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Alcohol Ink Art Landscapes & Prints by Joy Dorr

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Alcohol Ink Prints by Joy Dorr

Joy has a unique perspective on the world that she readily shares by creating wonderful abstract landscapes created with alcohol inks.
She says about her work, “I believe that surrounding yourself with uplifting images improves your mood and helps maintain a positive attitude”

What is Alcohol Ink Art ?

There are six mountain bikes “hidden” in this painting. Can you find them?


Alcohol ink is a highly-pigmented (i.e. bright colors), and very fast drying medium. It is most commonly seen as backgrounds in craft projects and stamping.

But occasionally, an artist takes this seemly simple art beyond it’s humble roots and turns it into its own art form such as painting.

This means an alcohol ink painter has to lay down their work as bold strokes and flowing waves.

She goes on to say, “Alcohol ink provides brilliant striking colors that saturate the canvas. I enjoy painting with the ink because it is both languid and forceful; you have to coax it where you want it to go.”

She continues,”Living in Asheville North Carolina, I am surrounded by the colors and textures of the mountains. The views are inspiring and I try to bring some version of the images I see to the canvas. ”

If you are in downtown Asheville, we invite to come see Joy’s work for yourself. Until then check out these colorful and captivating prints

Ceramic Hanging Planters (Wall-mounted planter pots you’ll love)

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Handcrafted Ceramic Hanging Wall Planters

Indoor/Outdoor Flower Pots [Plant Pockets]

These wonderful ceramic wall planters or flower pockets (pots) are created by North Carolina potter Tamara Matthews. These fun wall planters are the ultimate in space-saving flower pots for just about any home, apartment, condo or home office.

Tamara says, ”Nature has always been, and continues to be a source of inspiration for my work. Each of my pieces is handcrafted and invites you to run your fingers over the textures. I hope you enjoy them.”

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NOTE: These pots range in size from 3-5 inches deep and about 8 to 9 inches at their widest point.

Her hand sculpted ceramic wall pockets or planters can be used as either indoor decor pieces or plant containers or outdoor flower pots and plant holders. Her pots can give a wall  or hallway a great look of causal or rustic elegance.

These unique planters are also great for growing kitchen herbs such as Dill, Basil, Chives, Thyme, Parsley, Oregano, Cilantro or any herb that doesn’t require a huge pot to grow.

ceramic hanging wll planter


With a hanging planter you can easily cultivate your favorite herbs – all year long – on a sunny wall right next in your kitchen!

These plant pockets are also good for succulent plants, air plants, small cactus, and faux or artificial plants and dried flower arrangements.

About these Ceramic Hanging Planters

  • Handcrafted from high quality pottery clay, these sturdy planters have a durable glaze finish that will last long a time either inside or out.
  • As a unique wall decoration these planters are each hand sculpted and are not only great for small accent walls, bathrooms, bedrooms or narrow hallways, but also suitable as a set of two for larger wall spaces behind sofas, over doorways and office wall decor.
  • Each planter is lightweight and has a hole for simple and effortless mounting. They can be easily installed on almost any wall or vertical surface with the proper mounting hardware.
  • Every plant pocket is one-of-a-king with a rustic yet elegant design. Tamera’s nature-inspired ceramics features whimsical “critters” with colorful finishes, which will add a wonderful decorative touch to any of your indoor/outdoor spaces.

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We invite you to come by and check them out for yourself. Remember we only a few, so please call or come by for the best selection > Directions to Mountain Made, a downtown Asheville art gallery

Spring is Coming – We Have New Flower-themed Arts and Crafts

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Flower-Themed Art from Mountain Made Gallery

Did you remember that Spring starts Sunday, March 20, 2022? I know…we almost forgot it, too. So much of the past two years has been doom and gloom. Months of uncertainty and worries and rightfully so.

Yet Mother Nature is moving forward.

Let us all move forward away from the bitter cold, the ills, the rumblings of war and political hard feelings into the sunlight of the world.

Did you know that natural sunlight can:

  • Improve your sleep cycles. …
  • Reduce stress. …
  • Maintain strong bones. …
  • Help keep the weight off. …
  • Strengthen your immune system. …
  • Fight off depression. …
  • Can give you a longer life?

So Spring is Coming!  And here are some of the new spring-themed pieces our wonderful Asheville and WNC artists have to offer… (more…)

Hand Painted Floor Cloths by Asheville Artist Lynette Miller

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FloraCloths by Lynette Miller

According to Lynnette, a FloraCloth or floorcloth is “Essentially a painted rug and part of the American folk art tradition.  Early American floorcloths were made from used canvas sails, painted, varnished, and often covered the floors of the ‘not-so-well-to-do’ colonial homes. They are still quite popular in New England and have been around for centuries.”

Lynette continues this wonderful art form with FloraCloths – her own unique twist on this age-old creation.


March Madness starts here in Asheville

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Southern Conference Basketball Tourney

Things to do in Downtown Asheville In Between Your SoCon Games

March Madness Comes to Asheville

(and Mountain Made!)

Spring is just around the corner and after this winter we are all ready for warmer weather, no masks, and BASKETBALL!

If you are coming to the Southern Conference Basketball Championships (SoCon), eventually you will have a break in the games of your favorite team.

There’s no better time to visit Mountain Made Gallery (just a 4 min walk from Harrah’s, inside the Grove Arcade) and browse one of the best selections of local artwork in Western North Carolina.

Mountain Made – A downtown Asheville Art Gallery

“Come take a piece of the mountains home with you!”

Mountain Made has new artwork arriving every week – in such categories as:

  • Handcrafted artisan jewelry, & beadwork
  • Fine ceramic art and hand-thrown pottery,
  • Hand-sewn quilted wall hangings
  • Gourd art & woven baskets,
  • Hand-turned bowls & wooden accent pieces,
  • Original wall art and paintings,
  • Whimsical metal garden art,
  • Blown glass goblets and pitchers, plus fused & stained glass art,
  • Books and music from our local authors and musicians

Any of our local pieces would make a great gift for that special someone who couldn’t come to SoCon or as a wonderful inspiration for anyone who is participating in the Championships.

We invite you to check out our local arts and crafts for yourself…


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