Janet Francoeur is our resident artist. She and her husband Michael founded Carolina Creations in 1989. They sold the gallery in 2017 to Virginia Spencer but the gallery continues to sell their paintings and pottery.
Janet was born and raised in southern Michigan. She received a BA in drawing and printmaking from Siena Heights University, Adrian, Michigan. While in Michigan Janet concentrated on Architectural renderings in ink. The couple left Michigan in 1983 for an adventure in Aspen, Colorado, while there she started adding color to her ink drawings. After 6 years water won out and they started on a journey that took them from San Diego, Galveston Texas, to the Florida Keys where they told someone what they were looking for in a new home. "We want a place that is on its way but hasn't gotten there yet." "Try New Bern" was the answer. So they did.
They arrived in New Bern and were welcomed by the community. Janet started doing drawings of the churches, waterfront and homes in the historic district. Again experimenting with adding watercolor to her ink drawings she soon started working in watercolor more and more. They purchased and renovated a home in the historic district and wanting to put their stamp on it Janet began to make tiles, which led to developing an entire line of functional and decorative pottery called "Celebration Pottery."
As the years went on and the business grew they purchased and renovated the building the gallery is currently in at 317 Pollock Street.
As business grew, so did Janet's use of different mediums. Ink, watercolor, clay, now she also works in acrylics and oils.
Janet's prints of New Bern scenes can be seen in many offices in the area, and is a favorite gift and souvenir of the area. Her Celebration Pottery pieces make wonderful gifts for weddings, graduations and anniversaries, and she regularly customizes them by adding names and dates or she can design a piece just for you.
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, First Annual Bernie Award for Outstanding artist from the Craven County Arts Council, Downtown Council Member of the Year from the Chamber of Commerce , Main Street Champion of the Year from the NC Main Street Program and the NC Department of Commerce Office of Urban Development. While owner of Carolina Creations the gallery was chosen as one of the top 25 American Craft Galleries in the US and repeatedly won the Readers Choice Awards for Best Place to Buy Art and Best Place to Buy Gifts from the New Bern Sun Journal. Through the years she has been active in the redevelopment of our downtown, in the New Bern Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Business Council, the MSD board and other groups.
Brenda Behr’s representational paintings combine her eye for detail with a heart that captures the essence of her subject. She prefers painting from life or on location, but is equally comfortable painting from photos. “I am not one to make photographic images of my subjects; I want to breathe life into them with my paint, whether they be people, landscapes or landmarks,” she explains.
Brenda is one of those blessed individuals who has found a way to build a life around the things she loves most — painting and travel..
It’s no wonder Brenda likes to travel. Born in Charles City, Iowa, she was only three when the United States Air Force shipped her family off to England. At the age of nine, she received private oil lessons at the base hobby shop in the Philippine Islands. When her dad retired from the military in the early 1970’a, her parents dropped sail in Goldsboro, North Carolina.
Painting is Brenda’s second career. Thinking it a more sure way to make a living with her art, she earned her B.F.A. in Communication Arts and Design at Virginia Commonwealth University. For almost 33 years, the advertising hub of Minneapolis was where the artist honed her visual communication skills through graphic design and art direction. Painting was never too far away, although, she admits now, she was pretty much a Sunday painter in Minnesota. In 1976, she enrolled in an oil figure painting class at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. At the same art school in 1981, she began to study watercolors. Her continuing studies of both watercolors and oils have included workshops with nationally known painters including the late Robert E. Wood, Cheng-Khee Chee, Frank Webb, Charles Reid, Albert Handell, and Susan Sarback. In 2003 Brenda moved “home” to Goldsboro to care for her aging mother, and the new course of her life was set. She now works full time as a professional fine artist, selling her works through the galleries that represent her.
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.
Bill Campbell has been a potter for over 30 years. Across the country, his porcelain is admired for its spectacular color and elegant, crisp forms... each piece maintaining some of the energy of its creator. The glazes dance with surprising vibrancy in unexpected patterns. Functional pots become little moments of celebration within the day to day routine.
My motive in making pottery is not terribly noble. I am merely try to cause a little celebration in everyday living. You can't imagine what I feel when my customers tell me how much they enjoy using one of my pots in their daily routine.
