Front row: Eileen & Marty Black, Denise Carbonell & Derek Dominy
On February 28, 2014, Asheville's River Arts District experienced a changing of the guards @ two of its core art studio buildings. Cotton Mill Studios' owners of 12 years, Eileen & Marty Black, have found suitable kindred spirits in Denise Carbonell & Derek Dominy to seamlessly continue the arts based studio/gallery experience we have come to know @ Cotton Mill Studios. Denise & Derek come to Asheville by way of NYC and bring with them a fierce love of the artist way of life. The ARAD welcomes them with open arms!
Robert Gardner, Alex Greenwood & Logan MacSporran
In addition, long time ARAD property owners, William & Lynnell Goacher, have seen fit to sell Roberts Street Studios to the owners of The Asheville Glass Center: Robert Gardner, Alex Greenwood & Logan MacSporran. Time to celebrate another artist owned building here in the ARAD!
The transition of 140 Roberts Street from the Goachers to The Asheville Glass Center guys continues a legacy in the River Arts District that is little known but greatly appreciated! In the mid 1990's, Bill & Lynnell Goacher, thru Willyng, Inc., bought a number of commercial buildings, providing reasonably priced space for artists & musicians, nurturing creative independent commerce of many kinds. Always interested in "raising up the neighborhoods" they invested in, the Goachers. in 2002, saw the wisdom in selling 115 to 129 Roberts Street, now known as The Wedge Studios, to sculptor, John Roy Payne. John, in turn, nurtured many young artists, again by providing very affordable live/work space @ Wedge Studios. In 2008, the Goachers sold Railside Studios to its anchor tenant, Matt Parris, owner of Roots Foods, enabling a national reach for our yummy local food. The Goachers are still partners in 2000 Riverside Drive, affectionally known as NORAD or River Arts District North. The ARAD offers a HUGE THANKS to Bill & Lynnell Goacher for their continuing vision, helping to support the cultural vitality of Asheville and beyond!
As of January 14, 2014, Blue Kudzu Sake @ 372 Depot Street has received its federal permit to brew sake! Once the state permits are in hand, the making will commence... in the meantime, stop by the tasting room & restaurant to quench that sake thirst with wonderful imports & "Appa-Aisian" house made dumplings.
On Wednesday, Melissa Terrezza & Pattiy Torno will tour the Mosey team around the ARAD… starting with lunch @ All Souls Pizza then over to Phil Mechanic, The Wedge Studios, Asheville Glass… maybe Pink Dog & CURVE studios then drinks @ the Wedge and more… if you have a better Mosey to offer… please do so to Eric @ Mosey.com… you could win that Mosey on them on Thursday! in the vintage VW Bus!
On Thursday, November 21, 2013 the River Arts District Business Association is hosting a "Join Us" Social... food by Clingman Cafe & CURVE studios & garden, drinks by The Junction & The Wedge Brewery... if you own a business, that sits in the common boundaries of the River Arts District, you might want to show up!
Bring a $45 donation this Saturday, November 16, 2013 to Asheville Glass Center and you will receive a hand crafted stemless wine glass created by Hayden Wilson as part of the "Raise A Glass" Wine Tasting & Glass Art Benefit for OpenDoors of Asheville.
Over 180 artists in 20+ buildings invite everyone to come look, see, buy ART! Saturday & Sunday, November 9 & 10, 2013 from 10am to 6pm both days!
Art studio available December 1, 2013 @ Pink Dog Creative in River Arts District. Join a colorful and vibrant hub of restaurants, art studios, galleries and the Asheville Arts Council. The studio is approximately 400 s.f., heat and electric is shared, water included. 1 year lease required. $520/month. Contact Hedy Fischer.
Curated by Ralph Burns, WAY OF NATURE / WAY OF GRACE includes work by Rob Amberg, Tim Barnwell, Mike Belleme, Pilar Belmonte, Erin Brethauer, Brigid Burns, Margaret Couch Cogswell, Holly de Saillan, Scott Hubener, Ben Nixon, Holly Roberts, Carrie Tomberlin, Eric Tomberlin, Leigh Mitchell, Steve Mann, Dana Moore, Matt Rose, Jon Sours, David C. Stewart. Opening Friday, November 8, 2013 6 to 9pm... runs thru November 30, 2013 @ The Artery @ 346 Depot Street in Pink Dog Creative.
Blue Kudzu Sake Co., a maker of bottled and draught organic craft sakes, is now open for business Tuesday thru Saturdays @ 5pm @ 372 Depot Street! Being the first NC Sake Brewery, BKS is working closely with the powers to define & shape this new industry and how it should be regulated in NC... featuring house made vegetable Gyoza (dumplings) and fresh Vietnamese spring rolls. Welcome to the ARAD! Official Grand Opening Tuesday October 1st, 2013, to coincide with start of the sake brewing season in Japan!
Get There Asheville: Asheville on Bikes, Asheville Design Center, Western North Carolina Alliance &Blue Ridge Bicycle Club host a candidate discussion on transportation on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 from 6:30 to 8:30pm @ Clingman Cafe, the heart of the River Arts District!