Who's Who



Below are a list of the people and businesses who can be found at The Historic Cotton Mill Studios. Press on the links in their bios for more information.


the asheville guitar bar

Located on the first floor of the Historic Cotton Mill Studios, The Asheville Guitar Bar is an intimate music venue for musicians to play, network and compose. 

They are open daily from 5pm - 10pm. 

For a schedule of performances please visit them on Facebook.


andy herod

Andy is a self taught illustrator, painter and print-maker from the USA. He's fueled by coffee and the promise of great adventure. His studio is located on the second floor.

For more information about Andy please visit his website.


Jody Dixon

In both Jody's fine art photography as well as in her portrait work she captures striking images that are soulful and elegant in their simplicity.

She has been in love with photography since the age of six years old. Her light filled studio is located on the second floor.

Please visit www.jodydixon.com to view more of her fine art work.

For portraiture you can see her work and book a session by visiting www.jodygphotography.com


The Taylor Gallery

The Taylor Gallery is a work-space, exhibition hall, marketing support and an event/performance venue for WNC’s arts community.

Phone: 828-423-6694

Email: info@the-taylor-gallery.com

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Kizmet Yogawear

Kizmet Yogawear is a High quality Eco-Hybrid clothing line featuring inspired art for the Mind/Body conscious yogi in us all - ladies & mens. I am a one woman operation with all clothing production & original artwork done in my Asheville art studio using planet friendly process. These are the beautiful fabrics you will find in my collection: Blends of Organic Cotton, Spandex, Bamboo fiber & vintage silk sari’s USA made. My designs come from inspirations surrounding us all by combining truths and symbolism from different philosophies & cultures then injecting color. Namaste` 

Mollie Mercer



Real Old

Located in the historic Cotton Mill Studios, Real Old is the sister showroom to the parent company, The Old Wood Co. Shop our collection of locally and regionally sourced hand-crafted home-inspired objects, unique one-of-a-kind antiques, as well as a revolving assortment of furniture pieces from The Old Wood Co. All furniture designs can be custom ordered and created to ensure a rewarding and exciting client experience.


Kathryn June Amorastreya, also known as “Ka”

Kathryn June Amorastreya, also known as “Ka”, was born and raised in the high plains of West Texas, where the bleak landscape allowed her imagination to run wild.  She was always finding ways to creatively express herself from a young age. Her passion and purpose was ignited when she began studying healing arts, where she discovered the power of healing, and the beauty in helping people improve their quality of life. She worked as a massage therapist for ten years, and sought ways to incorporate this love for healing into her artistic expressions. She began working with natural elements, merging animal medicines and earthen treasures into ceremonial tools, costume and adornment. Picking up the brush and palette for the first time at the age of 22, Ka realized that she had a profound gift.  As she taught herself to paint, she began to unveil powerful visions, creating her own unique homage to beauty. Meanwhile, she developed her expressive talents in the performance arts, by studying and performing martial arts, belly dance, fire dance, and ballet.  Ka embarked on a monumental journey as she constructed her exquisite, white wings and feathered regalia, then took flight as an international performing artist. She now resides in Asheville, recently transplanted from San Francisco, where she continues painting, dancing, creating as much beauty in the world as possible. She has danced and offered her art at events, festivals, and galleries internationally since 2002. Ka is also a founding director of the Visionary Arts Foundation and the Visionary Arts Academy. Her work has been featured in a number of main stream publications, including US Elle magazine, Paris Vogue magazine, and The Rolling Stone online magazine.

Ka is also a founding director of the Visionary Arts Foundation and the Visionary Arts Academy, and currently serves on the River Arts District Artists board of directors. To view more of Ka's work, please visit her website, www.serpentfeathers.com, and come see the Serpentfeathers gallery and studio in the Cotton Mill Studios building in the River Arts District in Asheville, NC.

Ka’s mission is to create and embody a loving reflection that gazes back into the heart of humanity, illuminating the beauty within the beholder. She hopes her art will remind us all of our innate ability to love and heal ourselves, each other, and our world, while inspiring us to create the beauty we wish to see, so that we may walk in Heaven while our feet still touch the Earth.

Welcome! My name is Chris Heagney and I'm the founder of Daidala Ciders. (pronounced "dye-dah-luh") Daidala is a small-batch cider company based in Asheville, North Carolina. Our company is nomadic, which means we collaborate with other producers to create rare and unconventional ciders. We design (and indulge in!) experimental and traditional styles of cider while constantly seeking influence from other industries and cultures. Our name stems from Daedalus, a craftsman and artist from Greek mythology. In ancient Greece, the word "daidala" referred to an object of fine design. With every batch of our cider, we strive to meet this standard of quality and creativity. Come by for a tasting in The Andy Herod Gallery at The Historic Cotton Mill Studios and visit our website, www.daidalaciders.com.