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.
Judith Cutler has a background in graphic design and fine art. She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Pennsylvania State University. As a college student she began a lifelong love of abstract expressionism. Elaine deKooning was one of her early teachers. She worked as a corporate designer for more than 20 years with IBM, Holiday Inn, and Oakland University in Rochester Hills, MI. She returned to the fine arts and became fully absorbed with the use of pastels as a painting medium. Acrylics and mixed media compliment her pastel practice.
Experimentation and the joy of process are the most important components of her work. Pursuing an unconventional approach to a conventional medium, like pastel, is a constant, open-ended challenge.
Regardless of subject matter, finding a universal theme is the goal, and nature is the common factor. Observing the small and the grand outdoors provides source material and may blossom into an abstract or representational painting.
The Pastel Society of America designated Judith a Signature member (2003) and a Master (2007). She is a Master Circle member (2009) of the International Association of Pastel Societies, a Southeastern Pastel Society Member of Excellence, and a member of Piedmont Pastel Society, and North Carolina Pastel Society.
Her work has been shown at the Butler Institute of American Art; National Arts Club, NYC; Peale Museum, Baltimore; Oglethorpe University Museum of Art, Atlanta; and the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, among others. She has received numerous national and international awards and been published multiple times in the Pastel Journal.
Born and raised in Western Pennsylvania, Judith is currently living in Charlotte, NC.
Pause and breath. Be quiet, patient and gently focused. Allow time in your life for the “aha” moments.
Janet is a native of Greensboro, North Carolina. After living for thirteen years in Delaware where she began her art career, she moved to Greenville, NC in 1998. While living in Greenville, Janet taught in her studio and in surrounding arts centers. She was instrumental in starting Brushstrokes, a group of Greenville artists who work in the community. Janet and her husband moved to New Bern, NC in July 2011, where she continues her work and community.
Justine Ferreri lives and works in a small coastal North Carolina town. She has dedicated her life to art in one form or another, in her earlier years with the performing arts--twelve years of classical ballet, four years of music and guitar, folk singing, and musical theater--and now with the visual arts, mainly sculpture.
Only within the last four years has Ferreri been able to switch art from a secondary to a primary career. This has proven to be the most rewarding time in her life as her work continues to evolve. Her preferred medium is earthenware clay and stoneware using a variety of finishes: oxides, underglazes, terra sigillates, and lusters. She considers herself a caricature sculptor and healer with a choice of humor, spiritual messages, or old fables as her weapons. By generating an emotional experience in response to viewing her work, the piece becomes the outward manifestation of an inner need of the viewer. She strives to make her art something very personal, giving with each piece a small piece of herself.
bJustine was born in Irumagawa, Japan and has lived all over the United States. She has owned and operated many restaurants. Justine attended Stockton State College, New Jersey, Central Piedmont, and University of North Carolina with continuing education. Now teaches clay to children.
Bill is a graduate of Davidson College and Moravian Theological Seminary and renewed his interest in drawing as he approached retirement in the early 1990’s. He works with chalk pastels and began doing street festivals in 1996, mostly in North Carolina and has taught pastels at the Sawtooth School for Visual Arts in Winston-Salem. His subject matter is autumn trees, fields of flowers, landscapes, seascapes, and fruit. Bill has displayed his work in North Wilkesboro, Elkin, Yadkinville, Burlington, High Point, Greensboro, Goldsboro, and Winston-Salem. He lives in Lewisville with his wife Sandra.
