The Lift Studios

Daniel McClendon works and exhibits in his 5,000 square foot studio and gallery, The Lift Studios in Asheville, NC. The National Biscuit Company originally built the space in 1907, and while it’s been renovated extensively into a working studio and exhibition space, it still contains a plethora of character leftover from its industrial roots. When visiting, expect fourteen foot high exposed brick walls, heart of pine flooring and rafters, raw rock foundation, and modern finishes all acting as a backdrop for his colorful, contemporary paintings. The Lift Studios can be found at 349 Depot St Asheville, NC 28801.

Asheville’s River Arts District

The Lift Studios is right in the heart of Asheville’s working artist district, The River Arts District (RAD).  Due to the railroad lines and proximity to the French Broad River, the neighborhood was originally Asheville’s industrial and commercial hub. It was home to tanneries, textile and flour mills, the train depot, and many other businesses. Artists now occupy many of these old warehouses and RAD is now home to over 180 working artists and craftsmen.