Artsville Collective through Easter

Jill Lawrence, Abstract Landscapes

“I am most alive when I am creating, and I have learned to give myself the gift of time and commitment to my art. Like life, my art is layered and ever changing, expressing through color, texture, and a sense of depth”  – Jill Lawrence 

Jill Lawrence is a painter through and through, but she wasn’t always. She started as a ceramicist and teacher. Her ceramics changed from functional to decorative, and then grew larger in size. Creating physical stress on her small frame, Jill turned her creative talents to painting.

Jill found oil and cold wax (or oil and cold wax found Jill) through a workshop at Western Carolina University. Inspiration struck. “Oil and cold wax felt the most natural to me. It has similar qualities to clay — the creaminess, varied dimensional aspects, movement, and flexibility. I enjoy moving the paint around on the canvas as I used to enjoy moving the clay through my fingers,” says Jill in an article for Asheville Made . Jill skillfully layers the oil and cold wax, building it up and scraping it away.

Inspiration also comes in the form of Jill’s four-legged friends—her Golden Retrievers. Hiking with her dogs is where she gets her best ideas, as there’s always something to be inspired by out in nature.

It’s evident in Jill’s paintings that she is intentional with color, texture, and depth. Come see for yourself as her work is on view at ARTSVILLE Collective through April 24, 2022. 

Jill Lawrence: Rise Up, oil and cold wax on board, 30×30

News and More at Artsville and Sand Hill Artists Collective

Exhibit at Artsville Collective through Easter: “Reading Between the Lines” includes paintings from Jill Lawrence and Micah Mackenzie, pottery from Rhona Polonsky, mixed media from Louise Glickman and pop art and animation from Daryl Slaton. Read More:

Artsville NC Podcast: “How Asheville Became Artsville” Listen to all six episodes in our first series with Asheville area’s arts and crafts doers, movers and shakers. Hear all six at

Artist Daryl Slaton: New podcast available on Daryl’s retro pop cartoons with animated augmented reality. Listen at  See them on display at Artsville Collective.

SHAC Connection: Events, news and stories arrive in your inbox generally once per month. 

Current and past issues at


Art a la Carte: Friday, March 18: Artsville Collective at Marquee presents its first lunch time salon for artists, creatives, collectors and friends. Meet + Greet at 11:30; presentation and discussion from noon-1 pm. “The Women of Grovewood: Textiles Come to Asheville.”  Tom Anders, historian and Sherry Masters, art consultant and tour guide, take you from fleece to fabric through the vision of Edith Vanderbilt, Charlotte Yale and Eleanor Vance, and the women of Biltmore Industries. Discussion on the past and future of textiles in WNC. 
Learn more:

Save the Date: Friday, April 22: Honoring National Women’s Month, Art a la Carte at Artsville Collective presents “Olmstead Inside Out: Discovering the Genius of Place” covering Biltmore and beyond with Steve Frowine, horticulturist, writer, raconteur.

For more information:

The women of Grovewood Industries built Asheville’s fame for fine textiles.

New at Artsville Collective

Jill Lawrence, Abstract Landscapes

Using mostly oil paints mixed with cold wax, eyes are immediately drawn to the depth and texture created by fine technique in a two-dimensional field. Jill’s atmospheric paintings are inspired by initial intuition and past personal experiences. By working on rigid wooden board, using a method of layering the oil paint and wax with a dough scraper and roller, each painting is finished with bold color highlights applied with a palette knife. The results bring both the inspiration and energy of a walk in the mountains.

Jill Lawrence: Rise Up, oil and cold wax on board, 30×30

Meet Guest Artist: Rhona Polonsky

Hooked on Ceramics, Inspired by World Cultures
Story by Jenna Eberhardt

Rhona Polonsky was all set to start a painting practice until she came face to face with the blank white page. As she just could not put paint on paper, Teguh Ostenrik, her instructor from a life drawing class in Indonesia, gave her a block of clay and said “have at it”. 

As Rhona started molding and sculpting, she was immediately hooked to this medium and its endless possibilities. Rhona began with sculpting clay, and then eventually moved to ceramics while living in South Africa. Thus, her exploration of ceramic vessels was born, yielding her whimsical, sgraffito etched vessels of today.

“I am excited to be a SHAC guest at the Marquee and it motivates to create,” says Rhona. 

