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.
Paintings that celebrate the every-day wonders of life mark the work that artist Beth Barger is known for. Through her contemporary impressionist style, Beth’s paintings are infused with light and color creating a haven for her viewers to recall and honor their own treasured memories. After earning her Fine Arts Degree from East Carolina University in Graphic Design, Beth Barger began her career in advertising and design. Beth was born in Syracuse, New York, but has since enjoyed experiencing life in a variety of coastal towns before she settled with her husband in Apex, North Carolina.
Heather and Isabella are a mother and daughter team from eastern North Carolina. They started their epoxy art as a way to spend quality time together and have developed Sunshine Epoxy Creations. It is functional art including wine glasses, charcuterie boards, and serving trays among other items.
Every piece is unique and hand-made with a two-part epoxy resin, paints, inks, and dyes utilizing multiple techniques. Some pieces take up to 5 days to complete. The trays are from various woods including bamboo, olive tree and acacia wood.
Epoxy coatings may be safely used as a food-contact surface. They are not antimicrobial and are not recommended for liquids. They should be cleaned gently by hand with a mild nonabrasive soap and water. They should not be immersed underwater.
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.
Susan Miller Bradbury is an artist who resides in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains in the Roanoke Valley. She began her career after graduating from Radford University in 1986, with a BA specializing in Graphic arts.
Her first love was that of pastels...in which she honed her skills doing portraits of people and pets. Later, after raising her family, she decided to take a dive into unchartered waters...acrylics. This was quite daunting as it had been quite a while since using the paintbrush; however, after picking up the paintbrush and diving in...she was hooked. Now, she loves the medium of acrylics as well as oils and is on her way to expressing herself more and more through acrylic and oil mediums...enjoying the luminosity achieved through layer and layer of transparent pigments.
Christine Maxwell "2020 was a trying year to say the least. Job layoffs, Coronavirus isolation, financial fears and surmounting anxiety left many of us feeling lost. In the midst of all this uncertainty, my husband and I took on the challenge to move to North Carolina. I think the only way I stayed focused, was to get up in the morning and walk our new property. I would stop by the creek (called a branch in North Carolina) and listen to the sounds of running water. Here is where I would say my prayers of gratitude and positive affirmations. I found so many plants, flowers and mushrooms that were new to me. I took up foraging. I started to learn as much as I could about this ancient mountain we had moved to, this hallowed ground I now called home. The more I filled my mind with knowledge, the less space there was for sad and self-defeating thoughts. The nature that God has created came alive to me revealing the magic of our little slice of heaven here in North Carolina. We found our first crystal, quite accidentally while gathering medicinal mushrooms. This was amazing and too big not to share. The Affirmation Candles were the beginning and the inspiration for Branch and Hallow."
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.
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.
Yes- there is a Charlotte and she has 2 daughters, Jean and Ann.
What began years ago as a hobby to prevent empty nest syndrome, has turned into a cottage industry success. When our children began high school, we decided that it was time to treat ourselves to some quality “me” time. We began taking stained glass classes and quickly discovered a passion for creating with glass.
Our art glass studio is located in Morehead City, NC; an area also know as the "Crystal Coast" on the southern Outer Banks. We are inspired by our beautiful surroundings.
We design in 3 venues. Using multiple glass kilns, we blend and shape compatible colored glasses to create the majority of our designs. We also create using copper foil (Tiffany style) and traditional leaded stained glass panels. Using all 3 methods we have created custom architectural pieces for interior designers and contractors.
Whether it is a sun catcher dancing in the window, a leaded panel propped up on the bookcase or wind chimes and garden themes in fused glass, the sisters hope you enjoy their glass art for many years.
Alison was raised in a family of artists, discovered glass as an artistic medium at San Francisco State University. Glass promptly became her focus of study, and she earned a B.A. in Glass and Metal art. Once graduated, she moved to the glassblowing center that is Seattle. For the next decade she was working on staff at Pilchuk Glass School, assisting glass artists and teaching glass classes, plus running her own glass art business. After 10 years of "the art hustle" Alison chose to study for her M.F.A. at the Ohio State University, obtaining her M.F.A. She went on to become assistant Professor at Salisbury State University, where her program wasone of the most popular in the Art Department. Currently , Alison is an artist and glass instructor here in Western North Carolina. " I make interesting, beautiful things as a way of bringing a breath of peace into everyday life. Glass has been the core of my life as an artist for decades and as I continue to e fascinated with every aspect of its creation, idea coming alive through the liquid jewel that is molten glass. I hope my work reflects the ongoing wonder that I feel as an artist."
