River Arts District Artists offer online workshops, events and specials

Press release from River Arts District Artists: 

For April and May, social distancing measures and business closure orders in response to Covid-19 require us to cancel our beloved Second Saturday event.  On the Second Saturday of each month, the River Arts District Artists generally holds a gallery walk & open studios event with demonstrations, workshops, live music, wine tastings, delicious food, and more.  The public is invited to meander the mile-long district or hop on and off the free trolley and discover all that the “RAD” has to offer.  There are more than 240 artists in the 23 buildings throughout the district.  They come together each month to provide art experiences displaying their work and sharing their techniques and inspirations.

The River Arts District Artists is a membership organization.  Each artist, gallery, and business is managing the business closure impacts individually.  While our buildings are closed to the public at the moment, most artists are creating work in their homes or studios, and many are updating their personal or RADA webpages frequently with new work.  Some of the artists are creating online content specifically for this homebound time, which they would love to share with you – please explore the listing below.  We invite you to peruse our website, riverartsdistrict.com, and have a virtual visit, which is a great jumping off point to explore Asheville’s art community, whether for educational purposes, entertainment, or if you’re looking for a great piece of art for your home or business.

Artists are especially vulnerable in this economic climate, with no access to PTO, unemployment benefits, and in many cases, no health insurance.  If you want to support the community, the best ways are to buy existing pieces, commission artwork, or attend online or purchase future workshop seats or buy gift cards.

Another impactful (and free) way to support artists is to simply enjoy the art and share social media posts of artists you, or your children, are inspired by.  Art can provide a journey outside the everyday, and those journeys are especially helpful during this stressful time.  We in the RAD hope you visit  – online today and in the district when we are able to be “OPEN EVERYDAY” again.  We appreciate your support for the art community!

Online Highlighted Content for May:

310 ART
Online Classroom at 310 ART
We have launched online classes at our 310art.com site. These are easy to download fun classes with projects using simple materials. Anyone can do these classes, and be creative. We will be adding classes each month and you can access them at any time.


Cindy Chenard
Fine Art Print Sale
May, 2020
For the Month of May: Cindy Lou Chenard’s Fine Art Print Sale, many sizes available.  Shop online, free shipping.


David Skinner
Spring Studio Online Sale
9:00 AM – 9:00 PM
With studio traffic down due to the current pandemic, the studio is getting too full of new work! Therefore I’m offering 25% percent off of all available work during my Spring Online Sale! Go to www.dskinner.net to see what’s available and contact me for pricing. Looking forward to finding new homes for my art!


Eco Depot
Live Marbling – Every Wednesday at 3pm
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Pam Granger Gale goes live to demonstrate the relaxing qualities of marbling. Watch as the paint expands and changes when manipulated.


North Carolina Glass Center
Online Exhibition: 2020° Degrees: Temperatures of Change by Tony Prince
Join the North Carolina Glass Center in celebrating our March Featured Artist Exhibition;  2020° Degrees: Temperatures of Change by Tony Prince. Since this exhibition was unable to be viewed in person, we have moved it to our online shop. Check out Tony’s work and his artist statement below.

Both glass and clay undergo a spectrum of significant physical changes when the kiln temperature climbs into the 2000°F range.  Clay begins to approach its firing maturity where it (depending on the clay type) fully vitrifies, or reaches its most glass filled and least porous state possible. Glass on the other hand, with fluxes that lower its melting point, is a gooey bowl of hot glowing liquid.

In this exhibit, temperature is used as a convenient analog to reflect upon some growing fundamental changes that are occurring all around us at an increasing rate, socially, politically, and environmentally. Some changes are far away, some near to home.

The glass and clay emerge from the fire transformed in different ways, revealing their qualities, and expressing their unique presentations of the mineral-based crust that is the foundation for our biomass; literally, the ground we walk on. Together, they tell a story of change.


Pink Dog Creative
Art in the Time of COVID

“Art in the Time of COVID” is an online artwork exhibition by Pink Dog Creative artists. The work in this exhibition is either related to the COVID-19 pandemic, made during the time of Stay-At-Home orders, or is uplifting or otherwise helpful during this challenging time. Most of the work is for sale. Our artists are hard at work and appreciate your support during this difficult time. Check out our artist pages and please get in touch with artists directly for information on work, online classes, & commissions! Work will continue to be added during the quarantine, so please check back for updates.


St. Claire Art
On-line gallery sales
Visit my website to view all of the paintings for sale from my River Arts District studio.

Studio A
Online Pysanky Workshops + Presentations
Andrea Kulish/Studio A is offering online Ukrainian Easter egg- pysanky – workshops and presentations. Pysanky are a wonderful thing to do during quarantine… they are fun, relaxing, and meditative to create. And, the symbols are all good wishes, so this is the perfect time to create eggs with symbols wishing for good health, long life, strength and protection.

I will demonstrate the Ukrainian Easter egg – pysanky – process, describe the wax resist (batik) method, as well as provide an overview of the history and symbology of Ukrainian folk art traditional patterns, designs and symbols. The presentation would be a combination of live demonstration and PDF slideshow.

I will send you a list of needed supplies and recommended online suppliers, as well as instructions on preparing your eggs before class. Over ZOOM, I will guide everyone through the pysanky process, demonstrating in detail the wax resist method, as well providing an overview of the history and symbology of Ukrainian folk art traditional patterns, designs and symbols. Participants will be guided through creating their designs as I answer questions and demonstrate techniques during the entire pysanky process.


The Village Potters Clay Center
Online Shop
Visit our online shop to select work by our six Resident Potters, or to purchase a gift certificate that may be redeemed for pottery, clay, tools, classes, or workshops.

Olga Dorenko
Online Exhibition
Exhibition for Spring

Sky + Ground Contemporary Art
Small Works Sale – Online with Free Shipping
Starts April 10

Visit our online sale for small works from painters Peter Roux, Christopher Peterson, Deanna Chilian, Colleen Lineberry, and photographer Karen Philippi.  These select works are available at special pricing and with free shipping through May 31.  We can’t wait to see you again in the gallery, but the artists are all creating new work from home and we will post as they come in – so check back often for fresh work and find something wonderful to brighten your quarantine and beyond.  Email for information on larger pieces from the online galleries or to inquire about commissions and online instruction.


Philip DeAngelo Studio
Online Charity Auction

Even though our studio doors may be closed for now, there is still a lot going on at Philip DeAngelo Studio! You can visit our newly designed website at https://philipdeangeloart.com.

Please keep an eye on our Facebook page for several auctions of smaller acrylic paintings by Philip with 50% of the proceeds going to one of 6 charities, you get to choose!


You can also find us on Instagram @philipdeangeloart


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