Carol Washburn

Carol Washburn

Medium: Sculpture

Carol's sculptural assemblages are both whimsical and poetic.  By employing unusual materials that seem to have a "history" of their own, the artist tempts the viewer with layers of personal meaning and memories.  Further imagery is implied through the addition of hand sculpted clay and wood.

Carol's source of ideas originate from the objects themselves.  Rust is good!  The long forgotten, broken and thrown away object is gently repurposed by Carol into a work of art with homage to it's unique tactile quality.  Some sculptural surfaces are left in their natural state, while other surfaces are applied with paint, ink, wax, paper or stain.  The artist allows for accidents and serendipity during the creative process to discover the sentiment of each work.  The insignificant becomes the significant!

In addition to degrees in Fine Art, Art Education and as a Designer/Owner of Pond Brook Interiors; Carol has a successful background as a High School Art Teacher, Graphic Artist/Illustrator and free-lance artist.  Carol has travelled extensively to share her love of art and architecture with her students; organizing and leading over twenty trips to Europe and Asia.

The artist was born in Washington DC and grew up in Maryland and Virginia. She raised two children while living and working in Florida, Georgia and Connecticut. She currently resides in Little Mountain, South Carolina with her husband Jim.

Carol's art can be found in private collections throughout the United States.

Elena Burykina

Medium: Oil/Acrylic

Elena Burykina was born in Ulan-Ude, a city in the Russian Far East, in 1977. Her family moved in Ukraine where she received professional training in art and architecture. She completed art school in the city of Dnipropetrovsk, and received a bachelor degree and degree in architecture from the Prydniprovska State Academy of Civil Engineering and Architecture in 2000. Elena’s undergraduate and graduate training in architecture included classical training in drawing and painting. After a 15-year career as a architect, she turned her full attention to painting in 2012.

For Elena, thoughts and emotions come to life on the canvas as realistic images and abstract forms. Her style of work depends on the theme, genre, and emotional presence.

Elena’s works are in Russia, Ukraine, Serbia, and the USA.

Information about Elena’s paintings.

The series Exposed Walls : Exposed Walls is a series of oil paintings of existing Russian monasteries and churches, many of which were built over 400 years ago. The idea of this series was born when the artist worked in an architectural group that designed chirches. When working in Moscow and the surrounding areas, the artist photographed each of the churches depicted in the paintings. This series has a special mixed media technique that helps translate the character of each cathedral.

The series The Prayer: This series of oil paintings is based on a lifetime of experiences viewing art and iconography in Orthodox Cathedrals. To express personal feelings about the complex situation in Ukraine on the verge of civil war, Elena employed images and elements similar to those used in the art and icons of Russian Orthodox Cathedrals.

Pink clouds is the one of paintings of the series Watersides, a series of mixed media paintings. This painting was the first of Elena’s paintings painted in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where the sky is a beautiful color of pink.

Alex Denka

Medium: Oil/Acrylic

Alex has lived most of his life in the Carolinas and Georgia, and draws inspiration from the local people and places he visits. Encouraged to create from early childhood in Columbia by an art-loving family, he seemed to have been born with an innate need to create... when just 5 years old, he combined all of the characters from favorite books into one big bedroom wall mural. His mother thought it good, and left it up until the family moved to Atlanta 4 years later.

Alex began to seriously work at mastering the basic technical skills of art in high school, studying the basics of watercolor, print-making, photography and ceramics.

Alex attended Furman as a way to return to South Carolina and take advantage of the small class sizes, close-knit community and rigorous academics it offered. In a class with 10 Studio Art majors he was continually pushed, critiqued and forced out of any comfort zone. Under the tutelage of Olaf Sorensen, Alex developed a personal style that drew from the expressive brush strokes of Willem deKooning, the bold use of color favored by Raoul Dufy and Henri Matisse, and aggressive movement and layering of paint used by abstract expressionist painters.

After earning my Bachelor of Arts in 1996, I stayed in Greenville for 18 years and became involved in the Metropolitan Arts Council, showed in galleries throughout downtown and worked on local commission jobs while also managing at a local restaurant. The stress took it’s toll on my body, mind, and artistic inspiration, and I found myself unwilling to pick up a brush for almost a decade. From Greenville I moved to Charlotte, NC, where I owned and worked at a boutique interior painting company that specialized in murals, plaster repair and faux finishes. I enjoyed getting back to working with color and decided to finally earnestly pursue my dream of becoming a full-time artist when I moved back to Columbia a few years ago. It isn’t always easy, but being able to pursue my passion and do what I love is more fulfilling than I could have dreamed.

I currently work as an art instructor at a studio in the Vista, own and operate a store on Etsy.com, and stay busy with commission work and festivals. I also teach private lessons, volunteer at Palmetto Children’s Hospital where I lead regular art therapy classes, and I am a featured artist in 3 local galleries as well as several other regional and east coast locations, and am looking forward to what the future may bring.

Peter Driscoll

Medium: Scrimshaw

Scrimshaw is the art of engraving on Ivory. Peter continues to practice this art in the traditional manner of the whalers of 200 years ago – working completely by hand, using a sailmaker's sewing needle to engrave original designs on Antique Ivory Piano Keys, Mastodon and Woolly Mammoth Ivory.

Columbia, SC is where Peter calls home. He has created (and sold) more than 2,000 pieces of original scrimshaw. This includes over 100 juried and open regional and national fine art and craft shows, as well as hundreds of privately & corporate commissioned works.

Through his art he hopes to preserve the nearly lost art of Scrimshaw. By creating only original pieces, as well as teaching others through workshops, lectures, and hands-on demonstrations, Peter passes the knowledge of scrimshaw on to others. He also works in other mediums such as sculpture, photography, and drawing with graphite and pen & ink. Pete says, "I believe this helps to extend my choice of subject matter, and expand my creative boundaries."

Brian Francis

Brian Francis

Medium: Fine Art-Varied

Brian Francis has been creating art in the greater Columbia area since 2001 after moving here from Indianapolis, Indiana. The diversity of both his subject matter and the mediums he chooses to work with are a reflection of his development as an artist across several decades and states. Obtaining degrees in Commercial Art and Graphic Design from Vincennes University, as well as in Landscape Architecture from Purdue University, Brian's education is a direct reflection of the various creative forces at work in his art.

Focusing largely on an appreciation for both the human form and its natural surroundings, his art finds much of its expression through use of texture incorporated both through the images themselves as well as the material they are reflected on.

Amanda Goforth

Amanda Goforth

Medium: Pastel Pencil/Colored Pencil

Amanda Goforth is an award-winning pastel artist specializing in soft pastel pet and animal portraiture. She currently lives in Columbia, SC and is a proud pet parent to a dog, seven cats and a mostly retired Tennessee Walking Horse.

While maintaining a successful career in the graphic arts industry, she has continued to expand on her traditional art skills as well. She is an accomplished painter in oils, acrylics and alkyds, and equally capable with pencil and paper.

