Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Vangi Cathcart "A Good Place for Hunting & Fishing" at the Joyful Jewel 7-31-13

"A Good Place for Hunting & Fishing"
Vangi Cathcart
Ink and Watercolor, 12" x 22", Framed, Original
$100

          Using her extensive training as a Sumi-e water color artist, Vangi Cathcart has created a pictoral presentation of what must be inspired by  North Carolina!  Although it likely came from a traditional Oriental saying, it certainly applies to Summer & Fall activities we love right here in our own lovely state.  I think I see the fish biting in the pond -- let's go!

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Florence Johnson "Poppies on Yupo Paper" at the Joyful Jewel 7-30-13

"Poppies on Yupo Paper"
Florence Johnson
10" x 10" watercolor & ink, framed original
$25

          The painting of brilliant red poppies is created with a new technique for Florence Johnson.  She described the process of watercolor on yupo paper's slick surface, and how it gives the painting a  dreamy look.  The colors run just a little bit blurring the edges to soften the overall image.  Certainly the colors are just as vivid as ever.  I think that the composition of these flouncy, extroverted poppies shows off Florence's flair as much as the flowers themselves. It's a happy painting with lots of movement and a sense of joy.                              ~ Mariah

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Sunday, July 28, 2013

HP Pelzel & Sandra Boyd Pelzel "2-Piece Collander" at the Joyful Jewel 7-28-13

"Two-Piece Collander"
HP Pelzel & Sandra Boyd Pelzel
Pottery, ` 8 1/2" diameter x 4 1/4" + Tray
$35

          The Pelzels have created a bowl perfect for blueberries or other fruit.  You can wash the fruit right in the bowl and let the water run out the sieve, then put the bowl on it's tray to catch any extra drainage.  And, how beautiful the blueberries or red cherries will look against the creamy green of the bowl!  There are even handles to so you can pass the bowl around the table, or easily bring it out to the patio for a romantic evening with your sweetie. Such joy from a utilitarian piece of art!

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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Barbara Damiano "Last Light at Hatteras" at the Joyful Jewel 7-27-13

"Last Light at Hatteras"
Barbara Damiano
Mixed media collage and painting on canvas, 8" x 8", Original
$60

          On a unsettled weather night, Barbara Damiano reminds us of the power in the waves of Hatteras Island and the way the light looks when you can't see the sun because of the clouds, but know it is ready to set in the western sky.  Some of this collage is painted directly onto the canvas, other of it is bits of paper and I'm not sure what else to compose this dramatic scene.  Art at it's imaginative best, giving an undeniable impression with no need for all of the details.                              ~  Mariah Wheeler

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Friday, July 26, 2013

Sharon Blessum "Pittsboro Hat" at the Joyful Jewel 7-26-13

Pittsboro, NC Hat
Sharon Blessum
Adjustable Adult Sizes, 100% Cotton
$15


Who loves Pittsboro?  I love Pittsboro.  Do you?

Wear this hat with Sharon Blessum's beautiful photograph of the Chatham County Court House in all it's new glory.  Send one to your college-bound son or daughter to remind them of where they came from.  Take one home to your husband after your trip to North Carolina so you'll remember where to bring him back to.  Hang one on your hat rack to admire.  Oh, and, use this hat to shield you from a blindingly sunny day or, on a cloudy day, and to protect your glasses from the rain. 

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Nancy L Smith "Broody Chicken" at the Joyful Jewel 7-25-13

"Broody Chicken"
Nancy L Smith
Acrylic on Canvas & Mixed Media, 12" x 12"
$100

          This colorful Broody Hen of Nancy L Smith's fits the definition I found of what it means to be a broody hen.  Although turned away, she is keeping a keen eye on you -- "Don't even think of taking my eggs," she says.  The colors intensify her point that she means what she says.

Taken from "My Pet Chicken" blog:  Her warning means, "Stay back, this nest is mine for hatching!" Actually, we find it charming when our hens are broody--they are beautiful when they're angry! Once a day or so your hen may emerge from her nest like a whirling dervish: all her feathers will be ruffled out so she will look VERY BIG. She will hold her wings out from her body to give herself even more apparent size.. . . .

