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!

Win a $25 Gift Certificate to Carolina Creations! 

To enter just email us by clicking here and put in the message line
Watch for the next Newsletter to see who wins.
We always love your notes too!
Congratulations to Marcia Alford for winning the December drawing.
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