'Trigger Warning' creatively addresses Buncombe County gun violence


'Trigger Warning' creatively addresses Buncombe County gun violence

  • Stephanie Rogers

    Stephanie Rogers is a twenty-four year old human being living and existing in Asheville, North Carolina. She spends her free time nurturing various addictions which include caffeine, the Internet...

Pink Dog Creative's newest exhibition, titled Trigger Warning, will focus on the issue and consequences of gun violence in Asheville and Buncombe County.  Trigger Warning invites 21 local artists to reflect on the issue with a variety of creative pursuits. 

Asheville had seven homicides last year, and nine during 2016. So far, the number of homicides in 2018 has already surpassed the total of 2016 and 2017 added together. Most of these homicides occur in Asheville's low-income neighborhoods. As gun violence increases in frequency, it has become of vital importance to address the impact that it has on our community and citizens. 

Trigger Warning will open at the YMI Cultural Center on Friday, June 9, from 5-8 p.m. with a reception following at The Block that will be open to the public. Several Pink Dog Creative artists will also lead a workshop for children over the summer at the Edington Center. The workshop will focus on allowing children to process and express their reactions to gun violence in a safe, creative space. The art will be displayed at the Edington Center during the summer months. 

Trigger Warning will also travel the following locations this year: 


Habitat Brewing (opening August 3 with a reception) 

First Presbyterian Church (from September to October 2018)

Pink Dog Creative Gallery (from January 2019 to March 2019)