Michele Escude

M. Escude

While connecting with the glistening light on a body of water or on a mountainlandscape patiently waiting for the colors of a sunset, I realized my deep desire to interpret these moments through my art. Having been raised in New Orleans, I developed a love for art in all of its forms. Because of that […]

Judy Rentner

Judy loves the light. She is captivated by how light and dark interplay to form patterns and designs that make even the mundane magical. Although primarily a landscape painter, she paints whatever stirs her emotionally, and by presenting the thing created, may in some measure, reveal the Creator Himself. Graduating with a Bachelor of Fine […]

Lauren A. Medford

My work addresses the aesthetics of flamboyance, glamour, and attitude to express the “camp” sensibilities in popular culture. These concepts are explored through the selection of subject matter that underscores the campiness in popular culture and everyday life. Reoccurring themes in my work include camp, color, excess, flamboyance, and mock-glamour. 

Kathy Ozzard Chism

Local Nature and Wildlife Photographer Kathy Ozzard Chism lives her life to help others, and sees our world through a lens of LOVE. Her lineage includes five generations of professional female photographers.  Viewing the natural beauty on earth through a camera lens has been a lifelong passion. Kathy is a featured photographic artist at Fine Art […]

Christina Bendo

Christina Bendo grew up helping her parents grow food in the rich red clay soil of Virginia.  It seems a natural progression that she now works in a craft that uses the same raw materials needed to grow food to make objects used to serve it.  After earning her B.A. at the University of Mary […]

Rachel David

Rachel David, raised in Maryland resident of Waynesville NC, is a blacksmith, sculptor, designer, and maker.  Her metalwork practice is holistic; encompassing art, furniture, architectural elements, activism, collaborations, and gardening.  The work focuses on social and environmental justice, community, and communication; analyzing the many layers of colonization, restraints, and expectations across bodies and landscapes.  Iron is […]

Richard Hills

Rick Hills was educated at the University of Florida where he graduated with a degree in Art and Design.  Mr. Hills gained an understanding of the impact well-crafted artwork could have on the preservation and appreciation of the earth. In the 1980s and 1990s, Rick traveled throughout the U.S. and Canada exploring and painting the Great […]

Mojo Stained Glass

John & Lisa Townsend MoJo Stained Glass is created by Mom (Lisa) and John Townsend who started their craft as a couple who had a love of the art but never envisioned that they could ever create it.  After taking classes from a local artist in Montevallo, Alabama this husband and wife team began creating original […]

Cheryl Summey

To be creative stirs the soul and evokes passions buried deep within an artist! Being a silversmith and living within the majestic Smoky Mountains while connected to the Blue Ridge Parkway imprints the beauty of nature on my heart. Taking a piece of sterling silver sheet metal and manipulating it to create a unique and […]

Emily Reason

“I experience an elemental satisfaction when working with my hands; manipulating and mastering a material and technique through repetition and problem-solving. In this way, I am deeply connected to craft. I see craft as a discipline, a history to draw from and set of parameters to push. It is an ideal of beauty that I […]

Tina Honerkamp

Tina Honerkamp is a full-time oil painter with a background in illustration and design. Tina specializes in capturing light and shadow in creation, focusing mostly on florals, trees, and animals. She was featured in American Women Artists 2018 Online Show, she exhibited in the 2018 Oil Painters of America Salon Show and, currently, she is […]

Jan Kolenda

I am a clay artist who works with highly decorated functional and sculptural ceramics and large-scale relief ceramic tile murals. The continuing theme and direction for my work has always been the subject of nature. As a child, the beauty of the natural world captivated me. Plants and animals were the focus of my daily […]

Dawn Harrison

Inspired by the beautiful stained glass in my childhood church, I jumped at the chance to take a semi-private stained-glass class from a Winston-Salem, NC artist in 1999.  And, the journey began! In 2004, at a glass and bead show, I watched Pam East make glass beads with some frit (crushed glass), torch and copper […]

Bonnie Calhoun

I have done many craft and art work in my life but never drawing or painting.  My serious interest started in the fall of 2017 when I learned about the medium alcohol ink.  I jumped in with a starter kit and now have become a serious student of alcohol ink art and am constantly learning, […]

Karen Hansen

I create art as an outlet for a busy and complex inner life. I love expressing myself through drawing and mixed media. I’m inspired by nature, humanity, emotion and current events. I especially enjoy assembling ordinary, broken and discarded objects into new creations, often as cultural commentary.

Ilene Kay

I work in Argentium Silver, Gold, heat colored Titanium and Copper sheet and wire to create Art Jewelry using traditional fabrication metalsmithing techniques. I saw, texture, hammer, and form the metal with hand tools. Sinusoidal stakes and hammers are used to create the organic feel and form of the jewelry. The directness of forging metal […]

Cayce Moyer

Cayce Moyer is a mixed media visual artist originally from Miami, FL. She has lived in Western North Carolina for the past 7 years and currently calls Asheville home. Find more of her work at caycemoyercreations.com !

