Fine Artists Walton, Monaghan Celebrate the Season with River Arts Open Studio Specials

The “Second Saturday” festivities on Dec. 14 in Asheville’s historic River Arts District promise seasonal treats for gift-givers and art lovers alike as they meet and greet artists-in-residence

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Discriminating art lovers will want to take this chance to meet and greet artists Cindy Walton and Fleta Monaghan if they’re considering investing in the finer things of life as a seasonal treat on Saturday, Dec. 14, as part of the “Second Saturday” festivities in Asheville’s River Arts District.

Cindy Walton

Walton's "Sky Danse," 2013

Walton’s “Sky Danse,” 2013


Artist Cindy Walton of Cindy Walton Fine Art, co-hosts a holiday open studio during “Second Saturday” at The Wedge Building. There, she will co-host a holiday open studio during “Second Saturday” at The Wedge Building from her second floor studio from 5-8 p.m. She, together with the other top-tier artists in residence, will be present for the festivities – and the shopping. A little elf told us that Cindy will have special pricing on selected cold wax paintings during the open studio. With her rising star reputation, her paintings are rarely offered at these advantageous prices. 

Cindy Walton Fine Arts is on the second floor of The Wedge Building, Roberts Street, and at

Monaghan’s “Fairfield Falls,” 2013

 Fleta Monaghan

Fleta MonaghanFleta Monaghan is known both for her own prowess as a fine artist and for her leadership in the profession as the founder of this hot gallery spot. Under her direction, 310 ART Gallery also celebrates the holiday season this “Second Saturday” from noon -5 p.m.

 “We feature 21 local fine artists and artisans showing original paintings, sculpture, jewelry, glass art and more,” she says.

 While enjoying refreshments, ask for the winter workshop schedule for adult art classes. We also expect reindeer will pause here for the hand-bound books and jewelry specials bound to make it to the tip toe of that special someone’s stocking – plus, a delightful 10 percent discount off original works by Monaghan.

 The 310 Art Gallery is at 191 Lyman Street, Studio 310, and at

Sherri McLendon is a freelance writer with McLendon Bylines,, near Asheville, N.C.