Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Slow Blogging

It was a hectic spring, our home on the tour, lots of commissions including the awards for the Craven Community College Fabric Awards, lots of baby sets and banks, wedding and anniversary platters, and a trip planned, then cut short. More about that later.

Our trip started at Appomattox, although we had been in the area many times we never stopped. If you don't remember your history it's where General Lee surrendered to General Grant, ending the Civil War. The park is very well done. 

This one is not my photo, it's off their website but it shows the parks village. The house on the left is where the papers were signed.

Then Skyline Drive heading north, camped with a bunch of people hiking the A. T. 

They were in their tiny tents, we were in our rv, my kind of camping.

Visited friends near Hagerstown, MD, this beautiful stone bridge is right by their home.

Moved on to PA. The historic part of Jim Thorpe PA is a beautiful little town in a narrow valley.
Love the architecture!

From here we headed to Rutland, VT then headed home.

A trip cut short but enjoyed what we had.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Hot Lips Hand Bags Clever

We love these hand carved hand sown hand bags by Kim Chalos.

These small bags are just right for your cell phone and can clip on your belt or waist band, they also come with a small strap.

The lips are the clasps, each hand carved by Kim.

 Lip Handbags
The leather is very soft and luxurious. 

 Wood and leather hand bags
She also makes more traditional looking bags with her signature, adjustable strap.

Very nice!

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Visiting my artist friends Steve and Sara Fabrico

I don't exactly remember when I first met Steve - it was at a show maybe 10 years ago. I bought some of his pieces and he told me he was doing a workshop in his studio. I flew up and spent a wonderful weekend with him and it has influenced my sculpture (when I have time to do it) tremendously.

We hit if off right away and we began representing Steve at Carolina Creations, we see each other a couple times a year and they have visited us at our home in New Bern many times.

He and Sara have a beautiful home and studio - the studio is in an old converted chicken coop that is about 15' wide by maybe 60' long. Half is Steve's and half is Sara's, she is a florist and gardener. They met at SUNY  New Paltz where both were in the ceramics department.

Here is just a glimpse around their beautiful grounds that Sara has planted, and some of Steve's pieces he is working on.

We had a wonderful visit and I had a tune up on tricks and techniques in hand building.

Thanks to you both.

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Quote for the Day and what I am up to

 “It is an inescapable part of the human condition that we live our lives on the knife edge of the present, forever trapped between an unchangeable past and an unknowable future.” –John Steele Gordon

We never know what tomorrow will bring.

One thing I love about creating art is that it takes me away to a beautiful place - a wonderful distraction when dealing with issues (health) in our day to day lives.

I am so excited and anxious to get the time to do some art work, right now I'm bogged down in paperwork but think i just need to set it aside for the moment. I've got a list of things I want to paint for a show i have coming up in September at Carolina Creations and I've been chomping at the bit to get back to doing some sculpture. A recent visit with my friend Steve Fabrico just fueled that fire but it will have to wait until I get a few paintings under my belt.

I often take photos that inspire my work. And all who know my know I love to paint architecture and flowers.

Here are several in my 'to paint' file. While I admire those that paint en plein air, it's hard for me to carve out big enough blocks of time to do that so most of my work is done in my studio.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Time Flies

Where has the month gone?

We've been zooming along this month, with Mother's Day, ArtWalk, an antique car and boat show, all bring lots of visitors and shoppers to our downtown. And of course we are still stocking up with great art and fine crafts from our many artist friends.

 funky wall art

This week we received new pieces from North Carolina artist Andrea Iliadis - we love her fresh, funky style - made with recycled wood and metal.

Janet Dixon brought in some beautiful paintings including this rose painting - love it!

 painting of roses

And new jewelry from Lesley McKoewn

 Jewelry hand made at carolina creations

Just to name a few!

Monday, May 09, 2016

Marvin Maune at Carolina Creations

Carolina Creations Fine Art and Contemporary Craft Gallery at 317 Pollock Street in Downtown New Bern announces their new show for May and June, called “Looking Up”.

This show will feature work by well-known architect and artist Marvin Maune.

Born in Missouri during WWII, Marvin Maune has had a lifelong interest in expanding his own world.  That quest has taken him throughout Scandinavia (where he lived and worked in Copenhagen, Denmark), Europe, Canada, and the United States.

After fifty years in the architectural profession, Maune has turned his focus toward creating artwork.  Painting since childhood, his paintings are focused on capturing the emotion, light, and feeling of a particular moment in time, a special place, or special experience.  The diversity of his subject matter reflects his interest in all aspects of human endeavor, and the world we have created.