Gretchen Clasby

I’m Gretchen Clasby and I’m blessed to have been a full-time professional artist since 1967.  A little over 2 years ago I painted my first Sunrise over the beautiful Smoky Mountains.  I believe that painting ushered in my “Light Period,” just in time for this Corvid 19 pandemic. My goal is to remember light dispels darkness.   Step into […]

Nina Howard

Painting - Haywood County Arts Council

Nina Howard has been called a Renaissance Woman by her peers and friends and has painted hundreds of paintings since her art career began in New York City, after graduating top of her class in Interior Design from Fashion Institute of Technology. In 1982 she received her first commission for Merrill Lynch’s offices in Manhattan […]

Mary Decker

Born in the mountains of Pennsylvania, I developed a love of Nature and a familiarity with plants that is reflected in my paintings. If I am not hiking through the mountains or surrounded by the flowers in my own garden, then the next best place to be is in my studio painting them.  Here in […]

Jennifer Sharkey

My subject matter is the mandala. I paint mandalas because they symbolize unity and represent our universe by mimicking the circle of life. I get much of my inspiration from nature and from the study of Cymatics (the intricate wave pattern that forms in water when sound frequencies are applied). Geometric Dotillism is my preferred […]

Debbie Skelly

I am actually a gourd artist that fell in love with doing jewelry. Metalsmithing has always intrigued me, so when a class was offered at Haywood Community College in Clyde, NC a couple of years ago, I signed up and have been doing metalsmithing ever since. I am mostly self-taught but I have taken classes […]

Wendelyn Cordwell

Wendy is a 1973 graduate from SUNY Potsdam but it wasn’t until 2003-2010 that she pursued art education at HCC taking drawing, watercolor, and design and composition classes from instructor Lil Parks.   After studying watercolor and wanting to take a break, she discovered figurative collage by Elizabeth St. Hillarie, and purchased her instruction book in […]

Mike McKinney

Mike McKinney is a fourth-generation woodworker who had an opportunity to work in the shop with both his dad and granddaddy. His granddaddy, Paul, was his most impressive hero and was very pleased when Mike was with him in the shop. “Granddaddy made me a workbench from an old wooden crate, he attached a V-block […]

Susan Remi Dawkins

Although I paint realistically, the goal of my painting is never realism for its own sake. The subject, whether a landscape, a bird, or a pretty girl, is a vehicle to help me express my love for light, color, form, and the medium itself. I live for what Burt Silverman calls “the miracle that turns […]

Patty Coulter

Although I am versed in many techniques and art processes through my experience as a high school art teacher, I have recently begun to explore colored pencils. I enjoy the challenge of depicting line, form, and value not only through the technique of drawing, my favorite form of expression but with the added challenge of […]

Gayle Haynie

Gayle grew up in Michigan, but moved to the South in 1999, splitting her time between Florida and Georgia, before relocating to Western North Carolina in 2012. Gayle has always been involved in the arts, but when she discovered glass in 1990 a whole new world opened up for her. A world of color and […]

Mollie Harrington-Weaver

Expressing my view of the world through animals and the natural world brings me deep joy. I am happiest after a day of painting. It is my refuge in my too-busy life of a part-time Pediatrician, mother of three young daughters, and physician spouse.

Jerry Stuart

My work is acrylic on canvas reflecting the great surroundings in Western North Carolina.   From mountains, landscapes, cows and dogs captured in photos for information and composition.   Impressionistic style capturing the moment.  Color pallet reflects the natural look of the environment we live in creating an experience or a place visited. It all […]

Becki Kollat

I have always loved books, art journals and miniatures.  After majoring in Graphic Arts at the University of Akron, in Ohio, I became a freelance artist working in various mediums.   As I’ve studied and created art throughout my life, it has carried me in many different directions and finally led me to creating one-of-a-kind journals, and […]

Nancy Blevins

Nancy is a Haywood County native and enjoys painting nature and the beauty of our mountains. She has been painting with silk dyes for 35 years. During this time, by attending workshops with gifted artists, has added water media and oil to her mediums. She produces both wearable and wall art.

Velda S. Davis

I use Zella Stone clay, which has a high content of iron and creates black spots. I fire to cone 10, do a wax design, apply a Halling blue glaze (grey-blue color), and finally apply red dots.

Kaaren Stoner

I spent a year in Sweden in 1963 studying at a small school north of Stockholm. That year changed the direction of my life. I had the opportunity to do some handweaving and also touched clay for the first time I can remember. Five years later while traveling in Europe, I went to see an […]

Jason Woodard

Drawing is a continuation of the philosophical inquiry that has shaped my life for more than 20 years. I have a B.A. in Philosophy and an M.A. in English, but I have found that the act of drawing has expanded my ability to: investigate the nature of reality, attempt to make sense of that reality, […]

Marnie Brooks

I am fascinated by our world from macro and micro perspectives. My photography and award-winning haiga (haiku/photography) are reproduced on metal, glass, acrylic, wood, stone, and canvas in various sizes. As a Reiki Master, I also create meditation pieces (3×5 to 8×10) with themes to aid in relaxation and inspiration.

Barbara Brook

I enjoy the challenge of trying to control the medium. of watercolor. I love the luminosity that transparent paint can produce. To achieve that glowing effect, numerous layers of paint are applied called “glazing.” My painting are inspired by photos that I have taken. Whether from nature, doors, and windows on old buildings, intriguing faces, […]