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 lsglickman@gmail.com 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… Read More

James Love: “compelled to express myself freely before God”

When I’m creating art, I feel spiritually inspired and have no consciousnesses of time. I’m not concerned about perfection or with being famous but compelled to express myself freely before God, sharing my creative messages with others.

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.

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

Shae Bishop on Patterns & Cultural Identity

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.

Virtual Holiday Gallery Tour day 5 – by Louise Glickman

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

Virtual Holiday Gallery Tour, Day 3 – by Louise Glickman

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.

Virtual Holiday Gallery Tour Day 2 – by Louise Glickman

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

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. 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

Now is the Best Time to Build our Creative Communities

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the meaning of Community in this age of Coronavirus. I spend fifty hours plus a week leading the Center for Craft, a national arts nonprofit centered here in Asheville.