Monday, December 23, 2013

Debbie Englund - "An Amusing Pairing" at the Joyful Jewel 12-23-13

An Amusing Pairing - Face Mugs & Angels
by Debbie Englund

What fun Debbie Englund must have making her Face Mugs, perhapscaricatures
of loved ones!  She also makes sensuous shaped vases and these sweet angels.  Such variety in ceramics!

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Sunday, December 22, 2013

Roberta Kraitsik "Baby Booties" at the Joyful Jewel 12-22-12

Baby Booties
Roberta Kraitsik

It's time for warm sweet booties and hats for the baby in your life, and Robert Kraitsik has made these in many colors.  The hats, which are not in the picture are just as cute and well made as the booties the Roberta knits.

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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Orlan Johnson - Wood Working at the Joyful Jewel 12-21-13

Variations on Wood Work
Orlan Johnson

    Perfect gifts for Christmas, weddings or other occasions.  Orlan Johnson's exquisite wood work is finely formed with an incredibly smooth finish --  it is beautiful just to look at!  And, of course, can be useful too.  In this snapshot are interesting shaped vases, boxes with perfectly fitting lids, round trays of several sizes and cheese & cracker plates. 

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Kim Hawks "NC Beach" Tile/Coaster at the Joyful Jewel 12-19-13

NC Beach Tile/Coaster
Kim Hawks, photographer

This is just one of the NC scenes that Kim Hawks has captured stunningly.  The photos are on these coasters, on cheese plates, and framed or matted pieces.  I long for the beach and this dreamy powerful place -- we are so fortunate to have in our part of the world.

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Damiano, Epperson & Pelzels ornaments at the Joyful Jewel 12-18-13

A Magical Ornament Show!

The snowy tree is decorated with a variety of sweet, funny, beautiful, ornaments by Joyful Jewel artists.  This grouping includes a Christmas Tree by HP & Sandra Pelzel, a ceramic Heart by Pam Epperson and a Snowman Collage piece by Barbara Damiano.  In the background there are numerous very prismatic crystal hangings.  For nostalgia and joy to pass along for years to come.

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Shelia Fleming "Jewelry" and Brooksie Edwards "Fused Glass" at the Joyful Jewel 12-17-13

Jewelry and Fused Glass
by Sheila Fleming and Brooksie Edwards

Red is the color of the holiday season -- and also of passion and fun.  These two creations embody all of this!  My goodness who wouldn't feel sexy wearing Shelia Fleming's fabulous ruby red and silver earring baubles, and who could help but smile taking a piece of candy off the street-scape/Christmas ornament-bubbling scene on Brooksie Edwards' jaunty fused glass plate.  Let loose, have a little fun!

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Monday, December 16, 2013

Books by Local Authors at the Joyful Jewel 12-16-13

Variety of Books by Local Authors
at the Joyful Jewel

Any one of these books would be a perfect gift for the reading pleasure of someone in your life.  Topics just in this small selection include mystical novel, poetry, business success, spiritual biography, murder mystery, essay on death, a fabulous cookbook and an interpreted book of ancient poetry from France!  And . . . these are only A - J!

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Sunday, December 15, 2013

Forrest Greenslade "Get a Leg Up" at the Joyful Jewel 12-15-13

"Get a Leg Up"
Forrest Greenslade
Ceramic, Cement, Wire
23 1/4" x 7 1/2"
$50

Absolutely -- for the person on your list who you can't think of what to get, here is "Get a Leg Up" a 3D wall sculpture by Forrest Greenslade!  There is also one titled "Nose Around" for the budding sleuth in your life.

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Saturday, December 14, 2013

Friday, December 13, 2013

Tommy Edwards & Gene O'Neill Christmas cds at the Joyful Jewel 12-13-13

 Christmas Music cds by Tommy Edwards and Gene O'Neill
$15 each

Two great Christmas cds by local musicians are available at the Joyful Jewel.  These are completely different takes on some well known songs and each also has originals.  Tommy Edwards' is accomplished blue grass style and Gene O'Neill's are jazzy instrumentals -- the kind of music you never get tired of even if it is Christmas music!

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Andrea Batsche "Winte Hats" at the Joyful Jewel 12-12-13

"Winter Hats"
Andrea Batsche
$20 each

What could be more fun that these hats that Andrea Batsche made from warm cuddly sweaters!  Each one scrunches to fit perfectly and each is adorned with a special treat.  The green "roses" are made from recycled t-shirts and the embellishment on the cream-colored hat is a carved wooden button.  Be warm and be fashionable!

