Ocrafolk Festival 2014 Artisans have been selected
and will be posted soon!Here are the artisans from last year.
The 2013 ArtisansBasketryJudith Saunders
While traditional basketry techniques are used in my work, I lean toward non-traditional materials and more sculptural than functional forms. The forms vary from wearable "Memory Pouches", to forms that appear to grow from worn seashells, to twenty-inch painted watercolor paper forms and all-copper vessels.
Vickie Jo Franks
I use man-made and natural recycled and found material combined with purchased art supplies and upcycles them into folk-inspired collages and assemblages. The subject matter is mostly angels, animals and plants. The compositions include messages of concerns.
Martha Johnson is a collage artist from Kill Devil Hills, NC. She draws her inspiration from the natural world around her, her travels far and wide, the words of many authors, and from color and texture itself. She is a self-taught collage artist and uses paper, fabric, paints, plant materials, and found objects in her work. Her collages, cards, and magnets can be found in various local, regional, and national galleries.
Jim creates hand-drawn maps of local Outer Banks locations including Ocracoke and Hatteras Island. Recent works include a new limited-edition, numbered and hand-signed map inspired by Sir John White’s 1585 map of the Outer Banks during the Raleigh explorations.
(252) 986-2073 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Outer Banks artist Kim Mosher has been drawing highly detailed colored pencil art since 1985 on Hatteras Island. All of Kim's art is done entirely by hand with no computer enhancement. Inspiration comes easy when you consider all the beauty that the Outer Banks has to offer.
(252) 995-4788 or www.kimmosherdesigns.com
Stephanie Kiker Designs
I love living at the beach...and on an island. This place gives me inspiration for my artwork and creativity. I enjoy creating my own interpretations and expressions of the wildlife and their surroundings. I move from realism in my soft pastel works to bold graphic shapes, patterns and colors in her colored pencil and ink work...Giclée prints, wall art, ceramic tiles, cutting boards, iPhone covers, coasters, mousepads and more.
(252) 995-4435 or www.stephaniekiker.com
Rich Fizer Glass
Rich Fizer received his B.F.A. in Glass from Georgia Southwestern State University in 1993 and his M.F.A. in Glass at Bowling Green State University in 1995. From 1995 to the present Fizer has maintained a Hot Glass Studio in southwest Florida, creating fine art glass that is collected around the world. He is a member of the Glass Art Society. His unique combination of vibrant colors and large organic shapes has become his trademark.
(239) 425-7325 or www.richfizerglass.com
Artsea Fuse makes glass creations of images of Ocracoke and the sea, exploring the beauty of fused glass and making practical and ornamental creations. This glass is created by Ocracoke native Annie Lou Gaskins and resident Flavia Burton. (252) 928-0043 or email@example.com
I am a traditional stained glass artist working in the Tiffany method of design. I am a lover of all things nautical and concentrate on the colors of the ocean's beautiful blues and greens! I am an avid sea glass collector and a member of the North American Sea Glass Assn., a sea glass purest! Much of my work incorporates my beach finds to create unique, one of a kind, home décor.
(401) 284-0867 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sea of Glass Flamework Studio
Glass artist Cynthia Tucker is a native North Carolinian residing on the southern coast. She creates each bead one-at-a-time in the flame of a 2000°F torch, melting colored glass rods onto coated mandrels. Combining sculpting techniques, blending glass colors, and adding various metals, unique designs are formed into tiny works of wearable or functional art. Her inspiration is drawn from the beauty of creation: “Nature Inspired ~ Formed in Fire." www.seaofglasslampwork.com
Annie Grimes Williams
After studying metal design at East Carolina University, I became inspired to use traditional metalsmithing techniques, such as shell forming, piercing, and enameling, to create small wearable pieces of art. My work is primarily influenced by my love for the sea and by color. I create vivid color combinations in enamel, producing work with simple but interesting shapes that often reflect sea life - a coral reef, shells, or tiny sea creatures. www.coppertide.net
I receive creative inspiration from beauty and history by collecting shards of sea glass along the shores of the Outer Banks of North Carolina. When I create jewelry, I make every effort to respect the storied history of sea glass and strives to make the beauty of nature's gemstones the focus of my jewelry, which features authentic sea glass in elegant and classy fine silver settings ...crafted and designed by Goldsmith Pembroke Bryant. www.seasandandhand.com
Delaney Goldberg lives near the ocean in Kitty Hawk with her two Chihuahuas, mom, and brother. Now sixteen years old, Delaney began making jewelry at age nine while she was in Duke Hospital with brain cancer. Her 3rd grade teacher gave her a beading kit, inspiring her creations of bracelets for her first clients--nurses and doctors. She is now cancer free and doing well.
