Thursday, February 09, 2017

Frances MetalWorks New Work

Inspired by the world’s greatest water bird sanctuaries, these majestic sculptures, handcrafted from iron and Minnesota fieldstone offer timeless reflection of nature’s finest works, adding a touch of serenity to any environment. 

Charles Adams and Thomas Widhalm created these wonderful sculptures by marrying their passion for gardening with Chuck's 40-year background as a jeweler and Tom's 33 years as a creative metal worker. 

Chuck found working in his garden not only to be peaceful, but another way to express creativity. He designed his garden using 54 tons of boulders, and planting 1,800 perennials over 1 ½ acres of mostly shade gardens. 

After searching for artwork to compliment his garden, and finding nothing that seemed unique or natural, he decided to make his own. He collaborated with his long-time friend and fellow gardener, Tom Widhalm. Together over a period of almost a year, they designed their unique one-of-a kind iron and stone sculptures. They have been adding designs ever since. 

Their sculptures are crafted from iron and hand-selected Minnesota fieldstone chosen for character & shape. Their water birds offer a timeless reflection of nature’s finest works, adding a touch of serenity to any environment.

We are really excited about a couple new pieces where the metal is the main ingredient and the rock the add on instead of the other way around. Love love love this spirit sculpture with a stake coming out of her base that shoves into the ground.
First we have the bird bath- base is core 10 steel, which will develop a rusty patina and second is the 

Spirit Sculpture.
Stop in to see the entire collection!
Open 7 Days a week
Carolina Creations
317 Pollock St
Downtown New Bern, NC

Monday, February 06, 2017

New Garden Spinners Add some color to your garden year round

Just in time for our Garden Show!

Carolina Creations is pleased to bring back these beautiful kinetic sculptures for your garden.

The carefully crafted design of this dimensional kinetic sculpture allows for gentle, steady interaction with the wind. 

Featuring superior weather resistance and beautiful hand-painted details, its bright color and movement will bring your outdoor space to life. 

Made of heavy-gauge metal that resists corrosion and rust. Mount on tree, fence, wall, auger, stake, or other surface. It comes with the mount that scews into the surface you want to attach it to or there is an optional stake it attaches to that sticks into the ground.

We have lots more!! 
8" $46
13" $80
18" $104
8" Pink Butterfly spinner

13" Orange Flower on Green Dots

8" Blue Flower with Green Leaves

8" Yellow Stars

13" Green and Purple Flower

18" Purple Flower with Red Dots

13" Yellow Flower with Orange

"As an artist, I tell my story by applying glorious color over black surfaces.

Each stroke of color turns darkness to light and reminds me that darkness will not overcome the light.

My work explores darkness and light interacting, as both goodness and darkness are inextricably woven together in our experience of life.” - Carol Roeda

Friday, February 03, 2017

Art for the Garden

Our Annual Garden Show has opened and over the next few posts I'll show you some of the great things in the show!

We love the wonderful things we get from Annabelle Noel and she's always coming up with new for us.

First I'll start with our best selling No talent needed - Easy Arrangers -


Ever feel like you’re not doing justice to the beautiful fresh-cut flowers of summer? Are your arrangements droopy or lopsided? Overcrowded or too skimpy? We’ve found the cure for amateur-looking arrangements. It’s a simple wire grid that fits over the mouth of a vase and adds support so that stems stay upright and have the breathing room they need. With Easy Arranger you can still get creative and dream up your own flower arrangements -- the vase topper just helps you execute the designs like a pro.

Easy Arranger comes
 to us from Annabelle Noel Designs, a firm with a mission to launch innovative household products designed and manufactured exclusively by women. The founder is Anne Cork, who tapped her jewelry-making skills to create Easy Arranger after being inspired by the tape grids she saw florists using to hold their flowers in place.

Each wire grid is woven by hand, not by a machine. Easy Arranger comes in a variety of diameters to fit different vase sizes. It’s simple to work with, especially when it comes time to change the water: You just lift up your entire arrangement and use the flexible grid to keep it intact until you’re ready to return the flowers to the vase. Easy does it!

New are these fabulous glass flower stakes, each one of a kind and in 3 sizes. We don't have these on our website because we know they won't last long enough!

Copper and stainless steel dragonfly garden stakes.

Sweet copper enamel flowers, 1 inch across. $3 each singly, 6 for $15.

And this is just a start!! I'll be posting other new pieces in our show over the next few days!

Thursday, January 26, 2017

When I See Pelicans I know It is February

It's interesting to me that the only time we see Pelicans in New Bern is late January and February - I've not found the reason why.
It could be that a certain fish they like come upriver at that time - or the wind isn't as strong as it is on the beach - I don't know! But I don't need to see a calendar, when they show up I know what time of year it is. 
I've always loved Pelicans and we usually have some artwork at Carolina Creations that features them. Here are a few pieces.

