Sep 17, 2011

artful garden in a postindustrial setting

Asheville's River Arts District is now the home to many artists' studios and galleries, but once upon a time this area was nothing but railroad tracks, warehouses, manufacturing buildings, and other industrial structures.

At Curve Studios, fiber artist and gallery owner Pattiy Torno has created a garden that pays tribute to the area's heritage while clearly announcing that this place is now all about art.

In addition to the art of the landscape design itself, the garden showcases ceramic sculptures by Cassie Ryalls as well as Simone Wilson's works from salvaged metal. An abundance of other reclaimed items (such as those railroad ties Pattiy dragged into place all by herself) also sends the message that this is a "green" garden in more than one sense -- and the studios' WaterWall cistern system reinforces that message.

Here are some of the photos I took of this lovely outdoor space. If you want to see more, head over to the garden section of the Curve Studios blog, where you can see pictures and video of the garden throughout the seasons.

Beautiful, yes? Even the gallery cats think so. But truly, photos don't do this place justice. If you're ever in Asheville, stop by the gardens at Curve Studios to revel in the artful juxtaposition of organic natural forms and gritty industrial relics.

And while you're there, be sure to visit Pattiy in her studio (right through those white double doors in the photo below). She's one of the nicest, most interesting people you'll meet, and her space is full of charming fleece throws and other creations -- including a small collection of items by ceramic artist Meagan Chaney whose work already hangs in our living room.


  1. It is always a pleasure to host appreciative visitors... a BIG THANK YOU for your kind & dexterous use of the english language... from all of us here @ CURVE!

  2. Thanks for your nice comment, Pattiy! It's easy to wax rhapsodic when the source of inspiration is as beautiful as your garden. :)