Pink Dog 348
Once a textile manufacturing warehouse, the Pink Dog Creative suite in the River Arts District’s Depot section was transformed by owners Randy Shull and Hedy Fischer with bright pink, blues, and yellows, a palette inspired by the couple’s travels in Mexico. The eclectic mix of gallery and retail spaces houses food, drink, artwork, and activism (Shull and Fischer have partnered in projects including Southside Rising, Youth Artists Empowered, and the Edington Education & Career Center.)
Pink Dog has also been accepted as part of the Blue Ridge Craft Trails initiative, which means the building and represented artists will be featured on a variety of maps and social media from the regional nonprofit project
This month, they’ll exhibit work from some of those house artists. Media is widely varied, from Leene Hermann’s mosaic work to Karen Brown’s semi-abstract landscapes to Joseph Pearson narratives in social realism to Julieta Fumberg’s documentary photographs to Larry Turner’s quirky, colorful figurative works.
Cindy Walton’s lyrical abstractions add yet more piquancy. Sarah St. Laurent’s mixed-media works are varied in subject matter and style, while many of Gayle Paul’s abstractions refer to gardens. Varied subject matter is also evident in the encaustic works of Lynn Bregman Blass’ consciousness-raising portraits of people both ordinary and famous.
Paul, a first-generation American, says she’s interested in work that raises awareness of the human condition: “I appreciate creative points of view that step outside safe boundaries.”
— Jolene Mechanic
Through April 3. Reception: Feb. 10, 5-7:30pm. Pink Dog Creative, 348 Depot. St., Asheville. www.pinkdog-creative.com.