Julie Gross Paintings
Themes in my art are the idea of place and the exploration of color in those landscapes. The interplay of color relationships is an interesting dynamic that I explore frequently. Recently I have been focused on the healing properties of color combinations. When painting I intuitively connect with healing energy, and place that intention in the work through color interactions, especially in the natural landscape. “Place,” is about communicating the essence of a place, not a photo-representation of a place, but through the use of linear qualities and color. I have recently experimented with having a variety of ways to display my work. Clothes, ornaments, and cards have been a fun way to experience the work.
Zana Wood Art Z
Taylor Rosa Designs
Back to Basiks, LLC
Glenn Deuchler Wood Workes
Throughout my adult life, I have dabbled in woodworking as I pursued formal careers as an engineer, a college professor, a personal trainer, and a health coach. My woodworking was primarily focused on making the furniture that we could not find in stores. After our furniture needs were satisfied, I sought other ways to enjoy the challenges of woodworking. While living in Montana, I developed an interest in wood turning.
I love the natural beauty of wood, both the grain patterns as well as the imperfections that nature has endowed a piece of wood. With wood turning, I am able to highlight those features, through the design of the final product as well as the use of finishes that highlight these grain patterns instead of hiding them. Forrest Gump, in the classic film, stated that “life is like a box of chocolates because you never know what you’re gonna get.” I have found that the same is true of wood; I never know what grains, flaws, and unique beauty I will find until I begin turning a piece of wood.
I find wood turning to offer a creative challenge and an opportunity to continue to grow my passion for wood with new skills and new variations. Turning presents an endless stream of design possibilities. My turning interests most often lead me to make bowls, with a goal of what I refer to as “functional art.” To me, that means a bowl that is designed to be functional in its dimensions and its durability, and also provides a piece that is visually appealing as well. However, I do seek other handmade alternatives, such as pens, seam rippers, and scroll sawn plaques.
Carolyn K Designs
From the moment I touched glass to make my first piece of fused glass art, I knew I had found a medium that truly spoke to me. The controlled process of constructing a piece combined with the surprising effect that the firing produced just felt right to me. Glass is like a child…at times unpredictable, but always delightful. Because of the way that glass heats, expands, and melts, each firing can produce unique and unexpected results.
I also love the variety of colors in the glass. I see the joy that people feel when they see the array of colors in front of them.
That love of color then drove me to create chainmail jewelry that could coordinate with my fused glass jewelry. I enjoy seeing how the different colors work together in those pieces.
I feel very lucky to have found an artistic outlet that gives me such pleasure. I hope that you will share that pleasure each time you wear or use one of my creations.
J. Bees Pressed Flower Pictures
Wanderlust Art by Sharon
Coasters, cards, mini planters, framed art and ornaments just in time for the holidays!
Turned Wood by Don Jones
Glenville, PA 17329
Walking Olive exclusively creates needle felted dogs! A lifelong dog lover, I create small versions of our furry friends by wrapping wool around a wire frame and securing it with a special barbed needle. Layers build shape until the final layers of color are added. It’s a long process, but the end result is a beloved treasure serving as a reminder of a dog’s infinite unconditional love! The perfect gift for dog lovers – a new dog owner, a long time dog enthusiast, a gift for dog loss or for any dog lover (including yourself). I offer small adult dogs, puppies and ornaments as well as dog vignettes. At the end of the year Walking Olive donates a portion of its revenue to organizations doing good work for animals. Look for us at Mistletoe Mart and take a sneak peek at walkingolive.com and check out our Instagram page @walking_olive
Patty Koontz, Author
Cigar Box Lady
I have always been fascinated with boxes and upon retirement tried different and unusual creative venues. I finally focused on a product that is very unique, quirky and great fun for me. I use old cigar boxes while utilizing as many recycled components as possible. I use a variety of scrapbooking materials for the base, then embellish them with vintage and precious items collected through my life, such as buttons, spools, jewelry, game pieces and much more. Each box has a different theme and no two are alike. Boxes are made up of individual cut and fitted items and some boxes are composed of over 55 pieces. I love my boxes and hope you will too.