Rhona’s ceramics take on unique, asymmetrical forms and are etched using the sgraffito technique. Sgraffitto is a decorating pottery technique produced by applying layers of color to leather hard pottery and then scratching off parts to create contrasting images, patterns and texture revealing the clay color underneath. Her creations feature a color palette of terracotta, black and white, with pops of exhilarating lime green. Inherently playful and inviting, viewers regularly get up close in order to inspect the details.

Rhona Polonsky’s ceramics, shown on stand, take on unique, asymmetrical forms and are etched using the sgraffito technique.

CELEBRATION AT Artsville Collective

The enthusiasm of artists, friends and family brought warmth to Artsville Collective despite the icy weather on Sunday Feb, 27 at Marquee. We honored our Guest Artists and interviewees from our first series, “How Asheville Became Artsville.” Our Podcast Host and partner Scott Power reached out by video and Daryl’s new animated character Gallagher made a guest appearance. Thanks to WLOS who covered our CELEBRATION and aired the coverage both Sunday night, Feb. 27 and Monday Morning, Feb. 28. Special thanks to Jenna Eberhardt for these wonderful photos.

Visitors at Artsville in Marquee

Guest Artists: Welcome to Jill Lawrence whose beautiful abstract landscapes are now on display at Artsville Collective in April and May. Rhona Polonsky’s ceramics and Micah Mackenzie’s abstracts also remain on exhibit through Easter.

Podcast Interviewees: Special appreciation to the following who have helped us tell the story, “How Asheville Became ARTSVILLE.” Mia Hall and Robin Dreyer on The Penland School, Kate Averett Anderson on Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center, Tom Anders on Grovewood Village and the Vanderbilts, Michael Manes on Blue Spiral 1 and John Cram, Jordan Ahlers (Momentum Gallery) and Stephanie Moore (Center for Craft) about the Broadway arts corridor in downtown Asheville, and Sarah Wells Rolland, owner of The Village Potters Clay Center and the River Arts District. Co-produced by Sand Hill Artists Collective (SHAC) in partnership with Crewest/LA studio. 

Artsville NC podcasts are always available on major podcast channels and

Up for discussion on Tuesday, March 8 at 10 am is planning for a possible Biltmore Lake Studio Stroll in 2023. The following will be meeting at the home of Judy Burnstein and also by Zoom. Please contact Louise Glickman if you wish to attend in person or by Zoom.

Meeting Attendees: Judy Burnstein, Karen Stasny, Jo Miller, Bronwen McCormack, Nina Veteto, Robyn Crawford, Katrina Chenevert, Marilynne Herbert, Louise Glickman

Please let me know:

  • If you would like to join in this meeting. In person or by Zoom?
  • Are you interested in showing your work at a space in your home, studio, garage, deck or garden for a Studio Tour in Biltmore Lake in 2023?
  • Would you be willing to add a guest artist to exhibit at your home with you?

Please reply to

Celebrate ARTSVILLE Event


• Roundup for the month: CELEBRATE Artsville event, exhibit, podcasts, and news
• Stephanie Moore from the Center for Craft speaks up on grant opportunities

Sunday, Feb, 27 from 2-5 pm. CELEBRATE ARTSVILLE at Artsville Collective, gallery and gathering space, at Marquee. Meet guest artists Rhona Polonsky, grafitto ceramics and Micah Mackenzie, abstracts with co-founding artists Daryl Slaton, pop art with animation and Louise Glickman, mixed media.  Also on hand will be creative community leadership including Artsville NC podcast interviewees and Scott Power of Crewest Studio/LA.  36 Foundy St. in the RAD.

Stephanie Moore, Executive Director of the Center for Craft. Headshot by Darrell Cassell.

Story by Stephanie Moore, Executive Director of the Center for Craft

I remember sitting in art history class in the early 90s watching the professor laboriously click through slides of marble torsos, cathedrals with stained glass windows, and an abundance of paintings from decades past. Yet something was missing – the entire history of contemporary craft and its importance as an art object. In addition to this academic training on the history of art, I was taking classes in jewelry. Who were the jewelers before me and what inspired them? If I had continued my passion as a jeweler, I would have had to press on without an understanding of how jewelry fits into a larger historical context. That absence led the Center for Craft to publish “Makers: A History of American Studio Craft,” in 2010. “Makers,”  the first comprehensive survey of modern craft, follows the development of studio craft from its roots in nineteenth-century reform movements to the rich diversity of expression at the end of the twentieth century. How important is the research that tells these histories and archives the perspectives and ideas of our past and our future? 

