I first began sewing when I was 6 years old. My mother taught me how to make clothes for my Barbie dolls and I was hooked! I continued sewing through my school years, designing most of my wardrobe clothes, evening gowns and eventually my wedding gown. After college came family and career – no time for additional hobbies. Years passed and now my husband and I are happily retired from the corporate world and living in our dream home here in the north Georgia mountains. Once again I have time to pursue my love of the art.
Having been drawn to all things “art” from a very young age, Jennifer pursued those interests, in a variety of mediums. Her high school art program was incredibly diversified, well funded and was overseen by (in my opinion) a fantastic teacher. Studies included clay (hand building and wheel work), jewelry making with the lost wax casting technique, weaving on a gigantic loom, batik, screen printing, wire sculpting and more.
As a little girl I believed my dolls came to life at night and I searched my grandma's rose garden for the entrance to fairyland. I loved to make "houses" from Queen Ann's lace, ferns and grasses. I started collecting antique dolls about the time my boys left home, which led me to reading doll magazines.
Born in Tampa, FL. Loves to Be Creative: previously made high-fired porcelain pottery; at the current time, uses the skills of lapidary and silverwork to transform natural stones and sterling silver into bracelets, rings, pendants, necklaces, boxes, earrings and something new every week.
I am self-taught in leather craft, having become interested in the art after a school project in which I made a leather bound book. I love making journals and organizers, but have branched out from that first foray into leather craft.
I took a class at the John C. Campbell Folks School. The class was a watercolor class for beginners. I quickly realized that I had found a special medium that suited me perfectly. I continued with weekly classes with the teacher at her studio. Several years later I had the opportunity to teach at a local art studio and have been teaching classes on a weekly basis to students, church groups and one on one individuals.
I started taking oil painting lessons when I was in the 5th grade. I think Mom got tired of me drawing on the walls! Art class was my favorite class and all my teachers were great. I got picked to go to an art camp when I was in high school, where I got to try all types of art.
I am a potter because my soul has the need to create and my hands need to connect with natural materials for extended periods of time. I grew up on a farm and usually had my hands in dirt. My sisters and I made play dishes from the slick white mud that was in the ditches of our dirt roads. Much of my adult life involved starting and developing businesses that mostly revolved around using my hands: florist shop, catering, landscaping, seasonal decorating, faux painting, tiling, scrapbooking, etc.
I have always been intrigued by the softness exhibited in a watercolor painting. This interest led me to a beginner watercolor class in 2008 and I have been enjoying this magical medium ever since. My paintings and style have become an expression of how I see God's beautiful creations whether they are the mountains, trees, flowers or animals.
I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t drawing or painting. Focusing in on a degree in education, I chose art as my major. This inspired and allowed me to formally develop experience in drawing, painting, and sculpture. My love and appreciation for art continued to grow.
Sharol knew she enjoyed art from the fifth grade. During her thirties, she took her first official art class at the Washington Art Association. There, she took several classes, always preferring to experience new mediums. She won several first, second, third and honorable mention ribbons in the Washington Art Association’s yearly art contests. She has also taken ceramic classes and Ukrainian egg decorating.
Joyce shares her enthusiasm for watercolor painting with students. Her beginner watercolor series are held at ArtWorks, Blue Ridge Art Center, and Helen Art & Heritage Center. Joyce encourages students to be bold and fearless as mistakes can usually be fixed. Joyce demonstrates tips to control watercolor but also how to allow watercolor to flow on paper for beautiful and spontaneous results.
Charles F. Larsen, B.F.A. , M.B.A. has been making award winning paintings for almost 50 years, while working full time for 30 years as a top bilingual oceanfront condo manager in MiamI Beach and Coral Gables, Florida. He retired from management and now paints full time in his Marble art studio, located in the Nantahala Natl. Forest.
I have had a love of paper, paints, and pens since I was a little girl. Over the years I have continued my creative exploration in Art journals, altered books, artist trading cards, zentangles, and abstract painting. I find beauty in textures which takes me to my love of mixed media. I don’t feel the need to create under conventional norms but to create art that resonates with me.
Ann Thompson, who is a Signature member of the Georgia Watercolor Society and a resident of Hiawassee, began oil painting in Germany more than 45 years ago. After traveling the world with her Air Force husband, raising a family and being a “Sunday painter” for many years, she returned to her mountain roots with a compelling desire to focus on her painting and grow as an artist.
I am a self-taught artist; however I have taken art classes at TCCC and others locally. My mentor encouraged my artistic abilities causing me to believe in myself more. I painted an occasional painting during the years that I was rearing my children, in my later years I paint frequently in both water color and oil all of God's beautiful creations.
Joseph Alesnik is a well-known photographer in the Bahama Islands. He has been capturing the majestic beauty of the Bahamian sloops for almost 20 years. His pictures have appeared in the Nassau Guardian and the Exuma Island Breeze newspapers.
Jim has had an interest in photography since he got his first 35 mm camera when he was in college. Originally from Chicago, Jim now enjoys hiking and exploring here in the Smoky Mountains, and he travels extensively throughout the country. Jim’s emphasis is landscapes and nature.
As an artist I enjoy creating images that allow my viewers to see a glimpse of the past while creating a connection to changes in time and progress. At times I like to mix vintage images of the past with a hint of anachronism that represent the changes time makes on life.
My love of nature and wildlife is evident in my subjects I chose to photograph. I will spend hours sitting and observing wildlife to understand their behaviors. Once you learn the behaviors of the animal you want to photograph you have a much better chance of photographing them acting naturally.
Deborah Larsen grew up on Long Island in New York State. She received her first camera on her 8th birthday, nearly 60 years ago. She immediately began taking photographs, and hasn’t stopped since! Deborah studied art and photography at North Country Community College in the Adirondack Mountains of New York, receiving an Associate in Arts degree.
My main focus is landscape photography and also vintage subjects such as old trucks, barns, and bicycles. I use interesting processes and textures in my work and clients often think my images look like paintings when seen at art fairs and shows.
My name is Zach Kilmer, I am a local musician and instructor that has been playing music for over 20 years. During my musical journey, along with the 6 string guitar, I have picked up the bass, mandolin, dobro and recently the pedal steel guitar.