Saturday, June 30, 2012

Cross Winds Sally Anger

Another beautiful painting by Sally at Carolina Creations - Cross Winds on Mill Creek. Acrylic diptych, 2 panels 30 x 40 each. overall 30 x 60"   Click here!

Sally Sutton New Works at Carolina Creations

Carolina Creations Fine Art and Contemporary Craft Gallery, 317 Pollock St in Downtown New Bern announce New Paintings by Sally Sutton. This show of Sally's latest works will hang in the gallery from July 6 through August 31, 2012.

Sally's uses an amazing amount of color in her work and bold brush strokes. When asked about her paintings she says: “I grew up with Monet, Van Gogh, Cezanne, Bonnard, Gauguin, and Munch. “

Sally is still intrigued with the color and light of the impressionists but has added a new dimension to her art while working on her MFA in drawing and painting at East Carolina.

Sally has kept her impressionistic style which is now often enhanced with the addition of mixed media and sometimes becomes abstracted.  She has been working on a  “Tree Series” and calls the forest her “sanctuary.”  As a child, Sally used to climb up into her favorite tree near their family’s mountain home to escape from the world and find solace in nature.

“I learned at an early age to put my feelings and emotions in a painting to create an atmosphere of a particular time and place.”

Sally has been teaching Figure Drawing and Painting Survey at East Carolina and wants to teach at the university level after completing her masters in December 2012.

Sally completed her BFA in Illustration and Standard Teaching from California State University, Long Beach, California she then studied at Gwent College of Higher Education, Caerleon, Wales. She completed her Teaching practice at Caerleon Comprehensive School, and has studied at the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California.

Her work is in many collections including Wells Fargo Bank, Central Carolina Bank, Durham Regional Hospital, Duke University Medical Center, UNC Hospital, Alamance Regional Hospital, SAS Institute, Nations Bank, GTE, Glaxo Smith Kline, Tokyo American Club, Northern Telecom Japan, Inc., Nippon Telephone and Telegraph, and other domestic and international private collections.

On Saturday, July 7 Sally will be painting in front of Carolina Creations from 10 am to 12 noon.  She will be working on scenes of beautiful Pollock Street.  You are welcome to drop by to watch and ask questions.

And don't forget ARTWALK which is Friday July 13 from 5-8 pm. Come enjoy a walk downtown, see all your friends and stop in for some refreshments!

Other shops and galleries will be open for ArtWalk.  Enjoy a fun evening strolling our Downtown. See more of Sally's paintings on our website. For more information contact us, 252-633-4369, follow us on facebook and twitter.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Welcome Back Martha Cooper

The brushwork creates peaceful gestures of floral impressionism. Each one unique and full of movement. These colors are often interchanged in full sets of dinnerware and make any table elegant.

Martha Cooper, master potter (since 1966), graduated from Stetson University in 1972 with a degree in Fine Art. Her influences date back to her childhood in the Ohio River Valley where potteries like Rookwood and Roseville popularized multicolor pottery with floral decorations and pastel matte finishes.

She made clay pots as a child on the riverbank where her father fished on Sunday afternoons. She called it her tea party, but she was accustomed to making her teacups. After years of practice and a degree, she pursued a career in pottery in the Piedmont of North Carolina. She worked for many potters - Jugtown among the list - while she developed her own studio and forte.

After relocating to Costa Rica for several years Martha moved back to North Carolina and we're thrilled to have her work again!

See her work on our website by clicking here.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

More Art for the Garden

These first 2 pieces are cast in acrylic from Justines original pieces. Funky art for the garden.

Stoneware turtles!

Garden trestle

This sculpture can be personalized!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Today I was riding my bike over by Tryon Palace and I saw the lights of a train in the distance. I sat down to wait for it to come so I could get a photo of it for this blog. I sat there for a long time and it never DID come, So I took this photo without the train.
I worked on it in photoshop so you could see the railroad bridge in the middle left of the picture.

I love railroads and trains. I first got interested in them in Michigan. I've always loved architecture and have drawn and painted it for my entire adult life. I was asked to do drawings of railroad depots throughout Michigan by the Michigan Historical Society which started my love affair. As I went around looking at Depots I started seeing steam locomotives which intrigued me as well. I loved all the gears and even the sound. Of course by the time I became interested the only place you saw steam engines were in museums or on tourist lines.

I've ridden cross country from Michigan to California, from Michigan to Mexico City, from New Bern to Philadelphia and on lots of tourist railroad like the Durango and Silverton, the Cumbres and Toltec, the Goergetown Loop and the East Broad Top. When I go to New York I always fly into Newark so I can take the train into the city. Each rail trip is an adventure!

