Karen Banker

Member since 2015

Working from a secluded studio on five acres of wooded land in a rural hamlet near the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina, Banker is known for her large, vibrant abstract works that evoke emotions and tug at the core of one’s soul. Her work elicits tension and movement with critics describing her work as “powerful, intense, and thought provoking”.

Influenced by 20th century abstract expressionists including Mark Rothko and Robert Motherwell, Banker’s paintings have been exhibited in galleries and major art shows in New York City, Miami, Charlotte, Rochester, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Paris, France, and Lisbon, Portugal among other major cities.

States the artist, “I am passionate about the existence and mystery of the human soul and our life long journey back to true self. My work is about awareness, self-discovery, and our journeys inward. It is about the layers that lie beneath our physical exteriors, beneath the surface of conversations, thoughts and ideas.”

Nicholas Baxter

Member since 2014

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Grant Beam

Member Since 2016

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Susan Bell

Member since 2016

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Terry Bledsoe

Member Since 2016

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Zalene Brant

Member since 2016
As a child Zalene Brant always loved to play outdoors. Into her preteen years, nature and the outdoors became an escape. Now as a young adult she still uses nature to escape through artwork. Throughout her life she has had many low points. Nothing has ever comes easy and there is always a price to pay for everything. If she takes the time to look at what she has been through it has only made her stronger in a way that the high points never could. She hit rock bottom and shortly after she found herself reaching new heights that were not even a conceivable thought before. She has found that there is reason for everything that happens in life and the only way to understand is to stop looking and start seeing.

On a regular basis Zalene explores new places; finding that nature is not just in the woods but all around in new and different ways than traditionally thought. Through this series of experimental Surrealist paintings, Brant use acrylic paint with mixed mediums to express her thoughts and feelings for people that cannot be explained in another way.

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Cindy Burroughs

Member since 2016
Cindy Burroughs was born and raised in the South and currently resides in McConnells, SC where she maintains a working studio.
Over the years Burroughs has won many awards, and her work resides in both public and private collections. Throughout her thirty-five years painting, she has attended numerous art classes and workshops to study with artists from around the country, including: Robert Mills, Barbara Nechis, Carrie Brown, Ruth Ogle, Carol Barnes, Maxine Masterfield, Alex Powers, Guy Lipscomb and Jane Schoenfeld.
Her most recent experiences are plein air painting with Master Pastelist Paul Murray, M-PSA in Taos, NM, at the Taos School of Art, and studying encaustic painting with artist Lisa Pressman at Penland School of Crafts.
Burroughs’ work ranges from representational to nonrepresentational. Predominately a mixed media artist, she often combines watercolor, acrylic and pastel paints within a single painting. Many of her paintings include collage elements in which she incorporates such materials as hand painted papers, foil, gold leaf, modeling paste and sand to achieve desired effects.
Like most artists, Cindy enjoys the opportunity to grow in her work by learning from other artists; and as a result of this exposure she has become a diverse artist, accomplished in varied media and techniques.

Cathy Caron

Member since 2016

Cathy Caron was born and raised in a small city in upstate Northern New York, 28 miles from the Canadian border.  As a child, she would put together material of all colors and dance around with a light heart.  She always desired that someone would take notice and encourage her ability to use colors.  As she developed she was able to satisfy her need to be creative with paint using a product called “Artex,” producing colorful designs on wall hangings, tableclothes and fabric purses.  As her children grew, she would be creative by utilizing “Papier Mache” in designing their Halloween costumes and also color and design in making special birthday cakes for them.  Upon taking a University class in design, she painted a large wall mural on the 3rd floor of the Myers Fine Art Bldg. at Plattsburgh State University of NY, where it remained visible for over 10 years.   Throughout her time in NY she took several watercolor workshops with various local watercolorist:  Roger Taft, Claire Hoag-Reid and Ann Pembers.


For many years, while bringing up her children, serious art making was put on the back burner.  It wasn’t until she retired and moved to North Carolina that she became focused on her art.  After attaining a studio and working in it for about a year she decided to go back to college part time and obtain an Associates in Fine Arts degree.   During the five years it took her at Gaston College, she was able to build up a diverse body of work in each area of medium.  While many artists focus on the theme running through their artwork, Cathy does not limit her creativity.  She focuses on the medium, in which, she is working and draws from her inner self to achieve self-expression.

 

Jacquline Dunford

Member since 2012
Jackie’s art includes a wide variety of themes and she always strives to tell a story. She is continually experimenting and has a passion for tools, often using the same ones for encaustic paintings and clay. Jackie’s inspiration comes from life events, nature, movies and friends.

Ty Hobson

Member since 2016

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Liz McKay

Member since 2014
I began painting at the age of 13 when my parents gave me a set of oil paints for Christmas.  My first commissioned work was completed when I was 16 – a landscape for a family friend.  I studied art at Winthrop University, graduating in 1985.  It was during my time at Winthrop that I transitioned from painting on canvas to painting solely on paper.  Over the years since, this shift to creating on paper has evolved into a love affair of creating with paper.  My works include paper & gemstone jewelry, paper sculpture and paintings on paper.
It is not my nature to quantify my inspiration but, if I’m pressed to provide a description, I’d have to say that my work draws heavily from things old, neglected and forgotten.  I gravitate toward abandoned spaces, drawn to the whisper of memories that linger within their boundaries.  My jewelry has a very organic, primitive aesthetic; my paintings are abstractions of the rusty micro environments you find in junkyards, and my sculptures resonate with the echoes of ancestor worship.  Perhaps my work reflects those whispers, or a need to discover some lost answer to the larger questions of life?  You decide.

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Allison Mattox-King

Member since 2014

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Stacey Pilkington-Smith

Owner – Member since 2012

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Jason Reynolds

Member since 2013

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Ann Rudd

Member since 2016

I generally paint moods. My aim is to create expressive artwork that conveys the calmness of quiet contemplation and introspection, the peacefulness of being still in the moment. In a world that is surging with activity, effort and angst, my paintings can be a reminder of the quiet times that are available to all of us.

 

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Sarah Soden

Member since 2014
My name is Sarah, and I have been making handmade soap for years. As more and more of my friends and family discovered the unique experience of using handmade bath products, they encouraged me to sell my products to others so they could enjoy that same experience.

I discovered the benefits of using handmade soaps out of a need for products that would be better for skin. I tend to get breakouts, and several family members are very sensitive to detergents and fragrances. I also have family members with older skin that were looking for products that would moisturize and nourish instead of drying them out.

By using natural ingredients and essential oils, I have been able to develop recipes that are great for many different skin types. I have been able to make everyone in my family happy and improve the condition of their skin. You really don’t know what handmade soaps can do for your skin until you try them. Once you do, you will never want another bar from the grocery store again!

I use natural essential oils and cosmetic grade fragrances, raw goat’s milk, local raw honey, and the best oils such as olive, palm, and coconut in order to ensure the quality of my products. I limit the amount of man-made fragrances, colorants, additives, and preservatives because those are often the things that irritate skin the most.

All products handmade in the USA.

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Jenna Webb

Member since 2014

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Robert Webb

Member since 2013

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