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.

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.

Danelcy Lopez

Danelcy Lopez

Medium: Paper Tole

Danelcy, a native of the Dominican Republic, has enjoyed the rich experiences of life in the Caribbean, Europe, and now the United States.  After living in the Netherlands and Spain, she has settled here in Columbia, South Carolina with her fiancé, Nate.

As an adolescent she was taught the art of paper tole by a private instructor in her home country of the Dominican Republic.  Aside from the formal training she received, it is Danelcy’s keen perception of dimension and natural tendency for meticulous attention to detail that truly sets her work apart.  Until recently, she has only shared her talents with family and friends.  Now, with the encouragement of her fiancé, she has decided to share her artwork with the world.
Elisa McKay

Elisa McKay

Medium: Collage
Elisa McKay, self-taught artist, grew up in Harlem, NY.  After years of working and teaching in the Electronic Data Processing field, Elisa returned to college for a BA in English.  In 1978 she left the big city.

Elisa migrated to St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands to teach high school English, raise her young daughter and become a caregiver/companion to her aging parents.  This "Island Paradise" with its vibrant colors, Caribbean Sea and charming people was the inspiration for Elisa's handcrafted greeting cards.

She later moved to increasingly larger formats in her creations.  Her distinctive African-Caribbean collages interpret themes of family, community and celebration.  Silhouettes of African fabric and paper combined with acrylic, gouache or watercolor, metal, wood, and other findings are used to create striking mixed media designs.

"I've come home to St. Croix, the island of my parents, my multicultural roots, and my African/Caribbean ancestry.  This rich culture is woven through the tapestry of my life.  In the spirit of my ancestors, I celebrate my heritage through my art…with respect, honor, and love."

Jon Ramler

Jon Ramler

Medium: Fine Art-Varied
Jon Ramler is originally from Miami, FL and currently resides in Columbia, SC. He received his BFA in Illustration from Ringling College of Art and Design in 2001. Since then he has never stopped creating art. Everything from portraits, landscapes, and the occasional sculpture.
Lisa Reimlinger

Lisa Reimlinger

Medium: Fine Art-Varied

Hailing from the mid west, Lisa Reimlinger is a self-taught artist with a huge streak of natural talent. As a child, her mother's side of the family (many who are artists themselves) encouraged artistic endeavors everyday.

Though no college degree graces her wall (yet!) the "school of life" was a tough yet fair facsimile for a higher education. She has been a working artist for well over 20 years and most recently has had the pleasure of working and living in Columbia, SC as a muralist, faux finishing expert and fine artist. There have been hints that she and her 16 yr old son may soon be heading for cooler climates, but when pressed for an itinerary, she says, "I try not to make too many plans for the future, because one never knows what kinds of opportunities will present themselves at the most seemingly inopportune times!"

She and her current business partner, Brian Francis, have truly enjoyed their part in revitalizing the Ritter building and look forward to hopefully accepting many more offers to create magic here in the midlands. Her current work can be seen on the newly finished walls of Artizan.

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.

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.

Melissa Erin

Melissa Erin

Medium: Photography

Melissa Erin, born September 19, 1982 the youngest of four children in an unconventional household, began her artistic development at a young age. Surrounded by creativity, rather than struggle to standout, she immersed herself in the shadows developing her critical eye.

The journey of this self titled vagrant visionary began in earnest in 2001 when she embarked on a decade of travel while managing a wax hands business at renaissance festivals nationwide. The combination of places seen and people known have inspired her focus. From the muddy banks of central Florida swamps, to the streets and alleys of New Orleans, to the sweeping vistas of the California coast, this well traveled vagabond has developed her unique vision. Since surviving ovarian cancer in 2009 she has re-imagined her life and rededicated herself to her craft .

Her goal in art as in life, is to capture the emotion of the world, to borrow it, turn it into something tangible and give it back.

Judy Riley

Judy Riley

Medium: Photography, Hand-made Body Products

Judy grew up in Augusta, GA and then migrated to Lexington, SC, and has offered her photography and natural body products for over 12 years. She had a wonderful, creative Grandmother who adored her little granddaughter. She didn't have much money, but she always made her home look warm and comfortable and she never threw anything away. She could always make something out of nothing. Judy inherited her passion for creating things and as long as she as can remember, her motto has been "if I can make, why buy it?"

As the years rolled on, Judy developed an extreme passion for photography, seeing things in nature that would just make her feel complete, and alive. Once she got her first really good camera, everything started to jump out at her even more. She loves sharing what she sees.

Judy also developed a line of bath and body products, not finding very much over-the-counter. This started with lip balm, and then progressed to lotions, dusting powders, soap, eye pillows, neck pillows, and all types of bathing products. She takes great pleasure in the fact that a lot of people look for natural, locally produced products as well.