“To date, the Craft Research Fund has provided over $1,700,000 to support 223 projects in 39 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, DC.”

While the textbook was the first survey of studio craft, the heavy read is no longer the only or the last. For the past 17 years, the Center for Craft has annually funded academic researchers, independent scholars, curators, and graduate students through the Craft Research Fund grant program. These funds are distributed to organizations, museums, and scholars in support of exhibitions, catalogs, and research projects throughout the United States. This source of support is the only source of its kind and has amounted to over $1.5MM in support of writing and reclaiming the history of craft since it began. The histories that are captured expand our understanding of craft and claim importance to artists whose stories are at risk of being forgotten. Funds also support artists who are practicing research as a way to inform their practice. We have heard from our recipients that these awards have helped to legitimize the study of craft and document histories that acknowledge a fuller and truer story of American craft, reminding us that there is more to discover and learn.They allow us to reflect on craft’s significance – not just as a beautiful object, but also one that embraces a wide range of cultures, ambitions, and experiences. To apply:

2022 Craft Research Fund Project Grant Recipient Mariah Gruner examining needlework at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Courtesy of the recipient.

Art a la Carte: Artsville Collective at Marquee presents its first lunch time salon for artists, creatives, collectors and friends. Friday, March 18. Meet + Greet at 11:30; presentation from noon-1 pm. “The Women of Grovewood: Textiles Come to Asheville”  Historian Tom Anders and arts consultant/tour guide Sherry Masters takes you from fleece to fabric through the vision of Edith Vanderbilt and the women of Biltmore’s textile industries, then and now. Limited seating. 26 Foundy St. in the RAD.

Ongoing: Artsville NC podcast series at and major podcast channels

“How Asheville Became ARTSVILLE.” The first Artsville podcast releases six energetic and informative interviews with Mia Hall and Robin Dreyer on The Penland School, Kate Averett Anderson on Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center, Tom Anders on Grovewood Village and the Vanderbilts, Michael Manes on Blue Spiral 1 and John Cram, Jordan Ahlers (Momentum Gallery) and Stephanie Moore (Center for Craft) about the Broadway arts corridor in downtown Asheville, and Sarah Wells Rolland, owner of The Village Potters Clay Center and the River Arts District. Preview podcast at   Co-produced by Sand Hill Artists Collective (SHAC) in partnership with Crewest/LA studio.

Sand Hill Artists Collective (SHAC) and Artsville Collective and Podcast are in the news a lot lately. We give special thanks to the Asheville media for their support of our gallery, podcast, programs and events.

Biltmore Beacon- Front Page, Art News.


Asheville Made-

Rhona Polonsky’s pottery invites you to read between the lines.

ON EXHIBIT at Artsville Collective at Marquee through April 24: “Between the Lines” View Rhona Polonsky’s ceramics and Micah Mackenzie’s abstracts along with the works of founding artists Daryl Slaton, pop animation and Louise Glickman, mixed media. The styles of each artist differs greatly but connect through thoughtful storytelling, coming alive in a mix of mediums, paint, clay, textiles and animation. The viewer is encouraged to consider how they come together, to read “between the lines.” Artsville Collective is inside Marquee at 36 Foundy St.


How Asheville Became ARTSVILLE

The first of six in this series of professional podcasts co-produced by Sand Hill Artists Collective and Crewest Studio/LA are now available at and all major podcast channels: Apple, Google, Android, Spotify and New Episode

The Artsville podcast series launches with a release of all six interviews that focus on “How Asheville became ARTSVILLE.”  Interviews include Mia Hall and Robin Dreyer on The Penland School, Kate Averett Anderson on Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center, Tom Anders on Grovewood Village and the Vanderbilts, Michael Manes on Blue Spiral 1 and John Cram, Jordan Ahlers (Momentum Gallery) and Stephanie Moore (Center for Craft) about the Broadway arts corridor in downtown Asheville, and Sarah Wells Rolland, owner of The Village Potters Clay Center about the River Arts District.

The ARTSVILLE podcast is a co-production of Sand Hill Artists Collective (SHAC) and Crewest Studio/LA.  Additional podcasts on artists and community art leaders in Asheville and beyond will be available in early spring and will be released regularly throughout the year.

