Art for the Family and Our Year in Numbers; December Stories & News

We're closing out the year by featuring art for the family by Daryl Slaton and Leo Monahan, running through our year in numbers, and releasing a podcast epidode!

Art for the Family and Our Year in Numbers; December Stories & News

In the last two blogs, we’ve featured the fantastic artists from our “IMPRESSED: Print, Paint, Dye, Repeat” exhibition, on display through January 22, 2023. Our featured artists helped turn Artsville Collective’s gallery at Marquee into a holiday shop full of reasonably priced, handmade treasures. So far, we’ve featured artists that create from the heart, for the home, and today, we’re featuring two artists that make art for the family; Daryl Slaton and Leo Monahan.

Daryl Slaton

Still have holiday shopping to do? Asheville artist Daryl Slaton has you covered. Daryl has introduced his new holiday collection of prints, boxed cards, and mugs that animate to Artsville’s holiday shop. By using a free app on your phone, you can bring his whimsical characters to life, revealing a charming storyline with a background of holiday tunes. In a podcast episode with our partners at NOT REAL ART, Daryl Slaton said, “I always try to remain childlike, not childish, but I try to keep that childlike wonder of the world around [me] and always look for humor.” (Did you miss Daryl’s podcast episode? Listen here.) His holiday collection is sure to spark joy for every child and those who wish to remain young at heart.

Leo Monahan

Leo Monahan’s career is an inspiring one for every artist out there. While attending college at Chouinard Art Institute, Leo received the first ever Disney scholarship offered by Walt Disney, and was awarded the scholarship every year of his college career. He went on to work for Disney for 50 years. Now, at Artsville Collective he’s showing his humorous take on confabulated creatures through his imaginative paper sculpture series Pun Fried Fish. These fun paper pieces are sure to delight the family and bring a little bit of that Disney charm.

Artsville Collective’s 2022 Year in Numbers

  • 22 Artists featured in 4 exhibitions, on display for 3 months each
  • 7 lunchtime discussion groups with 120 in attendance
  • 16 Artsville Podcast episodes with 2,894 downloads nationally: "How Asheville Became Artsville"
  • Media Coverage: 15+ articles and features
  • 24 blog posts with unique features, stories, and news
  • 5 festive parties at Artsville Collective at Marquee
  • Mailing list grew by 14%

We’re reflecting on a year of supporting the arts in Asheville, and we can’t help but feel thankful for our community. We focused on highlighting emerging and mid-career artists to give them confidence, marketing, press, and a place to show their work, so they can continue doing what they love. One of our featured artists, Betsy Meyer, went on to show her work at the Raleigh Fine Arts Society: 2022 North Carolina Artists Exhibition after showing with us in the summer of 2022. Jim McDowell; “The Black Potter,” another Artsville featured artist, was featured in The Laurel of Asheville while showing his work with us.

We also changed our name from Sand Hill Artists Collective to Artsville Collective, as we plan to move towards extending our reach nationally. If you’ve been with us from the beginning of SHAC, which started in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic, thank you for going on this journey with us.

Finally, thanks for your support during 2022, and stay tuned for our big plans in 2023! If you’re interested in working with us, please reach out: we’d love to hear from you.

New Podcast Episode Out Today!

The December 15 episode of the Artsville Podcast is our final episode of the year and includes a a conversation with encaustic painter and activist Mary Farmer, Artsville founder Louise Glickman, and podcast host Scott “Sourdough” Power on art, friendship, and activism. You won’t want to miss this! Listen here or on any podcast platform.

News and More at Artsville Collective

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