(252) 216-6978 or email@example.com
Joy handcrafts one-at-a-time from sterling silver, 14k gold and mokume sheet, using a thin-bladed jeweler's saw, adding wire for details, soldering with oxygen and propane, sometimes incorporating gemstones, finally polishing and adding textures and patinas. She specializes in mermaids and other fantastical beings.
(252) 202-4672 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Hatteras Island resident and a regular part of the Ocrafolk music community for several years now, April studied art at East Carolina University and Abilene Christian University and has a BFA in Three Dimensional Studio Design. She most naturally took to metalsmithing and jewelry design while in school and has lately been making jewelry and other exciting accessories from buttons, plus some other quirky odds and ends thrown in for fun. Headbands, both beautiful and kooky, are new this season! email@example.com
Georgia Dale Designs
Georgia Dale Griffiths is a metalsmith who specializes in sterling silver, gold, precious and semi-precious stones and freshwater pearls. Her love of nature is always part of her designs. Georgia prefers simple, clean lines, and she draws from the Delaware Valley where she lived most of her life, her many years traveling and from the beautiful Outer Banks of NC where she currently resides with her husband.
Gissette Suarez Island bead maven, has been creating and teaching personal decoration for seven years on Ocracoke Island. She operates out of The Glass Bead, located in Spencer's Market off of Hwy 12 across from Lighthouse Rd. Look for her individual twist on island jewelry fashions at her artist table this year at the Ocrafolk Festival 2013.
(252) 924-0003 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Karen Mason is a self-taught designer and metalsmith who grew up along the coast of NC. Her love of nature and the sea is reflected in her whimsical copper sculptures.
Artworks by Douglas Hoover
North Carolina artist, Douglas Hoover, enjoys creating colorful paintings with oils on canvas or hardboard panels. His work consists of urban-inspired city scenes or coastal scenes of the Outer Banks and other coastal towns. Douglas' original oil paintings are currently shown in several galleries along the Carolina coast and are also available at art festivals he attends.
Well-known Florida artist Carroll Swayze lives in a small beach community on the west coast of Florida, where she has been a fixture in the local art scene for over 30 years. As an avid fisherman, diver and environmentalist, Swayze's passion for the ocean is evident in everything she creates. Swayze’s original acrylic paintings and hand-colored etchings are in public and private collections across the globe, and she is represented by galleries worldwide.
(941) 266-6434 or www.carrollswayze.com
Art of Lena Ennis
Lena has been a professional artist for 30 years.
She is a fine art painter and instructor. She attended the School of Art at ECU. Her subject matter is coastal scenes, wildlife and portraiture. Her work has won numerous local, national and international awards. She has been the featured artist for such organizations as: The NC Seafood Festival, the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum, NC Ducks Unlimited, the NC Wildlife Resources Commission, and the Cape Fear Wildlife Expo. (252) 725-5478 or www.artoflenaennis.com
Megan Rubino is a painter from Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. She paints in watercolor and acrylic and tends to apply her mediums boldly. Meg is inspired daily by the sights, sounds, and smells of the Outer Banks and paints the good feelings they convey. She also loves to travel to other coastal towns to capture the essence of the local color. Her work can be found at galleries along the Outer Banks including Bella Fiore and the KDH Cooperative. www.megrubino.com
Barbara has been a long-time resident of Ocracoke and volunteers for the National Park Service. Born in Kentucky, this student of nature and drawing was inspired by Ocracoke's wild beauty. She makes her home here with her husband Don and their Airedales. Wild pony herds, birds and turtles are a focal point for many of her paintings and prints. For Barbara, each day becomes a new adventure in her life and art.
Much of her material is inspired by her inner world and how it reflects her waking life. Marlene loves to paint on canvas, as well as tile and her handmade clay figurines. When she is not in her studio, she enjoys teaching art in a nursing home, bringing healing and smiles into residents’ lives. It is her wish that her visual art does the same for you. email@example.com
Don Bowers Photography
Having grown up on Hatteras Island, Don and his camera have seen many changes through the years. His current catalogue includes images he captured years ago as well as modern-day history. Don is the staff photographer for the Island Free Press, Hatteras Island's internet newspaper, for which he was recently nominated for a Pulitzer. Additionally, he freelances for regional and national publications.
2Beaches Hand-Crafted Creations
2Beaches is an artistic collaborative between Kelly Guswiler and Rebecca Anderson. Kelly and Rebecca live in the Ocean Park area of Virginia Beach on the Chesapeake Bay, where they draw inspiration for their primarily coastal-themed artwork, which is all hand-crafted and, whenever possible, uses upcycled material.
(757) 650-8424 or “2Beaches-Creations” on Facebook.
