Our Artists

Janet Francoeur

Janet Francoeur was born and raised in southern Michigan.  She received a BA in drawing and printmaking from Siena Heights University, Adrian, Michigan.

Fascinated by the detail that could be achieved, Janet chose ink as her preferred medium.  With a great love of history and nature, subjects as wide-ranging as Victorian houses and steam locomotives, loons and lilies, emerged from her pen.

After leaving Michigan to spend six years in the Colorado Rockies, Janet and her husband, Michael, moved again in 1989 to New Bern.  They lived on a boat on the Trent River for three years then purchased a home in the historic district, which they are restoring.

With the dramatic change in their environment, her work went through a metamorphosis.  The fine detail is still there but the flowers, birds and buildings have come alive in color.  She works in acrylic and occasionally oil.

Janet is the recipient of the NC Emerging Artists Grant from the North Carolina Arts Council, as well as the Entrepreneur of the Year award from the New Bern Chamber of Commerce. 

She has won many awards and her work hangs in collections all over the world.

Her paintings of the lovely homes and gardens of historic New Bern and eastern North Carolina can be found gracing the walls of her gallery, Carolina Creations at 321 Pollock St.  The gallery is also the exclusive outlet of Janet and Michael's pottery.  Michael works on the wheel while Janet's pottery is all hand built.  She makes tiles, featuring flowers, herbs and vegetables and New Bern buildings.  She also creates large, one of a kind clay clocks featuring the spires of New Bern and has created large-scale back splashes for several area homes.

In addition to their own work, their gallery, Carolina Creations, carries contemporary pottery from many North Carolina and regional potters, an extensive collection of unusual cards, hand crafted jewelry, painted furniture, glass, home accessories and work by other area painters.  The gallery is open Monday through Saturday 10-6, Friday evening until 7, and Sunday 11-3 (later during holidays).  Come visit!

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Chris Campbell

Chris Campbell has been a Studio Potter in Raleigh, North Carolina since 1991. Born in Canada, she attended Ryerson College in Toronto, . She worked in oils and water color before she discovered pottery.

In 1991 she attended a colored porcelain workshop taught by Jane Pieser, a famous Colored Clay Artist. She was captivated by the process and has spent the years since then experimenting with colors and patterns while defining her own style. Her main body of work is created using the Nerikomi(e) process.

She uses her adaptation of the Skinner Blend technique to create her color palette. The intuitive ease and simplicity of this process broadens the scope of colored clay so it can become more immediate, fluid and dynamic.

Over the years, Chris has studied design theory, surface treatments and firing techniques with such well known clay artists as Kathy Triplett, Rimas VisGirda, Linda Arbuckle, Steve Howell, Ben Owen III, Lana Wilson, Pete Pinell, Vince Pitelka, Ro Mead and Cynthia Bringle.

Her beautiful artwork is sold in fine Galleries across the United States. Her artwork is included in many fine private and public collections including the SAS Institute, North Carolina State University and Clayworks Australia, the manufacturers of Southern Ice Porcelain.

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Sally Sutton

Sally Sutton enjoys the challenge of capturing light and experimenting with rich and bright color combinations and contrasting them with deep shadows using brushstrokes that create movement and energy in my work. I want my work to reflect what I feel about a place or subject and instill some sort of emotional response in the viewer. She has always been intrigued with nature and enjoy painting en plein air in the surrounding countryside, local and beyond. If the weather doesn’t permit, she often uses a combination of small sketches on site, reference photos, and color notes and develops the larger paintings in her studio in Pittsboro, NC.

Sally grew up in Culver City, California and received her BFA from California State University, Long Beach. She completed programs in painting and illustration at the Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles and Art Center College of Design, Pasadena.  She completed her MFA in drawing and painting in May 2013.
Her work has been exhibited in Tokyo at the Genkan Gallery of the Tokyo American Club, in the Meiji Gallery in Ginza, and in numerous shows in the United States.  My paintings can be found in private and corporate collections nationally and abroad.  These include GlaxoSmithKline, SAS Institute, Northern Telecom Japan, Bank of America, SunTrust, UNC Hospitals and Duke Medical Center.

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Nancy McClure

Nancy McClure is a contemporary artist painting in oils and acrylics.  She started her art career at a very young age attending craft classes at the local elementary school in upstate New York.  She has always been involved in the arts in some form and medium.  She has also experimented with photography, pottery, metalsmithing, jewelry making, mixed media, watercolor, and lampwork glass bead making.   She graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Science in Merchandising, in 1978.   All of her elective class work was in studio arts.  Postgraduate work was at Georgia State University with a concentration in studio art.  After relocating to Raleigh, NC she attended Meredith College seeking a second degree in Interior Design. With a lot of gallery work under her belt, she became a partner at ArtSource Fine Art Gallery in Raleigh, NC in 1990.   She spends most of her artistic energies painting large-scale abstract paintings, southern landscapes, and seascapes as well as lovely still life's.  

