Posts Tagged ‘River Arts District’

**PARKING: Parking will be challenging as the Glen Rock Depot lot is not complete.  Please look for parking signs, and come early.  Please car pool, bike or walk to event, if possible.  One lot will be available between the old Glen Rock Hotel and Green’s Market.  Otherwise, please park on the surrounding streets (Bartlett, Ralph and Depot) or park in the lot across from Pink Dog Creative (the big, brightly colored building) on Depot Street.**

If you’ve driven down Depot Street (past Clingman Café and the Soapy Dog ), you’ve likely noticed one of the newest neighbors in the River Arts District–the Glen Rock Depot, a 90,000 SF green building that includes 60 workforce apartments and two awesome businesses…with room for more!  This may be your only opportunity for tours of the lovely workforce apartments, interior courtyard with grey water catchment cistern and permeable pavers, and other green features, like FLS Energy’s designed and installed 60 hot water solar panel system.

Anchor tenant, The Magnetic Field, performance and coffee house and bar, resides in the southern most end of 372 Depot.  The Magnetic Field is owned by local producer Chall Gray.  It will be the only venue in the southeast that will focus on original theatre works.

West One Salon is moving from downtown Asheville to the Glen Rock Depot in November 2010.  West One Salon focuses on easy to maintain, effortless styles. After years of parking challenges, West One Salon owners decided it was time to find a location that would make visiting the salon easier for their clients.  When the owners read about Glen Rock Depot, a green building with plenty of parking in the vibrant River Arts District, they knew immediately it would be the perfect place for the salon.

372 Depot’s 60 workforce apartments were fully leased within 60 days, demonstrating the strong demand for workforce housing in Buncombe County.  The building also includes 3,000 SF of community space, 9,000 SF of commercial space, and 60 solar panels built and installed by FLS Energy www.FLSEnergy.com, providing solar thermal hot water to every residential unit.

Come on by and check it out with one of the tours during the Grand Opening on Thursday, December 2 from 3:30 – 7 p.m.

Grand Opening Schedule

4:00 p.m. sharp            Public Remarks and Ribbon Cutting (outdoors)

Including remarks from Mayor Bellamy and County Commissioner Bill Stanley, Representative Patsy Keever and YWCA Executive Director and County Commissioner Holly Jones

5:00-7:00 p.m.             Tours of 372 Depot and Refreshments at The Magnetic Field

Location:                    372 Depot Street, Asheville, NC 28801

See more images of the workforce apartments and development

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Hosting a visitor that wants a unique Asheville experience?  Or, have you and your friends and family ever wanted to work one-on-one in a River Arts District studio with a professional visual artist?  Here’s your chance.

Roots + Wings School of Art (RWSA) supports studio sessions with their rostered visual artists in their new River Arts District studio on Depot Street at Pink Dog Creative .  Unlike group art classes, with Custom Art Studio Sessions (CASS), participants work collaboratively with a RWSA visual artist exploring tools and techniques, making color and material choices, and sharing in the process of art-making together.  CASS are open to any age, families and groups of friends are welcome, and individualized sessions are also common.

For More Information or to Book Your Custom Art Studio Session, Call 828.545.4827.  See more images of the sessions.

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Courtesy of FLS Energy

The Glen Rock Depot is 65% completed and will have 60 workforce apartments and 9,000 square feet of commercial space in the historic River Arts District. It may be the first LEED-certified mixed use building in Asheville. Green features include: solar hot water, pervious pavers, rainwater collection, low VOC paints, Energy Star appliances, and a master recycling system. The location is also biking and walking friendly and is within 1.5 miles of Asheville Middle and Asheville High Schools, the YWCA, Mission Hospitals, A-B Tech Community College and downtown Asheville.

FLS Energy has just completed the installation of 60 hot water solar panels at the Glen Rock. Each panel system includes one solar hot water panel and a 40 to 50 gallon solar storage tank. FLS Energy owns the solar hot water systems and sells the energy needed to heat the water back to MHO at a rate less than the current prices for fossil fuels typically used to heat water. Estimates are that all 60 panels combined will create 588 billion BTUs per year.

The combined environmental benefits of using solar hot water panels include:
- 36 tons of carbon emissions saved each year
- The equivalent of planting 109 trees per year
- 9 cars off the road per year
- Annual equivalent of energy needs for 13 homes
-Dramatic decrease in energy bills
- Solar hot water is an abundant energy source and is locally available, reducing the dependence on foreign sources of fuel.
- Solar energy is free and silent. It doesn’t contribute to air pollution or global warming.

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Twice a year, every second weekend in June and November, Asheville’s River Arts District Artists open their studios to the public for two days of festivities known as the STUDIO STROLL.  Keep in mind that the arts are a huge economic engine in WNC.  Make a list of upcoming wedding, birthday, anniversary, and other gifts you need, and buy something while you stroll.  Love Asheville, Buy Local!