Cape Fear Pottery
Reuben York has been playing with clay for 13 years. His studio, Cape Fear Pottery, primarily produces functional pottery for everyday use. Many items contain coastal designs (turtles, crabs, lighthouses, seahorses, or dragonflies) that invoke thoughts of a past beach trip. He uses bold glaze colors that are vibrant. He annually attends 30 art shows in NC, SC, & VA. His work can be found art galleries along the NC coast.
Oak Trace Pottery
As a self-taught potter, Christy Eubank enjoys creating pottery using a combination of throwing on the wheel and hand-building. The majority of her work is functional stoneware, which includes bakeware, dinnerwares, serving dishes & trays. She also makes an assortment of beautiful crystalline glazed items. Her work is in several NC galleries, including the Raleigh Street Gallery in Siler City, Seagrove Creations in Seagrove, Books to be Red and The Secret Garden in Ocracoke.
(919) 663-3040 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Salt Creek Studio
Ocracoke resident Maria Logan designs and creates distinctive handmade ceramic goods at her studio and gallery, Salt Creek Studio, on the Back Road. Her original tiles and mural backsplashes are installed in homes near and far. Maria also makes functional items including tableware, tile coasters, garden markers, sconces, and decorative wares that add a unique touch to the home place.
I started out making necklaces & bracelets from colored wire & glass beads while living in Boston and Virginia. When I discovered the beautiful beaches of Ocracoke I started incorporating shells into my jewelry. This expanded into making mobiles that are inspired by the shells, each taking a form of their own. Since moving to the OBX I've discovered decoupage....boxes and shelves are covered with ads from the local papers or beautiful paper napkins found in my travels.
Taking art to the outdoor shower!! Milk Street Soap Co. is an Ocracoke family of artisans focused on good clean fun! We are constantly inspired by the awe-struck beauty of this little Island out in the sea and the amazing people who live and visit it! Our focus in the Milk Street Studio is Integrity, Responsibility, Sustainability and a grand creative experiment in repurposing existing items in unusual ways. Amazing Organic Soaps, French Dolls and Whisper's get to D.C. Fundraising Fish! email@example.com
Lorrie has been crafting all her life and selling her doll clothes almost 30 years. She makes clothes for Barbie, Ken, American Doll, and Cabbage Patch Doll, but is not limited to those. She does take and welcome special orders!
(540) 207-4830 or www.landjstreasures.webs.com
Originally from England, Vicky Lowe lives in Avon, Hatteras Island. She has been designing dinnerware and kitchen textiles for many years for major retail stores throughout the US. In 2010 she launched her own textile collection “A Good Catch.” Designed and printed in North Carolina, her work can be found throughout the Outer Banks. She teaches watercolor in Frisco at the Indian Town Gallery and at Hatteras Realty in Avon.
(917) 379-5720 or www.agoodcatch.us
I learned to sew as a Girl Scout, continuing to sew as a mother of 2 girls and as a Navy wife..I love to create craft items and add a unique touch. I grew us near Chicago..and now live in Hampton Roads, Va. I have always had a creative side and a vivid imagination so making things with my hands is an integral part of my life.
(757) 532-4412 or firstname.lastname@example.org
William and Elayne Bush have been perfecting their interpretations of the North Carolina and Virginia lighthouses for almost a quarter of a century. William creates 3-dimensional wooden pieces from Elayne's designs. He then seals and applies base coats, Elayne hand-paints the identifying lighthouse characteristics. Each year a new functional article is added to their collection.
(252) 473-5962 or email@example.com
Vic & Ellen Berg
Vic and Ellen have been carving on the Outer Banks for over 25 years. They specialize in shorebirds, ducks and whimsical root head carvings. They live in Kitty Hawk. (252) 261-7842 or www.outerbankswaterfowl.com
Cars & Trucks to Go
John Moore started making wooden toys back 1984 and used driftwood taken from the beach at Ocracoke. This wood is no longer available, so today’s toys are made of white pine. Upon retiring three years ago he expanded the line of toys to include cars, trucks, tractors, school buses and hauling equipment. Most of his festival appearances are in the Northern Neck area of Virginia where he now lives.
At TSARTWORKS in Myrtle Beach, SC, Tommy Small and Larry McJohnson offer folks the best hand-cut, hand-sanded, and hand-painted signs, personalizing their work free at each show. Choose your sign and let them create a treasure of a lifetime.
(843) 222-8179 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Crawford Evans has always loved working with wood and “making saw dust.” He has been a resident of Dare County for 40 years and after retiring from his retail business of 25 years, he finally has the time to indulge. Most recently he has been building benches, chests and tables using wood from his brother’s SC property: red oak, white oak, hickory, cherry, black walnut, pine and red cedar.
(252) 207-8922 or email@example.com