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Donna Robertson

Donna Robertson began her art career in Kansas City in 1979, where she was an active member of the Greater Kansas City Art Association and received numerous awards and purchase prizes in regional and local shows.  She moved to North Carolina in 1989 and with her daughter, also an artist, owned a gallery in Wilmington until 1994. Until 2002, she worked exclusively in watercolor and collage.  A non-credit course in the French Impressionists led to an interest in oils, which is her current focus.  She has had work accepted in the North Carolina Watercolor Society shows and in shows for women artists of North Carolina -- Through Women's Eyes, By Women's Hands in Chapel Hill.  She has also been represented in the Wilmington exhibition,  Artists of Southeastern North Carolina.   She is also a member of WPSE, Women Painters of the Southeast.

On creativity -- "I love paint...watercolor, oil, pastel...the whole process of creating.  I love the effect of light on color and the constant challenge to grow in any art medium.  Art connects me with the deepest aspects of myself and, when it succeeds, it connects me with others.

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Barbel Brooks

Like glass, the waters around us share amazing traits:

Fragility, luminescence, transparency.

These qualities enhance light and shadows while revealing breathtaking characteristics.

Copper has been used for thousands of years, initially for artistic purposes, later in more practical applications. Copper in its simple, metallic form, is extremely malleable and easy to work with. Copper Oxide, CuO, on the other hand, shows some interesting reactions when heated. After much experimenting, I found out that a mixture of clear glass powder and Copper Oxide, sifted between two sheets of clear glass and fired to a temperature of approximately 1480-1500 degrees Fahrenheit, produced beautiful blue bubbles. I further experimented with different ratios of Oxide to glass powder, thus I was able to make darker, larger bubbles when more Copper Oxide was used. Since I wanted a stronger contrast between light turquoise and dark blue, I added a small amount of Cobalt Oxide, being able to introduce a more Royal blue. The released Oxygen, giving the glass not only an interesting color effect but also textural interest.

I was happy to be able to create different colors and sizes of bubbles, yet in my mind the images of motion or currents were missing. Trying to stay in the copper theme, I stripped some electrical wire, separated the tiny copper strands, shaped them into swirly forms and inserted them between the glass. I highlighted some of those shapes in a second, low firing by adding frit and shards of glass.

After these two initial firings, the glass was returned to the kiln to be shaped into bowls.

My background of teaching Chemistry has truly served me well in this quest for more unique ways to work with glass.

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Ann Marie Hodrick

Heart's Desire Jewelry is a New Bern-based boutique design studio single-handedly run by artist, Ann Marie Hodrick. Using responsibly sourced, high quality natural stones and organic elements, Hodrick creates necklaces, earrings and bracelets that not only look good but they make the wearer feel good too.

Each limited edition piece is handcrafted to be functional, wearable, enjoyable art, so that women feel comfortable, confident, and creative when wearing the jewelry. Made by hand to touch your heart and inspire your soul.

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Billie Ruth Sudduth

“Just a Bunch of Baskets”

Basketry is actually Billie Ruth Sudduth’s second career. She spent almost twenty years as a school psychologist. In 1983, after a particularly demanding year, her boss suggested she do something for “fun” over the summer. Knowing of Billie Ruth’s love of baskets, it was suggested she take a basket making class at the local community college. The four Monday night sessions cost twenty dollars but totally changed her life. After fifteen minutes in that class, she knew she had found her life’s work. The early years were demanding because she maintained her professional career, was a wife and mother of two sons, (which included soccer, cub scouts, children’s theater, baseball and such.) Sixteen hour plus workdays became the norm and cooking and housework became extinct, indeed arts lost in favor of a new art form. (She is now the grandmother of nine).

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Donna Michaux

“The Turtle Lady”

Donna is known as “The Turtle Lady” because of her dedication to our local sea turtles. She has been an ambassador and adoptive parent for the threatened Loggerhead Sea Turtle, Caretta caretta, for over 20 years. She began her love for coastal North Carolina Biology while growing up in New Bern and attending New Bern Senior High School. Donna educates the community on environmental issues trying to increase their awareness of these threatened species.

With a BS in Biology/minor in Chemistry from Queens College, Charlotte, NC and a MSPH in Environmental Sciences and Engineering from UNC-Chapel Hill, NC. Donna began her pottery career when she took a pottery class while enrolled at Queens College. All of her pottery is hand-thrown and while some pieces may look similar, all of her pieces are handmade, one-of-a-kind original works of art. Her creations show the purity and joy she feels from her environment and express her passion for sea turtles.
All of her pottery is Dishwasher/Microwave/Lead Free/Oven Safe.

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