Scott Power, aka Sourdough, of Crewest Studio/Los Angeles

ARTSVILLE Collective Mounts its First Guest Artist Exhibition“Between the Lines”

ARTSVILLE Collective at Marquee opens its first public exhibition “Between the Lines” inviting interpretation of line and the space between. It is on view now through April 24 alongside the pop animation of Daryl Slaton and the mixed media of Louise Glickman.

Rhona Polonsky’s pottery uses the language of lines and spaces that merge and connect to reveal their meanings: lines as boundaries to be crossed or parallels to read between. Her doodling since childhood grew in expression as she traveled the world, teaching young international students for over thirty years in Asia and Africa, from Indonesia to India. Her sgraffito vessels, lively and offbeat, evoke amusement, playfulness, whimsy and enthusiasm. They speak to us in a special language that warm our hearts with simplicity and sophistication.

Rhona Polonsky’s pottery invites you to read between the lines.

Micah Mackenzie’s paintings place minimalist textural works between bold abstracts. The viewer walks the line, one piece to the next, experiencing excitement and then serenity, chaos to calm and back again. The artist speaks to the human emotions and energy of everyday life by spacing and pacing bold color next to stark white panels. He invites us to consider life’s daily grind, from fast and furious to welcome relaxation.

Micah Mackenzie’s abstracts are bold and energetic.

Daryl Slaton’s work is overtly whimsical as he introduces his newest anthropomorphic character Gallagher, a playful tiger cub who entertains us through animation and augmented reality.

When viewed with the free Artivive app on your smartphone, an animation with sound and music plays directly on the physical artwork by Daryl Slaton

Louise Glickman’s storytelling is revealed through the weaving of nature with complex application of many mix media techniques. Lines and color as well as nets and textures move over, under and around in several mini-collections using bits of fabric, paint, paper and plant materials.

A mixed media piece by Louise Glickman

Save the Date 
Sunday, February 27 
2-5 pm at Marquee in the RAD

Invite family and friends to join us at Artsville Collective’s recently completed gallery and gathering space at 36 Foundy Street near Twelve Bones and Grail Movie House.  Meet Guest Artists Micah Mackenzie and Rhona Polonsky. Celebrate the release of our first Artsville USA podcast series with host Scott Power from Crewest/LA and our special podcast interviewees. Welcome SHAC’s new associate Jenna Eberhardt to Asheville.  Share and celebrate art at ARTSVILLE with food, drink, fun and friendship. 


Sand Hill Artists Collective’s vision has always been to help emerging artists build careers encouraging creativity and visibility.  We knew the need was there but our path has led us to opportunities beyond our humble beginnings, isolated in COVID and located in Candler, NC.  The effect is one of pebbles in a pond for people like Daryl and me who are visual learners. Biltmore Lake Artists begat Sand Hill Artists which has grown exponentially beyond its Western Buncombe boundaries to encompass all of Asheville and beyond. I’m not very savvy with social media but supported by the “techiness” of Daryl and others, SHAC in partnership with Scott Power and Crewest Studio/LA, has expanded once more, now to our new ARTSVILLE Collective gallery in Marquee in the River Arts District.

While this would seem like a wild ride, it has been mostly smooth or we wouldn’t have been able to arrive where we are today. At every turn, creative energy from supportive artists, mentors and volunteers have been the engine to propel us. At its most basic level, SHAC and ARTSVILLE feel welcomed into our new community in the RAD and have planned ARTSVILLE Collective to be more than a gallery. At its core, this will be a home, a community gathering place for anyone who likes art, and a happy spot to show, tell and talk about creativity. Circle your calendars and join us:

ARTSVILLE NC’s preview podcast with Louise Glickman on
art and community.

NOW AVAILABLE: ARTSVILLE NC’s first preview podcast includes an interview with Sand Hill Artists Collective’s Louise Glickman on art and community. Show notes and link at

Friday, January 28:  ARTSVILLE NC podcast series launches with six interviews with arts leadership discussing how Asheville became ARTSVILLE. Hosted by SHAC with veteran podcaster and producer Scott Power of Crewest Studio/LA. Available on Apple, Google, Android, Spotify and New Episode podcast channels.

Artsville Collective at Marquee is both gallery and gathering space
for looking and learning.

Tuesday, February 1: Guest Artists at ARTSVILLE Collective include Micah Mackenzie, mixed media and Rhona Polonsky, ceramics along with mixed media from Louise Glickman and pop animation from Daryl Slaton. On exhibit thru April 24.