Visit 130 working artist studios and galleries in Asheville’s River Arts District. Painters, potters, sculptors, weavers, photographers, jewelers, woodworkers, great food & more……all in revitalized old factories and warehouses along the French Broad River, just minutes from downtown.  Download the Studio Guide before you go.

Open from 10am to 6 PM both Saturday & Sunday.

Demos and Activities are listed here.

Outdoor Cinema at the Wedge Brewery

Also, Saturday evening, 10 minutes after sunset, Wedge Brewery will be showing “Dead Again” for their outdoor cinema.  Bring your lawn chair, and grab a pint.

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The Glen Rock Depot is a multi-use development among the River Arts District and the Southside neighborhood.  It includes three buildings.  372 Depot, the new, multi-use building has 9,000 SF of commercial storefront space.

Picture your business serving those living in the 60 apartments upstairs as well as the South French Broad/Livingston/Southside neighborhood.  Current tenants include:

The Magnetic Field, a coffee and performance house

Evolve: World Dance Studio

A Salon, A Restaurant, Jen Swearington’s studio and retail space, and a soap-making studio and retail space.  Cindy Weeks, of Mountain Housing Opportunities, tells us more here.

For more information: www.GlenRockDepot.com

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372 Depot site before Mountain Housing Opportunities began construction of Glen Rock Depot

Glen Rock Depot, 372 Depot which will house 60 affordable apartments and commercial storefronts, Fall 2010

The Glen Rock Depot will provide new economic opportunities in Asheville’s Southside neighborhood by creating a vibrant, mixed-use residential and commercial location with a focus on affordable workforce housing and business/job creation.

They are now leasing between 1,300 and 3,600 sf of storefront commercial space in the new, LEED registered multi-use building, 372 Depot.  This building will also include 60 affordable apartments that will begin leasing July 1 with income guidelines.  Call 254-4030 to get on the pre-leasing list.

The Glen Rock Depot development is located on a 3+ acre site along Depot Street near the South French Broad and Livingston neighborhoods and the River Arts District.  Mountain Housing Opportunities, Inc. (MHO), is the owner and developer of Glen Rock Depot.

The Glen Rock Depot development includes three buildings—two re-used historic buildings and a new, LEED registered, multi-use building.

Corner Market

MHO renovated the former Asheville Packing Company and Corner Market, re-using the 6,400 SF historic building in 2007.  The space now houses the Fine Arts League of the Carolinas and is located at the corner of Bartlett and Depot streets.

372 Depot (seen above)

The third building, opening in Fall 2010, is a newly constructed 90,000 SF, LEED registered, mixed-use building located at 372 Depot Street.  The new building will house 60 affordable workforce apartments, 3,000 SF of community space, and 9,000 SF of commercial space.


The Magnetic Field: a coffee shop, bar and performance house

Salon: TBA

Glen Rock Hotel

Re-using the former Glen Rock Hotel, this historic 27,000 SF building is located at 408 Depot Street.  The Glen Rock Hotel will be renovated for commercial, retail, and office uses starting in 2010, utilizing historic tax credits.


Jennythreads, Inc.: retail and production space for textile artist Jen Swearington

Evolve: a world and community-oriented dance studio owned by Lisa Zahiya

The Laughing Mermaid Soap Company: production and retail space for handmade oils and soaps

Restaurant: TBA

WLOS highlights economic development in the River Arts District

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I was working in Asheville’s River Arts District today around 1:30 p.m. and noticed that the police shut down the trains.  I ended up on the West Asheville bridge excitedly (as you’ll hear) watching the secret service and police guard 12 Bones while they lunched.  Very exciting!  Here’s the video of their motorcade!

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Y’all, please hang out with me at this awesome Dinner and Warehouse Dance Party fundraiser for Green Opportunities on May 22!  Green Opportunities is an Asheville-based, community-based development organization dedicated to building a strong and just green economy through job training and placement, community education, and green micro-enterprises.

Soul/funk songstress, Laura Reed from Laura Reed and Deep Pocket is playing an acoustic set!  It’s her first time playing in Asheville in more than a year.  Then, there are a few amazing DJs, and $3 Pisgah Organic beer.  It’s in the hip River Arts District at the Seven Star Factory —in the old Cotton Mill building on Lyman.


$30 VIP Pass (limited number so RSVP today)

Includes: Cocktail Hour, Dinner, and Warehouse Dance Party

$10 After Party Pass 8:30 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.

Includes: Warehouse Dance Party, $3 for Pisgah Organic beer and Wine Studio wines


When: Saturday, May 22 from 6:00 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.