Her favorite is pastel pencil on velour paper; this is her medium of choice for pet portraits. She welcomes all who would grace her drawing board, from the tiniest hamster to the mightiest steed.

Patrick Hawkins

Patrick Hawkins

Medium: Printmaking/Etching

Patrick Hawkins, a native of Virginia, moved to South Carolina in 2008. Since his arrival, he has become an active member in Columbia's arts community as a classical musician and public school educator.

Patrick first became interested in printmaking while teaching overseas in South Korea during the mid-1990s. Asian woodblock prints, rice paper, and subtle use of color were original points of inspiration. Years later, after having been introduced to etching by Ruth Leaf (Venice Beach, California) and Joan Thompson (Phoenix, Arizona), Patrick became inspired to print monotypes. Using techniques used by such artists as Joseph Solman, Milton Avery, and Karl Knaths; Patrick often paints directly onto glass and then transfers the image by hand onto paper or he paints onto plexiglass and transfers his image onto paper using an antique etching press.

Janice Haynes

Janice Haynes

Medium: Various Media; Traditional and Digital

Janice Haynes is a South Carolina native and makes her home between Columbia and Winnsboro. She is an artist at heart and is primarily self-taught. Her work comes from her imagination and from images she has photographed over the last 22 years as a professional photographer.

"It's great to be able to put brush to canvas, stylus to tablet and combine the differentmediums, oils, acrylics, photography, and computer art."

Jeffery Schwalk

Jeffery Schwalk

Medium: Oil/Various

Jeffery is a Texas native transplanted to Columbia,  South Carolina, just over three years ago. He began creating art at the age of four, and is a trained artist who enjoys working in most mediums. 

His paintings are in private collections around the world and he has been recognized for his work with various awards in the South-Central United States. Jeffery is one of the partners of Artizan.

Darlett Stone

Rita Smith

Medium: Oil Paint

Rita is an internationally known self taught realistic artist whose sensitive, romantic watercolors, acrylics and oils hang in private and corporate collections across the nation and abroad.

A native of New Jersey and long time resident of Columbia, SC, she fell in love with the low country, spending summers in Hilton Head, Pawleys, Keowa and Edisto Islands and storing memories of the countryside and beaches, sunrises, sunsets and misty marshes. In the winter, she becomes nostalgic and paints snow scenes which she misses from years spent in the mountains of New Jersey.

Rita started drawing and painting at the age of seven and never stopped. She married early and painted for her own pleasure while raising two daughters and in 1970 began painting professionally. She became very active in the city artist guilds and in 1990, she opened her own art gallery at the Richland Mall and for a short time had a gallery in Charleston as well. She has exhibited in many one, two and three artist shows and her award winning paintings have been on magazine covers. Ducks Unlimited in Myrtle Beach has auctioned her duck prints many times. She was voted “Artist of the Year” by the Boys Club of America in 1995, and has received many “First Place” and “Best of Show” awards.

She works primarily in acrylics and oils, always striving to improve her work – trying to capture the quiet and peace of snow in winter, the elusive ground fog in the marsh in the mornings, the beauty of nature’s paintbrush in the fall, the breeze in the sea oats on the beach and the peacefulness of the salt marshes with the ever present Palmetto trees. Her subject matter is endless and her enthusiasm to capture it never ends.
Darlett Stone

Darlett Stone

Medium: Water Color

Darlett became a full time watercolor artist after raising her family and a successful business career.  A native South Carolinian born in Columbia she now resides in Charleston.

Although largely self taught, Darlett has studied under many nationally recognized artists including Linda Stevens-Moyer, Virginia Fouche Bolton, George "Griff" Griffith, Anne Hightower Patterson, and Debbie Sherer. Darlett began painting in the Columbia, South Carolina area where her talent was immediately noticed. She won awards in several juried art shows including the South Carolina State Fair, Anderson County Arts Center, Chapin Art League, and Trenholm Artist Guild. Her most recent works have been commissioned for private collections throughout the United States.

Darlett's work reflects her natural ability to present organic scenery using bold and vivid colors with a unique perspective. Her unique style and use of color separates her work from traditional watercolors. She especially enjoys capturing the play of light and shadows found among the local flora and fauna throughout the Low Country of South Carolina.

Sindy Teets

Cindy Teets

Medium: Abstract/Mixed Media

Cindy is an aspiring artist who loves to work in the world of shape and color. Having studied under some of the best Abstract artists of the Midlands over the past decade, she has a loose style in creating interesting mixed media, acrylic, and water color paintings. Cindy is also an avid gardener and uses nature’s palate and natural designs within her work. The resultant work, a vision, an idea, is seen. You will find a truly exciting journey into the shapes, colors and depths of Abstract Art.

Cindy is semi-retired and manages multiple Lake Murray rentals and works out of a studio on Shull Island on Lake Murray with her artist husband Steve, their dog Warner, and cats Waylon and Willie.

Steve Teets

Steve Teets

Medium: Colored Pencil

A fifty two year old artist from Lake Murray, South Carolina, Steve Teets has been working in Color Pencil, Pastels, Charcoals, Pen & Ink and Acrylics for over 35 years. Steve is an award winning artist, his most recent being a Color Pencil on Pastel Board titled “Tastings” that won 1st place in the 2010 Seven Oaks Art League Competition. Also, in 2010, his Color pencil pointillism piece “Before They’re Wine” won the Dr. John J. O’Neal Fine Art Merit Award at the South Carolina State Fair.

Though Steve works in many mediums, he has concentrated over the past several years on Color Pencil which for Steve, gives him the control that best suits his creative style. Most recently, Steve has taken a new approach that he is extremely passionate about. His self-described “Mosaic Pointillism” is somewhat Impressionistic, which takes the concept of Pointillism and infuses it with a Mosaic tile pattern which results in a vibrant and colorful interpretation of a subject.

Steve is originally from the Washington D.C./Baltimore MD area where his passion for art and career as an artist originated. Steve enjoys portraying both human and pet; naturalistic scenes of wildlife and their habitat; as well as classical urban settings. He moved to South Carolina in 2004 where he lives with his wife Cindy, Jack Russell Warner and cats, Waylon and Willie.

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Al Dorsa

Al Dorsa

Medium: Photography

Al Dorsa, a 30-year resident of St. Croix, Virgin Islands has never strayed far from the arts. A lifetime photographer and designer, he's been involved in projects ranging from publishing a magazine to patenting an invention to recently hanging a camera from a kite to make aerial photographs.

Currently, Al is using a technique called High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography which blends multiple exposures of the same scene, recovering detail normally lost in shadows or highlights. Usually three or more exposures are combined using special software to create the effects you see in his images.

John Haselden

John Haselden

Medium: Photography

John is a native South Carolinian, born and raised in Georgetown. He finished high school there and went on to college for 2 years. Then he enlisted in the United States Army and served two tours of duty in Vietnam as a helicopter pilot. Upon coming home, he finished college at the University of South Carolina. He then entered the work force and started making a living. He married and had two wonderful daughters.