Rhona Polonsky’s pottery invites you to read between the lines.

Sunday, February 27: Celebrating ARTSVILLE.  Meet the artists, Micah Mackenzie, mixed media and Rhona Polonsky, ceramics at ARTSVILLE Collective at Marquee. Also on hand will be our first podcast interviewees and Jenna Eberhardt, SHAC’s new staff associate.

Micah Mackenzie’s abstracts are bold and energetic.

SHAC Connection – Roundup 

from Louise Glickman

OH MY! How We’ve Grown!: Sand Hill Artists Collective (SHAC) has matured from its infancy to an expanding community embracing emerging artists, professionals and enthusiasts. To engage audience and open wallets to build a decent living for area creatives, SHAC’s new format has been simplified and broadened. Starting in 2022, our podcast series highlighting Asheville’s artistic endeavors will be heard around the world emanating from our partnership with Crewest Studio/LA (creweststudio.comand host extraordinaire Scott Power. Special thanks go to Dan Ubick of Dan Ube Productions and his team for producing our catchy ARTSVILLE theme music, a lead-in to our podcast series to launch in January ( 

Scott Power of Crewest Studio/LA revealed Artsville NC, SHAC’S upcoming podcast series at our First Year Anniversary celebration.

In 2021, we featured 36 artists from West Asheville neighborhoods on our website and at our One Year Anniversary blow-out at Foundation Studios in the RAD. This year, guest artists will be invited to show their work at SHAC’S new ARTSVILLE COLLECTIVE gallery inside Marquee, an arts market just opened in the River Arts District. We expect to exceed last year’s record through exhibits of works by new emerging talent alongside our own. Guest artist space will change quarterly and will be supported by Marquee marketing as well as SHAC’s including a podcast interview, a blog story and an open gallery event to bring audiences their work.  Daryl’s pop art with Augmented Reality (AR) offers both a contemporary vibe and animated entertainment to ARTSVILLE.  Visitors thus far have appreciated my carefully conceived mixed media revealing my love of travel, nature and fiber art.

Jenna Eberhardt joins SHAC and Crewest/LA using arts management tools from College of Charleston. Her roles: social media, research, writing and studio assistant.

We are proud to welcome Jenna Eberhardt to our team who has already been helping from afar with SHAC’s social media, website development and operations. Plan to meet her in person at our open house at ARTSVILLE Collective at Marquee in early February. You’ll also be introduced to our first set of guest artists who will be showing their work alongside Daryl and me in February, March and April. If you would like to be considered for a guest artist space, please send me a note about yourself and your work long with five images of pieces you might like to show to

Marquee Entrance

We like to say that SHAC shows, tells and talks about Asheville-area art and talent. We SHOW at our new ARTSVILLE COLLECTIVE gallery inside Marquee in the River Arts District where we will have changing exhibits, events and discussions with local creatives, makers, gallerists, educators, collectors and business leaders. We TELL about our area talent with stories and news on a bi-weekly basis on our SHAC CONNECTION blog. And we talk with talented creatives, our guest artists and community leaders on our new ARTSVILLE NC podcast. Sign up at and/or go to our website and scroll through the many stories from guest writers and myself. And listen in when our ARTSVILLE NC podcast series is available (coming soon). Our show notes will be available at our ARTSVILLE website, now under construction.

We launch our new podcast series with six interviews that focus on how Asheville became ARTSVILLE. Now in post production, you can look forward to hearing from: Mia Hall on The Penland School, Kate Avarett Anderson on Black Mountain College, Tom Anders on Grovewood Village and the Vanderbilts, Michael Manes on Blue Spiral 1 and John Cram, Jordan Ahlers (Momentum Gallery) and Stephanie Moore (Center for Craft) about the Broadway arts corridor, and Sara Wells Rolland on The Village Potters and the RAD.

Jordan and Shifra Ahlers welcome SHAC supporters to an advance preview at their new Momentum Gallery.

