Friday, November 30, 2012

Shelia Fleming "Candlestick Bracelet Stand" 11-30-12

Candlestick Bracelet Stand
Sheila Fleming
Brass, vintage cut glass door knob

           Makes a unique piece of reflective bling for your mantel!  As usual, Sheila has manifested her creative spirit by using found materials in unusual ways that no one else would think of!  This is a much more fun way to hold bracelets than the pile of bracelets I have at home, showcasing the beauty of the piece itself as well as the bracelets.   ~ Mariah Wheeler

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Melissa Krueger "Terrarium" 11-30-12

Melissa Krueger
Glass with Live Plants


          This beautiful terrarium was created by landscape artist Melissa Krueger is an elegant display of lushness!  What a great centerpiece it would make to any room.  It would also make a great gift for someone who misses their outdoor garden or who would love to have more greenery inside.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Mariah Wheeler - Multi-Faced Crystal 11-28-12

  "Multi-Faceted Crystal"
Mariah Wheeler
2" x 3" Precosia Crystal with Beaded Hanger

          This is one of the larger crystals which Mariah has beaded for hanging.  Because this one has so many facets it will shine many colors in a wide array of prisms when put in a sunny window.  Hanging, it will swing and really dazzle!

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Janet Place "Polymer Clay Earrings" 11-27-12

"Polymer Clay Earrings"
Janet Place
Polymer Clay & Copper
          Janet Place, who is also a fabulous musician with cds here from her group The Great Big Gone, also makes these fun earrings.  This pair of earrings has polymer clay of various colors swirled in a fun design, and then mounted on a copper rectangle.

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Lyn Sims "Knitted Vest"

"Knitted Vest"
Lyn Sims

          A bargain for the price, this checkerboard of colorful knit with beautiful buttons is done in Lyn's flawless stitch.  Lyn takes pride in her work as well she should, using only the finest of yarns and findings to fit and drape.

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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Linda McWilliams "Stained Glass Lamp"

"Stained Glass Lamp"
Tiffany-Style Lamp Shade, Glass
$39 (lamp shade only)

          New artist with us, Linda McWilliams makes beautiful lamp shades and her husband makes wooden bases although this one has a commercial  base because he didn't have any yet to bring in.  Also from Linda are really cute Christmas ornaments - Santas, angels, bells, etc.  All of Linda's designs are her own, never from patterns or kits.  More to come . . .

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Debbie Englund - Bird House 11-21-12

Bird House
Debbie Englund
Ceramic, ~ 6" diameter

          When Debbie brought these fun-shaped bird houses in, I laughed seeing them as the perfect complement to her full-of-personality Face Mugs!  Each has a way of drawing you in and several great places for the bird to perch and sing.  I particularly like this bird house with a crooked "smile" and "winking eye."  Let's get one to mount near the window where we drink our morning ugly-mug cup of coffee ;)        
 ~ Mariah Wheeler

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Lyn Sims "Felted Hat" 11-20-12

Raspberry Hat
Lyn Sims
Felted Wool with Button

          A little more than a week left of Lyn Sim's featured month of "Comfort & Joy."  This hat seems to especially embody that sentiment.  The color is absolutely luscious and the shape so becoming and stylish!  There is only one of these felted hats and it matches perfectly the beautiful shawl it is displayed with.  I strongly suggest that if you love it, get it now -- before I do!       ~ Mariah Wheeler

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Monday, November 19, 2012

On a Monday 11-19-12

                    It's closing time.

The sun and it's setting are finished for the day.
All the shoppers have gone away.
Shuga and I are leaving the store.
It's been wonderful, but no time for more.

As we leave, the lights on the little white tree will tell the town that Beauty is settling in for the night. Some evening, give yourself a treat and drive by the Jewel in the dark to see the sweet tree.

Of course, come back in the day to share this place called Joyful!

On a Monday, sharon

Sunday, November 18, 2012

2013 Calendar 11-18-12

Cover Photo of Joyful Jewel's 2013 Calendar
Rita Baldwin's "Snowdrift"
Spiral Bound, each month features a different artist's painting or photography

January - Emma Skurnick's "Bald Eagle"

February - Florence Johnson's" Ikebana on Paper IV"

March - Kate Ladd's "Blue Door"

April - Sharon Blessum's "Evening on the Haw"

May - Vangi Cathcart's "Lillies from My Garden"

June - Sarah McTeer Ogburn - "Nightshade in Mrs. McGregor's Garden"

July - Julia Kennedy's "Winged"

August - Shannon Bueker's "Belgians"

September - Beth Bale's "Tree Cats"

October - Forrest Greenslade's "Perfect Morning fer Catchin' Crawdads"