John’s interest in photography started with a 6th field trip to Columbia. He purchased a camera on Main Street and took pictures of the state house. Photography stayed with him through his travels to the Far East, but fell into the background as his family and work life preceded it.

After retiring, his interest in photography renewed. He is self-taught. After much studying and several genres, he arrived to where he is today with statuary and monument photography. And that was the end of reportage photography. Now, his photos are taken and turned into a final image that is his creation. This involved him learning how to work with wood. After many cuts and scrapes, John’s form for presentation is what it is today.

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Marianela Borsten

Marianela Borsten
Nela Ceramics

Medium: Functional Pottery

In the field of Ceramic Artistry Marianela Borsten has been an unassuming, yet powerful voice for her craft. Using deliberate but delicate lines and evocative images, Nela gently draws the viewer into her realm of understanding and meaning and makes a statement about the forces of nature at work in art.

Marianela prepared for her career in her home country of Venezuela with the discipline of working in the family graphic arts and advertising business. This experience not only provided a strong foundation in visual communications, but it challenged her to seek a balance between the artistic and functional ideals that would eventually surface in her work as a full time clay artist.

Having committed herself to ceramics in 1990, her growing success as a potter and skill at the wheel encouraged Marianela to found her own pottery studio, MariArte. Two years later it was the MariArte Studio that brought to Marianela her first significant honors and saw her placing permanent exhibitions in prestigious galleries in Caracas, and later in the gift shop exhibition space of the Contemporary Arts Museum also in Caracas. The MariArte Studio also realized certain financial stability with the support of patrons who commissioned several custom gift works for members of the executive and administrative staff at the military hospital in Venezuela.

Following seven successful years at the MariArte Studio, Marianela relocated to Florida in 1997 where she worked as a wheel throwing instructor while exhibiting her work at Miami Art Works for almost 3 years.

Nancy Butterworth

Nancy Butterworth
Nela Ceramics

Medium: Pottery

Nancy K. Butterworth is a college English professor turned potter.
Her interest in clay began during the late 1970s as a hobby and grew by the early 1990s into an obsession and finally a profession. All of her work is hand-built. Fascinated by the plasticity yet strength of clay, she works mainly with thin porcelain and stoneware slabs that she rolls by hand. She is also intrigued by textures, especially delicate leaves, lace and fish, which she impresses into the forms.

Fired to cone 5-6 in an electric kiln, most of the dishes, bowls, and platters are functional. Their glazes are food safe, and they can be used in conventional ovens, though microwaving and dishwashing are not recommended. The thin open cutwork pieces are intended for decorative use only.

Nancy works out of a home studio in Columbia. She has pieces in numerous galleries across the state and also participates in the Columbia Studio Tour in April and Piccolo Spoleto. [Her work was displayed from June 1998-1999 in Wren House at the Clemson University Botanical Garden and featured in the September 1998 issue of Southern Living.] She taught English at USC and various institutions across the state for over forty years. After retiring in 2009, she and her husband, Keen, now live half of the year in Santa Fe, NM, where she has recently built a studio and is beginning to sell her pottery both in shows and galleries across New Mexico.

Margarete Handy

Margarete Handy

Medium: Clay, Mixed Medium

Raised in Dallas, Texas, by her grandparents, Margarete grew up being told she was "going to be an artist." Her creative endeavors began in theatre at the age of six, but later being a mother of four children consumed much of her time. As her children grew, she became more independent, initially serving on th Board of the Artist's Alliance of San Antonio. One day, she "found clay." Or perhaps it found her. The bond was instant and provided Margarete creative expression amidst her busy life.

Eventually, Margarete found the perfect environment for her clay creations to find a captive audience when she discovered Rennaissance Faires, even coordinating such events.

Adopting her subject matter because it felt "right...and was fun," her art is influenced by themes of fantasy and daily inspirations, "each day lovely art appears; primative cave art, tribal art, magick, and symbols." She hopes her pieces are seen by viewers "just that it says something good to them."

Although Handy knows she will always find a way to express her creativity, she makes no big plans. "Always go with the flow; if I make hard plans, the Gods giggle."

Pat Holt

Pat Holt

Medium: Low Fire Clay

"Thirteen years ago my business partner Sara Soma and I decided to work together to create contemporary, beautifully painted ornaments, pins and magnets." Pat does all the production work, which consists of using low fire clay to create the designs, drying them, sanding edges and surfaces to make them smooth to the touch, then kiln firing them. Since pieces can be stacked, and since the kiln has several shelves, it takes some time to prepare a firing.

When the kiln cools, all the items are removed and sent to her partner, Sara, who chooses the incredible color combinations, then paints them with acrylics, wires and beads them using commercial quality findings. Each piece is signed on the back.

Because each piece is meticulously made by hand, the pair doesn't turn out thousands required by big box stores. Instead, their niche is the fine craft gallery whose customers appreciate work made by hand. Pat only works with a single gallery in any city, so it’s important to have a good fit.

Kathleen LeSueur

Kathleen LeSueur
LeSueur Clay Work

Medium: Functional Pottery

Kathleen began her training as a painter. But with her introduction to clay, she discovered the excitement of forming her canvas, and the satisfaction of adding utility as an integral dimension of her art.

By selecting reduction firing, Kathleen enjoys the endless variations of natural elements reacting with each other in the firing chamber, while her glaze application technique retains the freedom of watercolor. The classic thrown forms and crisp slab constructed pieces in high-fired stoneware speak to a sense of order and durability.

From the mantel to the microwave, from the dining table to the dishwasher, LeSueur clay work is designed to be used as well as admired.

Lee Sipe

Lee Sipe

Medium: Pottery

Intricate and precise twined copper wire interspaced with hammered ends formed into striking shapes. Unique jewelry that dazzles the eye. Flowing pine-needles merged with clay vessels. Each piece conveys a sense of peace, beauty, innovation, and order.

Lee has twice won Best in Show and Top Purchase Award in the Professional Division of the SC State Fair Fine Arts Juried Exhibition, and also many other Best in Show awards including the SC Craft’s Association Ninth Annual Juried Exhibition, Palmetto Hands, and Carolina’s Got Art-2010.

Her work can be found in the Mint Museum of Craft + Design in Charlotte, NC, Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, AL, the Marriott Collection, the Lander University Collection, the South Carolina Art Collection and the SC State Museum.

Juror and noted New York art critic, Mario Naves, commented about Lee’s piece, “Though small, the piece generates a large space around it. The piece stated its case as a unique object in terms of its crafting and in terms of the vision being put forth.” Juror and tonal impressionist, June Smithers, noted that “Lee Sipe presents not only a design that fascinates but a skillful rendering of a three dimensional vessel.” Artist and art critic Mary Bentz Gilkerson labeled Lee as “one of the top two artists in the state working with the basket as a fine art form.” Juror Marty Epp-Carter stated that Lee’s “wire sculpture defies logic. At first glance it is solid and sturdy and aggressive in its redness. Upon closer inspection, the delicate manner in which it is made reveals the process and the hand of the maker. Sipe has taken a material, a lowly, thin wire, and transformed it into an object much bolder than its roots.”

