Saturday, August 31, 2013

Mary Brookins "Wildflower Card" at the Joyful Jewel 8-31-13

"Wildflower Card"
Mary Brookins
5" x 7" Paper with Real Dried Flower
$2.50

This clear clean-lined flower is real!  Mary Brookins dried this flower and made it into a hauntingly beautiful card.  She invites you to put your own words inside.  Maybe . . . "May  you grow in beauty, accompanied by two best friends, all being and noursished and blooming with a bright gift."
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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Rita Baldwin "Debbie's Garden" at the Joyful Jewel 8-29-13

"Debbie's Garden"
Rita Baldwin
Oil, 10" x 10", Original
$125

Lucky one, that Debbie who's garden Rita Baldwin painted.  Surely she smiles every minute of every day looking out at this delightful scene.  Caring for this beauty, lovingly weeding, arranging, watching as each stage urges through growth, bursts out, shines brilliantly and then fades until it's time to rise again.  I think of the gardener I am as I nurture the growth and blossoming of the Joyful Jewel artists, and acknowledge the care and support I also receive as an artist.  Our garden has these colors and countless more.  Wee, too, look with delight.

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Roxanne Hollander "Lacy Sweater" at the Joyful Jewel 8-28-13

Lacy Sweater
Roxanne Hollander
Upcycled Fibers & Lace Reconstructed
$55
  In creating this type of white, lacy, shimmery sweater I wonder if Roxanne Hollander had in mind attendance at a sacred rite.  I think of this as a kind of a grown up version of a Christening gown, a garment with it's own power and grace, able to amplify the intention of pure spirituality.  Of course, there's no reason it can't be worn to a nice dinner, to a sporting event, on a hot date, or to work -- all also places for power and grace.

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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Mariah Wheeler "Copper Verdigris Ripple Necklace" at the Joyful Jewel 8-25-13

"Copper Verdigris Ripple Necklace"
Mariah Wheeler
Copper, Sterling Silver Chain & Clasp
$59

      This is one of my newest pieces, a dimensional necklace of copper that looks as if it would ripple like cloth.  The color is a verdigris induced by acidic chemicals making the beautiful green of aged copper.  There is some brown wax pigment added here and there and the untreated copper shows through a bit too.  I wanted a little shine so used a satin lacquer to protect the piece in place of the matte that I often use.  The chain is sterling silver with big links so that you can hook it anywhere depending on where you'd like the necklace to fall and ripple along with the fabric of your clothing.
     If it's still here Sept. 13, 14 & 15 during Joyful Jewel's 3rd Anniversary Customer Appreciation Sale, it will be 10% off along with the other copper, silver and glass pieces in my jewelry case.

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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Larrie Collura "Cedar Coat Rack with Frog" at the Joyful Jewel 8-24-13

Cedar Coat Rack with Frog
Larrie Collura
~ 64" x 24" cedar
$150

Larrie has created two of these coat trees.  I like this one especially because of the little frog, 5th branch down on the left side in this picture, which was made by his wife potter Linda Collura.  They also made bird baths together - Larrie making the stands of gathered cedar and Linda making a big bathing bowl adorned with her enchanting critters.  The cedar Larrie uses is found in his and neighboring lands in Chatham Forrest right in downtown Pittsboro!

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Friday, August 23, 2013

Shannon Bueker "White Cat Watching" at the Joyful Jewel 8-23-13

"White Cat Watching"
Shannon Bueker
8" x 8" Acrylic on Canvas, Original
$70

What do you think this white cat by Shannon Bueker it watching?  I see at least one bird and there are probably a few insects, maybe a lizard.  Infinite, the number of things you can see if you sit still long enough outdoors.  Let this be a reminder to slow down and attune to the glory around you.

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Rosanna Johnson "Fire Lotus" at the Joyful Jewel 8-22-13

"Fire Lotus"
Rosanna Johnson
6" x 6" Acrylic on Canvas, Original
$35
      Ohhhh Rosanna Johnson, you have painted my favorite flower in a vibrant and firery orange, appearing even more pulsing with life than the fragrant white ones I love so. This lotus evokes the passion behind the quiet meditation.  Both passion & quietude are potent symbols, and beyond the mask of color or non-color, they have the same "thousand-petalled" layers and the same connecting-with-all soul inside.

