Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Sandra McKenzie Schmidt

We're thrilled to get new work from Sandra McKenzie Schmidt! We've carried her work off and on through the years and just love these new pieces!

Sandra McKenzie Schmitt has been a working artist since 1973, first showing her figurative sculpture at Gallery 10 in New York City in the same year. In 1964, she received her M.A. in intaglio printmaking from University of Iowa under the direction of Mauricio Lasansky. Receiving her M.F.A. from Bradley University in May 2000, her emphasis was ceramic sculpture with additional work in bronze, stone carving, and metal fabrication.

Clever utensil holder, available in a variety of animals! We have a rabbit, frog, pig, cat to name a few.
Rabbit cookie jar, sweet!
Pig cookie jar

Rabbit Utensil Jar

Tiny Nativity

Small Nativity

Go to our website for sizes and prices and to see more pieces! Click Here.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Cheap Date

I had to be in NYC last week on business so took part of a day to goof off - love looking at the neighborhoods.

So I walked the High Line like I talked about in a previous post.

The first section has plants that have matured and now there is a shopping area right on the park in a section that goes through a building.

Then I took the subway to Whitehall Ferry Terminal in Manhattan and rode the Staten Island Ferry to Staten Island and back. Always love a boat ride. Free

The ferry passes the Statue Of Liberty and Ellis Island and give you a great view of Manhattan on the way back.

Then I took the subway to 50th and walked to Rockefeller Plaza to people watch.

I've always been curious about the Tudor City area so I walked there. It is a beautiful neighborhood, very quiet compared to others with a beautiful park, you wouldn't know you were in the middle of Manhattan.
I wasn't sure I was going to make it back to the hotel, I was beat so stopped at the Reading Room in Bryant Park and listened to a poet read some of his writings.
I did manage to stumble back to my hotel through the throngs of people in Times Square!
The real reason I was in NYC was to look for some new things for Carolina Creations for Christmas! I found some wonderful treasures, met with some of our current artists to see their new work and met some new ones. I'll do another post about some of the wonderful things we'll have coming in.

Love to go, love to come home.

Friday, August 23, 2013

High Line Again

Just got back from NY where I walked the 2nd section of the The High Line urban park, built on the old raised railroad line running through Chelsea, the Meatpacking District to the Railyards near the Javits. 

The 1st section has plantings that have now matured and they even have a place to eat and buy souvenirs. The first time I walked it, a few months after it opened, there were only a few people up there, this time there were hundreds and the neighborhood has been transformed along the way. Lots of buildings renovated and even a lot of new construction. 

They have just started on the railyards but in anticipation there is new construction going on around it already. 

The Whitney is building a new museum on the High Line, never would have happened if it weren't for this elevated park.
This is like the idea of bike trails. To some it seems like it is frivolous but it spurs economic development.


Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The Birds are Coming The Birds are Coming

Rock and powdercoated steel birds for your garden, seen here marching down James Reed Lane toward Carolina Creations!


They look fabulous in your garden or on your deck.

We've got a couple in our own garden!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

My peace pole installed on our 3rd floor porch!

Monday, August 05, 2013

We love our neighborhood!

Downtown New Bern is a wonderful place to live and have our business. We never tire of it and at every turn I see something new to paint!

I could post hundreds of photos here of our beautiful neighborhood - it's why I've been able to paint this town for the past 24 years - I never run out of inspiration!

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Celebrating North Carolina Artists at Carolina Creations Part 2

We represent over a hundred North Carolina Artists and we're going to introduce you to them five at a time! We'll intersperse other posts in between. These are artists six through ten.

Susanne Coatta, Soft sculpture and paintings.

From Angels to Santas, kitties and dogs, witches and ladies Susanne's soft sculptures have been collected by Carolina Creations friends for almost 20 years.

Using vintage materials, Susanne creates enchanting soft sculptures, hand painting or hand stitching the faces, adding pins, ribbons, buttons and feathers!

Susanne moved to Greensboro from Kansas City where she was a partner in a co-op gallery there.

She has lived in North Carolina for over 22 years. Visit her page on our website.

Rick and Val Beck - Glass

Rick earned his Bachelors degree in Art with an emphasis on Glass and Valerie was awarded her degree in Human Services Administration and Political Science. Both went on to Southern Illinois University where Valerie completed Masters coursework in Educational Psychology and Rick earned a Master of Fine Arts with a specialty in Glass.

Between 1991 and 1994 Rick was Instructor and Artist in Residence at the Penland School of Crafts, NC. He also served as a teaching assistant at the Pilchuck Glass School, Washington State, and Artist in Residence at the Appalachian Center for Crafts, TN. In 1995 Rick was awarded a SAF/NEA Regional Visual Arts Fellowship.

Rick started working in glass in 1978, Valerie in 1984. They established their own studio in rural North Carolina in 1991. In 1991, the Becks were among only 100 glass artists selected from among thousands by the Corning Museum of Glass to be published in the prestigious New Glass Review 12.

Since 1992, the Beck’s work has been featured six times in American Craft Magazine, as well as Glass Magazine. Their work is included in numerous private, corporate and public collections throughout the world, including Dutton Lainson Company; Federal Reserve Bank, NC; Glasmuseum, Denmark; Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, WI; Mint Museum, NC; Johnson Wax Corporate Collection; and McDonalds’ Corporate Collection and others.

We always have their ornaments in stock. 

Paintings by Sally Anger. 

Sally Anger grew up in the coastal town of Beaufort North Carolina after moving there at the age of nine. She has loved art all her life, and attended workshops and painted for many years. In 2002 she took the plunge and left a career as a nutritionist to pursue art full time.

She obtained her associate's degree in fine arts from the local community college and then studied for several semesters at a local university's art school before heading off on her own. She continues to explore new ways to express herself through art by experimentation, life drawing classes, critiques with other artists and workshops. For the details on this painting click here!

Desmond Suarez Clocks and boards

Desmond was born into a home resplendent in the design and the craft of furniture making. His mother, Juanita, designed homes and furniture, and he grew up working beside his father, Tem, in his furniture and cabinet shop. He gained an eye for design and the woodworking skills needed for success in the furniture business.

His formal education led him to North Carolina, England and Tennessee, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in art, history, religion and education. After teaching school, he next turned back to his roots, and went into commercial furniture design and manufacturing for 18 years.

It was during this time that his appreciation for the beauty in the clean-simple timeless designs, such as; the furniture from the Shakers, and the American “Arts and Crafts Movement” of furniture. Since 2001 all of his furniture, clocks and serving-boards are handcrafted one piece at a time in his studio/workshop in North Carolina.

To see more of his clocks and serving boards click here. 

Dorothy Samson soap.

 Soap on a rope, just cut a bar off when you need it! Dorothy Samson used to make all of her soap in her kitchen, but now she's graduated to an official workshop! With the help of her husband, Jim and her daughter, Jennifer they produce all of the soap in their little shop in North Carolina.

Their goal is to offer products made by hand with loving care and wonderful ingredients that pamper and soothe in today's hectic world. Details on the soap! We have many more North Carolina artists to introduce to you.

Watch for more about our NC artists in upcoming posts - in between our other rambelings!