Where: Seven Star Factory, 191 Lyman Street, Ste. 101, Asheville (the old Candle Factory in the River Arts District, near the dog training school)

What: Dinner by ROOTS, Beer by Pisgah Organic and Wine Studio wines, and Warehouse Dance Party

Cost: $30 VIP Pass OR $10 After Party Pass


Cocktail Hour and Dinner by ROOTS (VIP $30)

6:00 p.m. Cocktail Hour by Pisgah Organic and Wine Studio
7:00 p.m. Dinner by ROOTS with Youth Gospel Choir

8:30 p.m. Presentation by Asheville GO Members

Warehouse Dance After Party: 3 Sets to Get Your Groove On ($10)

9:00-10:00 p.m. Laura Reed Acoustic from Laura Reed and Deep Pocket

10:30-11:45 p.m. DJ BrettRock

11:45 p.m.-1:30 a.m. DJ TerryCloth Tubetop and DJ VIET

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Mountain Housing Opportunities, Inc., an Asheville based community and housing development corporation, has commissioned five local artist entrepreneurs to create handmade elements for the multi-use and re-use development, Glen Rock Depot in the River Arts District.  Two artists have studios in the River Arts District.  Looking for a collaborative, creative, community-oriented space for your small or large business?  Check this place out!  Glen Rock Depot.

Gail Fredell

Outdoor Benches
Gail Fredell (woodworker/furniture artist)

Gail Fredell’s work is in the permanent collection of SF MOMA, the Oakland Museum, Stanford University Memorial Chapel and the AIDS Memorial Grove in Golden Gate Park. She has taught extensively at the college level nationwide and in summer workshop programs at Penland, Haystack and Anderson Ranch, and has served as director of furniture programs and The Furniture Society. Her current projects range in scale and context from residential, functional furniture to public sculpture, both for interior spaces and landscape settings.

Jen Swearington, Jenny Threads

Wall of Gratitude
Jen Swearington (fiber artist)

A future businessresident of the Glen Rock Depot, Jen Swearington is known primarily for her dreamy, narrative art quilts and Jennythreads, her line of handmade clothing and accessories. Previous projects include constructing a peepshow circus tent for the Savannah College of Art and Design’s thirtieth anniversary and illustrating the 2005 to 2007 Studio Stroll posters depicting landmarks of the River Arts District. She will open her new studio and boutique in the Glen Rock Depot this fall.

Angelique Tassistro, Dog Door Studio

Apartment Numbers and Directional Tiles
Angelique Tassistro (ceramic artist)

Angelique Tassistro is the founder of Dog Door Studio and is launching Fly Coop Studios, introducing a new line of clay work, photography and recycled furniture. Her studio is open to the public and is located in the Asheville’s River Arts District at 375 Depot, across the street from the Glen Rock Depot.

Train Railing along Town Branch Creek

David Earl Tomlinson (metal artist) http://dynamicmetalwork.com

and Jenny Greer (graphic designer) www.soundmindmedia.net

David Earl Tomlinson is a self-taught metal worker in Asheville, North Carolina.  Early projects include details throughout the interior and exterior of Zambra, Don Chey’s, and other high-end custom design for local private and commercial properties.  His portfolio also includes unique mailboxes, custom restaurant menu display boards, gates and railings for both private homes and commercial establishments, shelving units for clothing boutiques and other locales, salvaged steel tables, and large metal quilt wall hangings.  In 2008, his “Appalachian Quilt #4″ was displayed in the Southern Living Magazine Idea Home.

Jenny Greer specializes in graphic design, illustration and creating corporate identity through visual media. Her current portfolio consists of brochures, logos, web sites, multimedia presentations, business systems, billboards, posters, and packaging for a range of companies from Coca-Cola to Glen Rock Depot to Bob Moog Foundation, and a number of festivals and bands. Jenny Greer is a mover and shaker in town and has a gift of bringing people together. She also leads the band Jen and the Juice.

For more information about the Glen Rock Depot.

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Echo Gallery is a joint venture with seven founding artist members, and is likely the coolest thing about Biltmore Park.

Lori Therault (potter)
Genie Maples (painter)
Barbara Fisher (painter)
Susan Webb Lee (textiles)
Laurie McCarriar (photographic art)
Anna Koloseike (ceramic sculpture)
Susan Finer and Cindy Walton (painters) are recent core members.

Current guest artists are:
Heather Tinnaro (potter)
Becca Floyd (potter)
Alex Stevens (furniture)
Brian Fireman (furniture)
Tekla (metal sculpture)

Most of the founding members have a history of being involved with various community organizations, but  noticed quickly that MANNA Food Bank had been a common thread.  Genie Maples organized a fundraiser for them last year that Barbara Fisher and Cindy Walton participated in, and Lori Therault is on the community board for MANNA’s Empty Bowls event,  as well as a new board member for Imagine Render, the non-profit that founded Empty Bowls.

“We knew we wanted to do something that would give back to the community, so we decided to offer bowls (and perhaps from time to time other pieces) for sale to benefit Empty Bowls,” said Lori Therault, founding member, “and also to designate 5% of sales directly to MANNA.”  This comes out of the gallery commission too, by the way, and does not impact artist or guest artist sales.

They sponsored a booth where visitors could decorate bowls that have been fired and will be sold at the next Empty Bowls event (or some may even end up for sale in the gallery for the same cause).

Check it out.  Support the local economy and artist entrepreneurs, AND MANNA Food Bank.

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