Meet The New Artist and Makers at The Historic Cotton Mill Studios

Jannette Montenegro and Rich Patino, the owners of the Historic Cotton Mill Studios, have welcomed three new artists and two new retail businesses to the studios located at 122 Riverside Drive in the River Arts District.

The couple bought the landmark 7,954-square-foot property in July of this year, and set out to fill six available studios with the right mix of artists and makers. The building features eight studios in all, but two of the tenants stayed on from the previous ownership: mixed-media artist Andy Herod and the Asheville Guitar Bar.

Meet the Makers at the Fall Studio Stroll & After Party

The new artists include metalworker Reid Dawson, painter and costumer Ka Amorastreya, and photographer Jody Dixon. The new retail businesses are Kizmet Yogawear apparel and Real Old: Vintage Goods.

On November 11th, Historic Cotton Mill Studios will host an after-party and studio unveiling following the Asheville River Arts District Fall Studio Stroll, with a chance to meet the artists and see their work. For more information on the party, visit the Facebook event page at Historic Cotton Mill Studios.

Reid Dawson (modernwaveartgallery), is a metal artist. His studio will be a gallery space to showcase his artwork as well as artists both local and nationwide. Through utilizing art, Reid hopes to build community and better the city we live in.

Ka Amorastreya (, makes elaborate headdresses, wands, adornments, and paintings inspired by nature. Her work has been featured in Vogue, Elle, and Rolling Stone.

Jody G. Photography, ( specializes in natural newborn and baby photography foregoing props and focusing more on beautiful emotive images of family love and the little details that reflect this special time of life.

Kizmet Yogawear, ( is the design work of Mollie Hadley. Her Urban wear line and vibrant Yoga lifestyle designs are inspired by symbolism from different philosophies and world cultures.

Real Old: Vintage Goods ( is a new retail space by the owners of The Old Wood Co., makers of customized reclaimed wood furniture—made just next door from Historic Cotton Mill Studios at 99 Riverside Drive. Their retail space will feature vintage locally sourced reclaimed wood furniture pieces as well as a collection of unique antique items.

A Unique Experience

“We are thrilled to welcome our new artists and makers to Historic Cotton Mill Studios. These extraordinary individuals offer their own unique perspective and reflect different disciplines, which creates a really special experience for our visitors,” says Jannette.

“We couldn’t be happier with these studio selections,” adds Rich, who fielded more than 30 applications for the space. “They are all true masters of their craft in addition to being really wonderful people.”

One studio space, Studio A, remains available. Interested parties can view the studio online at, and reach out to for more information.

To find out more about the artists and makers of the Historic Cotton Mill Studios, and for all the latest news at the mill, visit