About the Brown Pelican from the Audubon Society website
The Brown Pelican is an unmistakable coastal bird, with its distinctive pouch, striking coloration, and enormous wingspan of over 6.5 feet. You’ll often see them gliding over waves at the beach or plunging headfirst into the water from heights of up to 60 feet. These spectacular dives are how Brown Pelicans capture their prey, which is schooling fish such as menhaden. There is a tale that pelicans go blind from the impact of diving, but there is no truth to that myth.
In North Carolina, Brown Pelicans are found in coastal marine and estuarine waters. Most migrate south for the winter, but small numbers remain year-round, though severe cold snaps result in frostbite to their webbed feet and pouches. They can be found nesting in the Cape Fear River, and in Pamlico and Bogue Sounds on small islands where they are relatively safe from disturbance and predation. 
Pelicans were first recorded breeding in North Carolina in 1929 on Royal Shoal, one of the state’s first Audubon sanctuaries, and from those 14 pairs the population grew to more than 100 pairs nesting around Ocracoke Inlet on islands Audubon still protects today. The pesticide DDT compromised many species’ eggs, including Brown Pelicans’, decreasing populations throughout its range and landing them on the endangered species list. Following the ban of DDT in 1972, Brown Pelicans became a conservation success story, with North Carolina populations exceeding historic levels and expanding to islands in the Cape Fear River. Today 4,000-5,000 pairs nest in North Carolina. 
Though DDT is no longer a threat, Brown Pelicans are still affected by human disturbance at nesting sites, as well as by oil spills, other contaminants and injuries from fishing gear. The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commissionand Audubon North Carolina monitor and protect Brown Pelicans nesting sites. About half of the state’s Brown Pelicans nest on Audubon’s islands.
Important Bird Areas (IBAs) designate areas that are critical to bird populations in North Carolina. The following IBAs are important to Brown Pelicans, either as nesting sites or foraging areas. Sites with an asterisk indicate an Audubon-managed site. 
  • Beacon Island*
  • DOT Island
  • Ferry Slip Island*
  • New Dump Island
  • North Pelican Island*
  • Old House Channel, Island MN
  • Onslow Bay
  • Outer Banks, Inshore Ocean
  • South Pelican Island*
Audubon North Carolina’s staff and volunteers are working to protect Brown Pelicans in North Carolina. 

Monday, January 16, 2017

Vanessa Gilbert Jewelry

Art By Any Means jewelry is designed by Vanessa Gilbert and hand crafted by local townspeople.  

Each year she offers two distinct collections, making each piece unique and only available for a limited time.  
 Art by Any Means

 Art by Any Means

 Art by Any Means

Gilbert hand-selects an array of crystals and gemstones including smokey quartz, carnelian, lapis, cape amethyst, and dravite tourmaline to form her beautiful designs.

I'm always excited to see what she's come up with! 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Home and Garden Tour

Every year for ten years or so I've done a painting of one of the homes on the tour for the poster. Here is this years along with photos of it in progress.

The tour is April 7 and 8, 2017. We will have our usual reception for the public and for the tour participants on Friday night, April 7, from 5-8 pm. We serve refreshments and I'll be there with prints of the home tour art.
Here is a link to the Historical Society with more information about the tour.

Friday, January 06, 2017

Things to Do in New Bern North Carolina

We love our little town, it's beautiful, friendly, and it gets into your blood.

Here is a list I compiled today of things to do, there are many more....

1. Shop at Carolina Creations, 317 Pollock St. or the website.
2. Lots of other shopping and restaurants in our downtown.
3. Visit Tryon Palace.
4. New Bern Fireman's Museum.
5. Walk the Waterfront.
6. Listen to music at several places. My favorite is at the DoubleTree Jazz on the Deck in the summer months.
7. Go kayaking, I put in 100 feet from my house!
8. Hike the Croatan.
9. Visit the Battlefield Park.
10. Go to the Farmers Market on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
11. See the Canterbury Christmas Lights in December.
12. Go the the lighting of the New Bern Christmas tree in the round a bout to kick off the Christmas Season.
13. Participate in the Beary Merry Christmas in Downtown New Bern, Thanksgiving through Christmas.
14. Go to the Annual Sunday Jazz Showcase sponsored by the Craven Arts Council.
15. Annual Antique show to support historical preservation.
16. BBQ in Blue Jeans to raise funds for the Fireman's Museum.
17.  Historic Home and Garden Tour I do the artwork for this each year!
18.  Have fun at  MumFest sponsored by Swiss Bear and the City of New Bern
19. The 2nd Friday of each month see what's new on the art scene 5-8 pm ArtWalk!
20. Carolina Chamber Music Festival.
21. Empty Bowl Project sponsored by the Craven Arts Council.
22. Annual Valentine Card Show and Sale sponsored by Carolina Creations.
23. Hear the NC Symphony in New Bern.
24. Boat Parade in December.
25. Christmas Parade
26. Cookie Walk at Christ Church
27. Kitchen Tour to benefit the Food Bank
28. Drive Through Nativity
29. Neuse River Bridge Run
30. Fourth of July Celebration
31. OctoberFest
32. GhostWalk sponsored by New Bern Historical Society.
33. New Bern Civic Theatre
34. New Bern Academy Museum
35. Walking Tours