"I want to create vessels and jewelry that give people as much pleasure to view or wear as they gave me to create," Lee says. “The thrill of creating unique pieces energizes me. Each new piece gives me ideas for additional new creations.”

Kathie Wolk

Kathie Wolk

Medium: Pottery

Kathie Wolk lives in Little River, South Carolina. She originally began making jewelry in 1990, creating jewelry from plastic, beads, and Paper Mache. She expanded to making pottery in order to add to her jewelry line with ceramic jewelry. She then found pottery to be a perfect creative outlet- making unique dishes as well as pendants from clay. All of her work is one of a kind- whether it's jewelry, pottery or painting.

Kathie’s jewelry and pottery are sold throughout the country through her website. She has also been working as arts and crafts and painting instructor on international cruise ships, where she shares her love of creativity with others.

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Jack and Rose Boette

Jack and Rose Boette

Medium: Upcycled Glass

Both South Carolina natives, the couple began looking for a hobby that they could enjoy together. This came with two goals: 1) to meet new and interesting people; and, 2) to achieve their desire to be more sustainable.

After a few years of looking, the Boettes settled on upcycled glass. The original idea from seeing slumped bottles made into trays and bowls; further exploration of similar items turned up various types of upcycled glass products. After trying a few items, we settled on the “cold worked” drinking glasses, dishes and jewelry. (As opposed to “hot worked” which refers to kiln-fired pieces.) We’ve been making items for four years.

Bryan S. Burgin

Bryan S. Burgin

Medium: Slumped Glass
Bryan Burgin has had a life long fascination with colored glass and the play of light. In 2007, he enrolled in a Fused Glass class and began traveling to Charleston to hone his technique. Now operating from a home studio, Bryan has begun devoting more time to his art when his position as Director of Conferences, PR and Marketing at USC allows. In this position, he serves on a number of state and national boards for which he has received numerous awards. Bryan is proud to have also spent many years of service to the AIDS Benefit Foundation of South Carolina as a Board Member, Dining With Friends Co-Chair and Board President. Most recently, Bryan won the People's Choice award from the Columbia Museum of Art for his piece, Fused Glass.
Tanya Craig

Tanya Craig

Medium: Fused Glass

Fused glass was never what Tanya thought she would venture into. But after a short time doing stained glass windows in Pittsburgh, PA, Tanya had so much scrap glass, it seemed a waste not to use it. What was borne out of this was small windchimes using a small annealing kiln used for making glass beads. When the glass would come out of the kiln Tanya loved the way it would move and the colors and shapes it took on.

Soon after, she stopped stained glass entirely and concentrated on working exclusively with fused glass. Her color palette is generally bright and opaque. Her methods is both simple and challenging: "I try to clear my mind when placing pieces of glass together, aiming for the fun that kids have when they create."

Tanya's work ranges from highly geometric in nature to more organic "gardens" and unstructured structures. Nothing is ever planned in advance, but is put together as it goes.

Mary Anne Ehasz

Mary Anne Ehasz

Medium: Glass Mosaic

Mary Anne Ehasz, a native of Poughkeepsie, NY, graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology with a BFA degree in Art and Design. In 1976, she moved with her family to Columbia, SC. She earned an M.A. Degree in Art Studio from the University of South Carolina.

Mosaics became her main interest in 1994, and she has been activei n the local art scene, parcitipating in the Columbia Museum of Art's Artisans show and sale, the McKissick Museum's Invitational, the MIRCI annual "52 Windows" show and sale, and the Columbia Green Garden Tour and Craft show. Her work is in private collections in Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. Her two children livein Arden, NC and Charlotte, NC.

Lynnae Lyons

Lynnae Lyons

Medium: Glass Mosaic

Lynnae Lyons is a South Carolina based mosaic artist who specializes in glass on glass and up-cycled mosaics. Lynnae was a Navy brat, raised mostly in the Phillipines and Japan. While growing up she had an opportunity to try her hand at many artforms: from block printing, stained glass, carving, black and white photography, scrapbooking, wreath making, cake making, and more.

It was in Japan that Lynnae became fascinated with nature, textures, and the effects that light has on a composition. Eventually Lynnae married a Naval Officer and lived in Italy (where they had a baby boy) and Brittain and travelled as much as she could while living in both places. While in Italy she was introduced to mosaics as an artform versus just a craft. After her husband's retirement, the family moved to Columbia where earned a BA in Special Education at Columbia College.

Her love of puzzles, black and white photography, and repurposing lead her to the mosaic artform. She sees mosaics as a puzzle; using light, types of tessarae, and color to express depth and texture in her pieces. You will usually find an unexpected element in her pieces; anything from beads, stones, and cats. Her recent awards include 1st place at the South Carolina State Fair plus the Sweepstakes ribbon for a up-cycled bowling ball turned into a stained glass mosaic peacock gazing ball.

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Cindy Bumstead

Cindy Bumstead

Medium: Jewelry
Cindy L. Bumstead, has lived in Columbia SC, for the past 32 years. "My passion has always been creating unique jewelry off and on for the past 20 years." I try to find unusual Items and material to create my jewelry. A prolific designer, Cindy draws inspiration from beauty in nature. Her pieces are organic and unusual, and all are original.

 

Betty Evans

Betty Evans

Medium: Lampworked Glass Jewelry

Beautiful glass, refined in Southern heat

Betty Evans' lampwork bead jewelry blends a sense of playfulness with talented craftsmanship.  She has been "playing with fire" for over twelve years and has created a unique appealing style.  She incorporates her finished beads into award-winning jewelry designs that often look like they just might be alive.

She is continuously improving her craft, travelling to attend workshops and exchanging notes with local lampworker friends.  Her work can be found at Artizan in Columbia and  Beadlush in Charlotte.  She also participates in Open Studios, the Columbia Green garden tour and the SC State Fair.  

When she is not at her torch, Betty enjoys painting watercolors, pine needle basket weaving, photography, fabric art, creating with found objects, church activities, sailing, learning about nifty science and nature, cleaning the green goo out of her fishpond filter and running a ServiceMaster franchise with her husband.

A graduate of the University of South Carolina, Betty has two adult children and lives in Columbia with her husband, three geriatric cats and about a dozen surprisingly large koi.  

Jo Ann Graham

Jo Ann Graham

Medium: Jewelry

As a reflection of her previous career as a dance educator, Jo Ann "choregraphs in sterling silver" to create timeless works of wearable art. This inspiration, achieved by hammering and heating metal is not unlike dancing: defying gravity and sculpting out shape in the space surrounding the artist.

Jo Ann's approach to silversmithing is reflected in this "kinetic" fluidity of movement honoring the shape, form, energy, and texture found in our ever-evolving world. The subtle shapes and forms of her jewelry connect and interact with the wearer's own kinetic experience, allowing for a sense of harmony and grace.