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Emma Skurnick - "Fox" at the Joyful Jewel 12/11/13

"Fox"
Emma Skurnick
Mixed Media Painting, 10" x 8", Print on Paper
$12

This "Fox" is a print made from a painting by botanical illustrator and amazing artist Emma Skurnick. I think she loves this one especially too as she used this image to represent her work on the Chatham Studio Tour.  Visit her at her studio this weekend and come any time to the Joyful Jewel to see this extraordinary work.  Emma  made this painting come alive and captured the essence of a particular fox.  Can't you just imagine this guy outside your window frolicking in the field or through the woods on a snowy winter day?

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Florence Johnson "Blue Winter" at the Joyful Jewel 12-10-13

"Blue Winter"
Florence Johnson
Watercolor on Canvas, 14" x 17", Framed Original
$90

Unlike many areas of the US, we don't have snow here in Pittsboro, but I do long for a day of peaceful snow quiet, sunshine to brighten everything and bring out the blue, and a day out in nature just walking.  Florence Johnson must know this kind of day as she painted it brilliantly!

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Monday, December 9, 2013

Sarah McTeer Ogburn "Saturday at the Park" at the Joyful Jewel

"Saturday at the Park"
Sarah McTeer Ogburn
Mixed Media on Canvas, 18" x 24" Original
$150

Sarah, where is this park?  "Saturday at the Park" by Sarah Mcteer-Ogburn makes me long for Saturday and time in a warm green place -- and a grand adventure!  I want to tag along with you as you make visible these fanciful delightful journeys.  Birds, fairies, talking rocks, dancing flowers and us.

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Sunday, December 8, 2013

Janet Place "Swirly Earrings" at the Joyful Jewel 12-8-13

"Swirly Earrings"
Janet Place
Polymer Clay, Silver Tone Findings, ~ 3/4" x 3/4"
$25

Janet Place makes beautiful jewelry out of polymer clay.  This pair of earrings has sparkly bits and swirly bits reminding me of the way water sparkles in a waterfall.  The colors are deep and mysterious.

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Saturday, December 7, 2013

Beth Bale - "Elephant III" at the Joyful Jewel 12-7-13

"Elephant III"
Beth Bale
6" x 6" Watercolor on Aquaboard, Original
$36

Beth Bale's elephants were the first thing I knew about her fabulous skill in painting with watercolors and acrylics.  It impressed me so much that I looked until I found her and invited her to have her work at the Joyful Jewel.  This new, sweet, small piece on aquaboard of a young elephant would have done the same -- totally wins my melting heart!

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Friday, December 6, 2013

Jerry Fowler "blue Mugs" at the Joyful Jewel 12-6-13

"Blue Mugs"
Jerry Fowler
Ceramic, Various sizes
$17 each

Jerry Fowler has new designs in blue mugs.  These are such a pretty blue with great handles and just the right size for a steaming mug of hot chocolate.  Take one to grandma, put one in your office and use one on Sunday during the 38 degree weather at the Pittsboro Christmas Parade!  You can also visit Jerry at his studio as this is his first year on the Chatham County Studio Tour -- this weekend and next.

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Elle - "Donut Hole Necklace" at the Joyful Jewel 12-5-13


"Doughnut Necklace"
Elle
Hand Painted Wood, Wire, Glass Pearl, Swarovski Crystal, Hung on Gold-Tone Omega NeckWire
$30

I need to let you know that I titled this piece by Laura Seymore, "Doughnut Necklace" but don't you think it's apt?  Inspires a trip to Phoenix Bakery, while wearing your most colorful turquoise and gold outfit, maybe with a red scarf!


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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Lisa Garber "Poinsetta Earrings" at the Joyful Jewel 12-4-13

"Poinsettia Earrings"
Lisa Garber
Sterling Silver Wire & Findings, Origami Paper, ~ 1" x 1"
$28


Perfect for this time of year, Lisa Garber of Senba Designs has designed poinsettia earrings with extended petals of sterling silver.  They also resemble tiny pinwheels formed with intricate origami folds. 

