Riverview Station in Asheville, NC, Announces First-Ever Holiday Market – Dec. 5, 2014

On Friday, Dec. 5, 2014 from 4 to 8pm, Riverview Station will host its first ever Holiday Market. The block-long structure is located at 191 Lyman Street in the River Arts District (RAD) in Asheville, NC. Erected in 1902 as the Hans Rees Tannery, the building served many purposes before evolving into one of the original properties of Asheville’s River Arts District in 1996. Today it is home to Jonas Gerard at Riverview Station and more than 60 fine art and craft studios, several artists’ co-ops and is the closest RAD building to Biltmore Village.

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The Holiday Market features more than twenty open studios. Additionally, there will be a food truck on premises, a roving Santa Claus, and a bountiful door prize on display at Jonas Gerard. Within each open studio, artists and craftspeople entice visitors with their creations.  One such participant is artist Pat Samuels. In studio 218, Samuels designs mixed media collages and will have painted paper ornaments made especially for the Holiday Market. Likewise, Sheri Howe will be open in studio 231 with her mixed media figurative work. Howe quips, “My studio will be full of artful wonderment: paintings, drawings, block prints, handmade books, masks, cards, sculpture and more!”

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Artful objects are indeed abundant at Riverview Station. That is why Jessica Hall, Holiday Market creator and owner of Bluebird Designs in studio 256, was inspired. Says Hall,

“There has been so much progress in our building, why not invite people to come explore? This event will allow us to welcome visitors during the holiday season, and to educate shoppers about Riverview Station. We have a great mix of people: from well-established painters (like Jonas Gerard), to long established galleries like 310 ART with 22 local artists and artisans exhibiting, to artist co-ops (The Village Potters and Clay Five Ways) to up-and-coming talents. It’s truly ‘one-stop-shopping’ in the River Arts District.”

One such ambitious studio dweller is ceramic artist Maggie Minor in studio 116. Though relatively new to the medium, Minor’s tactile dinnerware was chosen to be included in the prestigious Telfair Art Fair in Savannah, GA, this November. She agrees that Riverview Station’s friendly environment and eclectic mix of artists make it perfect for a festive shopping experience.

For more information, visit Riverview Station on Facebook or go to (www.riverviewstation.com).

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