Highlights from 2021

We have had many high points in 2021 that enable us to move forward to foster participation in the new year. Highlights include:

• Momentum Gallery Opening: Private showing for a small group of active SHAC supporters

• Art in the Gardens event: Over 140 Biltmore Lake residents and friends viewed 8 artists in 8 magnificent gardens in partnership with the Biltmore Lake Garden Club

• First Year SHAC Anniversary Event: Over 125 supporters toasted with champagne while viewing two SHAC exhibits from our 2021 group of Featured Artists. Bob Ware’s photographs were accompanied by art inspired by Biltmore Lake gardens

  • Biltmore Lake Artists:  50% growth in membership; festive Holiday Party and annual meeting
  • SHAC Stats: 70% increased volunteer and financial support; 500 subscribers in the US 
  • Media Attention: Asheville Made, The Laurel of Asheville, AVL Today and others

Artsville Collective

by Louise Glickman

YES, finally! ARTSVILLE COLLECTIVE by SHAC and Crewest/LA is open to the public. You’ll find us at Marquee in the River Arts District at 36 Foundy Street near 12 Bones and Grail Movie House. Once inside this glorious renovated warehouse, discover us at D11 as you stroll and savor furniture, found objects and art for your walls from over 75 carefully curated vendors.

The first night of a “soft opening” at Marquee.

Daryl and I worked double time to get our gallery space ready last night for a “soft opening” for a real estate company’s holiday party and a few River Arts District regulars. The response was strong and Daryl’s AR (Augmented Reality) images brought a lot of smiles and potential sales. My mixed media was well received by a different buyer so our concept to show a variety of talent has brought an audience. We’ve left room to add revolving guest artists to our space so that our collective will always show fresh work in a variety of mediums. 

Louise Glickman’s fabric art at Marquee

Last night, we noticed that mostly guys and families were really excited about Daryl’s augmented reality. Viewers lined up with their cell phones directed at his newest characters, Gallagher and Gallagal, to watch this dynamic duo come alive as animated cartoon shorts. My lookers were generally artists and collectors who responded to the tactile, textural quality of my work, especially the Only Natural Collection.

Daryl Slaton’s Augmented Reality Cartoon art at Marquee.

Artsville Collective at Marquee in the River Arts District is a joint partnership of Sand Hill Artists Collective and Crewest Studios/LA, veteran podcasters and media production company. It has been designed to provide a platform for emerging artists in the Asheville area offering exhibitions, blogs, podcasts and community events. We also plan small gatherings and discussions on art, architecture and film. For our podcast series, ARTSVILLE, we will be conducting interviews down in the RAD. Our podcast series will launch in January so that listeners any place and everywhere can discover how Asheville became “Artsville.” Subscribe at no cost at

Pass on the good news about all ARTSVILLE offers. Bring friends and family. We’ll be down at the gallery this weekend and often so hope to see you there.

Travels with Frederick Olmstead: The Art of Landscapes

by Louise Glickman

Daryl and I recently took the driving trip of my dreams to art museums and historic homes throughout the Hudson Valley and Berkshires. Storm King, Dia Beacon, Mass MOCA and  the FDR LIbrary shot to the top of my must-see list. But it was the draw of places and artists I had not considered that have left indelible marks. I found Frederick Law Olmstead’s landscapes from Manhattan to Niagara Falls, but it is his influences on our urban world that will continue to inspire me most.

Returning home, I dug deeper into Olmstead, reading  “A Clearing in the Distance” which reveals his life and work in detail. He was a writer, entrepreneur, raconteur, visionary, and world traveler. He learned, after many false starts, to weave together life experiences with hard work and a network of people who embraced his progressive ideas.

Biltmore Estate here in Asheville is renowned for Olmsted’s vision where he worked closely with his remarkable collaborators architect Richard Sharp Smith and forester Carl Schenck, founder of the first forestry school in America. I have been fortunate to live in four cities imprinted by Olmstead. Best known for his creation of and commitment in creating Central Park, close to my Manhattan digs post college.  As a newly married in Chicago, I strolled Jackson Park and later jogged, picnicked and partied in New Orleans’ Audubon Park. The latter two were sites for Olmstead’s World Expositions. 

Generations of my family have played in Audubon Park

Olmstead “aimed for the unconscious” by design. He still leads pedestrians through subtle paths with thoughtfully placed species that continue to embrace our unconscious appreciation for nature. The Biltmore Estate will celebrate Olmstead’s bicentennial year with activities and programs in 2022. 