Nancy probably knows all about this as she paints the chickens from what she sees in her own backyard!

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Kate Ladd "Poppies Popping Thru the Fence" at the Joyful Jewel 7-24-13

"Poppies Popping Thru the Fence"
Kate Ladd
Acrylic on Canvas, 20" x 20", Original
$175

          These scarlet red and black poppies that Kate Ladd has painted, yearn to meet you full in the face with their faces, reaching to be just as tall as the fence.  How can they possibly be ignored sharing their flouncy  fancy best sultry poses.  They push through the fence to touch your legs with their velvety petals as you walk by.   Hello beautiful!

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Roberta Kraitsik "Infant Hat & Booties" at the Joyful Jewel 7-23-13

Infant Hat and Booties
Roberta Kraitsik
100% Cotton, Knitted by Hand
Hat $18, Booties $15

      Can't you just imagine the comforting cuddle of this hat around a sweet tender newborn's head!  Almost makes me want to be born again just to feel this :)  Roberta Kraitsik must love babies as well as her knitting to design these comfortable, durable, softly stretchable, washable wares.  I wish every baby could have some of these.

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Monday, July 22, 2013

On a Monday

Here's the thing. A secret most don't know. One of the features of our full-service gallery, on Mondays, is  dream interpetation. Many times, people are inclined to tell me their dreams as they're browsing among these creative walls. Little do they know, dreamwork has been a feature of my lifetime career as therapist and spiritual teacher.

One stranger, moved to tears in our conversation, agreed that I should put up a sign on the sidewalk like Lucy in the Charlie Brown comic strip...something about 'Dream Work  5 cents".

Other times, I've offered a short, subtle reiki moment.

Of course, most important, people receive the pure, unadulterated joy of coming in to see Shuga. Customer and canine alike, melt into a swoon.

To reassure our artists, most all the customers I'm thinking of, also walk out with your work in their hands. Today, a flurry of cards by Shannon, Nancy, and Gerald left the racks.  Emma's plate, DG's opal, Janet's earrings, and other items moved on.

The art of the Joyful Jewel is far surpassing what meets the eye.

Write down your dreams everyone.
They can only come true if you honor them.

Just sayin'
on a Monday,
Sharon and Shuga

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Shannon Bueker "Goat & Sun" at the Joyful Jewel 7-21-13

"Goat and Sun"
Shannon Bueker
Acrylic on Board, 24" x 18", Original
$370

         Hey don't eat the sweet peas!  You can have all of the vetch and I'll pet your sweet head.  Ooohhh what a sweet boy . . .  Shannon Bueker seems to always elicit this type of reaction, as if her painting has come to life and is telling you a story.

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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Sarah McTeer Ogburn "Think Joy" at the Joyful Jewel 7-20-13

"Think Joy"
Sarah McTeer Ogburn
Acrylic Paintings on Canvas, 5" x 5" each
Set of 3 $120, or $45 each

     Oh yes!  What joy this three paintings of busy little fairies and flowers bring.  One can't help but smile at their antics, knowing that they are only still on the canvases until you look away.  Then the mischief begins!

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Friday, July 19, 2013

DG Chandler "Blouder Opal & Opal" necklace at the Joyful Jewel 7-19-13

"Boulder Opal, Opal & Sterling Silver Necklace"
DG Chandler
$92

          As if one truly spectacular Opal wasn't enough, DG Chandler added another smaller, very firey opal to his Sterling Silver design.  The larger Boulder Opal is like a mysterious swirling galaxy or deep intriguing pool of magic.  This piece is hand fabricated and hand stamped, using DG's original stamping tools.  He continued his skillful handwork to make a bail which matches the carved design on the piece using larger strokes.  The necklace is hung from a purchased Sterling Silver rope chain that drapes especially well on the neck.

