Sunday, September 30, 2012

Beth Bale "Teamwork" 9-30-12

Beth Bale
Watercolor, framed

Let's take a lesson here!

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Andrea Stark "Baby Hats"

 “Baby Hats"
Andrea Stark
100% Recycled Cotton, Knitted
Allison Stark is one of the 3 Bag Ladies -- three generations of bag-loving, thrift-shop-haunting fiber artists in one family.  It must be in their genes.  At least that's what they like to think!  The Bag ladies are Jane Talbot, her daughter Andrea Stark, and granddaughter Jessi.  Not only do they love all kinds of bags and containers, they really like coming up with their own unique takes on the question  "what can I put in that?"  How would you answer the question, or the similar "who would you put in that"?  Although as you can see, this picture is not one, there are also bags at the Joyful Jewel by the 3 Bag Ladies!

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Tift Merritt 9-26-12

 Big News! The Joyful Jewel is proud to announce that it is one of the few places in North Carolina chosen to preview Tift Merritt’s new CD and sell advance copies. Traveling Alone features such songs as ‘To Myself’ and ‘Sweet Spot’. According to the Wall Street Journal, Tift Merritt works in the tradition of Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen. Our copies won’t last long so come on in!

By the way, can you guess whose legs were being painted at our Anniversary Party? 


Monday, September 24, 2012

On a Monday

So, just when it seemed we might catch our breath after all the excitement of our anniversary celebration, here comes Gerald Dukes with a cd of FABULOUS photographs! Of course, he is masterful, so no surprise he has really captured the joy and poignancy in the air that weekend. Thank, dear Gerald. I am posting a few here and more on the website.

On a Monday,



Sunday, September 23, 2012

Sandy Roberts "Bring Yourself" 9-22-12

“Bring Yourself”
Sandy Roberts
handbound book
A beautiful little book, each page a gem of truth and isnpriation.  Poems by Sandy Roberts, paintings by Judith Smith.  - a poetic approach to deepening your yoga postures.  For instance on a page illustrating the Cobra posture: Bless the earth with belly and breast."

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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Marty Broda "Creative Birthing" 9-23-12

 “Creative Birthing”
Marty Broda
Wood and Mixed Media

A Gaia Stick, a spirit stick, is a nature totem combining all the energies of what decorate it.  Mother Earth's gifts: animals & birds, colors, crystals, shells, trees and metals contribute their energy and magic.  Each stick is unique with its own meaning and symbolism.

What does it do?
- connects one to nature.
- is a tool for prayer, meditation & ritual.
- contributes beauty & meaning to altars
- is a symbol of life: challenge, growth, hope, passage, personality or transformation. Ex. A crone's staff as a 50th birthday gift.
- is a good luck piece.
- is a group peace maker; only the stick holder talks.
- is art to decorate personal & sacred space.

                                                                             ~ Marty Broda

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Friday, September 21, 2012

Sheila Fleming "Imagine" Altered Altar 9-21-22

Sheila Fleming
"Imagine" Altered Altar 
Mixed Media
A beautiful little altar created in miniature in a recycled Altoid box.  Inside are Blessings, a sweet angel, and a "match box" of inspiring sayings.  Each saying and the altar box itself are magnetic to attach to your refrigerator or file cabinet.  You can pick a saying to display each day or keep one that reminds you of an affirmation or potential.   
You have not danced so badly, 
My dear, trying to kiss the Beautiful One.
You have actually waltzed
with tremendous style,
Oh my sweet, Oh my sweet,
crushed angel.

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

DG Chandler & Mariah Wheeler Bracelets 9-20-12

“A Sampling of Bracelets”
DG Chandler & Mariah Wheeler Collaboration
Dichroic Fused Glass & Sterling Silver"
$55 each
We started making these bracelets in response the Jewelry Challenge which was to make something wild and original, and different that what we usually make.  After we chose the design concept, we combined our talents to create the bracelets. It took a bit of playing with copper wire to get the lengths and layout figured out. Then we were ready to try it with the silver wire and the glass pieces.    DG made jigs so we could make the spiral curves smoothly and consistently.  He did all of the silver soldering and polishing.  Mariah cut the wires, formed the spirals and made the dichroic glass pieces as well as the final assembly.  After this we designed rings in a similar design.  Both the bracelets and the rings are adjustable to the wearer's size.                         Mariah Wheeler & DG Chandler

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Debra Burger 9-19-12

“Glass Flower Necklace”
Debra Burger
metal wire mesh, beads and blown glass

A beautiful flirty necklace designed and created by Debra Burger, one of our new artists.

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Monday, September 17, 2012

On a Monday


Our Second Anniversary Celebration was
Even though the spelling of that was probably quite atrocious...........
    Thanks to all our wonderful patrons      and exceptional artists who partied all weekend, our event was successful way beyond our imagining.........and our imagining is very good!!!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Julia Kennedy "7 Years of Paint" 9-14-12

 “The Cape in Summer - 7 Years of Paint”
Julia Kennedy
Oil paint on T-Shirt!  12" x 10"
Julia says that so many people wanted to buy the t-shirt she had been painting in for seven years that even though it was her favorite, when the time came that it had too many tears that she cut it up and framed the pieces.  I think she is keeping some of this shirt for herself even though there are three framed pieces at the Joyful Jewel.

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Carolyn Levy "3-Piece Lantern" 9-13-12

“Three-Piece Lantern”
Carolyn Levy
Ceramic, 9" x 14"
New artist, Potter Carolyn Levy, brought this fabulous lantern in among her bird house ornaments, a large rambling turtle and several wall pieces.  They are displayed in the new Gaia's Garden room.

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