Carolina Creations Fine Art and Contemporary Craft Gallery - An award winning gallery featuring the work of artists and craftsmen from across the country. 317 Pollock St., New Bern, NC 28560 252-633-4369 www.carolinacreations.com
We have asked each of our ladies (and Michael) what their top picks are at Carolina Creations - here are Donna's!
Glass - I love all the glass artists we carry, glass is my favorite at Carolina Creations, it's colorful, shiny and so varied in size and shape.
Peace Poles, Garden Art Poles and Flower Pots - The colors and whimsy, and the words she uses are meaningful and inspirational. I love the ides of enjoying art outside!
Metal animals - Again the whimsy and idea of using these creatures outside, like the art poles, the pieces can be enjoyed anywhere.
I don't want to leave anything out because everything speaks to me at different times. When I need wall art we have it, when I need a gift we have it, when jewelry complestees an outfit we have the perfect piece. Sometimes pottery, stained glass, or specialty soaps are the must have items.
I love the variety we carry and have great appreciation that we reach all pocketbook levels!
If you get lost the evening of the party call 252-626-3376.
to the fact that the class size is limited cancelations must be made 48
house in advance so we can call people that are on our waiting list.
For cancelations made less than 48 hours in advance - the fee will be
held for you to use toward an upcoming painting party.
Welcome to our newest artist - Stephen Moore. We have been following Stephen for years and talking to his brother about him, hoping someday to have his work in our gallery - well now we do!
Here is a little information about him -
Stephen Moore is an artist known for the color and light quality in his paintings. He is a native of North Carolina. He is a graduate of UNC in Chapel Hill and retired from a thirty four year career in family medicine in 2015.
He was taught by Eleanor Seng, a North Carolina artist who studied with Emil Holzhaurer, a student of Robert Henri. Robert Henri was the leader of the Ashcan School of American Painting.
Eleanor taught him art beginning when he was in the fifth grade at a community art center. He painted with her for twenty five plus years. She was a mentor and friend.
Stephen has been painting about thirty six years beginning in 1980. He has traveled and painted extensively in Europe.
Painting interests also include coastal and other North Carolina scenes with an emphasis on local color.
Though primarily a landscape painter practicing plein air techniques, he is also interested in portrait, figurative, and still-life genres.
He is honored to now be represented by Carolina Creations in New Bern.
His work is held in private and corporate collections around the world.
There is a magazine called Where women create, so I thought I'd talk about the place I create.
My studio is usually a mess!
It's part of the creative process for me. I am usually working on many projects at once, often in different mediums. The result is a dozen projects in various states of completion, scattered about, accompanied by the tools used to create them. People ask why so many different projects at once - the answer is sometimes I get bored, or get stuck, or just have so many things to do it makes me feel better to bring them all along at once.
Since our house was on the Home Tour my studio is neater than usual so I thought I'd share some photos.
I often work in the evening so I have the room set up like a living room, two couches - neither will ever be fit for company again, a tv, even a little refrigerator that usually just holds water. As for the couches, one has glaze ground into it in various places, and the other has Lucy the cats paw prints all over it where she stepped in some paint then walked across the couch. She's not with us any more so it's a nice remembrance when I look at them.
We have a large planter on the veranda across from where I sit that we grew lettuce in one year. This year we planted flowers in it. Flowers are one of those things that make me feel good so looking at them is inspiring to me. Most of my pottery has flowers on it as do most of my paintings.
I hate a dark room so when we were designing our house I voiced my concern that there would not be enough light, our architect said, you already have twice as many windows as most houses but he put in a second set of lites above. Even under the porches it made a big difference. You know you always hear artists talking about the importance of the light, it's true.
The studio is a huge room, so to make it a little more intimate we made room dividers out of hollow core doors. Half of the room is a class room where visiting artists teach workshops. We can move the walls if we need more space. That side is also a third bedroom if we need it for company.
Our pottery is on the first floor, we have an electric wheel where michael throws, a small kick wheel where he trims,
We have 4 kilns under the porch.
I have a slab roller where I make tiles and a messy table where I apply the clear glaze.
So that's where it all happens! We are lucky to have so much room.
When I met these artists I said I don't need any more towels..... then I saw their designs.
Ok.... we DO need more!
The one that caught my attention first was Save the Bees. We have a nice selection of bee items, and beeswax items, and are conscious to plant flowers in our garden that bees love. We all need to do whatever we can to help them.
Then we always are looking for biking items because so many of our customers ride and we have returning customers every year for the MS weekend.
Not only are the designs great but the towels are hand silkscreened.
Having done silkscreening I know what it takes to do it. Make the screen, make sure the material doesn't wrinkle, try to keep the screen from clogging, clean the screen (very messy to do) when you are done each day.
In this blog I give you a behind the scenes look at our gallery, our artists, our travels, new work we're creating in our own studio, a little politiking, what's going on in our town, and sometimes funny things we encounter. I hope you'll come back often!