When we lived in Colorado in the 80s, I drew most of the remaining depots in that state. There were narrow gauge railroads in the mountains, however most of those tracks were taken up during WWII. The neat thing is you can still drive on those old rail beds. We've driven on many. One of Michaels favorite stories is about our trip to the Alpine Tunnel, which was once the highest tunnel in the world. We drove through the woods, along a cliff with major dropoffs, around  huge boulders that had fallen into the road bed. When we got to the tunnel it had wood boards across it and no trespassing signs pasted on. Of course Michael had to go inside. I did not! When he got back to the car (our 69 VW bus) I said we are out of gas!! Michael said - no problem - and we coasted down the 4 degree road bed all the way back to Gunnison (about 15 miles) without turning the car on.

Many of the drawings of did of those railroad stations were purchased for the Western History Collection of the Denver Public Library. 

I still have notecards of some of the drawings. 

Here is a photo with a link where you could purchase if you wanted to! $5 for the set of 6, 
Notecards of Colorado Narrow Gauge Railroads Click here for more information

Fast forward to New Bern and todays photo - the railroad came to New Bern in 1858. The bridge of today is in the same location as the original, it's just a little wider and a little higher.
Ten scheduled freight trains operate Monday through Friday and the tracks go down the middle of Hancock Street.

The historic Preservation Society of New Bern has been in negotiations with the railroad for years to be able to restore our depot, and it seems they are finally making progress. While we currently have only freight service to New Bern there are plans in the works to have a bus run a route to deliver passengers to the train in Selma or Rocky Mount.

One way you can tell the difference between a train enthusiast and someone who is not, is, the enthusiast will slow down so they have to stop for the train, the non-nenthusiast will speed up so they don't have to stop.

We always slow down.

Jan Francoeur

Monday, June 18, 2012

Spring in New Bern Too

I doubt I could paint this to look this nice! But I'll put this photo in my "to paint" file any way.

 Often when I take photos to paint I don't worry too much about the colors, shadows, etc. I'm looking for components that I can manipulate into an interesting painting. These photos were taken with my phone so really are not that great as photos but might make great paintings! Now all I have to do is find time to paint!!
Jan Francoeur

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Flag Day and MJF

Took a short trip to Virginia Beach for the Boardwalk Show and Michaels 67th birthday!

When we're dead everyone will think Michael was single since we have many photos of him but very few of me!

The show was pretty good, some EXCELLENT work.

We stayed at the Fairfield, which was ok, could not beat the location.

The thing that struck us the most about the location was the wind!! Could not imagine doing the show for 4 days with 15-25 mile an hour winds.

We saw some of our friends, ate some good food at Tautag's and Burton's (where the Happy Birthday desert came from) and generally had a good time.

Below is the Life Saving Station, one, probably the only, old building left along the waterfront. It is a nice little museum. We saw a photo of the beach when this was the only thing on it. Will have to say they have done a good job with the board walk and the adjacent paved bike trail beside it. The shops are typical beach though, not my taste.

As we left Virginia Beach we visited The Military Aviation Museum - it was outstanding! When we read about it we didn't know what to expect. It was well worth the visit.

Many planes, probably 50, from WW1 & WWII, all perfectly restored and with very few exceptions they all fly! Here is a link to their website.

Back home tonight and ready for work tomorrow at Carolina Creations.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Carolina Creations Summer in the City

It's always fun when we redo our windows.

Thanks to Donna and Lou for a great job! Makes me want to put on some suntan lotion.

Friday, June 08, 2012

Sally Anger Oyster Point on the Neusiok Trail in Eastern North Carolina

Situated on the Intercoastal Waterway the 21-mile Neusiok Trail meanders through cypress swamps, loblolly pines and vast bogs of thick vegetation.

Sally talks about the inspiration for this painting. "I run or walk a section of the lovely Neusiok trail in the Croatan National Forest almost every day with my dog Theo.

Right now the Oyster Point section of the trail is especially beautiful. They did a controlled burn there earlier this year and everything was black. Now spring is taking over and beautiful green ferns are growing up out the dark black ground. Very striking. And now the marsh grasses are appearing purple! Just breathtakingly beautiful... I'm trying to capture a glimpse of it in a few paintings I'm working on. I hope I can convey some part of the beauty that's there..."

The size is 12 x 36", oil, on gallery wrapped canvas. To purchase click here.

Thursday, June 07, 2012

Watches Just in Time for Dads Day

Watchcraft bands are made from recycled metals, embellished with sterling silver, copper, and brass. The cases are made from a single block of brass, the metals are distressed and oxidized to give the watches their "buried treasure" look. 

Each individual watch is signed and numbered by Milieris and is part of a limited edition collection. Milieris hand paints each individual dial, giving each watch a distinctly different appearance, hence a truly unique one-of-a-kind piece.

For more information or to purchase online click here.


Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Anna Balkan Love It

We just got some great new pieces in from Anna Balkan!

 You can see the details on our website by clicking here!