Oxley, Joy

May 01, 2013 No Comments

 

As an artist, I am drawn to the sparkle and twinkle of glass! Reflections of color and light, it’s riveting glisten, begs to be created and captured in unique shapes. It is a connection with art and beauty that speaks to the soul.

The fused dichroic glass design in the photo above, is made using a kiln, diamond saws, and lapidary equipment. These gold filled settings are cold connection work, made using a file, pliers, hammer and steel. I use a lot of silver wire, hammering, and bending into shape with my hands and tools to create original settings.

My other passion in the world of glass is lampworking (torch work), using pyrex. It’s resilience, clarity, and endless colors evoke wonder, conversation; and accentuate everyone’s own sense of style.

The materials that I use to create my wearable art glass have been manufactured in the USA.
You can see more of my work at www.theoregonrain.com

 

Holland, Marcia

Oct 27, 2012 No Comments

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Chandler, Christine

Oct 25, 2012 No Comments

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Artist Christine Chandler

Artist Christine Chandler

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True art was created when God spoke this world into being.  We, as artists in any medium, take what already is, and mold it into an expression of what our soul has to say about it.  I have been a member of Blue Morning Gallery since 2007 with my photography.  In 2010 I also joined in the creation of Pearl and Leather Jewelry.

As a photographer I cannot limit myself to just one genre.  I see beauty in everything I look on and everywhere I look.  My desire with photography is to somehow capture that moment, to gaze upon it again, and experience what my soul says about it.  Art to me opens the doorway within ourselves that so many people close off due to the ritual of everyday life.  It can make us laugh and smile.  It can also make us cry and feel sadness.  It is all good, because it says, “I am Alive!”

My Jewelry creations are also about nature.  Taking the raw and simple pearls and leather and creating beautiful pieces of jewelry.  I call it an “Earthy Elegant” look.  Just as in photography, jewelry making needs a creative eye of balance and composition.  In my jewelry pieces I only use high quality pearls that I drill to fit the 2mm leather.  I also have incorporated some Sterling Silver into some of my designs.

Along with being involve as an artist at Blue Morning Gallery, I also participate in numerous Art Festivals throughout the South Eastern United States.  Plus I also have a very strong online presence at www.ChristineChandler.com.
 

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Kurtz, Jan

Oct 24, 2012 No Comments

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Inspiration and fascination with the environment around us is apparent in the intimate naturescapes that Jan creates.  Her interest in art is shared by her mother and grandmother, and was rekindled after years of studying science, as she began taking art classes in the late 90’s.  She has learned from many mentors who first her sparked creativity through the brilliance and transparency of watercolor, introduced the immediacy and subtlety of pastels, and most recently demonstrated the richness and texture of oils.  Her association with the Pensacola Museum of Art, Gulf Breeze Arts and the Plein Air Painters strengthened her work.

Her commitment to the environment extends to service as a research biologist with the US Environmental Protection Agency, where she investigates ecological problems that affect the Gulf of Mexico, including water quality, the dead zone and red tide.  She remains captivated by things from nature from broad vistas to small things like rocks and bugs or even microscopic shapes.
 

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Leonard, LaLarney

Oct 23, 2012 No Comments

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Lleonard 01 I began my artistic endeavor as a potter making bowls, vases, etc.  But, a car accident in 1998 eventually prevented working any more with clay.

I was always interested in jewelry.  I began taking classes along the Gulf Coast from Pensacola to Gulf Port, Mississippi.  I studied jewelry making and began to make jewelry.  This led to selling jewelry and I started a business named Lavender L’Attitudes.  I was screened into the Gallery as a jewelry artist and sell my work in Blue Morning Gallery.

I have a studio in my home which is dedicated to my jewelry making.  I began making jewelry using semi-precious stones, wire and gold/silver findings from jewelry wholesale houses.  I am now beginning to concentrate on using Swarovski crystal beads, pearls and rondelles.

My studio was destroyed by Hurricane Ivan and I have since rebuilt it more to my liking than it was before.  I have been a member of Blue Morning Gallery since it first started in April 1997.

 

McMillan, Meghan

Oct 22, 2012 No Comments

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Born in 1982, Meghan has lived in Pensacola and always been surrounded with accessible inspiration.  Beginning school at St. Paul’s Catholic, she was able to enjoy art lessons at an young age.  Early in her artistic formation, she was interested in more exact drawing and painting.  As she matured, so did her style.  She has become more impulsive and sensitive while maintaining her ability and need for precision.  Throughout High School at B.T. Washington, as her artistic ability grew, her devotion intensified.  Taking as many art classes as allowed was a great experience and she decided to pursue art in college.