Shayne Greco hails from New Jersey. He attended Savannah College of Art and Design, and has lived in the South and on the Southeast coast ever since. Shayne built his business from the ground up and started by showing his work in galleries all over the Southeast, He now sells his work in retail home, art, and design stores all over the U.S. and overseas. Shayne’s talents were honed and nurtured by his teachers, from childhood through college. “I was encouraged as a youth to express creativity through many diverse mediums. From paper mach'e fish while summering on the east coast to pastel drawings of the winter sunrise over the Colorado mountains, I was blessed to be exposed to so many different forms of artistic expression.” Shayne insists his greatest inspirations were his high school art teachers, who truly encouraged him to experiment freely. “They really let me have free reign and encouraged me to experiment in so many different forms. It was the most explosive learning period in my life. My projects ranged from mixed paintings of sliced up canvas, to massive outdoor ceramic sawdust firings (which were a disaster by the way!)” Disaster or not, Shayne learned from every experiment, and his ability to manipulate each individual medium in his own way developed into what is now a successful career. Shayne now a resides in Wilmington NC after moving from Savannah, GA. “I have always appreciated the uniqueness of the coast from the way the sun reflects bright pastel colors to the unusual animal life that surround the beaches. Much of my work in ceramics reflects the distinctive attributes of the ocean.” He says, “I love combining functioning vessels with sculpture. I view the vessel as a base or blank canvas for the sculpture. When asked if there is any meaning behind his work, his response has always been, “My goal is to make an elegant, flowing, beautiful piece of art. There is nothing conceptual about it. If your eyes travel freely around my vessel and never find a stopping point then I have succeeded. Shayne hopes his works of art are used as statement pieces. “Not only can you display them throughout your home, but you can serve from them at your next dinner party! Pour from a seahorse pitcher at your next cocktail mixer. Serve calamari from an octopus bowl! They can be conversation starters as well as functional art.”
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.
In addition to a BA and MA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Washington, NC artist, Pat Holscher, has studied art at Meredith College in Raleigh, NC and East Carolina University in Greenville, NC, and trained under many nationally recognized artists. Over the years she has been juried into shows throughout the state and received awards ranging from Honorable Mention to Best in Show; most notably, in the North Carolina State Fair Juried Exhibition, Raleigh, NC – First Place Painting, 2002; in the Chapel Hill Regional Exhibition for Women in North Carolina – Juror’s Choice Award, 2000; and in the Watercolor Society of North Carolina’s Annual Exhibition – First Place, 2008. Most recently, in May 2009 she was the inaugural Best in Show Permanent Collection Purchase Award-winner at the Regional Juried Art Show in New Bern, NC. Pat is an active Signature Member of the Watercolor Society of North Carolina, having served as newsletter editor, board member, and President (2001-2002). She has also taught beginning and continuing watercolor classes at Sertoma Arts Center in Raleigh, NC and has served as juror for several art competitions.
National recognition has come with acceptance and awards in many national shows, including the American Kennel Club National Juried Competition, Wichita, Kansas (Best of Breed Award & Best Working Dog Award); the AKC Museum of the Dog Exhibition, St. Louis, Missouri; the Southern Watercolor Society’s Annual juried competition, (Potomac Valley Watercolor Award and awarded Signature Status); the National Watercolor Society’s Annual Exhibition, Fullerton, California in which she was also awarded Signature Status, and the American Watercolor Society’s Annual International Exhibition, New York, NY in 2003, 2009 ( winning the Gold Medal of Honor), and 2010 (awarded Signature Status).
Her many solo and group exhibitions include, most recently, the Tri-State Art Exhibition at the Fredericksburg Center for Creative Arts, an affiliate of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort, NC, and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, NC. Pat has done many commissioned paintings for Hatteras Yachts, Inc. in New Bern, NC to grace their yachts and fishing boats, in addition to one for their 1995 Christmas card. She has done promotional art for the East Carolina Wildlife Arts Festival and designed and painted the background murals for the Estuarine Center in Washington, NC. Pat was chosen as a 2007 finalist in the 24th Annual Art Competition for Artist’s Magazine in the animal art category. One of the highlights of her career was the publication of a painting with an article in the section, “Master Painters of the World – US Showcase” in the October/November 2004 issue of International Artist magazine. Pat was also included in a UNC Public TV Promotion by Bluewater Media in 2009 showcasing Eastern North Carolina and places of interest.
I’m Bart Levy and I paint moments of Zen for your home and office. My paintings provide moments of luxurious but affordable escape for the crazy-busy professional. Quiet landscapes. Cheerful flowers. Water with reflections of the sky.
After many years in the corporate world and as a business owner, I stepped back. Way back, as it happened, to my education as an artist. I recently studied with renowned artists Christaphora Robeers and David Tanner to help scrape the rust off my skills.
