Hello Summer - Finding Inspiration Along the French Broad River
Summer is here! Hope you are enjoying the beginnings of the season. Even though it was cool and rainy yesterday, ceramic artist Lee Wolfe and I took a break from our studios to meet for lunch and visit a few studios. We had a fun time, catching up, taking lots of Instagram photos and talking to other artists.
We met in the River Arts District a/k/a the RAD, along the French Broad River. The neighborhood was once the industrial heart of Asheville. The district continues to thrive today but with a different creative spirit; one full of artists, musicians and restaurants and a micro-brewery.
After we stuffed ourselves with fish tacos at White Duck Taco Shop, we headed off to visit a few studios. Here are two that we enjoyed.
Andrew Kulish of Studio A is a vibrant artist and designer. She creates handmade lamps, pysanky eggs, mixed media art along with her graphic design work.
The rare Ukrainian folk tradition of creating pysanky eggs is a unique part in the mosaic of America’s varied cultural heritage. Andrea is very excited to share the making of the eggs with people and does live demos and workshops for those who want to dive deeper in the pysanky egg making artform.
When we walked into Pat Phillips studio she was in the process of adding a patina to links for her newest necklace. And, we got to watch the process!
Pat creates contemporary one-of-a-kind jewelry designs using silver and gold.
Both studios are located at the Pink Dog Creative. If you are in town, stop by for a visit. Andrea and Pat would love to see you.
You know, sometimes its good to take a break from the studio, spend the afternoon with a friend, visit other studios and come back inspired. I know I did!