Olivia de Soria
A celebrated jeweler working out of Asheville North Carolina, Olivia de Soria creates art-jewelry with a sculptural flare. By reconstituting objects that surround us in the natural and industrial world, Olivia reshapes our environment through her imagination to beget wearable art. Sensuality is the embodiment of her designs which adorn the feminine figure with distinguished style and grace. Olivia’s design process has been extensively influenced by cultural traditions from all over the world, including six months in the Persian Gulf doing doing field research on the history of pearl diving. Olivia’s unique and contemporary pearl designs are a direct effect from her first hand experience in a pearl diving country.
S. Rosendale Martin
Exploring themes from myth, symbolism, art, and religion, my work incorporates found objects and images from diverse world cultures. I envision the jewelry pieces as intimate, wearable versions of my larger assemblage works.
Court is fascinated with the way the natural and man made connect and overlap in our everyday lives. She seeks to explore themes of identity, growth and community through personal items and found natural objects.
Learning and living as an artist is a hands on, continuous journey for me. Creating has always been a part of my life and more recently I recognize art making as vital to my whole being, a most important part of my life's path. My experience includes creating abstract paintings and photography representing nature's magical energy, using sacred symbols, vibrant colors and varying materials. I create atmospheric vignettes using vintage, recycled and found objects that draw people in to sit a while, lounge about, and engage in the art of relaxation. These atmospheres are also the perfect place to have a portrait made, meditate or have Swell and Swank gatherings with friends. I believe that the non-tangible and physical connections between humans, animals and plants is always in existence. I invite you to visit my studio and see and feel how I perceive these connections and to have a conversation about how you might find my art to fit nicely into your world.
The Squeaky Wheel Potter's Studio
Squeaky Wheel is a community of potters and works as a member driven organization. The studio provides members with access to work space, kiln-time, glazes, pottery wheels, storage, and the company of fellow potters who are interested in perfecting their craft. There is also an in-studio gallery where members can show and sell their wares. Whether an aspiring professional, an eager amateur, a pot thrower or a hand-builder, The Squeaky Wheel Potter's Studio provides a friendly, complete, and safe environment to pursue your craft. Located in Studio 151 at the Hatchery Studios in the River Arts District, they have a maximum of twenty potters. For information about membership send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or join them on facebook. They also have a web site: www.squeakywheelpottery.org
Corey C. McNabb Fine Art
Studio 201 (second floor)
Artist's Statement:I think art should make people feel something, and while I'm happy when creating art and hope that translates in my work, it fascinates me that the same art can mean different things to different people. Maybe it makes them remember a time long past or special place they've been. Seeing them project their feelings onto my work, and absorb new feelings from it, is truly a rewarding experience. I'm honored that things I've created have brought joy to many and are now hanging in people's homes. I love making something appear on a blank space. I sometimes get lost in the process and am genuinely surprised when I step back and see the bird or landscape or city scene I've captured on canvas. I love it when my little boy says "Dad, you painted that?! I love it!" There's no greater feeling my art could give to me than that.
I exclusively use a palette knife to apply oils or acrylics to my canvas. I love the bold movements and rich textures I can achieve through using a knife. Also using an impasto style, this technique allows for large, sweeping gestures or minute, dramatic details.
Art is good. And I couldn't be more thankful that I get to create some every day.