Monday, February 22, 2016

Sallys Painting Party Barn and Hay Bales

Our next Sally's Painting Party will be Thursday, March 31 - 6:30-9 at Jan and Michael's Studio. $55 includes all supplies and snacks. Sally will have the painting sketched out for you. This party is good for beginners and experienced painters alike! Paint your own version of Barn and Hay Bales!

For more information and to sign up click on this link.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Our Garden Spinners in Action

These are so neat!

Monday, February 15, 2016

What do travel and art have to do with one another

Part of this blog is about our travels -

You might ask what does that have to do with art and creating it - in my case a lot!

1 - When at home I get caught up in doing commissions, creating pottery that we sell every day and preparing prints for sale, doing the bookkeeping and the advertising.

2 - When we travel, just what we see along the side of the road, even if it's a forest, does something to my brain, miles of forest help erase all I have on my mind of the the things I HAVE to do.

3 We visit shops and galleries and see what other people are doing.

And it all inspires me.

Not long ago we visited Cedar Key, Florida. I've been intrigued by it since the 1960s reading John D MacDonald books about Travis McGee, who lived on a house boat there.

It reminded us of the Keys 45 years ago. Old Florida, didn't know there were places like that that still existed.

Driving out there we drove through 18 miles of forest before we got to the mangrove, then series of little keys, then the island.

Very funky, very neat.

Would not want to be here in a hurricane however!

Lots of fishing and raising oysters.

Driving out to the Key

Saw lots of birds and boats, will have to go back and stay a while!

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Hearts Hearts Hearts

Valentine's Day, is also known as Saint Valentine's Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine is a celebration observed on February 14 each year.

Named after an early Christian saint named Valentinus. The day was first associated with love during Geoffrey Chaucer's time.  

Hearts are the most notable of the symbols related to the holiday.

Well we have the heart symbol covered at Carolina Creations!

And don't forget ArtWalk this Friday, February 12 5-8 pm.

Saturday, February 06, 2016

What's coming up for 2016

What's in Store for 2016!
As we go into each new year we try to keep some traditions alive and add some new!

On January 6 we hung the Valentine cards that school children from across the county have lovingly created for us. Each card sells for $3 and all proceeds are donated back to the school art teachers fund. This show and sale runs through February 14.

On February 15 we will begin to hang our Dreaming of Spring Show - the  Button Florist will be featured with her bouquets of hand crafted clay flower bouquets and glass wall flowers by Jade Glass, metal garden spinners, and metal flower garden stakes.

The button florist creates unique alternatives to traditional flowers, using a mixture of up-cycled and vintage buttons, handmade ceramic buttons, and recycled sweater felt.
 the button florist

While the glass flowers, are created by Scott Johnson. Scott has a passion for glass and the knowledge of casting materials led him to develop extraordinary glass flower bouquets.
 jade glass flowers

Spinners by Carol Roeda are made from a nice gauge metal, they come with a bracket so you can mount them on a fence, wall, pole, tree, or purchase a separate stake to free stand them in your garden. One piece on each sculpture spins with the slightest breeze.
 kinetic art sculptures

Metal flower sculptures by Steven Cooper come in all sizes from 18 inches to 6 feet!
New flying birds by artist Randal and Holly Smithey are powder coated steel, put the wings on one way and they move, turn the wings over and they are stable. (Arriving this coming week!)

And of course our ever popular garden art poles, the artist comes out with new ones regularly!
 Garden Art Poles, peace poles

These non-traditional flower artists work will be accompanied by floral paintings by gallery artists through the end of April.

In March we will resume our "Sally's Painting Party" series. It's a great way to get a kick start if you have never painted, if you haven't painted for a while, or paint all the time and just want to try it! Sally sketches out the image and you follow along as she tells you how to do it.

On May 1 we will open a one person show with work by Marvin Maune called  "Looking Up".

This show will run through June 30 with the official opening during ArtWalk, Friday, May

On July 1 we will hang a show with landscape paintings by Sally Anger. Her show will run through August 31.

August 1 through October 31 we will feature work by Jan Francoeur paintings and clay wall hangings.

November 1, 2016 through January 5, 2017 will be our Christmas Ornament show with art from gallery artists.

So that is our line up of shows, other things coming up.

Our (Jan and Michael's) home will be on the historic home tour, I'll be doing some hand building in our pottery on the first floor, the second floor is my painting studio where I create and we hold the occasional class, and the 3rd floor is our living space with amazing views.

We'll do some traveling around the country looking for new artists and picking up from some we have already ordered from - this is our favorite part! Finding new and exciting work.

They are a busman's holiday, we try to combine some relaxing time along with work (if you can call looking at creations work!). Trips are planned to Florida, the Northeast, and Georgia. Of course
Carolina Creations remains open while we are gone thanks to our great staff.

 - Looking forward to it!! 

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Button Bouquets How Clever is that

Just in time for Valentine's Day we have the perfect, long lasting, bouquet for your honey!

Hand crafted in North Carolina by Celia

The Button Florist creates a unique alternative to traditional flowers. Handmade ceramic buttons are pressed and formed using a collection of found objects. 

Celia uses everything from peach pits to vintage glass light fixtures to add one of a kind textures and designs to her ceramic buttons. 

The buttons are simply and creatively twisted onto wire stems to build whimsical arrangements that will last a lifetime.

 the button florist

 celia the button florist

 button bouquets

Celia talks about herself - My name is Celia Barbieri, and I am The Button Florist – 1 part hippie: 1 part mad scientist: 1 part world traveler: Shake together vigorously and serve!
I create unique alternatives to traditional flowers, using a mixture of up-cycled and vintage buttons, handmade ceramic buttons, and recycled sweater felt. I create flowers to commemorate special occasions such as weddings and anniversaries, but also to brighten up a room everyday!
I suppose my love for both nature and art is apparent in all my creations. I have always loved small trinkets and such. As a child I constantly picked up little treasures that I would find, from seashells on the beach, to things that other people considered trash. I’ve always had dozens of ‘collections’ as a child, as I still do now. I began making button flowers over 10 years ago and continue to evolve and expand different aspects of my business. Since then, I have branched out into new types of button flowers using ceramics and felt. This is my dream job come true!

Contact us for a special order!