This is the short list!!   Come visit.

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Happy New Year

“We spend January 1st walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives...not looking for flaws, but for potential.” 
― Ellen Goodman

2016 was trying in many ways, but there was joy and thankfulness as well. As we look at the blank pages of 2017 we are hoping for peace, new beginnings, friends and family to become closer,  lots of inspiration and time to act on it.

Friday, December 30, 2016

January Newsletter

Winter Hours
Mon-Sat  10-6

Sun 11-3

Open New Years Day

Open until 8 pm the second Friday of each month for ArtWalk

Valentine Card Show and Sale 
by Craven County School Students
Year 10!
Each year School Students create valentine cards, learning various techniques in their classrooms. We donate the cardstock and envelopes and they donate the talent. We then sell the cards for $3.50 each and donate all proceeds back to the school art classes. In this way we can promote young artists, show their work in a gallery setting, they learn new techniques, and we can give back to the community.

Meet the artists during

ArtWalk January 13 from 5-8
This year the price of the cards is $3.50.

Sally's Painting Party

Thursday, January 19 - 6:30-9 pm
at Francoeur Studio   

Carolina Creations Presents

Garden Walk
Sally Sutton's Painting Party
Paint your own acrylic painting of this image on canvas with artist sally sutton!
Thursday January 19, 2016  from 6:30pm - 9:00pm

We have a nice selection of things on sale!
Christmas items



We need to make room for new art and artists!

Shown are a few of the pieces on sale
Papermaking workshop
Illuminated Paper Possibilities!
Workshop with renowned paper artist Helen Heibert
April 29 & 30 in New Bern, NC
Turn flat sheets of paper into sculptural forms - the possibilities are endless! Participants will create a sampling of objects that expand and collapse, open and close, fold and unfold. Come explore the creation of multi-paneled structures that can turn into books, tubes, tunnels, lanterns and more. In this workshop, we'll explore various ways to weave papers; we'll turn envelopes into works that convert into wall or window hangings, books or lanterns with an adaptation of the piano hinge binding; and we'll embed wire between sheets of paper to produce lamps or sculpture.

Class will run from 10-4 each day with a break for lunch. 
Our class will take place in historic downtown New Bern.   There are      numerous restaurants, hotels and B & B's located downtown as well as many historic attractions.  Here's a link -
Tuition for the 2 days, including materials, is $270, due upon registration, no later than January 31st.  Cancellations before this date will receive a full refund minus $25 processing fee.  No refund after January 31st unless your space can be filled.  Checks and credits cards accepted for payment.  To register or for more information about the workshop and where to stay please contact Lou Plummer at or call 252-672-9052.
Meet the artist
Tracy Arrington
Surrounding herself with an array of precious metals and gemstones ignites Tracy Arrington's creativity. As she plays with these materials, she develops new designs and collections, focusing on pieces that are striking, wearable, and distinctive. Arrington loves the contrast of luxurious gold with the deep steel-gray of oxidized silver; she uses these and other materials in her work.

Texture and contrast are an integral part of Tracy's designs. Each element, such as spirals, swirls, and disks, are cut, formed, and textured by hand using a rolling mill or hammer. Sterling silver elements are oxidized to set off the beauty of the gold. Gemstones are individually chosen and hand-wrapped. Each design is created one piece at a time in her Florida studio.

After earning a BA, Arrington spent 12 years as a buyer and merchandiser in the gift, home decor, and education fields. In 2008, she decided to follow her passion: she started designing and creating beautiful jewelry. She received formal bench training and continues to study under many talented goldsmiths across the country. She shares her studio with her blue-mitted ragdoll cat, Olivia.

We first met Tracy in 2009 at a show. As a member of the Craft Retailers and Artists for Tomorrow (CRAFT), I was assigned to give a critique of her work and her booth. I didn't see her again for a couple of years and was very impressed with the quality of her work and how she had incorporated my suggestions into her displays. We've been pleased to represent her ever since.

See more of Tracy's work!

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