Jo Ann's designs evolve organically. She alternatively forges and anneals the silver so that she can manipulate the metal to achieve a sense of fluid undulating dance-like movement. Using a variety of hammers and stakes, she stretches and shapes the metal; during this process, she may texture, patina or solder additional metals. Finally, the work is filed, sanded and polished. Through this process, Jo Ann is stiring to achieve her own sense of harmony and balance that allows the wearer to witness the connection with the hand and boyd of the artist.

Louise Grant

Louise Grant

Medium: Jewelry

Louise has been involved in the creative arts all her life, beginning with a rather ungraceful debut as a ballerina in elementary school. Too knocked-kneed to make in that field, she never the less chased her must through a number of other creative outlets, including live theatre, creative education and filmmaking.

The capricious goddess finally introduced Louise to jewelry making, mostly with beads, in 2007. Louise later began exploring the field in more depth and enrolled in mealsmithing classes under master metal artist, Melissa Manley, at Cape Fear Community College.

Louise currently resides in Wilmington, NC.

Martha Heckman

Martha Heckman

Medium: Jewelry

Martha Heckman sees unusual, one-of-a-kind designs in jewelry as "wearable art". A degree in interior design led artha through the design world and into the corporate world with positions leading away from her initial desire for the creative connection. Time and circumstances have a way of happening in synergy, completely unexpected, but entirely welcome when resulting in the opportunity to return to our passion. However, in this incarnation, Martha found her passion in the world of hand crafted jewelry.

All of Martha's designs are handcrafted by her ability to envision the raw material as a finished piece of art and captures the essence of the wearer. Since each piece is handmade, her designs are limited in quantity at any given time. Each piece she creates is painstakingly seen from beginning to finish which accounts for her work's popularity.

Sandy Hennies

Sandy Hennies

Medium: Jewelry

Born and bred in Columbia- a southerner through and through- Sandy is what another southerner would call “a colorful character.”  She has always had a creative touch in everything from home decorating to scrapbooking.  Only recently has she decided to share her jewelry making hobby with others.  Her handcrafted jewelry is one- of- a -kind wearable art.  Each piece will suit tastes from conventional to eclectic.

As a professional therapist, Sandy understands and appreciates the unique nature of the individual human psyche.  Like her clients, each of her creations is unique and has a story to tell
Avery Homer

Avery Homer

Medium: Chainmaille
Avery hails from Austin, Texas, where he continues to create amazing jewelry designs in solid sterling. A lover of life, his pieces embody the belief that the body should be adorned with substantial and meaningful ornaments.

 

Mana Hewitt

Mana Hewitt

Medium: Jewelry
Born into a military family Mana Hewitt has lived in Arizona, England, Florida, Illinois, and South Carolina. With a mother that was an art teacher she was drawn to art from childhood. She studied at the University of SC where she earned her BA and MFA.

Mana is the Director of the McMaster Art Gallery as well as Director of Undergraduate Studies in the School of Visual Art and Design of the University of South Carolina. Her work has taken many forms over the years including ceramics, painting and metal and is included in the permanent collections of the SCANA Corporation, First Citizens Bank Headquarters, the Columbia Museum of Art, the South Carolina State Museum, the Lieberman Collection NY, the Federal Reserve Bank, NC, Palmetto-Richland Children’s Hospital, The Tree of Life Temple, Columbia, SC, and numerous private collections. She is represented by Piedmont Craftsmen Gallery, NC, Crimson Laurel, NC Quirk Richmond, VA, and Nina Liu Gallery in Charleston, SC.

Among numerous awards, she received the South Carolina Arts Commission Artist Fellowship in Crafts, named a Southern Arts Foundation Artist, and inclusion in the 2012 edition of "100 Southern Artists."

Andrew O'Dell

Andrew O'Dell

Medium: Jewelry

Since entering the jewelry trade as a 16-year-old apprentice, Andrew has been captivated with making  jewelry and later went on to work for many of the leading names in London’s Hatton Garden and in the jewelry trade as a whole.

His style has evolved from observing the beauty in natural forms and using this as a basis to develop and inspire his pieces.  Early on, many of his pieces would copy and capture flowers and leaves as they are found in nature; from this evolved his style of developing and bringing a contemporary feel to his pieces enabling, them to be worn for any occasion.

Further collections have followed on from this, in particular a range of wrist watches with a decidedly 1920s nostalgic feel to them, as well as many individual pieces.

Jean Norman

Jean Norman

Medium: Jewelry

Jean Norman has always enjoyed wearing well-crafted jewelry: earrings, bracelets, necklaces.  As long as the pieces were identifiable by an artisan, used mixtures of stones and metals, and were affordable Jean acquired distinctive items to compliment her mood and wardrobe. 

After retiring from the University of South Carolina faculty and moving to the lowcountry, she discovered an avenue of creativity: making jewelry for herself and her friends. In 2010 an informal committee of friends who recognized the quality of her craft encouraged Jean to expand her horizons and share her jewelry ideas beyond her friends. 

She established Stone by Stone Treasures and now four galleries, including Artizan, Columbia SC, offer her unique one of a kind designs using nature's own to create wearable, affordable treasures. 

Craig Robson

Craig Robson

Medium: Fine Jewelry

Craig hails from Florida and has lived in Lexington, SC, for the past 16 years. He began designing and creating jewelry at the age of 19 while attending college.

Among his many achievements, Craig is a certified scuba instructor, as well as an avid traveler. He draws inspiration for his work from many organic and natural settings.

(Web Editor's note: Craig is an affable guy who refused to allow anything more in the way of a photo than a snapshot using Christa's iPhone!)

Kathryn Seward

Kathryn Seward

Medium: Wire Wrap Jewelry

Katie Seward is driven by the desire to create interesting things, and sees something new at every turn. Currently, Kathryn has a selection of earrings available at Artizan, each pair unique and thoughtful in design.

 Whether she is painting, sewing, or practicing botany, she finds deep satisfaction when admiring her finished works. Her need to create objects of interest leads her down a constant path of innovation and experimentation.

 A former chemist and a current medical student at the University of South Carolina, Katie blends a love of science with a passion for art. The jewelry that she creates reflects both her unique perspective as well as her improvisational techniques.

Lee Sipe

Lee Sipe

Medium: Pottery

Intricate and precise twined copper wire interspaced with hammered ends formed into striking shapes. Unique jewelry that dazzles the eye. Flowing pine-needles merged with clay vessels. Each piece conveys a sense of peace, beauty, innovation, and order.

Lee has twice won Best in Show and Top Purchase Award in the Professional Division of the SC State Fair Fine Arts Juried Exhibition, and also many other Best in Show awards including the SC Craft’s Association Ninth Annual Juried Exhibition, Palmetto Hands, and Carolina’s Got Art-2010.