“Inspiration is for amateurs,” according to Chuck Close. So everyday I’m in the studio painting, thinking, pushing myself and yet always keeping in mind that there’s enough in the world to jangle your nerves. A calm painting can be a refuge, even if only for a few minutes, where you can take a breath and then, carry on.
In 1962, when I was about 6 years old, I started collecting corn silk from our garden and bits of broken glass, saving them in my Dad's cigar boxes. I thought they were like gold and diamonds. Growing up in Europe and the Far East, I continued being enthralled with jewelry. I learned to cut gems in South Korea at a lapidary shop when I was twelve and to cast and construct jewelry shortly after that. My formal education was in Art at several universities, finishing with a Masters of Fine Arts in Goldsmithing from SUNY New Paltz in New York. A couple of weeks after I graduated I was in my first craft show, and haven’t stopped yet. I’ve had the privlege to show my work in nearly every major craft exhibition in the United States (my Mica Pod earrings were chosen to be the logo for the 2010 Smithsonian Craft2Wear exhibition).
For over 30 years I’ve been striving to make what I hope will be your favorite jewelry.
My work has been carried in hundreds of galleries across the country as well as in France and Italy. I am also represented in the book 500 Gemstone Jewels (Lark, 2010), Best of Worldwide Jewelry Artists Vol. 1 (Kennedy 2011) and in the collection of the Cooper Hewitt Museum.
I am most gratified to be in the collections of the thousands of people who have found my jewelry at craft events and have continued to wear it over the years.
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.
“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.
Stephen Moore is an artist known for the color and light quality in his paintings. He is a native of North Carolina. He is a graduate of UNC in Chapel Hill and retired from a thirty four year career in family medicine in 2015. He was taught by Eleanor Seng, a North Carolina artist who studied with Emil Holzhaurer, a student of Robert Henri. Stephen was taught by Eleanor beginning in the fifth grade at a community art center in Burlington, NC.
Stephen has been painting and showing since 1980. Painting interests include European scenes as well as coastal and other North Carolina scenes. He is a landscape painter who paints plein air but works more in the studio currently. He is also interested in portrait, figurative, and still-life genres. He works in his studio in Beaufort NC. He is associated with Artsource Art Gallery in Raleigh, NC, with the Mattie King Davis Art Gallery in Beaufort, NC, Carolina Creations in New Bern, NC and the Village Art Gallery in Oriental, NC. His work is held in the corporate collections of SAS, Jordan and Price Law Firm, Rex Hospital, Family Medical Associates of Raleigh, Hospice in Raleigh, and Duke Raleigh Hospital to name but a few. Numerous private collectors across the state of North Carolina own his work.
Our fascination with birds and antique found objects inspired us for this collection. In 1991 original songbird carvings were passed on to us and they decorated Jim's studio for years. In 2006, Jim decided to go through his boxes of old and damaged birds and explore. He combined his love of mixed media with his vast collection of found objects and a new 3-D art form was born. Before we knew it, our feathered friends had become amazingly popular and are a favorite of many collectors. Each bird is hand made in our Florida studio using the old carvings as our models. They are hand painted and then embellished with vintage materials. The unusual relics we use such as croquet balls, binoculars and old toys give each inspiring bird their own personality. From time to time Jim has created other mixed media animals made from a similar technique as the birds. Bunnies, horses and owls have been known to visit our line certain times of the year. Keep an eye out for these unique and inspiring creations. We hope these sculptures give life to the once forgotten pieces of yesterday.
Textile artist Elaine O’Neil grew up in rural Maine, the great-granddaughter of a lighthouse keeper, granddaughter of a farmer, and daughter of an ardent seamstress.
She received a degree in textile design from the Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science, and has shown her work in galleries up and down the East Coast as well as in the mountains of North Carolina.
Elaine regularly does commissions and has created pieces for clients in Russia, England, Greece, Italy, and France, as well as in many states in the U.S.
Her work is also in the collections of many colleges, businesses, and hospitals, on the cover of several books and publications, and she has illustrated two children’s books.