Judith Cutler has a background in fine art and graphic design. 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, Rochester Hills, MI. Returning to fine arts, she began using pastels as a painting medium, along with mixed-media and acrylics.
Her joy of the creative process and experimentation are key factors in the development of artworks. Whether it’s realistic or abstract paintings, inspiration comes from the natural world.
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 national and international awards and been published multiple times in the Pastel Journal.
Born and raised in Western Pennsylvania, Judith is currently living in New Bern, NC.
Artist Statement: Be still and just breathe…as often as you can.`
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.
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.
Vicki Grant was an accomplished architect before she became a well-collected ceramic artist. Her design principles are still clearly evident in her popular sculptural work which feature objects found in nature -- shells, bark, stones, and reeds -- as well as beads, wire, and other found objects. Each one of her wall hangings and three-dimensional pieces are truly unique, inspiring collectors to curate their own groupings for their home or office.
Vicki is a North Carolina Artist.
"I' have always felt the most amazing forms, structure, color and textures are found within nature. Exposure to these elements have been my inspiration and teacher. " - Vicki Grant
"I fell in love with handmade pots in 1974 when my parents gave me a stoneware teapot made by Frank McNutt. It was an idyllic time, living just a few houses away from the primary dunes in north Virginia Beach. I spent many winter nights in front of the fireplace, sitting around a squat handmade Japanese coffee table while drinking tea with my housemate and friends. This became a turning point on my journey to my becoming a craftsman.
Two years later (at age 26) I began studying at the Virginia Beach Arts Center and later at Sandpiper Pottery where I learned to form clay into objects that would be useful as well as visually pleasing. In July 1978 I opened Tom Gray Pottery on the shores of Lake Gaston, NC. I lived and worked in Littleton for 12 years before moving to Seagrove in 1990, a small town with a history steeped in handmade pottery. As I write this, I’m now 70, and have been making pots for almost 45 years. When I look back, I have never regretted becoming a full-time potter.
My process includes making pots on the wheel, as well as rolling out slabs of clay and forming them into dinnerware. My glaze palette is primarily satin mattes, high alumina formulations that absorb light rather than reflect it, contrasted with un-glazed areas and occasional gloss glazes. My pots are fired in a propane fueled kiln in a reduction atmosphere to almost 2300 degrees F (cone 10). The pots are microwave and dishwasher safe, and safe to use in the oven provided the oven is not preheated. My motto for some time has been - “Tom Gray Pottery is dedicated to making pots for breaking bread - those special times when we put our feet under the table and refuel - not only our bellies, but our hearts, minds, and spirits too”. My experiences around the kitchen table have influenced my direction as a craftsman. I’m happy and proud to say my wares are used in kitchens and dining rooms all over the world."
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.”
The Rev. Lloyd Griffith is a graduate of Duke University and Duke Divinity School. He received his master’s degree in counseling psychology from Lesley University and a Certificate in Spiritual Formation from Columbia Theological Seminary. He is involved with experiential learning in small groups through a career in residential camping, centering prayer, retreats, and pilgrimages.
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.
Annie Ingram is a self-taught professional artist. She loves the ocean, and she dreamed of living close to it one day. In 2019, she moved to coastal North Carolina. The beauty of the sea's flora and fauna sparks her imagination and inspires creativity.
Annie's style mixes contemporary impressionism with a hint of realism. Her art suggests just enough, so the imagination completes the work. She uses pallet knives to create a unique blend of texture and mark-making.
Growing up in a large family, Annie's father worked hard to support the family by learning the plumbing trade. She worked with him and learned to solder copper pipe as a teenager. She loves to incorporate copper into her work as a nod to her dad and his continual support.
Fine artist and family friend, Jeff Boutin, has been her mentor and cheerleader to take up art as a profession. Being able to create art that brings others happiness is her passion.
I have lived in Pleasant Garden, NC all my life. I graduated from Southeast Guilford High School and Famous Artist School - Commercial Art. Until 2002 painting had just been for pleasure and relaxation from a full time job. At the encouragement of family and friends, in 2002 I had my first painting professionally reproduced in Giclee prints. Currently, I have ten paintings in limited edition print. In all but one of these prints our beloved beagle appears, sometimes even hidden. People enjoy finding him in each print.