Her work can be found in the Mint Museum of Craft + Design in Charlotte, NC, Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, AL, the Marriott Collection, the Lander University Collection, the South Carolina Art Collection and the SC State Museum.

Juror and noted New York art critic, Mario Naves, commented about Lee’s piece, “Though small, the piece generates a large space around it. The piece stated its case as a unique object in terms of its crafting and in terms of the vision being put forth.” Juror and tonal impressionist, June Smithers, noted that “Lee Sipe presents not only a design that fascinates but a skillful rendering of a three dimensional vessel.” Artist and art critic Mary Bentz Gilkerson labeled Lee as “one of the top two artists in the state working with the basket as a fine art form.” Juror Marty Epp-Carter stated that Lee’s “wire sculpture defies logic. At first glance it is solid and sturdy and aggressive in its redness. Upon closer inspection, the delicate manner in which it is made reveals the process and the hand of the maker. Sipe has taken a material, a lowly, thin wire, and transformed it into an object much bolder than its roots.”

"I want to create vessels and jewelry that give people as much pleasure to view or wear as they gave me to create," Lee says. “The thrill of creating unique pieces energizes me. Each new piece gives me ideas for additional new creations.”

Andrew Stinson

Andrew Stinson

Medium: Urban Steampunk Jewelry

Andrew Stinson is a North Carolina native who relocated to Columbia in 2005 via Myrtle Beach, where he worked as a Floral Designer. That year, he won the South Carolina Floral Designer of the Year award and worked with The Blossom Shop.

Andrew has always been creative and crafty, with a particular eye for all aspects of design. Whether flowers, fabric, paper, or found objects, he has a penchant for thinking outside of the box. He loves to be different and a true original.

Serving on several philanthropic boards in South Carolina, Andrew stays busy with designing and planning many events including The Pink Party, The Free Times BEST OF Party, The 701 CCA Halloween Bash and The AIDS Benefit Foundation's Dining With Friends Dessert Finale.

Andrew's personal love of ALL THINGS artistic (music, dance, theatre, art, etc.) is prevalent in everything he touches and draws inspiration from the most unusual of places.

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Jaidra Durant

Jaidra Durant

Medium: Silk Art
A self taught artist specializing in silk painting, henna art, and sculptural jewelry, Jaidra is based in Greenville, South Carolina. Jaidra first started working with silk in 2006 when she dyed dance veils for herself and her students. She immediately fell in love with silk painting and started experimenting with a variety of dyeing techniques, fabrics, and color combinations. As a dancer and ecologist, Jaidra uses both silk painting and jewelry design to express her love of movement and nature.

Jaidra works primarily in serti technique and brush painting using jacquard green label silk dyes. Her pieces are individually painted and steam set for vibrancy and permanency in color. When she isn't working on her art, Jaidra enjoys teaching and performing Folkloric Fusion Bellydance and fire dance, writing, and spending time with friends and family.

Joelle Medici

Joelle Medici

Medium: Fabric Art

Joelle Medici was born in Denver, Colorado and now resides in Ann Arbor, Michigan with her husband and fat cats. Before she could even write her own name, her grandmother was teaching her to embroider, cross-stitch, and most importantly, how to make plush creatures.

During her time at the University of Memphis she earned her bachelors degree in Fine Arts and Design. With her love of sewing and background in design, Joelle soon began making stuffed creatures for children's birthday gifts. Soon after graduating in 2008, she created her own line of Mr. Sogs Creatures, which has now become her full time career.

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Ethel Barr

Ethel Barr

Medium: Baskets
Ethel Barr has deep southern roots and has been here in Columbia for over 30 years. She first learned sweet grass weaving from Susan Wingard. Her intricate patterns reflect a plethora of traditional stitches. Her baskets have a tight precision to them as they reveal their natural colors from traditional materials. Ethel Barr is also a beloved teacher and has taught many a person the art of sweet grass and long needle pine weaving.
India Henson

India Henson

Medium: Baskets

India Henson began basket making in the mid 1980s, where she was an active member with Alabama Designer/Craftsman and a demonstrating artist at the annual Kentuck Festival in Northport, Alabama, for three years. After moving from her Birmingham home, she pursued other interests.

Returning to Birmingham, India resumed basket making. The symmetry and diversity of the traditional Appalachian egg basket is her favorite, although she weaves other traditional baskets. Baskets are created with reed and, sometimes, foraged vines, and other natural products. She is now teaching her sons and grandsons her craft.

Tony Carr

Tony Carr, Jr.

Medium: Copper Baskets, Light Sculpture and More

Tony is a self-taught artist who dabbles in many different things and in multiple mediums. His home and studio are located in North Augusta, South Carolina. His works include 2D and 3D pieces of copper (unique copper sea life lights and hand woven baskets) and stained glass mosaics (one of a kind glass wall mounts and mirrors). Tony also does carving with a local sandstone. He assembles works comprising of antique bottles and/or pottery shards in to artful garden pots and plant rooters. Tony loves photography as well. He has the ability to see art everywhere and loves to turn antique, discarded and forgotten items into one of-a-kind pieces of art. He has been making commissioned pieces and selling his work in galleries across the southeast for over 20 years. Tony has worked with everyone from private collectors to international companies.

As an artist, Tony seeks to promote and spread the joy of art. His goal in life: “To make people smile and bring a bit of joy to everyone by giving of myself, my art, my time, and my talent." In North Augusta, South Carolina, Tony has served as Vice President of The Arts and Cultural Council, and currently sits on the board of the North Augusta Arts Guild. He believes in being involved in the arts and actively promotes the arts on all levels.

Tony is also a historian and lecturer, with much knowledge of our area’s storied past. Historical items and themes are often incorporated into his work. He is forever learning and passing on his knowledge of both History and Art.

Says Carr, “My wish is that the differences in people will help them find the commonality between us all. That will truly bring everyone closer together.”
Sylvia Fleming

Sylvia Fleming

Medium: Baskets
Sylvia Fleming began basket weaving about 7 years ago under the tutelage of Susan Wingard. Her deep South Carolina roots reveal themselves in her colorful baskets and trays that are wound with bright color wrappings. Each design is a unique piece of art. She uses local long needle pine straw and sweet grass. Some of her creations are made with hand dyed pine needles for a rich earthy look.
Sylvia Fleming

Dr. Linda D. Lake

Medium: Gourd work

Dr. Linda D. Lake is a self-taught artist and uses an array of mediums, colors, and techniques, including carving and pyroengraving. Using natural materials, she creates one-of-a-kind distinctive art pieces. Combining traditional mediums in nontraditional ways, Linda shares her joy of life with others through her fme art skills. Her canvas choices are wood, bamboo, gourds, leather, and paper. Juried into several events, she has won numerous awards, and has donated her art to local causes.

Juried events include ART ABILITY an International Juried Exhibition of Art and Fine Crafts by Artists with Disabilities, Paoli, PA, the Smith McDowell House, Asheville, NC, the Mint Museum+ of Arts and Crafts, Charlotte, NC, First Fridays Art Walk, Healey Building, Arts for All Gallery, Atlanta, GA.