Elaine says of her work, “My artistic process begins with the simple, pure memories of my childhood. I strive to conjure up the essence of those good times and capture them through whimsy and color, stitching them together with a sense of humor and delight. My process begins by approaching each textile collage with a simple sketch. Then through snips and cuts, my scissors, like a painter’s brush,slowly reveal the image. Layer upon layer of fabric, stitched into place using a variety of colors and textures, brings the piece to life. In each piece I create, my hope is to evoke the kind of pleasure and delight of childhood, when life is simple, sweet, and full of endless possibilities.”
American born, Q Evon sold her first piece at the tender age of six and never looked back. A long career as a commercial model and actress allowed her to travel the world, immersing herself in new cultures and sketching designs inspired by the vivid impressions, tastes and textures she experienced.
Turning her passion for jewelry fabrication into a fulltime business in 1996, her first wholesale collection won two first place jewelry industry design awards. Growing her business over two decades to include fine jewelry, museums and one-of-a-kind collections, “Q” continues to push the limits of her designs and evolve as a designer, fine jeweler and metalsmith.
We are handmade pottery fans from New England who bought land in Pinehurst several years before moving here in 2008. We wanted to move to Pinehurst for the quality of life, golf and great weather, but quickly learned about the amazing pottery tradition in North Carolina.
Deborah designs and fabricates her jewelry in her studio in Concord, MA. The studio is located in an artists’ building that is walking distance to the conservation land that provides much of the inspiration for her work. Deborah has a B.A. degree form Wesleyan University where she majored in studio art and minored in education.
She taught art in public secondary schools as a first career. Her focus was three dimensional art, particularly sculpting in clay both on and off the wheel. Over the years she converted her own private pottery studio into that of a metalsmith. She learned production jewelry-making in Wellesley, MA working part-time for Peter Wittman Jewelers.
Her porcelain ornaments easily translated into precious metal jewelry. In order to continue to expand her technical knowledge Deborah has taken workshops with metalsmithing masters Arlene Fisch, Tim McCreight, Michael Good, Betty Helen Longhi and Charles Lewton-Brain.
Deborah’s work is represented nationally in galleries, museum and specialty shops and selected fine jewelry stores. Her jewelry has been featured in various publications, including Boston Magazine.
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.
Mike Rooney is recognized as one of North Carolina's top plein air (outdoor) painters and is represented in East Coast galleries from Cape Cod Massachusetts to Key West Florida. He is also an accomplished workshop instructor holding classes from Maine to Italy, and recently in Cuba for a People to People Cultural Exchange. He will be returning to Cuba for another exchange in January 2016.
Painting in oil, Rooney's subject matter varies, but he loves to show the effect of light on water, boats, and the beach environment from the salt marshes of the Atlantic seaboard to the turquoise waters of the Caribbean.
His methodology is varied and he never follows a set way of starting a painting. He goes outside to paint, without a preconceived method or formula, approaching each painting differently, experimenting to shake things up a little. Each completed painting brings insight for the one to come.
The blurs of color Rooney paints on-site are recognizable as boats, beach houses, and seas and they desire the great outdoors as much as the painter himself.
Sticks Object Art and Furniture was Started by Sarah Grant in 1992. Since then they have received national acclaim for our distinctive line of furniture, accessories and object art. They began their Journey designing smaller items such as nativity sets, ornaments, and candle holders and have evolved to feature larger items such as dining sets, beds, and armories.
All pieces are finely crafted from birch, poplar and driftwood. Their pieces are further designed with hand drawn imagery, etched contouring and vibrantly blended paint. Pieces can be embellished with 3-D wood components, metal, leather, and fabric. Their line is constantly evolving due to the imagination and expense of their design team and the many talented craft artisans that they employ.
“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).
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.
My passion for clay developed during my time as a student when taking my first life modeling class and while earning my bachelors degree in Landscape Architecture at the College of Design at North Carolina State University. For over 18 years I have been expressing myself through clay.
My forms are heavily influenced by texture and pattern. Starting with a slab or coil of clay and then then twisting, tearing or pinching a unique form emerges.
While shaping each creation, I can feel the connection between the clay and the subject. This allows each piece to have its own individual voice.