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Splurge | In Search of the Big “O”

Big OFollowing a tour of Bert King’s mid-century addition at Asheville High School I stopped in to visit Robert at Splurge. It was a long, cold winter and the rumor was he had just what I needed — a big O — in neon. As if one wasn’t enough he has a dozen more set to hit the gallery tomorrow. Better get in line! Robert is Asheville’s King of Upcylcing and he is the guy many folks look to for artful additions and rustic theatrics to their interiors. He is consulting and adding his vision to several downtown restaurants today.

Wanting more? Click here or stop by his gallery behind the Wedge studios in the River Arts District. Tell him Troy sent you!

Smoking, Death and little bit of Art


These were just a few of the topics bantered around my dining table tonight. Despite the busy week Kelly and I have had – I’ve been lucky to catch up with some wonderful creative friends. Tonight Barbara Fisher, Spender Herr and Alicia TrinityChatham dropped in to add their creative energy to my space. When I moved in their paintings naturally fit on the main walls of my cozy dining area. I took it as a sign to someday share in creative communion there with the artistic trinity. It has been six years since we shared studios in the same area. Here they are holding their paintings.

{Not pictured is the big smile on my face behind the camera. }

Barbara is currently working towards a May show at Gallery 17 in Greenville in May. {Road Trip} This month her artwork is feature on the billboard for the River Art District. Yeah Barbara!1975106_10152243804379687_1233076523_n

Spencer is a featured artist at American Folk in downtown Asheville. He has art at Pop Santa Fe, Meson Furer Fine Art in Atlanta and others. He has recently made the switch to oils and is enjoying both the richness and realism he is finding. Spence and Alicia

Alicia is a featured artist at Gallery 17 in Greenville, the Haen Gallery in Asheville,  Atelier in Charleston and the Eno Gallery in Hillsboro. She has been working in a larger format then previously. I’m hoping that someday soon we find ourselves together in her studio at the same time so I can check in. You hear me Alicia?

What a great Sunday. Thank you Barbara, Spencer and Alicia!


Working Studio Artist: Mark Bettis

Bettis Comp

Yesterday, I stopped in to pay a visit to artist and pal Mark Bettis before venturing off to do some business planning at Ben’s Tune Up. {Seriously} Mark’s studio is located in the Wedge Studios overlooking the train tracks and the circus we affectionately call the Wedge Brewery. IMG_2940Mark has been in the River Arts District for two years now. Before venturing to Asheville five years ago he was a Creative Director at an Advertising Agency in Chicago. Prior to that — a graduate at Ringling College. Like many of us, it is Asheville where Mark ultimately came to plant his artistic roots.

Mark is a mixed media artist blending oil paints with either hot or cold wax depending on the piece and desired depth. He begins with a graphic notion of what he wants to create before starting, but allows the organic process to take over. Sometimes the results are unexpected and better than his original vision. Mark is currently working on a series of four abstract paintings representing the elements – Earth, Fire, Wind and AirIMG_2937

When I asked Mark what he wanted people to know about his art he stated, “It is for sale.” {insert manly giggles} Beyond his own work he wanted people to know that the Wedge Studios is home to many working studios and it was a great place to engage artists pursuing their craft in real time. Along with his studio, Mark has art at several galleries including Gallery Asheville in downtown and John Collette Fine Art in Cashiers. To see more of Mark’s work click here.



The Barn

I drove through Chicken Hill, near downtown, this morning to take a look at the 3rd house, the Barn, built by Bill of Sun Construction on West Haywood. The home makes use of the small infill lot in this developing urban area while modernizing the industrial and farmhouse styling of the adjacent historic homes. If you don’t know Chicken Hill, rising just above the River Arts district, make sure you take yourself on a tour or give Kelly and I a call. It is one of my favorite neighborhoods. Enjoy!  TroySunset House

SOLD: 411 W. Haywood St.

452558-3Sale Price $269,500

1579 sq/ft

3 Beds and 3 Baths

This home has returned to the real estate market. Cleverly designed by Darryl Rantis, it offers efficient living in Chicken Hill between downtown and the River Arts District. Here is what I had written about it in 2009 when the home was first built – “Finally, some clever and well designed “in fill” housing that is badly needed in Asheville. I took a tour of this home today. Derived from its context and both the industrial and work cottage vernacular it has developed into a smart, loft style home. These healthy built homes pack a lot in a small square footage and represent the future of what homes will become – smaller square footage, healthy built and some versatile square footage.  The basement can be a bedroom, office or in-law suite.  The details all fit – from the european style cabinetry to the pine plank flooring and some of the built in shelving you will find these homes both clean and charming.”

Here is how the current listing agent describes it  –  “Fantastic contemporary nearly new home within 1 mile of Pack Square & right in the middle of the River Arts District! Walk to restaurants and shops and feel a part of the thriving area w/all Asheville has to offer! Sleek modern interiors, certified Healthy Built Home designed by award winning architect Daryl Rantis. LL could be separate apt – 12′ ceilings/polished concrete floors. You will be the envy of all your friends w/ this dramatic home!”

Artist: Barbara Fisher


“In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder a secret order” Carl Jung

I stopped in to visit Barbara Fisher yesterday morning in her studio. We haven’t had the chance properly connect since I landed from all my travels. It is always great to chat with her, share her space and absorb her passion. I can’t think of anyone more practiced and dedicated within her neighborhood of artists. And there is the fact that I simply love her art.

Though I have had the privilege of witnessing the evolution of Barbara’s work for over six years now, I’m going to bow out of discussing it in detail here. Andrew Wengrow recently wrote a wonderful piece on Barbara that spells it all out in an article titled A Different Orbit. He both captures the spirit and evolution of her work and notes her current solo show going on at the Hickory Museum of Art.


As witnessed by the overflow of art outside her studio door, Barbara is in the midst of preparing for a big show in Atlanta at the Mason Murer gallery in May and June. If you would like to see more of her work please visit Barbara’s website. Better yet, stop by her studio at 170 Lyman St for a visit and be inspired!

Barbara the Stack

Pink Dog Creative Studios

Last night I attended the grand opening of Pink Dog Creative Studios on Lyman St. in the River Arts District.  The property is a creative venture by artist/designer Randy Shull and creative entrepreneur Hedy Fisher.  The building will house workshops, artist studios, community space and eventually a new restaurant adding its signature to the growing venues in the River District of Asheville.