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Steve Clarke, "Tatanya No. I" at the Joyful Jewel 7-18-13

"Tatanya No. 1"
Steve Clarke
Photograph 20 1/2" x 24", Framed
$250

          This dancer is reaching back yet moving forward, and doing it without looking where she is going!  Dancers always seem to be moving in every direction at once and using their bodies in ways that are unexpected.  Also unexpected is Steve Clarke's ability to capture these qualities of movement in a still photograph.  I'm not sure if this dancer has been tattooed, painted or has had the colorful tie-dye like images projected onto her.  Whichever it is, she certainly wears it well!  Inspires me to get up and move.

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Forrest Greenslade "Rollin' in the Hay" at the Joyful Jewel

"Rollin' in the Hay"
Forrest Greenslade
13 1/2" x 12", framed original, water media & colored pencil
$250

          Let's do it!  Let's take Forrest Greenslade up on his invitation to "roll in the hay."  I'd say it's ok to take that in any way you want to on this sunny day!   It's a perfect day, the sun is shining, and everything is so
inviting that anything goes. And . . . there aren't any windows on this side of the house.  Jump on in.                      ~  Mariah

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Martha Johnson "Well Behaved Women . . ." at the Joyful Jewel 7-16-13

"Well-Behaved Women"
Martha Johnson
11 1/2" x 9 1/2", Mixed Media Collage, Original, Framed
$65

          Certainly this is true, "Well-behaved women rarely make history," a quote from Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, chosen by Martha Johnson as focus and inspiration for this interesting collage.  Grounded by smooth pieces of white gravel, layered with colorful papers and fabrics, and including music (always seems to accompany any kind of revolution!) and a stamp featuring a probably-misbehaving woman, this piece also reminds us that persistence and daring are important aspects for social change.  A foundation of strength and layers of repetition are also usually needed.  

There are lots of these daring, radiant and long-time believers in justice, preservation, and compassion, who are leading the Moral Monday protests.  In the eyes of the law they are misbehaving.  With steadiness and persistence, one after the other of these women, are together making a historical impact.

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Monday, July 15, 2013

On a Monday

One of the most lovely aspects of the Joyful Jewel community is the gathering of folks for artist receptions, poetry readings, music, other events that bring warm chatter among beautiful art. We seldom post pictures, though Mariah is diligent in photo journaling all such events. Here are a few candids from a recent evening, the reception for Lisa Wright-Taylor.




Sunday, July 14, 2013

Lisa Wright-Taylor "NO H8" at the Joyful Jewel 7-14-13

"NO H8"
Lisa Wright-Taylor
Acrylic, Oil & Mixed Media on Canvas, 16" x 20", Original

This is a fine example of how art affects politics and politics affect art.  First out in affecting societal change are words of protest, then music, followed by written words.  Next in the que for real change comes visual art.  When art comes, so does lasting change!

I think this painting was inspired by:
On November 4, 2008 Proposition 8 passed in California, amending the state Constitution to ban same-sex marriage. The defeat provoked a groundswell of initiative within the GLBT community at a grassroots level, with many new political and protest organizations being formed in response.

The NOH8 Campaign is a photographic silent protest created by celebrity photographer Adam Bouska (
http://www.bouska.net) and partner Jeff Parshley in direct response to the passage of Proposition 8. Photos feature subjects with duct tape over their mouths, symbolizing their voices being silenced by Prop 8 and similar legislation around the world, with "NOH8" painted on one cheek in protest.


Four years since its inception, the NOH8 Campaign has grown to nearly 30,000 faces and continues to grow at an exponential rate. The campaign began with portraits of everyday Californians from all walks of life and soon rose to include politicians, military personnel, newlyweds, law enforcement, artists, celebrities, and many more.

The NOH8 Campaign has received overwhelming support from around the world, and has appeared in various local and national news programs and publications. The images are widely used on various social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter to spread the message of equality. Eventually the images will be compiled for a large-scale media campaign.


Lisa just told me that her title, NO H8 = "No Hate."  What will Lisa paint in response to NC politics of 2013!