I also paint commission artwork. Commissioned artwork has been seen on Centre Friends Meeting bulletins and office stationery for many years and on a commemorative plate to celebrate Centre's Sesquibicentennial in 2008. In 2008, a book titled "Centre Friends: The Legacy of the Meeting on the Hill" was published and I designed and did the painting for the cover. I designed artwork for another book compiling all wording on markers in Centre Friends Cemetery. "Growing Memories" was my third book cover and also has paintings throughout the book. "Simple Gifts" was drawn for use at the United Society of Friends Women International 41st Triennial. This was used on all printed materials and a piece of pottery. Four paintings were created for a Bed and Breakfast in PA to be used on cards in 2010. A book mark was designed, painted and used as favors at the 2011 Spring Conference of USFW. More recently one of my snow scenes was used on the cover of a novel "Poet's Seat".
In February of 2009 I started a ministry of sharing my talent with the residents at the two Clapp's Nursing Homes in Pleasant Garden, NC. This ministry all started in 2002 when asked to share drawing to music at different groups and meetings. I draw for them in pastels to music, and they seem to love it. These drawing were donated each month and some are still seen in rooms. My husband helps me with the set up and music. We are also very proud of our two grown sons which are also very talented. I am very blessed to have the support and encouragement of my family and friends in this adventure.
I started my journey into Art at age 15, while studying under Arthur Maynard, an oil painter from Maine. Fast forward to a career at the Library of Congress, in Arts Copyright, where I co-directed the annual Art Exhibit for the LC Professional Association. Later, in Richmond, VA, Watercolor Society painter, Ellie Cox, mentored me, and I give her credit for most of what I know about Color, patience, and the love of painting landscapes. I hold a degree in Art Education, and still love teaching, when I can help artists & individuals explore their creative souls!
Before retiring, and moving to New Bern with my husband, Marty, I taught for 15 years at Charlotte Latin School. I also developed an afterschool & private art workshop business for rising 2nd grade-5th grade students, as well as private classes with older students. Currently, I schedule private to small group workshops in my home studio.
"As an artist, I love to discover beauty in the ordinary and the extraordinary....the serendipity of collage, the strength of abstract shapes, and the serenity of simple landscapes. My inspiration is drawn from the world around me."
New Bern has been the first place my husband and I have "chosen" to live. It's the small hometown I've yearned for since my youth. It's a thriving, artistic, nurturing place to be. I am also grateful my journey has led to Carolina Creations!
"Art washes away from the soul, the dust of everyday life." Pablo Picasso
“My work is a result of many choices made regarding the style of pottery I want to make, the materials I use to produce it, and the techniques employed to carry out the process. There are four particular elements that I use to make my work unique.
First, all forms are produced on the wheel from finest English grolleg porcelain. Once the pieces are finished off and dry, the glazing process begins. A base color is applied, then I spray each piece with an ash based glaze.
To add the final touch of color, each piece gets a splash of copper red glaze; an ancient oriental red glaze which demands constant attention during the firing to achieve the color.
Finally, all of the glazes are applied to raw clay and the pieces are then fired in a single firing process which takes approximately 16 – 18 hours. Applying the glaze directly to raw clay allows the glaze to penetrate the surface more thoroughly, and the process of single firing saves the energy of having to do several bisque firings for each kiln load. I understand that an artists’ reputation is staked upon the quality of there work, and I strive in many ways to maintain a high level.
I sincerely hope that the end product is a piece worthy of your enjoyment for years to come, and that you will look for my work in the future!”
"During the day I teach physics and chemistry, and on the weekends and evenings I work as a potter. I love turning and glazing! I began throwing pots as a hobby in the 1980's and after raising three beautiful girls, I returned to the wheel. Making beautiful glazes and forms requires a love of chemistry and physics, which has always played a major role in my professional life. I have always found the joining of science and art that is inherent in pottery to be appealing."
I live in a small farming town in Coastal, N.C. with my husband, dachshund and cat. I have wanted to try my hand at some sort of art, ever since I was in my early twenties, but without any formal education in the arts, it didn’t seem like that would be in the cards for me. Life, at the time, was bigger than my aspirations, so while I was busy raising a family and working, everything else was put aside. After taking a few classes, here and there, and dabbling with a few different mediums, my interests kept steering me back to one art form…glass. I recently retired and am finally able to pursue this passion I’ve had. It's never too late to go after your dreams!! I hope you enjoy!!
