Carolina Creations Fine Art and Contemporary Craft Gallery - An award winning gallery featuring the work of artists and craftsmen from across the country. 317 Pollock St., New Bern, NC 28560 252-633-4369 www.carolinacreations.com
I took my first train trip in 1969, since then I take a train whenever I can - here are a few of the trips I've taken by train
Jackson Michigan to Mexico City
Selma North Carolina to Philadelphia Pennsylvania
Toledo Ohio to Berkley California
Cumbrea and Toltec in New Mexico
Durango and Silverton in Colorado
Newark International to Penn Station NYC
Paris Metro to Versailles
Philadelphia International to City Center to Manyunk
I've drawn pictures of depots and trains located all over the country, too many to mention.
My latest trip was was from New Bern to Charleston South Carolina, to visit my niece. I love the way a train moves along, the sound of the locomotive (steam is the best) and the whistle. It's not the fastest way to go but sometimes you just need to slow down.
Right off the bat I loved the fact that I could walk out my door and around the corner, just over a block, and catch the Amtrak bus which took me to meet the train in Wilson, NC.
This is the Wilson, NC depot.
A nice painting inside the Wilson, NC Terminal
A mosaic lady sculpture, there is a similar one in Chapel Hill I did a painting of.
I chose business class because people said it was quieter and no kids. Not that I don't like kids but the whole point of traveling this was for me was to relax, stare out the window and maybe read a little and be quiet.
There was quite a lot of activity in Wilson, more people traveling north than south. The depot is very nice and in the middle of town so if you get there early there are places you can walk to.
Business class was as advertised, the seats were large and comfortable, tons of leg room, wifi and 120v plugs.
I read, dozed and just chilled out.
It was wonderful.
The only disappointment was the depot in North Charleston, how can a city with such beautiful architecture have the most boring depot seen on this trip?
Yes I could have flown much faster, and driven a little bit faster but this was so much more relaxing than either of those.
For people who live in a metropolitan area, you are probably saying whats the big deal. For those of us that choose to live in more remote areas it's a treat to be able to get around without driving or flying.
The southbound train is late and guess it usually is so the ride home was delayed but that was ok too. A long as I have a book or my laptop I can keep busy. That is the only problem with this east coast route, Amtrak shares the tracks with CSX and they take precedence.
What does riding the train have to do with Carolina Creations or art?
Sometimes you just need to do something different to recharge, get ideas for the shop, look in other shops and galleries to see what we are or aren't missing, and always, always look at the scenery for inspiration of things to paint.
Stop in this Friday October 10 to meet one of our favorite artists Sally Sutton! She will be demonstrating during ArtCrawl from 5-8 pm.
We have represented Sally since 2008 and she has taught workshops through our gallery. Sally received her BFA from California State University, Long Beach and an MFA from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. Sutton's work has been exhibited in Tokyo at the Genkan Gallery of the Tokyo American Club, in the Meiji Gallery in Ginza, and in numerous shows in the United States. Her paintings can be found in private and corporate collections nationally and abroad.
This will be the first in an intermittent series of items we have found that make nice or fun inexpensive gifts. First in this series are these scented botanical wax sachets. They can be hung in closets or placed in drawers, but they're so pretty you may not want to put them away In fact we are going to put them on our Christmas tree! Each sachet is strung with a suede cord and sweetly packaged.
You'll love these heavenly scented botanical wax sachets.
You'll find all the best fragrances, making this collection a must have for you and yours.
This Beach House sachet set will have you imagining the perfect summer day spent shell collecting at the beach. The fragrance reminds of a soft ocean mist blowing across delicate seaside flowers as willowy sea grass dances in the warm salty breeze. The botanicals in the wax include shells and starfish. Each sachet is strung with a suede cord and enclosed in a charmingly packaged box. Set of two.
The Black Vetiver and Oak fragrance offers a warm and luxurious fragrance that will envelop you in a velvet cloak of exotic saffron, rich cognac, green woody vetiver and sensual patchouli. This pairs nicely with hints of geranium, cyclamen flowers and tree moss, highlighting the earthy richness. This is the perfect fragrance to warm your spirit on wintery nights. The botanicals in the wax include birch branches, coral bell stalks, cosmos flowers, and oak leaves.