At The University of West Florida, she was mostly interested in sculpture, the bigger the better.  The shapes she generated were, for the most part, symmetrical.  It is this symmetry that contributes to the overall unity and serenity of her art.  In some of her pieces, she strove to capture specific elements of nature in abstract and organic simplicity.  While some artists may try to draw interest and enthusiasm by utilizing bright colors and harsh shapes, she seeks to attract viewers who search for peace and contemplation.  With the world around her in such chaos, she tries to envelop her life and in turn, her work, in tranquility; she hopes to give emotional relief to those who choose to glance her way.  After a few stimulating years, she received her B.A. of Studio Art and Philosophy in 2005.

After college, she slowed down in making art and focused on work.  After getting married May 19th 2007, she is now fortunate enough to work only part-time and has once again realized the joys of creating, as Meghan Shea McMillan.  Recently, her style has evolved both in skill and medium.  She has become interested in objects related to time, family, and history.  Using old watch parts, buttons vinyl records, lace, letterpress letters, Anagram game pieces, and keys, she has explored jewelry-making.  Making and wearing these pieces has been a wonderful experience.  She has always been timid about selling her art, but has decided that she is now ready to do so.  Her jewelry has been well received by many and she hopes to continue to spread the appreciation of the inherent narrative and significance of delicate objects.

Most recently, she is creating unique etched copper jewelry and enjoys custom orders.
 

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Stone, Delia

Oct 20, 2012 No Comments

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Delia Stone is one of Pensacola, Florida’s top jewelry artists.  Winner of multiple awards and published six times in the national jewelry maker’s magazine Step by Step Wire, Delia’s techniques are adapted from the styles developed in ancient Egypt, Phoenicia, and Peru.  Delia explains that contrary to popular misconception, wire work is indeed an art.  It has just been a lost art for thousands of years and is finally re-emerging to take its place amongst the world’s aesthetics once again.  Delia is always adding to her skill set. “Enameling is my latest obsession” says Delia.  I’ve taught myself how to create my own cloisonné jewels and found that I really enjoy creating these little wearable works of art.  It’s like painting with fire and glass and is another ancient art form that I can add to my repertoire. ”

Along with the ancient and timeless techniques of history’s greatest civilizations, Delia’s signature Victorian era Needle-lace work, which she helped popularize amongst today’s jewelry artists, is characteristic of her great attention to detail.  Her Green Corn stitch, inspired by her experiences in a traditional Muskogee Creek Stomp Dance society is especially popular amongst Native American style artists.  Delia likes to work with precious and semi-precious stones; labradorite, ammonite fossils and carved bone, precious metals and vitreous glass.   These diverse influences and natural flowing techniques give Delia Stone’s work a timeless character that is both classical and modern.

A lover of nature, Delia first began making wire jewelry in 1991 by wrapping polished stones for friends and family.  Initially she made her pieces to give away as gifts as she developed her unique style.  Knowledge of her work grew and Delia subsequently began receiving orders from people eager to commission and purchase her work.  Being self-taught, Delia had to seek out and conceptually deconstruct the many styles and techniques she has since made a natural part of her art.  As her talents developed she quickly began receiving requests for hands on jewelry lessons which inspired a line of Delia Stone original tutorials and a series of formal classes.  She looks forward to teaching others what she struggled on her own to learn, giving her students something she never had; a professional foundation and instruction on basic to advanced techniques, encouraging the continuance of her craft for the future.  She has taught wire-wrap jewelry classes all over the Southeast, and currently resides in Pensacola, Florida where she offers group classes and individual instruction by appointment.  Delia firmly believes that to become a professional artist, one only need take their work seriously and understand the value of bringing a vision to life.

Awards: Current as of November 2010
Troyfest 2004 – Merit Award
Troyfest 2005 – Merit Award
Greater Gulf Coast Arts Festival Heritage Arts 2008 – Award of Excellence
Festival on the Green 2010 – Third Place
Troyfest 2010 – Seven Purchase Awards
Williams Stations Day 2010 – Merit Award and two Purchase Awards
Great Gulf Coast Arts Festival Heritage Arts 2010 – Award of Excellence
Publications: Current as of November 2010
Step by Step Wire Magazine 2005 – Wire Works Gallery Pages
Step by Step Wire Magazine 2007 – Wire Works Gallery Pages
Step by Step Wire Jewelry 2008 (Summer Issue) – Featured Tutorial: Needlelace Caged Pendant
Step by Step Wire Jewelry 2010 (Spring Issue) – Wire Works Gallery Pages
Step by Step Wire Jewelry 2010 (Summer Issue)- Wire Works Gallery Pages
Step by Step Wire Jewelry’s special issue: Best of Wire 2010 Featured Tutorial: Needlelace Caged Pendant

Heart Song by: Delia Stone

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Rare reddish-pink Eudialyte captured in 14k gold fill wire lace with a pink tourmaline embellishment.

Rare reddish-pink Eudialyte captured in 14k gold fill wire lace with a pink tourmaline embellishment.
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