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Yvette Poole "Chain Maille & Hoop Earrings" at the Joyful Jewel 8-21-13

Chain Maille & Hoop Earrings
Yvette Poole
Sterling Silver, Hematite Gemstones, 1 1/2" x 4" long including Loops
$70

Yvette Poole's spiral chain maille jewelry is so curly!  These earrings, with their big loops, have a substantial feel yet they swing freely, catching the light. kissing your cheek, punctuating the words in the conversation they invariably will start.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Sarah McTeer Ogburn "August" at the Joyful Jewel 8-20-13

"August"
Sarah McTeer Ogburn
12" x 16" Mixed Media Painting, Original, Mounted on top of frame
$145

Sarah McTeer Ogburn includes a letter and lines from a familiar song with this striking new painting, "August."  Read it and let it wash you in gratefulness.

Darling August,

Already the remarkable and breathless days of summer are here and I am convinced it has everything to be your never-to-be-forgotten summer.  It will come as near to perfection as anything can come in this world!  Evening skies will be full of lightning without a whisper of thunder, and even the stars will be singing their song to each other.

I feel so very sorry I haven't written more often, August, because your letters to me warm my alone heart.  I must close now, or I will be wirting on into the night and into September.  I've sent along our song . . . I'll think of you each time I sing it . . . when you read it if you happen to think fondly of me, well, I would like that . . .

Your own loving . . .

          Stars shining up above you
          Night breezes seem to whisper "I love you"
          Birds singing in the sycamore trees
          Dream a little dream of me
          Sweet dreams till sunbeams find you
          Sweet dreams that leave all worries behind you
          But in your dreams whatever they be
          Dream a little dream of me

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Monday, August 19, 2013

On a Monday!!!!! 8-19-13



THE JOYFUL  JEWEL FIRST EVER SALE
UNIQUE OFFERING FROM EACH ARTIST
Sept 13-15, 2013
HP Pelzel ~ several pieces of pottery on sale as well as 8 or 10 other pieces with slight blemishes-- Perfect but a little Wonky--that will be significantly discounted. 
Marcia E Herman Giddens ~ 1) If a person buys 3 books they get a free vintage basket filled with tiny baskets. Only 1 offer. 2) If a person buys 2 books, they can pick 3 bags of dried herbs from my garden (no chemicals) to make teas. 3) For the purchase of 1 book, the person can pick 1 bag of herbs.
Terri Lang ~  her entire wall of prints on a 10% discount.
Rosanna Johnson ~ free book mark with purchase of a painting.
Mariah Wheeler ~ "buy two copper verdigris pendants get a pair of copper verdigris earrings free."  AND 10% off everything in jewelry case
Vangi Cathcart ~ of 10%, 20%, and 30% off three individual paintings
DG Chandler ~ 10% discount on selected silver and gemstone jewelry
Marrianna Osolin-Putnam ~ 10% off all of paintings
Erika Johnson Bhirchanna ~ 5% off all yoga bags
Julie Purcell ~ $5 off everything
Susan Luster  ~ 10% off when two items purchased
Sharon Blessum ~ Free 4x6 image/poem to first twenty people who buy Goddessence book and Free ‘Bracelet from a Bowl’ (normally $15) to anyone who spends over $100
Jody Jameson ~ Buy one pair of earrings and get 50% off second pair
            Kate Ladd  ~ 20% off everything in booth
Beth Shaffer ~ buy one - get one at 30% off
            Julia Kennedy ~ 10% off all paintings and cards
Heidi Wolin ~ raffle for a knit string bag or a hat of your choice in any size
            Beverly Miller ~ peace cranes 2-for-1 price
Sarah McTeer-Ogburn ~ 20% off everything, includes 10% to local Chatham school for art supplies for elementary school students;  $1 raffle for a painting with all proceeds to go to students’ art supplies
Anne Adams ~ $50 off for the first $100 spent
Lewis Lipsitz ~  poetry books discounted: Seeking the Hook - $4.50;  If This World Falls Apart - 10.00 anyone who buys both also gets a poster of the title poem of If This…. & the cover photo
Barbara Damiano ~ 10 % off everything
Florence Johnson ~ 5% off everything
            Gerald Dukes ~ 10 % off all prints and framed prints ~  when you buy more than $100.00 dollars worth of art, you or your family can get a free 8x10 portrait in studio

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Terri Lange "Tennis Love" at the Joyful Jewel 8-18-13

"Tennis Love"
Terri Lange
10 1/2" x 8" Acrylic & Watercolor Print, Matted
$9

Tennis anyone?  Terri Lange asks us to play in our best shoes and with a big toothy smile, the one just before a laugh, on our faces.  Let us play to Love on this cool Sunday afternoon in August.