Beverly’s Beautiful Bags & More
West Friendship, MD
I am a Howard County, Maryland-based Artisian who started creating beautiful clothing
at the age of 10 for myself. Later, I would have other women interested in having me to create
something for them. I would accompany them to purchase their materials for their outfit which
was so fulfilling. My father purchased my very first Kenmore Steel Sewing Machine and my
imagination for style took off. My passion for the love of fashion has always been at the
forefront of my designs.
Years later, my love for fashion has not waivered, but has extended into the realm of
women’s fabric tote bags, cosmetic bags, cross body bags, wristlets, change purses and more.
My designs are like a breath of fresh air. Some of my customers have compared my work to
Vera Bradley’s purse line (What a compliment!) A love of all colors allows me to go beyond the
normal blah solid fabric bags. The use of store bought sewing patterns and being able to tweak
them is amazing.
I have developed quite a following on Instagram, as well as at yearly juried Arts/Craft
Shows that I participate in.
The reason that I make beautiful women’s fabric tote bags and other bag accessories is
because I have a passion for sewing and creating beautiful bags. To see the smiles on the
faces of my customers and when they come back to purchase others is a joy within itself.
Beverly’s Beautiful Bags and More
Moments by Thomas
Thomas J Schwab
Jay Stutman designs
Ms. Jay Stutman
Jay Stutman is an award-winning jewelry designer. She lives in Newark, Delaware with her husband, a very large blind dog, and a sassy cat. As a self-taught beader, she fell in love with off-loom beadweaving and has been exploring the endless possibilities in design for the last thirteen years. Using a variety of beaded stitch techniques and art glass, she enjoys combining unusual color palettes that result in unique works of “wearable art”.
Ignoring the latest fashion trends, she creates jewelry that is timeless. From classic elegance to bold and funky, her style of intricately woven spiral rope sewn from seed beads and her passion for color translate into one of a kind jewelry pieces. “Classic Designs with a Twist”
Jay sells her jewelry at Arts by the Bay Gallery in Havre de Grace Maryland, Ivystone Studio in Downingtown Pennsylvania and juried art fairs in the tristate area. She is also a juried Chester County member of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsman.
Warren Wilson Photos
As an artist, I’ve chosen photography as my vehicle in allowing the viewer a glimpse into how I interpret life, all the while hoping to show a different perspective than one might expect. Photography has been a near-lifelong passion for me. I started out with a cheap box film camera in the mid-1950’s, photographed Vietnam in the mid-1960’s, worked as a photo lab technician 1970-2005, picked up a digital camera and joined a camera club in 2006. Joining the camera club taught me the skills and discipline needed to be a good photographer.
Although I’ve worked with film, I now devote most of my energy creating digital images. These digital images are then fine-tuned using various software packages. Then the work is sent to a professional photo lab for prints.
I’m what is considered a “generalist” photographer. A generalist is one who photographs a variety of subjects. Although I’ve found my passion in photographing nature, abstracts, and travel, I’ve also been known to photograph street scenes, extreme close-ups, and portraits—in other words, just about anything. I’ve found that doing so helps to keep me motivated and provides me with a large subject list.
Poplar Hollow Studio
Kim creates unique and whimsical, one-of-a-kind folk art with gourds…many of which are grown on her and husband Bob’s PA farm. No two gourds are alike. Sometimes a piece is created by painting the gourd with meticulous attention to detail in its original, unaltered shape. Other times the shape is enhanced or transformed with epoxy or paper clay sculpture. A multi-step hand-rubbed aging technique finishes each piece and adds to the old-fashioned charm. Many of her pieces are holiday themed. Inspiration comes from the simplicity of country life on the family farm. The changing seasons, an affinity for treasures from a bygone era and holiday traditions…these things are all celebrated in her work.