Sand Hill Artists Collective

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.

The Train Stops Here: Art and Inspiration in Bryson City and Cherokee 

By Louise Glickman

My heart quickens and my mind relaxes when I hear the train whistle blow in Bryson City. Each fall, Daryl and I seek refuge and hike trails in the Great Smoky Mountain State Park. This year we took my daughter and our nine year old grandson Leo to discover Cherokee and Appalachian culture. The grandeur of fall color at peak displayed what has become my color palette, mostly inspiring my nature-inspired work. Oranges, golds and the green-grey of lichen and moss in all varieties have become my go-to’s for mixed media. Clearly these annual trips have inspired me.

At the top of our list was the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, a “must” for understanding the Cherokee experience, and further magnified by a trip to Oconoluftee Village. There, craftsmen revealed ancient techniques handed down since 500 AD:  clay, basket weaving, spears, leather and beading, all skills still relevant today. A trip to the Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual, representing the work of over 350 juried Native American artists, emphasizes the beauty and importance of heritage traditions. Qualla is the oldest Native American cooperative in the country and the Great Smoky Mountains State Park is the most visited in America. 

Discover history and culture at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian

From the perspective of the Appalachian farmer, the park’s Visitor Center interprets 18th century rural living with authentic structures and farm implements. Elk still graze nearby. Hard work, hand-hewn and home were essential ingredients to using nature’s bounty with ingenuity to carve a life for families. The Mingus Mill, a short walk from the Visitor Center, stands on the creek that provided power for grinding wheat and corn. It was replaced by a small steel turbine by 1886.

The Oconoluftee Visitor Center is a gold mind to find maps for trials, waterfalls and cultural attractions complemented by a gift shop of books and mementos, homemade preserves, biscuit mix and even herbal soaps from the surrounding area.

Mingus Mill, circa 1886, ground wheat and corn for nearby communities, minutes from the Oconoluftee Visitor Center

Beautiful trails are everywhere but our favorite hike this trip was to Juney Whank Falls with three trails to choose from.

You can also explore Cherokee art and crafts this season in Asheville:

A Living Language: Cherokee Syllabary and Contemporary Art features over 50 works of art in a variety of media by 30+ Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) and Cherokee Nation artists. Thru March 14 at the Asheville Art Museum

African American Experience Project – Great Smoky Mountains National Park (U.S. National Park Service)

SHAC gives a shout out to our friend and artist Joseph Pearson. His figure drawings flow from hand to paper with gentle gestures and clarity. His ease with pencil and pen is masterful. Learn with Joseph.

Joseph Pearson Workshop

ARTSVILLE COLLECTIVE: SHAC provides exhibit space in the RAD to featured artists quarterly. Our gallery at Marquee opens soon.

SHAC CONNECTION: SHAC’s blog expands with more stories and news about art, cultural travel and personal commentary from creative artists, writers, professionals and community leaders.

ARTSVILLE: Our new podcast series is in production to release in early 2022 with interviews from Asheville and beyond to reach national audiences.

SHAC Book Club: ArtCurious by Jennifer Dasal

From guest writer: Kristina Aaronson

Was the artist Walter Sickert, really Jack the Ripper?  Why did Norman Rockwell provoke his traditional, conservative audiences with the shocking masterpiece, Murder inMississippi?  Is the Mona Lisa at the Louvre Museum, a copy or the real one? Did Vincent Van Gogh commit suicide or was he murdered?  What happened to Leonardo’s Salvator Mundi painting that was sold for $179.4 million to an anonymous buyer, and has never been seen since?

ARTCURIOUS book cover

These are questions Jennifer Dasal researches and writes about in her book ARTCURIOUS; Stories of the UNEXPECTED Slightly Odd, and Strangely Wonderful in Art History.  Dasal is the creator and host of the podcast ARTCURIOUS. Meeting her live on a screen at the Asheville Art Museum book discussion, was delightful. In addition to her art history degrees, and experience as an museum curator at the North Carolina Art Museum, Jennifer Dasal is a storyteller and an outstanding public speaker. There is nothing dry and boring about her book or her podcast. Her goal is to bring the world of art and artists to a level of enjoyment for everyone.