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.
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.
Les Pendleton lives with his wife, Susanne, in historic New Bern, North Carolina. His writing style conveys the influence of his career in motion pictures. Many people share their impression that reading his novels feels as if they are watching the characters come to life on the silver screen. Actual locations in coastal North Carolina are featured in many of his books. His writing spans a wide array of genres from action adventure, romance, historical fiction, suspense-filled mysteries and autobiographies. Les spends every free moment with his family and friends sailing in Pamlico Sound and the Atlantic Coast.
Ray Pottery is handcrafted in historic Seagrove, NC where our family has been throwing pottery since the late 1700’s. It is made by the husband and wife team of Paul and Evelyn Ray along with the help of highly skilled local craftsmen. Our goal is to enhance the celebration of daily life and enrich its simple joys. There is an intimate connection between human hands when we use pottery, a shared moment that often seems increasingly absent in our lives.
Our pottery is designed to be used in the oven, microwave, and dishwasher. Each piece is finished with a beautiful lead-free glaze. When baking, always start in a cool oven. Never, ever put over an open flame or on the stove top.
Kathy Rivera fell into the art world by chance, in search of a creative diversion after 33 years of running her own business. After receiving a copy of Watercolor Magazine from her sister for Christmas, she fell in love with the work of a featured artist. Shortly after Christmas, by happenstance Kathy walked into Crossroads and saw that artist, Sue Stuller, and discovered she offered watercolor classes. “That was the beginning of me studying under Sue Stuller and I took her class for a couple of years until I was in a car accident and could not lean over. I started using acrylic at an easel but then I found Chuck Larivey doing oil demos at Crossroads and I never looked back.”
After asking several times, Kathy finally convinced Chuck to teach oil paint-along classes now called Swimming-in-Paint (SIP). “So, I’ve been with him from the very beginning when he first started teaching. Now years later, I teach and have students with their own show at Crossroads! You really feel like your little birds are spreading their wings, it gives you such a good feeling.”
In life and with painting, Kathy prefers variety. Most recently she has shifted her focus to painting en plein air, particularly at the beach. “Every morning at the beach is totally different. You learn how to paint the atmosphere and light.” While Kathy often prefers more detailed work, she has learned to embrace the freedom and spontaneity of painting en plein air. “I think every artist needs to get out there and paint from life. You learn so much about light and see more in life than what you capture with a photo.”
For Kathy, the possibilities are endless when an idea pops into her head. “I get something stuck in my head, like with my painting Chincoteague Crossing. My husband said it was the most impressive painting I ever made…but also the most expensive.” Once the idea emerged to paint the famous annual Chincoteague Island Pony Swim, Kathy knew she would need references from life which entailed housing accommodations and boat repairs. “Chuck always says, ‘you never make it easy do you!’”
Not one to back down from a challenge, either with business or painting, Kathy says the key to her success is being fearless. “A lot of my students are afraid of making a mistake and I say, you just need to be fearless and make your mark!”
Kathy Rivera fell in love with oils in 2016 with Chuck Larivey as her mentor. She has no words to describe how she feels about the painting process. She just gets lost in the process of capturing the feeling of what she wants to portray. Whether it’s the excitement of horses running out of the waves, the serenity of still water, or the intimacy of an interior room, Kathy wants her viewers to feel a part of that mood. Sometimes she takes photographs to use as references to capture the light like the sun reflections on a table or streaming in the window. Other times, she has an idea in her head, like the horses running out of the ocean. She hopes she pulls the viewer along with her in the story she is painting.
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.
Painting in oil and acrylic, 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.
Melinda grew up in the Tidewater area of Virginia and was educated in Virginia and Massachusetts in psychology. After her schooling, Melinda lived in Richmond, Virginia where she met her husband, Guy, a native North Carolinian. She worked for 20 years as a psychotherapist in various settings and later as a psychology instructor and counselor at NC community colleges. She and her husband of 34 years live in Morehead City with their crazy 3-year-old "dog" cat, Median. Their faith in God is a cornerstone of their lives. In her spare time, Melinda enjoys crafts, puzzles, yoga, antiquing, and science fiction. In 2018, Melinda retired from full-time work, leaving more time to pursue creative outlets such as making Eden's Trees.
In many ways, the trees represent growth, life and the fullness that can be part of it. Melinda enjoys the fact that no two trees that she creates are exactly alike symbolic of the uniqueness that is within each of us.