November - Nancy L. Smith's "Ninja Chicken"

December - Gerald Duke's "Winter 2010"

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Saturday, November 17, 2012

7 Sisters photo by Gerald Dukes 11-17-12

 "The Seven Sisters"
Photograph by Gerald Dukes

   Join the fabulous Seven Sisters for a party and unveiling of their wondrous and varied arts this evening 7 - 10pm at the Joyful Jewel.  The Sisters include Andrea Synder - encaustic wax & mixed media paintings, Sheila Fleming - altar boxes and fun jewelry, Roxanne Hollander - upcycled clothing in distinctive styles, Janice Rieves - ceramic mandalas and lamps, Amy Durso - Wooden Woodburned Runes and Beeswax Candles, Brooksie Edwards - fused glass trays & jewelry + Fortune Boxes, and Andrea Batsche - TransforaTees tote bags and upcycled clothing for all size women.  Refreshments and fun!

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Emma Skurnick "Awl Blossom" 11-15-12

"Awl Blossom"
Emma Skurnick
Colored Pencil,  11" x 13" Framed

          Emma Skurnick inherited her grandfather's hand tools, and, for her, painting them is a way of honoring the love he had for the tools.  It seems that Emma often likes to accentuate opposites and complements in her work.  In this exquisitely-rendered painting, she said that she was thinking about the combinations of:  flower and tool, of hard and soft, of old & new, of organic & machine.  If you, too, love tools, you can see several more paintings of her grandfather's tools at the Joyful Jewel or at Emma's studio during the Chatham Studio Tour this December.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

John Makowski "Galloway Cow" 11-13-12

"Galloway Cow"
John Makowski
Ceramic, 29 1/2" x 26 3/4", framed
          It seems to me that the Muse speaks loudest in the places we are the most at peace.  Surely John Makowski loves this scene near where he lives, and he has captured the landscape and soft spirit of grazing in the lea.  Of course this is one of those very special cows, a Belted Galloway, otherwise known as the striped cow or an Oreo cow.  I look for these striking animals myself to and 'fro from work as I drive down 15-501.  Delicately pictured with John's own mixture of glaze on clay, it's a sweet reminder to me of green pastures and leisurely comfort.                               ~ Mariah Wheeler

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Monday, November 12, 2012

On a Monday 11-12-12

It's here! It's here!
Featuring Shuga, our Ms Pittsboro, in many scenes about town... story poem about seeking her Inner Artist

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Pam Epperson "Bluebird Bowl" 11-10-12

Bluebird Bowl
Pam Epperson
Ceramic, approx 6 diameter with fluted rim

           This lovely cheerful painted bluebird would be to fun to find at the bottom of your morning cereal bowl.  Pam has mugs and a even a vase for the center of your breakfast table as well.  Further decorating with Pam's pottery, you can enjoy the company of a very sweet bunny planter and some owl magnets.

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Friday, November 9, 2012

Eli Davis "Woodburned Cedar Planter" 11-9-12

"Woodburned Cedar Planter with Live Plant"
by Eli Davis
 ~ 12" x 12" Cube
           Eli Davis, brand new artist at the Joyful Jewel, just today brought in several of these cedar wood planters, each with live plants by landscaper Melissa Krueger.  This one has a beautiful flower design burned on the top and sturdy cedar sides.  Eli, a Pittsboro carpenter, uses wood found locally, often old barn wood.  He says he uses the cedar "because I love the purple in the cedar and think it really gives it a unique look."  These planters are a wonderful addition to Gaia's Garden at the Joyful Jewel and would certainly be wonderful in your own home.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Marrianna Osolin-Putnam "Interiors I & II" 11-7-12

"Interiors I & II"
Marrianna Osolin-Putnam
Acrylic, 20" x 20"
$200 each or $300 for Both

          I find that Marrianna's bright prime colors are so cheerful they make me smile.  There is a lot of juicy detail in these two pictures of domestic delight.  I couldn't make sit side by side on this blog page, but they really do show beautifully together.  These are some of the few paintings we have of truly local scenes (from her own home!) as Marrianna's world-wide travels provide her with much inspiration and an obvious appreciation for diversity of many types.  I invite you to take a look at her page on the Joyful Jewel website to see just what I mean.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

WOW! 11-6-12

Gerald O Dukes shows up at many Joyful Jewel events and takes fabulous, fabulous pictures. In fact, both Mariah and Sharon have had him take family photographs, and another of our artists had him do a photo shoot of her creations. He's easy to work with, brings out the best in people, and really does a superb job. Look what he did with our outrageously fun Fashion Show!

Monday, November 5, 2012

On a Monday 11-5-12



       MORE    TOMORROW!