Mrs. Church’s “hidden” garden at Olana in Hudson, NY

It was at Olana, the home of Frederick Church, the preeminent and possibly best known artist of the Hudson River School, that Olmstead’s landscapes again sparked wonder. Church preferred nature’s greenery but his wife begged for Olmsted to give her a garden of color, shielded from her husband’s view, yet ever-present. Niagara Falls was beyond all expectations but it was the creation of his park system of six parks, seven parkways and eight landscaped circles that still allows pedestrians to walk from one park to another in beauty and serenity. Olmstead revived Niagara Falls dwindling flow starting in the 1860’s. As one of the earliest conservationists, he founded the Free Niagara movement and protected the natural beauty of the surrounding land, now Niagara Falls State Park.

Niagara Falls links America to Canada through Olmstead’s visionary work

Olmstead’s achievements also speak to perseverance and patience. It took 15 years of pressure for Congress to grant appropriations to create Niagara. Olmstead worked on and in Central Park for almost thirty years. Olmstead planned and planted with the future in mind so that today, his extraordinary talents remain vital to our appreciation of nature’s bounty.

SHAC GIVES THANKS for Creativity, Love and Laughter

from Louise Glickman

Better than our first year of 2020 and growing by leaps and bounds sums up Sand Hill Artists Collective as we approach this second Thanksgiving. It is our creative community, built through SHAC, that has brought new opportunities for us to support emerging artists to SHOW, TELL and TALK about their life and art.

A Thanksgiving cartoon by Daryl Slaton

Most of all, I’ve personally learned to laugh more and worry less this year. This is in large part due to all of SHAC’s helpers and advisors, and the light-heartedness of my loving husband Daryl. I’ve included some of ourThanksgiving wishes for you and your families to enjoy here so you may discover, as I have, that his whimsy and sensitivity go far beyond his love of Star Trek, Mayberry and Peanuts. Soon, at SHAC’s new gallery space Marquee opening December 8 in the River Arts District, his cartoons will actually sing and dance for you through a free app, Artivive. Download it to your phone and you’ll meet his newest characters Gallagher and Gallagal, dare-devils and do-gooders with big hearts (like his!). When you raise your camera to his ingenious designs, the canvas comes alive, and talks, toots and moves to music.

Some of you may already know about Augmented Reality, AR for short. Daryl will be using his humor and talent to build a new creative world of characters, illustration and animation dovetailing art with technical expertise. Primarily a storyteller and pop artist, his characters like Gallagher, Scooter and Bootz and others, have come to life over the years becoming part of our extended family.

For more, visit SHAC on Instagram: @sand_hill_artists_collective

The front entrance to Marquee in the River Arts District, opening December 8.

Now, we invite you to also join our growing group of creatives at SHAC’s  “ARTSVILLE COLLECTIVE” at Marquee. We will welcome three carefully curated guest artists each quarter, showing their work alongside my mixed media and Daryl’s artful whimsy. SHAC will also have launch parties and be podcasting interviews from there to produce our upcoming ARTSVILLE series spotlighting artists and area arts leaders. We are thankful for our community and so many supportive friends. Come share in our fun.

Creative Sector Summit: Taking Stock in Asheville’s Artists

Asheville Area Arts Council’s Annual Conference

This year’s annual gathering of arts leadership and professionals gave a clear picture of how we are faring as a rapidly growing arts town, pluses and minuses. We know that in Arts and Tourism, one hand feeds the other. This convening brought voices to the stats underlying our creative community. Most significant is the growth of creative jobs, increasing almost 50% in 2010-2019 while earnings declined by over $30 M in 2019-2020 through the impact of Covid. Cost of living has jumped to $17 an hour in Asheville, 6% over the national average. However, hourly earnings for creatives here rank 14% below the state average and 22% less than the national average.

The AAAC has shown strong leadership in trying to reverse the downward trends. The Summit panels addressed Arts Equiity, Sustainable Tourism, Pandemic Impacts and Creative Wages. In addition, the active arts leadership in Buncombe County now meets quarterly with groups taking deep dives into how to improve: Arts Education, Arts Equity, Manufacturing, Performance Venues, Professional & Business Services, Public Art, Events & Festivals, Sole Proprietorships & Individual Contractors, and Trade/Retail. 

For a deeper dive in all that Katie Cornell and Hannah Duncan at AAAC are spearheading, go to

MEET AND GREET at SHAC’s new ARTSVILLE COLLECTIVE Gallery, opening to the public at Marquee in the RAD on December 8. 

SHAC Launch Party at D11 inside Marquee. Friday, Dec. 17 at 5 pm.