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Tamera Cooke "Star Mandala Ornament" at the Joyful Jewel 12-3-13

"Star Mandala Ornament"
Tamera Cooke
Steel and Paint with Copper Wire Hanger
$28

We have lots of ornaments at the Joyful Jewel, and this one by Tamera Cooke is one of my favorites.  She has sculpted steel to make a dimensional multi-pointed star.  She painted the steel  with an especially beautiful blue swirl layered-looking paint, and sealed it to preserve the color and prevent rust or wear.  Then she mounted and hung the ornament from a curly-q length of sturdy copper wire.  This Star will withstand weather for outside, and it will shine beautifully all year round.

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Monday, December 2, 2013

Susan G Luster "Queen Anne's Lace Clock" at the Joyful Jewel 12-2-13

"Queen Anne's Lace Clock"
Susan G Luster
Ceramic with Clock Mechanism, ~ 9" x 15"
$65

What time is it?  "It's my favorite time" - it goes something like that when gaining wisdom from Pooh.  These jaunty Queen Anne's Lace  flowers, on the clock made by Susan G. Luster, are certainly enjoying the day.  They are bopping around the clock!  I hope you are too.

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Sunday, December 1, 2013

Carolyn Levy - "Wall Box" at the Joyful Jewel 12-1-13

"Wall Box"
Carolyn Levy
~ 7" x 6", Ceramic
$55
  Truly one of the most captivating art pieces at the Joyful Jewel, is this hangable ceramic sculpture by Carolyn Levy, with the unassuming title, "Wall Box."  The first thing I noticed was the egg recessed and surrounded by "seeds" adding to the symbology of new beginnings.  Then the honey bee, essential for the seeds hovers along with it's honeycomb source of nourishment.  If it were up to me, I'd title this piece "Nourishing New Beginnings."  What would you call it?

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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Marty Broda "Maternal Harmony" at the Joyful Jewel 11-30-13

"Maternal Harmony"
Marty Broda
Wood, Mixed Media Hanging Sculpture, ~ 4" x 7"
$25

Hanging this powerful piece by Marty Broda, "Maternal Harmony" is sure to bring sweet and easy holidays to any home!  Beauty, spirit and purpose come together in all of Marty's Gaia Spirit Sticks.


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Friday, November 29, 2013

Barbara Thompson - "Red & Green Infant Dress" at the Joyful Jewel 11-29-13

Red and Green Infant Dress
Barbara Thompson
Washable Acrylic Hand Knit, Infant Size

Barbara Thompson has made the perfect infant's dress for those holiday photos.  Not only will the beautiful child be stylish and festive, but she will also be comfortable in this soft knit dress!  There is nothing to bind or get caught -- making the day easy for all involved. 

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Vangi Cathcart "Roses and Chickadee" at the Joyful Jewel 11-27-13

"Roses and Chickadee"
Vangi Cathcart
Watercolor Painting, 8" x 10" Matted, Original
$25

Soooo beautifully soft and dreamy, this lovely scene Vangi Cathcart painted of a chickadee singing to the roses.  These look like wild roses to me and ones that have just finished their prime blooming time.  If I stop for a minute, I think I can still smell them.  Can you?

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

HP Pelzel & Sandra Boyd Pelzel "Ceramic Rattle" at the Joyful Jewel 11-26-13

"Ceramic Rattle"
HP Pelzel & Sandra Boyd Pelzel
Ceramic Pod, ~ 6" x 2 3/4"
$20

Just the thing to have sitting on your desk, a ceramic rattle by HP & Sandra Pelzel!  When you need to remember the mirth, shake the rattle and do a little dance.  When you're feeling stressed shake the rattle fast and hard to let it all out.  When your sister comes in let her do the rattling reminding her that you used to play with her when she was a baby - by, what else, shaking her rattle.  And after she reminds you that you actually took the rattle away from her, you can say, "Yes but I am giving you this one now!"

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Monday, November 25, 2013

Forrest Greenslade - "Buttercup Breakfast" at the Joyful Jewel 11-25-13

"Buttercup Breakfast"
Forrest Greenslade
Acrylic on Board, 11" x 14", Original
$250

Looking for a little warmth on this cold cold day?  Forrest Greenslade remembers the fields of buttercups and how welcoming they are, a promise for next Spring of this other-kind of brightness.  Today our brightness comes from clear cold and even bluer skies.  This scene of a Belted Galloway feasting also reminds us of Thanksgiving and all we have to be thankful for - feast on!