Researching the less well known facts about the lives of familiar artists, Dasal sets out to answer questions like those posed above. Each chapter is documented in the Bibliography at the end of the book.  She leaves the conclusion in each chapter up to the reader so that there is plenty of “food for thought” after having finished the book. On the first Wednesday of each month, the Asheville Art Museum offers a book discussion for museum members that relates to artworks and the art world. The monthly book selection is posted in advance on the Asheville Art Museum Discussion Bound website.

I am still mulling over the question of Spiritualism in the nineteenth century and what influence it may have had on art history. Was a German Baroness responsible for a Marcel Duchamp masterpiece of a urinal which he called Fountain?  Jennifer Dasal shows us that art is not always boring but is exactly what we need to make our lives more colorful.
Asheville Art Museum provides classes, lectures and a book club for adults and special programs for families and children.

SHAC TRAVELS TO :  The Clark in Williamstown, MA

Daryl and I just returned from twelve days enjoying art exhibits and historical attractions in the Hudson River Valley. Kristina Aronson will bring you her takes on recent art trekking in Washington DC. SHAC’s blog, newly titled SHAC CONNECTIONS, has expanded to cover more stories and news. SHAC subscribers are also encouraged to send their own story ideas to Subject line should read: Blog Content. 

 Lalanne on exhibit with landscapes beyond

Affectionately known as The Clark, both a museum and research center,  this vast property nestled in The Berkshires includes public art, academic programs, a library and serves as a leading international center for research. Just inside the door, my years of anticipating this visit met with immediate satisfaction found in the brilliant sculpture exhibit created by mid-century French artists, husband and wife Claude Lalanne and Francois-Xavier Lalanne. I discovered that they always exhibit together but create as individuals whose imagination and technical expertise have brought inspiration to their shared beliefs that human, animal and vegetal worlds share kinship. Their clean designs guided me to recognizable shapes and classical forms in synch, some with hidden openings that provide function as well as purpose to their works. 

Then, looking out the window framing a Lalanne sculpture, my thoughts morphed to a museum I had visited in Tokyo years ago with the Penland School. Tadao Ando was invited to plan and design two complementary buildings on The Clark campus: Lunder Center at Stone Hill which opened in 2008, and the Clark Center, which opened in 2014. As I inspected from the outside in, there were Ando’s signature details, Zen minimalism wrapped in his trademark surface, a domino-like block effect, both an asset to the building design and a “mark” of his brilliance. Memories lingered of Japan and integrated with the contemporary and Impressionist collections at The Clark.

Sculpture on the Clark Trail

Stimulated to explore further, Daryl and I traveled out on the Sculpture Trail to embrace the far views looking back over Williamstown and The Clark’s many venues. Walking and sharing our enthusiasm, we came upon sculptures uniquely situated as if we had found them by surprise. This day fulfilled all I had expected and more, a long-awaited visit that has inspired future visits for new exhibits that complement their vast holdings rich in French Impressionist works. Fall or anytime is magical in The Berkshires.

Plan a visit or learn more about The Clark at:

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 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 Tactical Urbanism, a term I had never heard before, Rosenberg told me how Turbo, a Nashville organization, explains it: “Tactical urbanism is an umbrella term used to describe a collection of low-cost, temporary changes to the built environment, usually in cities, intended to improve local neighborhoods and city gathering places.” She went on to explain that the idea is to create pedestrian and bike friendly spaces in areas where it is lacking.
Rosenberg was the artist for the tactical urban project on Coxe Avenue in downtown Asheville called Street Tweaks. While the large mural was designed by graphic artist, Wyatt Grant, she painted it along with the well-marked bike lanes, and pedestrian crosswalks that transformed a speedy street into a slower, more people-friendly space. She worked in collaboration between community agencies and citizens, many of whom were volunteers. When the city asked that the mural be removed, the crosswalks and bike lanes remained, keeping what began as art-based and ended in better serving the community.
Rosenberg used these concepts when designing her first tactical urban West-Wayne project on the streets of West Asheville. She began by tapping into her own memory of the space centered around meditative walks in the neighborhood’s Christopher’s Garden, a favorite with locals. With the goal of tapping into collective memory, she invited community members to voice their feelings about what they saw, smelled, and heard in that space. Many remembered the sweet art garden with the blue bottles that used to inhabit the corner and seemed to spill into the street. The final project encompasses designs of milkweed leaves and buds, goldfinches and blue bottles painted colorfully on the street.
Leslie Rosenberg believes that using art is how public and community spaces are best created. As the artist, she listens and provides openings for ideas that emerge from community input. “My hope is that the space becomes more integrated into the community’s living, breathing, and changing environment; and that the space not only becomes safer, but also more inviting, engaging and connecting.”

Reach Leslie Rosenberg at
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James Love: “compelled to express myself freely before God”

I’m James Love, and I’m a writer and an artist working primarily in mixed media, assemblage, and installation art.

My approach to art is fluid and lives on raw expression. My inspiration is primarily rooted in my childhood including growing up in New Covenant Holiness Church. The church was neither quiet nor boring. People would dance and cry out “hallelujah” to express their praise and love for God. No one was regulating how they expressed themselves, and often we would be in service for hours. When I’m creating art now, I still feel spiritually inspired and have no consciousnesses of time. 

My Mom, a hardworking lady, refused to buy me a Gameboy Pocket as I had misplaced several during my elementary school years. To buy another one, I started making homemade comic books and selling them for $15.00 an issue. I earned enough to buy a new Gameboy as well as self-respect for my creativity. This incident was foundational in my quest to be an economically independent person and artist.

Joseph A.Pearson & James Love

In my adult life, while living in Asheville, I met artist Joseph Pearson through his wife, Gael, now on the Executive Committee of the Asheville Area Arts Council (AAAM). Joseph was my first real interaction with a serious, professional artist. As my teacher and mentor, he introduced me to figure drawing and different ways to think about creativity. He encouraged me to exhibit my work in “Asheville Through Brown Eyes” sponsored by AAAM in late 2018, where I connected with other Black artists who have turned out to be blessings in my life and studio practice. People like Joseph, Jenny Pickens, Cleaster Cotton, Valeria Watson, and so many others living in Asheville provided me the insight and understanding that I can excel with dedication to hard work and commitment to honest expression. 

I’m not concerned about perfection or with being famous but compelled to express myself freely before God, sharing my creative messages with others. Art is not only for visual communications but rather an instrument for understanding and healing, medicine for the soul. As an artist, my energy is focused on reaching and teaching others in a shared human experience. 

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 the information until after harvest season—celebrations broke out among newly freed Black people, and Juneteenth was born.

Unfortunately, inequalities continue today between communities separated by class and color, including here in Asheville. We can learn from each other on Juneteenth, now a federal holiday. SHAC suggests an art tour to meet some of our favorite creative people and places where the Black and Brown Experience may be fully explored and enjoyed.

Portrait of a woman
Portrait of Lucille Randolf by Joseph A. Pearson

Joseph Pearson, a SHAC Featured Artist, will be exhibiting his important Women of Distinction show at Pink Dog Creative and at YMI on Eagle Street alongside that of accomplished artist and community leader Shirley WhitesidesOne of Joseph’s pieces will also be shown at SHAC Celebrates: YEAR One in a special exhibition of our first year Featured Artists at Foundation Studio, 27 Foundy Street on June 12th with a preview party from 5-6 pm.