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Saturday, August 17, 2013

Barbara Thompson "Ethereal Glass Sculpture" at the Joyful Jewel 8-17-13

"Ethereal Glass Sculpture/Candle Holder"
Barbara Thompson
~ 3 1/3 x 11 1/2", Glass
$15

          Although Barbara Thompson doesn't name her pieces, it's easy to see why I gave this one the name "Ethereal Glass Sculpture."  It's also a statuesque candle holder on top.  I am reminded of the wispy sweetness of a wedding or the lilac scent of a Victorian lacy lady's boudoir.  I love that this piece looks so delicate yet is incredibly strong -- a bit like beautiful Barbara herself!


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Friday, August 16, 2013

Donna Cassidy "Large Tree in Landscape" at the Joyful Jewel 8-16-13

"Large Tree in Landscape"
Donna Cassidy
22 1/2" x 20 1/2" Stained Glass
$180

          This stunning piece of stained glass art by Donna Cassidy, is one of my favorites.  Donna's work with fused glass trees in the middle are always popular, but this one is extra special in that the tree along with it's landscape of ocean, shore and sky make a painterly scene.  The fruit and the colors in the rest of the tree and landscape are well accented by the small fused glass squares -- which have "embossed" ferns -- and  the art glass rectangles.  Looking through the glass, the clouds of the Pittsboro day look like they are part of the piece.  I can't say the same for the cars at the bottom  though!

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Brooks "Purple Shirt" at the Joyful Jewel

Purple Shirt/Jacket
Brooks
$28, Size Women's Small

          Brooks has embellished a shirt for royalty -- or just to make one feel like a boisterous royal!  Brilliant purple with fun attached.  Folks will smile as they see you coming, and are sure to ask you where you got such a gem.  With an opening like this, you can tell them all about the other shirts and jackets that Brooks has at the Joyful Jewel and about the other artists who also focus on wearable art -- including Carol Esch, Roxanne Hollander, Janine Maves, Donna Cassidy, Heidi Wolin, Robert Kratsik, Allison East, Rose Wallace Saulsbury, Lena Cox, Sharon Blessum and Judy Tysman.  And of course this list doesn't even include our 20 of the jewelry makers!

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Emma Skurnick "Great Blue Heron" at the Joyful Jewel 8-13-13

Great Blue Heron
Emma Skurnick
14" x 11" Print, Watercolor
$25

Good job Great Blue Heron!  Your pruning has paid off and each feather is lubricated and in perfect place.  Emma Skurnick has seen you well, and she caught you in your proud grand glory.

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Monday, August 12, 2013

On a Monday 8-12 13

One of my favorite human beings is Meinrad Craighead, an artist in Albuquerque. She's spent a lifetime studying and portraying shamanic images of the Divine Feminine.

But first, she was in a convent. Long ago, in that part of her life, she had a dream in which an animal figure told her to leave the Benedictines and move to New Mexico to paint. She was told that art was to be her service to the world, her way to 'feed the poor'.

That's the kind of artist I understand.
Sharon

Sunday, August 11, 2013

DG Chandler Ammolite Turtle" at the Joyful Jewel 8-11-13

Ammolite Turtle
DG Chandler
~ 1 1/4" x 3/4", Sterling Silver, Amolite Petrified Shell, Leather Cord
$85

         DG Chandler chose to make a turtle from a gorgeous luminous and somewhat rare gemstone made from the inner portion of a shell that was petrified and found in Canada.  DG's turtle has a finely stamped and carved sterling silver body with the suggestion of swimming movement in the tail.  I imagine this turtle in his quick mode -- gliding along the bottom of a clear sand-lined pond, scooping up small snails with his front feet.  Soon the perfect rock to climb upon will be found and he will show off that brilliant color in the glint of the sunshine, knowing that this substantial shell will protect him from any harm.                     ~ Mariah

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Saturday, August 10, 2013

Susan G Luster "Wall Pocket" at the Joyful Jewel 8-10-13

Ceramic Wall Pocket
Susan G Luster
Ceramic Wall Vase, ~ 3 1/2" x 7"
$25

          Susan G Luster is always coming up with something new to bring in.  This hanging vase is an example of her continuing creativity.  Susan uses real leaves from her yard and garden to make the impressions in the clay, firing them along with the clay.  Then she paints the glazing to mimic the color of the now ash leaf.  This piece was hand formed and hangs from a leather cord and large glass bead.

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