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Saturday, July 13, 2013

Sharon Blessum "NC Postcard" at the Joyful Jewel 7-13-13

North Carolina Scene Postcard
Sharon Blessum
5 1/2" x 4 1/4" Original Photography Print Postcard
$2

     Sharon Blessum has an eye for a great scene, capturing it with perfect lighting and framing within. This North Carolina barn represents something you'll see often as you travel through our beautiful state.  Old barns are able to soften us in a nostalgic way, perhaps reminding us of happy days gone by. Sent to a loved one out of state, this kind of scene brings an alignment of sense and sentiment.

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Friday, July 12, 2013

Danielle Du Clos "Fireworks Record Mandala" at the Joyful Jewel

Fireworks Record Mandala
Danielle Du Clos
Vinyl Record 12", Acrylic Paint
$75

        Lets still have fireworks even though the 4th of July was a week ago!  Here is one way to continue the celebration.  Even though Danielle Du Clos didn't give this mandala a name, don't you think I'm right about the fireworks!  Bursting color, bright and powerful with just enough of the black vinyl of the record showing through.  There are even stars in the sky, and planets too among the swirls.     ~ Mariah


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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Beth Shaffer Copper Pot Windchime at the Joyful Jewel 7-11-13

Copper Pot & Utensils Wind Chime
Beth Shaffer
Mixed Media ~ 9" x 15"
$45

          Beth Shaffer has more fun in life that many of us combined!  I never see her without a BIG smile and a BIG hug.  She shares her joy in her art and everyone smiles at these wind chimes in return.  This one has a stunning copper pot and an especially tinkly brass bell along with an assortment of cutlery and beads hanging from something like a metal doily - (Perhaps one of you knows what this really is).  The whole thing hangs at a jaunty angle and moves with only a slight amount of wind bringing delight and a lilting song.

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Carol Owen Watery Scene at the Joyful Jewel 7-10-13

Watery Scene
Carol Owen
9" x 11" Oil Painting Print, Framed
$65

          What a mysterious watery scene Carol Owen has painted.  She didn't give this piece a title that I know of, but perhaps it's just as well because it's intriguing enough to imagine what goes on here.  I imagine fairies and shadowy angels quietly watching over a more-colorful-than-I-have-ever-seen swamp.  They are waiting to be noticed and have something to tell us.  Perhaps this paintings came straight out of a dream of Carol's, to make a striking companion piece to one of her Spirit Houses.                    ~ Mariah

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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Anne Adams "Jonquils" at the Joyful Jewel 7-9-13

Jonquils
Anne Adams
Watercolor on paper, 13" x 17", Framed Original
$125

          I love the soft setting Anne Adams has created with her paints.  The jonquils look like they are floating among the leaves, cheerful and sweet.  A serene scene in muted yellow and green, perhaps a snapshot of Anne's own garden.

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Monday, July 8, 2013

On a Monday 7-8-13

Like our homes, the Joyful Jewel holds energy from the experiences that happen within the walls. Since First Sunday yesterday, it seems that stain glass, paintings, pottery, beads, clothing, mobiles, everything,  has more shimmer. No wonder we had a lot of customers and sales this morning, even on a Monday!

On the weekend, many came to enjoy Lisa Wright-Taylor's painting performance and bought some of her featured pieces.  Aja Demettera's song of Vision reverberated in beauty and power. Sharon Blessum's Pittsboro t-shirts and hats were seen walking in the store and down the street. Shoppers and artists mingled. As always, Mariah and DG offered wonderful hospitality to our town and it's artful ways.

C'mon in and feel the joy.

Such a pleasure to be part of it all.
On a Monday,
Sharon

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Allison East "Felted Pouch with Tree" at the Joyful Jewel

Felted Pouch with Tree
Allison East
Felted Wool with Applique, ~ 4" x 5"
$18

          At first, because of the flouncy fringe, you don't see the tree that Allison East has placed on this felted pouch.  When you do see it, the whole pouch takes on a new depth and spirit.  The roots, the purple trunk, the variegated yarns of the canopy, give the fringe something special to frame.  This surprisingly stout-yet-soft drawstring  pouch is begging to be filled with pebbles, gemstones or other treasures one loves to collect and hold dear.