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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Chelsea O'Connell - "Beetle Wing Earrings" at the Joyful Jewel 11-24-13

Chelsea O'Connell
Beetle Wing Earrings
~ 3" including brass chain
$24

What could be more hip and unusual than beetle wing earrings!  College student and budding scientist Chelsea O'Connell just loves insects.  These wings are real and sturdy and unbelievably colorful.  If ot for yourself, maybe the perfect gift for that punky daughter or grand daughter.  Show her that you know how to be as hip as she is!
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Friday, November 22, 2013

Orlan Johnson "Pepper Grinder" at the Joyful Jewel 11-22-13

"Pepper Grinder"
Orlan Johnson
~ 6" x 9" Hand Turned Wood with Pepper Grinding Mechanics
$69

The pepper grinders are my favorite of Orlan Johnson's wood work, and this one is exceptionally beautiful with the variety of woods and cherry colored (probably cherry wood) inserts and sensuous shape.  This would make a nice gift for the man in your life who loves pepper on everything.  Hmmmm, perhaps DG would like this!

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Bruce Saunders - "Heart Flower Mandala Necklace" at the Joyful Jewel 11-21-13



"Heart Flower Mandala Necklace"
Bruce Saunders
~ 1" x 1" original art framed by a heart mounting, and hung from a silver-tone chaine
$18

Beaming love!  That is what I see in this Heart Mandala necklace from Bruce Saunders.  Draw yourself into the center of The Heart by wearing this necklace against your heart, and let it shine forth to the universe.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Kim Hawks "Fig Time" at the Joyful Jewel 11-20-13

"Fig Time"
Kim Hawks
Photograph, 8"x 8" Matted
$15

Kim Hawks has photographed this trio of Figs in a way that makes it look like the most beautiful sill life painting I have every seen!  The figs are sooooo juicy and would be delicious I am certain, but in this case I just want to enjoy their physical beauty.  Thank goodness they have been preserved in this photograph.  Wonderful.


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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Andrea Batsche "Twisted T-Scarves" at the Joyful Jewel 11-19-13

"Twisted T Scarves"
Andrea Batsche
Made from upcycled old T-Shirts
$9 each
 Won't these two (or one) Twisted T Scarves that Andrea Batsche made from old t-shirts look good with your new Sweater? -- the one you'll need today for sure with this wind and cold.  The scrarves aren't quite as large as they look on the mannequin as it isn't full size.  They are long enough though to drape around twice, once close to your throat and ears and one loop hanging down the front in a fashionably chic way.

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Monday, November 18, 2013

Kate Ladd "Waterlilies in Autumn" at the Joyful Jewel 11-18-13

"Waterlilies in Autumn"
Kate Ladd
Acrylic on Canvas, 20" x 20", Original
$225

Oh my goodness Kate Ladd!  This is an incredibly inviting Autumn scene.  Loving water lilies  as I do and seeing them at their home in this brilliant blue/purple water among the firey leaves, I can hardly stay inside.  I want to float on my back with the lilies, gazing at the blue unsettled sky and into the oranges and reds of Fall.  More vivid than a day dream, this painting deeply calls.


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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Shannon Bueker - "Gray Foxes by Road" at the Joyful Jewel 11-17-13

"Gray Foxes by Road"
Shannon Bueker
Acrylic on Canvas, 30" x 15"
$450, Original

          What can be more fun to paint than foxes!  And of course, Shannon Bueker is the one to do it and capture their mischievous inquisitive natures.  Here they are alertly going about their business, not far from the thicket they probably live in.  I wonder if they are going out for the evening or just coming home from their adventures.

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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Barbara Damiano "Land Escape" at the Joyful Jewel 11-16-13

"Land Escape"
Barbara Damiano
Collage and Acrylic Paint, on Canvas, 12' x 16"
$55, Original

What a great and description name "Land Escape" Barbara Damiano has chosen for this mixed media piece.  Where will you go on this fine weekend?  Climbing the blue mountain, traversing the gold & copper field, or soaring in the dreamy sky. You are sure to encounter a life enhancing experience by following the Land Escape of your choosing.

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Friday, November 15, 2013

Donna Cassidy - Sumptuous Crochet, Scarves & Hats at the Joyful Jewel 11-15-13

Sumptuous Crochet - Scarves & Hats
Donna Cassidy
Mixed Fiber Crocheted with Leaf Appliques
$35 - $45 each

     Here is my favorite example of Donna Cassidy's crochet.  As much as I love purple -- and there are at least two shades of purple, I really love the soft subtle gray.  These are soooo incredibly soft and luxurious (there is some mohair included in the mix) that you'll feel queenly wearing these -- as well as warm and cozy.

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