Local exhibits in South Carolina include Camden Fine Art Center, Camden, Art Trail, Florence, Robert Mills Founders Day, Historic Columbia Foundation's 50th anniversary, Columbia, "unearth, a celebration" at Saluda Shoals Park, Irmo, Ridge Spring Art Gallery, Ridge Spring, and First Thursdays Art Walk, Certus Bank and Tapp's on Main Street in Columbia, SC. She enjoys teaching workshops and classes demonstrating a variety of techniques using natural embellishments on natural materials.

Charles & Maxine Weber

Charles & Maxine Weber

Medium: Baskets

Fourteen years ago we became interested in the creation of coiled pine needle baskets and vases. All materials are gathered by hand (i.e. pine needles, black walnuts, acorns, and leaves). As our talents grew, we were able to add more intricate designs. The difficulty levels of our selections were minimal in the beginning. Over time, with many hours of practice, we were able to create a larger variety with more designs and improved quality.

The couple won 1st place in the Contemporary and Traditional Crafts category at the 2008 46th Annual Amish Acres Arts & Crafts Festival with their unique Pine Needle and Deer Antler Basket. 

All creations are double stitched, which creates the designs that enhance the appeal of the final product. Several stitches are used with swirl and straight being the most common. The weaving of baskets and vases is tightly and intricately done using nylon thread.

Maxine is the artisan who creates and decorates the pine needle vases. Each vase begins with a special design called "Tenerife". "Tenerife" is a design woven with raffia inside a copper ring. This forms the base for the piece. Pine needles are woven using a continuous coil to form and shape the vase. Depending on the size of the finished product, 12 to 120 hours are required. Decorations of various beads, feathers, and suede are added to complement the finished product.

Charles designs and creates the baskets. Baskets are started by using a walnut or decorative board for the center. Pine needles are woven using nylon thread to form the shape. Slices of black walnuts are added throughout the pine needle basket to create different shapes and sizes. Baskets can contain between one and sixteen walnut slices, thus increasing the difficulty and beauty. Depending on the size and number of walnut slices used, 8 to 60 hours are required for completion. A wildlife series of pine needle baskets has been added to our collection featuring a variety of animals on scroll sawn centers. We also have a wood burnt pine needle basket collection which features wood burnt images of animals or other objects such as trains, angels and more.

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Chris Keitt

Tzima Brown

Medium: Bath & Body Botanicals

Tzima Brown is an artisan soap maker and founder of Sunrise Bath and Body Products. She has been making soaps since 2005 and although friends and family loved her products, she never thought of it as a viable business, but more as a wonderful hobby.

After her son was diagnosed with a mental illness while attending college, (which she openly discusses on her show) she decided to close her yoga studio and take a break from the “business world” and spend more time at home. Still, the desire to create another business wouldn’t let go. This time, however, she wanted to create something that wouldn’t require her to be away from home so much. After some deep soul searching, she soon realized her passions were talk radio and soap making. Sunrise Bath and Body was born.

Her products are all natural and hand made. She produced three types of soap; glycerin (to include SLS & SLES FREE,) cold process and hot process which using her own recipes. Tzima also wants her bars to be practical and not just seen as novelty pieces. Her love of bright bold colors and her sense of fragrances led her to create some of the most beautiful soaps around.

Not only are they appealing to the eye, but they are also great on the skin. The unique thing about Sunrise Artisan Soaps is their look is always evolving. The fragrance will stay the same but the look will change. Tzima will proudly tell you “I am an artist! I don’t create the same painting twice.”

Chris Keitt

Chris Keitt

Medium: Bath & Body Botanicals

I started thinking about making skin care products years ago after working for a mass retailer of beauty products. I realized that today's skin care is not what it used to be. So many chemicals, so many artificial dyes, so many synthetic fragrances.

I finally decided in the early part of 2013 that I would create a line of skin care products that are all natural and good for the body and the soul. Having sensitive skin my entire life, I understand what it is like to not have many options when it comes to over-the-counter products. I wanted to create a line of products that would do more good than harm. Thus, Natural Beauty was born.

On a personal note, I was born and raised right here in South Carolina. I grew up in Lexington but moved to Gaston about ten years ago. I live with my partner of four years and enjoy the simple life that comes with living in the country

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Tim Boger

Tim Boger

Medium: Wood

Tim Boger was born in California in 1957. His stay there was brief as his family moved to Honolulu, Hawaii where he spent the next 40 years growing up and then raising a family of his own.

Inspired by his father’s creative talents, Tim found his calling in the ceramic tile and marble industry, which provided him a successful career for many years. Although a wonderful artistic outlet, it was a career that takes a toll on the knees and back. Looking for an "upright occupation," he returned to his birthplace in 1998, and later relocated to Lexington, South Carolina in 2006.

Tim’s refined eye for blending color and pattern layout flourished with his newfound passion in the medium of wood, specifically in the discipline of Segmented Turning. As a self-taught wood turner of 14 years, the challenges were many.

Now, with his fundamental skills developed, Tim combines form design, natural wood color, and patterns into an endless collection of inspired creations. He finds the process enjoyable - starting with the design of form, material selection, cutting and gluing – through to the carefully applied finish. As he puts it, "There’s nothing as satisfying as finally holding a beautifully finished piece for others to enjoy."

Daniel Gonzalez

Daniel Gonzalez

Columbia, SC

Medium: Woodworking

Daniel was born in the beautiful starving island of Puerto Rico in 1997. He lived out his early life on the island, until the age of 11 when his family moved to South Carolina in search of a quieter place to live. He’s always been a crafty kid, taking interest in all mechanical contraptions, and with the gifting of a wood lathe by his parents one Christmas morning, commenced a passionate search to fuse form and function. He has dedicated his entire life to his studies: the study of love, friendship, and art, and over the last few years, Daniel has accrued a wealth of knowledge on the very demanding trade of woodworking. It has become an obsession--to create functional pieces of art that no one has ever seen before. The functionality of smoking pipes combined with the natural beauty of exotic woods allowed him to sculpt one-of-a-kind pieces that turn the tables on the traditional pipe market.

“I’m a young strapping guy fighting tooth-and-nail to make it through college, living out my passions on the weekends and holidays, trying to create art that will survive me and my seemingly unforeseeable future.”


Philip Maas

Philip Maas

Lexington, SC

Medium: Woodturning

Phil Maas is a native of Wisconsin and has been an active woodworker since 1988. He now calls Lexington, South Carolina his home and after retiring in 2001, he decided to devote more time to his craft - his newly chosen hobby of woodworking. This "hobby" has manifested itself in to a more-than-idle recreation.

His interests have expanded from necessary projects around the house, to crafting items of both decorative and functional design. He prefers working with contrasting wood tones as well as exotic species.

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Brian McLane, Sr.