David Ayers John Banks

David Ayers & John Banks
2 Guys N Dirt

Medium: Pottery

David and John are the “Two Guys” of 2 Guys N Dirt Studios and are Artists in Residence at The Art Sanctuary of Indiana.

David Ayers was born 1956 in Indiana and raised in Morgan County, attending Martinsville High School, Northwood University, and University of the Americas, Bogota, Columbia, S.A.  David spent the majority of his life in the Jewelry Industry before returning to Morgan County.

John Banks was born 1955 in Alpena, Michigan.  John worked for Dow Chemical for 35 years.  Upon retirement from Dow he was the Robotics expert for the Natural Products Group.

David’s first experience with pottery was instruction from M. Zaidi of Hamadan, Iran, while John’s first experience with pottery was at the studio of Monrovia Mudworks where both took instruction from Jolee Chartrand.

While avoiding three dimensional images of animals, the body of David’s work does exhibit many three dimensional organic designs with rustic, old world and eastern shapes. His work is done in several different types of clay and porcelain with a wide range in sizes from two to three inches to a few feet tall.  Both David and John enjoy using their backgrounds in chemical knowledge to push the envelope creating glazes and glaze combination reactions.

Johns’ specialty is hand building organic feeling pieces that look as if they may have been picked up from nature; also excelling in creating Horsehair Raku in the ancient Japanese style.  John also makes a variety of functional pottery pieces which include platters, vases, and bowls for everyday use.   John also enjoys forming Sculpture pieces.

John and David moved to northern Morgan County in 2006 they both enjoy dividing their time between gardening, raising Koi and the art world.

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."

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.
Mary Brock

Mary Brock

Medium: Wire Jewelry
First and foremost, Mary is a wife to her wonderful husband of almost one year and mother of two boys, ages five and one. Other members of their family include various fish, invertebrates, and corals, all of whom live in one of two saltwater aquariums.

Mary is also a Registered Nurse with nine years' experience ranging from Labor and Delivery to Hospice, and has worked both in home health and hospital settings. As well as being a homemaker, she enjoys creating quality items by hand for those with a taste for fashion and for the environmentally conscious.

Mary's goal is to share her passion through lovingly putting her craft into the hands of others. Drawing inspiration from the old rather than the new, she has a love for the history of things. She "loves taking an old idea and giving it new life in modern application."

Avery Homes

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.

 

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.

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.

Matt Borders

Matt Borders

Medium: Wood

Matt Borders is an Indiana native and life-long woodworker. Carving, turning, and period furniture reproduction are his forte, though he can turn his hand to anything that once had bark or a trunk. He specializes in using the natural character of the wood to direct its purpose, keeping with clean designs and finishes that produce a clarity and transparency, and revealing the inner virtue of the wood.

A devoted father, humorist, and wordsmith, Matt's natural abilities make him a sought after teacher who reveals that all the world needs is some sharp hand-tools, a keen eye, and a sense of humor (which he often loses when dealing with computers). Matt lives and practices his craft on the outskirts of Bloomington, Indiana, with his two sons Lane and Wyatt, their dog Tyronne, and WAY too many cats.

Justin Brickey

Justin Brickey

Medium: Wood

Justin Brickey is a local artist from West Columbia, South Carolina. Married with two children and eight grandsons, Justin hopes to pass along his love of wood turning to his grandsons. In fact, he has already started introducing them to the art.

Born in Virginia and raised in West Virginia, Justin served in the Navy, and subsequently settled in South Carolina. He is a retired machinist who has channeled a love of metal working to wood turning; his experience working with metal has provided the foundation to fashion unusual designs in wood.

As a cancer survivor, Justin finds strength and fulfillment in his creations and always looks forward to seeing his next thought become a reality.

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.

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.

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."

Judy Riley

Medium: Photography, Hand-made Body Products

Judy grew up in Augusta, GA and then migrated to Lexington, SC, and has offered her photography and natural body products for over 12 years. She had a wonderful, creative Grandmother who adored her little granddaughter. She didn't have much money, but she always made her home look warm and comfortable and she never threw anything away. She could always make something out of nothing. Judy inherited her passion for creating things and as long as she as can remember, her motto has been "if I can make, why buy it?"

As the years rolled on, Judy developed an extreme passion for photography, seeing things in nature that would just make her feel complete, and alive. Once she got her first really good camera, everything started to jump out at her even more. She loves sharing what she sees.

Judy also developed a line of bath and body products, not finding very much over-the-counter. This started with lip balm, and then progressed to lotions, dusting powders, soap, eye pillows, neck pillows, and all types of bathing products. She takes great pleasure in the fact that a lot of people look for natural, locally produced products as well.