Marvin works in acrylic, oil, and watercolor as he develops images reflective of his diverse interests and travels.  He resists the temptation to explain his work, feeling that the paintings speak for themselves, and convey the emotional content he intends.

Marvins current work focuses on the iconic forms we see when we look up.  The forms that make places immediately recognizable, when they're familiar, and that capture our imagination when they're unknown to us.

Most of the images are local, accompanied by images from some of his other favorite places: Quebec City, Denmark, and Italy.

Meet the artist during ArtWalk, May 13, from 5-8 pm. The show runs through June 30, 2016.

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Coral Reefs by artist and diver Chris Campbell

Chris began taking pottery classes in Atlanta, Georgia in 1988 and moved to Raleigh, NC in 1991where she attended a workshop on colored clay taught by Jane Peiser, a fabulous NC colored clay artist. She has spent all the years since that week immersed in the endless possibilities of color in porcelain.
At Carolina Creations she is showing her reef series.

Chris talks about how she got started. For one thing she has over 400 dives from all over the world. 
"This adventure began quite simply …  I was watching a pottery demo by Yoshitaka Hasu at the North Carolina Potters Conference in March and decided to try his hand building technique with a large volume of clay.
By mid-April, I had about 60 lbs of clay ( and growing ) on my workshop table morphing into a Coral Mound destined for my garden. Once I saw it was going to be a Reef, I decided make make other smaller sandy looking coral outcrops.
Then, of course, I needed fish …
and sponges …
and anemones ...
and seashells  ..
Now the project is done and ready to install … except the small coral mounds are too wonderful to put outside in  my garden … at the mercy of the elements. Finding good homes is the next step. So I contacted my friend Jan Francoeur at Carolina Creations to see if she thought anyone in New Bern would be interested, she said YES!!

Business Administration, Ryerson College, Toronto, Canada
Colored Porcelain – Jane Pieser, Penland, North Carolina 
Line and Surface – Rimas VisGirda, Champaign, Illinois 
Hand built forms – Kathy Triplett, North Carolina 
Surface Decoration – Linda Arbuckle, University of Florida 
Surface Considerations – Lana Wilson, Del Mar, California 
Designs for Function – Pete Pinnell, Lincoln, Nebraska 
Wood firing – Ben Owen III, Seagrove, North Carolina 
Hand building Tricks– Vince Pitelka, Smithville, Tennessee 
Surface Treatments – Steve Howell, Gainesville, Florida 
Colored Porcelain Tiles – Ro Mead, Colorado 
Functional Wares – Cynthia Bringle, Penland, North Carolina
2008 - 20012 Executive Board of Potters Council
2009 - 2011 President of Potters Council 
2011 - 2012 - Past President of Potters Council
SAS Institute, Raleigh, North Carolina 
North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina 
Clayworks, Melbourne, Australia

Sunday, May 01, 2016

Super Busy Weekend and a Visit from Gordon Batten

Everyone is gearing up for Mother's Day, Weddings and Graduation so we've been getting new work in!
 Gordon Batten

Over the weekend North Carolina Gordon Batten stopped in to visit. 
 Stoneware platter nc pottery

stoneware bowl nc pottery

 stoneware hand built bowl nc pottery

Gordon owns and operate a small clay studio in Western North Carolina about 10 miles from the Cherokee Indian Reservation. 
 stoneware plattery nc pottery

Upon graduating from Western Carolina University in 1976 with a BFA in ceramics, Gordon Batten immediately began his career as a full-time studio potter.  

 nc pottery platter wired to hang
Nature and architecture provide the platform for Gordon’s inspiration, but with an abstract interpretation.  This abstraction allows him to painterly express himself without using realism.
 large stoneware vase nc potter batten
By still making his own clay and glazes, Gordon is able to greater expand on ideas and execute them to his satisfaction in a way that resembles conveying a language by way of color and movement instead of voice.
 large wall platter nc pottery

Thursday, April 28, 2016

We enjoyed the Clydesdales

Last night the Clydesdales came to visit New Bern on their way to the Cherry Point Air Show. We had a record breaking crowd in our Downtown to greet them!

Here are a few photos of their visit.

Visiting Carolina Creations!

This shot was taken by our friend Chris Romano

This shot by Steve Shaffer

A good time was had by all!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Last Post About Home Tour I Promise

Still enjoying flowers from home tour 10 days later!

Because of the tour I never got out to take photos of the Azaleas and dogwood. My sister always looks forward to the photos - I'm sorry Bets!