The former Wednesday Afternoon Montford Farmer's Market is coming to the ARAD. The new River Arts District (or RAD) Farmers Market opens @ All Souls Pizza @ 175 Clingman Avenue starting July 2, 2014. Market hours are 2pm to 6pm with the added bonus of green space & a great community partner that serves yummy local beer & pizza! Join in the fun, ya'll! find it on FB or via email.
The 19 shipping containers that will form the newest foodie haven in the ARAD have arrived! Matt Logan & Kristie Quinn of 5 Walnut fame have turned their attention to the ARAD @ 233 Riverside Drive by providing a home to Asheville Greenworks as well as The Smoky Park Supper Club, expected to open later this year.
The first fresh taste of Blue Kudzu's own home-brew sake will happen on Sunday May 18, 2014 from noon to 9pm @ 372 Depot Street. As only the 4th micro sake brewery in the US of A, please do not miss this special treat! The premier of Junmai Ginjo "Spirit of the Sky", Nigori "Thundersnow" and Nama Genshu "Dancing River" will be accompanied by food & fun, inside & out on the patio!
CURVE studios & garden hosts its 7th Annual Spring Open House & Twilight Party on 2nd Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 10am to 8pm @ 6•9•12 Riverside Drive in the ARAD. The CURVE Twilight Party starts @ 5pm with Mark Rosenstein & his GO Kitchen Ready staff cooking shish kabobs, kegs of local beer & cider & homemade desserts. CURVE artists will donate a percentage of sales to the GO Kitchen Ready job-training program, so bring your wallets and help support Green Opportunities & the amazing artists here @ CURVE studios & garden.
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.