Micah MacKenzie’s work will be on display at the art gallery at the First Congregational United Church of Christ at 20 Oak Street. Known around town as one of Asheville’s finest fashion and wedding photographers, Micah’s additional range of talent will be on display in his paintings and mixed media pieces. The church, a short walk from Eagle Street, has created strong communal programming reaching out to YMI to build longstanding and meaningful relationships in their co-joined neighborhoods. Ongoing shows in their street front gallery will regularly feature Black area artists 

Black Wall Street Still Lives at J Hackett’s GRINDfest at Pink Dog Creative on Depot St. with creative programs throughout the weekend. GRINDfest, Asheville’s newest festival, is a celebration of Black Business and Entrepreneurship, and its highlights include the play “Savagery, A Therapeutic Play,” at 7 pm on Friday, a Black Marketplace beginning at 10 am on Saturday followed by a unique “Roots Reveal” challenge shedding new light on Black genealogy and heritage. Besides the Main Stage performance on Saturday night, this inspiring weekend will conclude at noon on Sunday with a Community Awards presentation and “Food from Around the World.”

Don’t miss these creative opportunities to meet, know and make a difference in strengthening relationships towards a stronger Asheville.

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.

ASHEVILLE, NC—On May 26 from 6-7 pm ET, the Center for Craft will kick off a year-long celebration of 25 years advancing the field of craft with their first-ever virtual benefit. The event provides an opportunity for craft enthusiasts from across the country to hear from program participants and support the organization as it envisions new programs to continue uplifting the field.

The financial strain caused by the coronavirus pandemic has put more than 1 in 3 nonprofits in the United States in danger of closing within the next two years.  With the help of partners and supporters, the Center remains a strong and resilient champion on behalf of the field it cares so deeply about.  All funds raised from the 25th Anniversary Virtual Celebration & Benefit will provide critical resources to jumpstart the Center’s programming for emerging craft artists and scholars. 

Featured guests in the benefit include established ceramicists Michael Sherrill and Magdalene Odundo. Sherrill will be the recipient of the inaugural Craft Futures Award in honor of his volunteer service mentoring the next generation of craft artists and continued support of craft organizations across the country to include the Southern Highlands Craft Guild, James Renwick Alliance, and Archie Bray. World-renowned ceramic artist Magdalene Odundo, who traveled to Sherrill’s studio in 2012 to conduct an artist residency in partnership with Appalachian State University, Western Carolina University, and UNC Asheville, will speak about her current work and upcoming exhibition in New York City.

Founded in May 1996, the Center for Craft was created to advance the understanding of craft both in the western North Carolina region and beyond.  “We are launching a year of celebration to thank our loyal supporters over the years and reach new audiences with the message of craft’s importance and relevance,” says Stephanie Moore, Executive Director. “Craft is uniquely positioned to build communities and provides a way for deeper connections and quality of life.” 

The event also marks the start of a deep planning process to include a seminal Craft Think Tank facilitated by Creation in Commons to be held this fall that will help identify needs and opportunities in the field over the next decade. Additional input will be captured through audience surveys, a board ideation session facilitated by Climer Consulting, and a business plan consultancy with Arts Consulting Group. 

Benefit tickets are $25.  Ticketed guests will also receive a complimentary inaugural Center for Craft Membership, a program set to launch this year in celebration of the 25th Anniversary.  
Date and Time: 
Wednesday, May 26, 2021, 6 – 7 pm ET
Event log-in instructions will be provided following registration. 
To learn more about the speakers in this event and to purchase tickets visit
 The Center for Craft is celebrating 25 years of advancing the field of craft through awarding grants, offering exhibitions and public programs, building strategic community and national partnerships, and spearheading initiatives in the United States.  Founded in 1996, the Center is widely acknowledged as one of the most influential national 501c3 organizations working in the craft field today.  For more information on ways to celebrate 25 years of craft and and learn more about grants administered by Center for Craft visit