Columbia, SC

Medium: Woodturning

Woodturning is the art of taking a block of wood 1.5x1.5x2 and hand turning it on a wood lathe to make different designs for the top of the stopper. The woods he uses come from all over the world. For example, the Bethelehem Olive wood (over 300 years old), bloodwood, eucalyptus gum, spalted tamarind, zirecote, and many other woods.

The Stainless Steel stoppers (made in the USA) themselves have a lifetime guarantee are FDA approved as well as winery approved. They are used in wine bottles,vinegar cruets,bath oil bottles.

Columbia is where Brian has called home for the last 43 years,started making the stoppers back in 2012 .

Jerry Moon

Jerry Moon

Medium: Woodworking

Jerry grew up in the Central Valley of California in the 60s and 70s. After his enlistment in the Navy, he moved to Washington State in the late 80s and earned a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Portland. He now calls Washougal, Washington home, where he is a musician, woodworker, engineer, and husband.

Inspired by his father, and grandfather, he began woodworking at the ripe old age of five or six. His work developed from building forts and tree houses in the back yard with his father's lumber, to building kitchen cabinets, furniture, and annual Christmas gifts for family and friends. Over the last few years he has become hopelessly addicted to woodturning, and likes to embellish his work with pyrography. Some of his original artwork includes wooden vases, bowls, cups, custom beer tap handles, wine bottle stoppers, and much more, mainly from locally harvested trees.

Mike Reynolds

Michael L. Reynolds

Medium: Wood/Games

Born in June of 1970, Mike hails from a small town called Lexington, South Carolina.  He works full-time as a customer service technician for Windstream Corporation.  He has been married for sixteen years to his wife, Cindy, and they have two precious sons named Dalton and Nathan. He first started general woodworking in the early years of his and Cindy's marriage at the suggestion of her father, an experience woodworker himself. 

Mike began making exquisite marble games in 2006, and goes to great lengths to select the most beautiful hard woods, and assemble them in the most attractive designs.  Some of the woods used are from Cindy's grandfather's cedar collection, and from a tree cut down years ago from her great-grandfather's yard.

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George Stankus

George Stankus

Medium: Handmade Lamps

George built his first lamp in the summer of `62, while taking a summer woodworking class with Mr. Stone, in Miami, Florida. Little did he know that some 62 years later he would still be building lamps. He recalls, "I “recycled” a bowling pin from the local bowling alley, turning it on a lathe to take off the paint and burn some grooves into the body using a coat hanger. I turned a simple maple base, drilled the pin, wired it and that was the beginning of my “recycled” lamps." The lamp has been rewired a couple of times and is still in the family and working.

After retiring, George rediscovered an interesting in creating and knew he liked roadside recycling and thrift stores. Why not take found items and turn them into something useful and fun--thus Lamped Lighting was born.

His first lamps were using percolator coffee pots, but he soon found that there are just too many things out there that had the potential to be a lamp if one's imagination were left to run. Have a look at George's lamps and remember each is a unique, one of kind functional piece of art.

Each lamp is unique, one of a kind, and a functional works of art. Each lamp incorporates recycled, found and thrift store items with new electrical components to repurpose what was once trash.

Barbara Bryan

Barbara Bryan

Medium: Handmade Books

A crafty one right from the start, Barbara learned the gentle art of needle work appropriate to her Southern heritage.

Later, she broke the gender craft rules by making furniture and, later, commercial stained glass. Now, however, she is back to gentler crafts: fibre arts including spinning, dyeing, felting, etc., and wonderful handmade books which are featured at Artizan.
She has had many brilliant and generous teachers, and the John. C. Campbell Folk School has inspired her to no end.

Barbara extends her thanks for perusing her books and support CRAFTS!

Wendy Drolma

Wendy Drolma

Medium: Masks

The most prevalent question I am asked as I present my work is why did I choose to create masks? As I thought about this, I knew that a series of seemingly disconnected circumstances could not adequately express that which awakens one to creative expression. More significantly, I feel the answer is in my interpretation of those experiences.

I have vague memories of an African mask I saw as a child. I used a picture of it as part of an art project back in grade school. I was captivated by its mystery. Long and narrow, it was made of wood. Many years passed before I can remember seeing masks again. It was more than ten years later in New York City that I wandered into a store offering clay masks and was completely fascinated. I felt each mask had a secret life, a life no one knew about except its owner. What lay behind those eyes, I wondered. Perhaps these same curiosities are what impelled me years later.

There are no mistakes. The events that move us are masters at bringing us to meet our destiny. Nothing fell short off that perfection on my journey into mask-making. It was late 1989 when I became aware of my desire to create them. I was led to all the right people and places, and then finally into a belief in myself. These masks come from my heart. Some I've seen in dreams. All arrive in mysterious ways. They are my friends, I can feel it. When you wear one you'll sense its desire to take over. It's safe to let go. These masks hold no secrets from their masters. You need only to trust them and then to trust yourself.

Anne Miller

Anne N. Miller & Jim Dukes

Medium: Collaborative Projects: Writing and Photography

Anne Miller’s interest in and fascination with the body began with her dance studies at Columbia College. After graduating with a BA in dance, was later introduced to yoga and completed her 200 hour yoga certification as well as her Level I & II wall yoga training.

Anne is an instructor at Amsa Yoga and Mindfulness Practice Center, Jamie Scott Fitness, Yoga Fit and her church, all located in Columbia, SC. Anne has co-taught two art and yoga retreats in Mallorca Spain and also instructs at leadership workshops, guides professional staff retreats, and teaches in schools, for youth groups and at church retreats.

Anne’s father is a Lutheran minister who instilled deep heartfelt intuitive prayer at an early age so her reflective meditations come to her quite naturally. Vivid words brush soulful images into the spirit of all who are fortunate to have Anne’s voice wash over them.Jim Dukes

Jim Dukes’ love of photography blossomed during his recovery and rehabilitation from traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress. Art is a big departure from his engineering degree and related work experience. His many brain injuries have now squelched his technical side, but his creative side has exploded. So, Jim is adapting new skills and tools to make his life productive again. He only uses his cell phone for his art as his way of expressing how he visualizes the world around him.

Jim’s work was seen in The Art of Healing at Tapp’s Arts Center where he was the Resident Artist for a year. There he established multiple healing art programs and was featured in two additional art exhibits, Imagine if, A world without violence and COLA: Inked. Jim has self-published three photography books as well as developing and maintaining his own social media sites.

Being fully and permanently disabled, Jim volunteers his time working with art and photography groups as well as speaking about brain injury and how he uses art to recover. Jim is excited about this collaboration with Anne and the opportunity they have to provide readers with unique images carefully paired with profound, unique meditations.

 

Debra Montondo

Debra Montondo

Medium: Various

Debra is a native of South Carolina, currently residing in Lexington. She is a self-taught artist, a wanderlust, and always excited by the interesting possibilities in all things around her.

Among the many things that interest Debra are weaving and upcycling - always bobbing from one medium to the other as the materials at hand awaken her imagination.

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