A festive blend of sparkling mandarin oranges, deliciously tart cranberries and succulent red currants delightfully underscored by fresh ground ginger and frosted cedar. Made with: : birch twigs, cones, pepperberries, pine needles, essential and high quality fragrance oils, proprietary wax blend.
The Spicy Apple fragrance is simply amazing, which is probably the reason it is always the best seller from Rosy Rings. It offers fresh, juicy and crisp Macintosh apple mingled with a spicy blend of cardamom seed, ground nutmeg, fresh cinnamon and clove bud. Sweet tonka bean, vanilla extract and forest balsam softly chime in, but the stars in this scent are apple and cinnamon. The botanicals in the wax include apple slices, bay leaves, and cinnamon sticks.
The Petal and Vine sachet offers green stemmy notes giving way to a sweet, flowery body of hyacinth, trumpet flower and wild orchid. The botanicals in the wax include calendula, cosmos flowers, and gingko leaves.
Our Christmas ornaments and decorated eggs are a departure from our traditional stoneware. They are available in a glossy snow white color featuring bright reds, blues, purples and greens, with silver and gold accents. Because they are handmade, no two are alike, and all are very lightweight for hanging on a tree. Our friends have told us that these ornaments have become cherished family heirlooms that will be passed on for generations. We hope you will feel the same.
Rebecca and Jon have been working together as Barking Spider Pottery for nearly forty years. Their passive solar studio and home is built above the Toe River in the mountains of Western North Carolina.
They have twin twenty-seven-year-old sons Alexander and Christopher.
Rebecca was born in 1951 in West Chester, PA. She holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and has taken classes at West Chester State, Alfred University, and Penland School of Crafts. Together with Jon shehas exhibited in numerous local and national shows.
Bells are $24 and are 2" tall
Ornaments are 4" and are $30
Jon was born in 1941 in Brooklyn, NY. He was trained as an engineer at The Cooper Union and holds a PhD from Columbia University. After working on the anti-ballistic missile project at BellLaboratories and teaching engineering at the University of Puerto Rico, he took a ceramics class at Penland School of Crafts, where he met Rebecca. He’s been a potter ever since.
I am a Bay-Area based printmaker and illustrator. In my work I try to capture the beauty, curiosity, and wonder I see in the world.
In addition to doing freelance illustration, I also have created a line of notecards.
A healthy community is important to me. A portion of my time each year is donated to select non-profits that build a strong community. Sales of my artwork have raised over $10,000 for charity.When designing my products I choose environmentally friendly options sourced as locally as possible.
The Printmaking Process
To create ablock print, Ifirst start bydrawing animage on ablock oflinoleum.Linoleum is amaterial madefrom linseedoil and woodor cork dust.The imagemust be drawnbackwards, asit will leave amirror imagewhen printed.
Next I carve out all the negative space in the image. The linoleum that remains will catch the ink and form the final image.
When all the negative space is carved away, I ink the linoleum block with a roller, or "brayer".
To print the piece by hand, I place a piece of paper over the block and rub the back of the paper with a wooden spoon. This transfers the ink to the paper.
The final print is revealed.
To print the piece on the press, I place the inked block on the bed of the press and place a piece of paper on it.
Then I cover it with press felts and roll it through the press.
The metal roller of the press applies a large amount of pressure to the paper and plate, transferring the ink to the paper.
To make a multi-color print, I use a few different techniques.
One involves carving multiple linoleum blocks, each of which will print one area of color.
In this example, I have carved five different blocks. One block can be painted with multiple colors, which can result in a more complex and painterly print.
Here are some of the beautiful cards we have at Carolina Creations by Rigel.
In this blog I give you a behind the scenes look at our gallery, our artists, our travels, new work we're creating in our own studio, a little politiking, what's going on in our town, and sometimes funny things we encounter. I hope you'll come back often!