The image of a tree seems to touch something deep within the human unconscious for trees have been an integral part of our world since the Garden.
Marvin started his career as a wood boat builder after many years as a cabinet maker. Marvin has built/restored nearly 80 boats and as a sailor, he appreciates functionality as much as the aesthetic. As a hobby, Marvin enjoys designing and building useful artistic pieces for the home.
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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While I am a native North Carolinian, from Durham, I have lived in Eastern North Carolina for almost 20 years now. I have loved calling New Bern home for several of those and am proud to be an active member of our thriving arts community. I have always loved creating and was lucky to have parents that encouraged me to follow my dreams, including supporting me when I chose to go to art school instead of a more traditional college. I graduated in 1992 with a Bachelors in Fine Arts from the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, DC, and have been a gallery shown painter ever since.
Almost all of my paintings, both watercolor and acrylic, come from photos that I take. The photography is part of the creative process; sometimes I can spend almost as much time working on the photo as I can on the painting. Many of my followers will see a photo that I share and respond as to "what a lovely painting that will make!" The odd thing is, not all wonderful photos will make for a good painting, and not all wonderful paintings come from good photos.
I am attracted to contrast and explosive color. My paintings have a way of capturing "more" than what the eye sees. That is a function of art itself, though! Being that I am drawn by that contrast and color, though, I am having a joyous time with my current subject matter, Monarch butterflies. They are one of nature's own amazing creations of art.
In the Winter, I built a greenhouse behind the building that my girlfriend, Julie Rowe, and I share for our respective offices. I grew lots of milkweed from seed, and this Summer a Monarch or two found it, and we have been collecting caterpillars ever since. Watching them metamorphosis from crawling around to flying away has been truly magical, and my camera, of course, has been filling up with countless images along the way.
I'm happy that I am able to invite you along to be a part of their journey through the pieces that I have created, and am thankful for the opportunity that Carolina Creations has given me to share them with you.
A local class, taken years ago, in lost wax casting sparked my interest in making jewelry out of silver. Over the years I've expanded that interest into various forms of jewelry creation, including bead stitching and glass bead making. However, my first love of working with silver was renewed several years ago when I took a silversmithing workshop at the Goderich, Ontario Celtic College. I have since studied with many wonderful metalsmiths, and I enjoy creating with silver, copper and brass, often mixing my metals together in a piece.
After living and working in the northern woods of Michigan, and sailing on the Great Lakes, we sailed south, enjoying the beauty of the Florida Keys and the Bahamas. We explored the East Coast and returned to land again near the ocean and marshes of North Carolina.
Now retired from teaching, I am devoting more time to creating my jewelry. I have always been inspired by nature, particularly trees and water. The rich blues and greens of the woods and lakes, the bright turquoise of the tropical seas, and the vivid colors of stones and shells all inspire my work. I like to incorporate these colors, as well as objects from the sea and earth, into my designs and creations.
My signature collection, often featuring 24k gold accents and semi precious gemstones, is inspired by designs from the art nouveau style. I find myself drawn again and again to architecture, jewelry and colors from the era when art nouveau was popular.
Hayden Wilson grew up in the Mountains of Western North Carolina. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in sculpture from the University of North Carolina at Asheville.
As a second generation glass maker, he has been around glass his entire life, but working professionally as a glass blower and caster for the past six years.
He has been an assistant instructor in the glass studio at Penland School of Craft, in Penland, North Carolina and also at Pilchuck Glass School in Washington state. Hayden has also worked Jackson County Green Energy Park building equipment, teaching glass and metal foundry classes.
Hayden has also worked at Jackson County Green Energy Park, and for the last 5 years served as Asheville Glass Center shop manager building equipment, as well as teaching glass classes. He currently creates his work as well as serving as Studio Manager at North Carolina Glass Center, a non-profit, public access educational glass facility.
Lori finds much inspiration in nature; kayaking, camping, and hiking are passions of hers, and she uses these to further her love for jewelry making. Lori loves to travel, and her love of the Southwest can be seen in her channel inlay work, a staple for native American jewelers . Lori cuts, polishes, and grinds the stones she uses, as well as cutting silver, copper, brass, and other precious stones to fit her designs. Lori creates her jewelry in her Hinesburg, Vermont studio and also spends part of her year in Oriental, North Carolina where she has a studio overlooking the Neuse River.