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Saturday, July 6, 2013

Vangi Cathcart "Morning Glory Pal" at the Joyful Jewel 7-6-13

"Morning Glory Pal"
Vangi Cathcart
Watercolor & Ink, 11" x 14" Framed
$120
         Every cat seems to love being in the flower bed.  Vangi Cathcart has captured the expression of pure innocence and play in this friendly feline.  Miss Priss seems to love the morning glories as she is resting gently just between the plants and within sniffing distance of a bloom.


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Friday, July 5, 2013

Susan G. Luster - Ceramic Cup at the Joyful Jewel

Ceramic Cup
Susan G. Luster
4 1/2" x 3" diameter, ceramic
$28

          Susan Luster designed this beautiful cup to be used!  And wouldn't it be an extra treat to have it frosty with lemonade or iced tea while lounging on your deck on a sunny morning - assuming we get a sunny morning soon.

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Luke Jacks "Duckling Plate" at the Joyful Jewel 7-5-13

Duckling Plate
Luke Jacks
Pottery and Glazes
$60

Luke Jacks'  plates are made of white clays. The designs are created with underglazes, underglaze pencils and watercolors, then the piece is dipped in a lincoln clear. The plates are microwave, dishwasher and food safe if you'd like to eat from them. Or they can be hung as wall art.  This plate has the cutest-ever duckling "painted" on it.  I imagine it being placed in an honored spot on the mantle or hung the wall in your den, ready to bring a fluttery vibe to the place.

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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Marrianna Osolin-Putnam new Native American themed work at the Joyful Jewel 7-3-13

 Coyote Night by Marrianna Osolin-Putnam

 "Medicine Man" by Marrianna Osolin-Putnam

 "Palomino Moon" by Marrianna Osolin-Putnam

 "Pueblo Pottery" by Marrianna Osolin-Putnam

 "Pueblo Starry Night" by Marrianna Osolin-Putnam

"The Shaman's Robe" by Marrianna Osolin-Putnam

          Marrianna has painted a whole series of works in bright vibrant primary colors to depict life in the Native American culture.  These are painted from photos she has taken on her travels and from her vibrant imagination.  This is only a small sampling of the paintings on display at the Joyful Jewel from Marrianna Osolin-Putnam's collection in this series.

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Janet Place "Sparkly Red, White & Blue Earrings" at the Joyful Jewel 7-3-13

"Sparkly Red, White & Blue Earrings"
Janet Place
Polymer Clay
$20
          Many people know Janet Place as a musician, well loved for her stunning voice and for her most-fun band, Great Big Gone.  Few perhaps know that she is also a fabulous jewelry maker.  Her pieces are as colorful as her music and as much fun to wear as her band is fun to listen & dance to.  Speaking of dancing, wouldn't these earrings swing and sparkle on the dance floor!

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Lisa Garber "Origami Foxes" Earrings at the Joyful Jewel 7-2-13

Origami Foxes
Lisa Garber
Paper, Sterling Silver
$26

Lisa Garber has fashioned the most enchanting foxes from paper and sterling silver wire.  Here is what Lisa says about her art:   I believe no one should suffer for beauty and am always looking for ways to be kinder to people, animals, and the planet.  I use responsible materials for my jewelry as often as possible.  These include but are not limited to repurposed beads and paper, fairly traded stones, upcycled items, and 100% recycled sterling silver.  These guys are made from vintage paper and recycled sterling silver.  I think they are winking at you and inviting you to scamper on to whatever you choose to do.


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Monday, July 1, 2013

Pittsboro Treasures

Just in time for First Sunday and the Fourth of July!      Pittsboro Courthouse Treasures
created by Sharon Blessum
Mugs, Hats, Postcards

Men's T-Shirts
Coffee with Distinction
Children's T-Shirts
Women's T-Shirts