Tuesday, November 10, 2015

North Shore Arts Holiday Festival showcases the Best of the Best this weekend Nov. 14 & 15!

The NSAA Holiday Festival of Fine Arts and Fine Crafts is almost here! We are excited to welcome the participation of such fine artisans as: Trudy Allen, Dorothy Arthur of Dot's Pots, John Bassett, Robert Bliss of Bliss Ceramic Studios, Judith Bly, Friedl Brosch of A.F. Brosch Woodworking, Susan Burton, Jane Danikas, Elaine Daly, Jackie Ganin-DeFalco of Cape Ann Designs, Michael Foley of M.S. Foley Stoneworks, Ellen Garvey, Deborah Guertze, George Hilton, Michele Kenna, Susan Kenna, Lisa LeVasseur of belle + me designs, Carmela Martin, Fran Nola, Valentin Zev Rejman, Susan Riach of Susan Riach Designs, Ronald Ross, Gail Roy, Laurie Cox Schreiber, Pat Toches, Jim Trudeau of Wheelworks Pottery, Anna Vojtech, Paige Wallis, Beth Williams of Beth Williams Studio, and Chris Williams of Chris Williams Sculpture.
Celebrate the upcoming Holiday season with artists, neighbors, and friends and share the fun of shopping locally. Your purchases will support Cape Ann and New England artists and artisans as well as the non-profit North Shore Arts Association! See you November 14th & 15th at the NSAA! Meanwhile, more tantalizing sneak peaks:

Dorothy Arthur of Dot's Pots
Upon retirement after 26 years teaching the Visual Arts in the Salem Public School System, Dorothy returned to her lifelong interest in clay. In 2011, Dot's Pots was born and Dorothy began working on a series of lanterns that combined her interests in ceramics and architecture. The ideas for the motifs of the lantern cutouts were inspired by the various window styles of historic Salem, MA buildings including Old Town Hall, Hamilton Hall, Peabody Essex Museum, St. Peter's Church, Custom House as well as homes on Federal and Chestnut Streets. Trips to New Orleans, Italy and Ireland have expanded her collection of Architectural windows into a Travel series.
Dot's popular Nature Lantern series currently include dragonflies, leaves, vines, ocean creatures, and seasonal themes. House plaques, baby plaques and birth announcement ornaments have been added to her production as well as new kitchen wares including olive oil bottles and cruets of all varieties . http://www.dots-pots.com


Judith Bly
Judith Bly has had a life-long interest in creative expression. Her parents collected art and had an antiques shop in their Bronx home. After years of water color painting, Judith discovered bead design as a new way of realizing her artistic needs. She is a self-taught bead designer, having informally studied various art media and craft. Judith is a retired psychotherapist living in Rockport and also exhibits at the Newburyport Art Association gift shop. www.rockyneckartcolony.org/_artists/bly.php

Ellen Garvey
"A glassblowing class was an escape from my demanding career in high tech. It wasn't long before I was hooked! So now I spend my time in the glass studio experimenting with the forms, colors, and techniques of this challenging medium. It's an endless process with unlimited possibilities and a lot of excitement. Now the other side of my brain is in the driver's seat!"  www.eglassylady.com

Jane DanikasPresenting fine jewelry and gems!

Elaine Caliri Daly
Offering ornaments and angels!

George Hilton of George Hilton Creations
Master craftsman George Hilton, a retired Lynn, MA Fire Lieutenant, draws on his own extensive personal and professional experience to create the stunning works of art that bear his name. An avid hunter and fisherman, George was a licensed taxidermist for twenty-five years. He was renowned in the industry for his remarkable ability to capture and recreate the essence of wildlife fish and game. Expert Harry Kenerson, sportsman's journalist, once said of George Hilton in his featured article, "He mounts the best rainbow trout I have ever seen."
In the 1990's when Jurassic Park was all the rage, George created a sensation by hand painting and mounting dinosaur head. "Hilton Heads" soon caught the attention of The Sharper Image and George's dinosaurs were chosen as the featured item in the Christmas Catalogue. CEO Richard Thalheimer of The Sharper Image wrote of George's works of art "Few handmade collectible have generated as much admiration and conversation in our offices."
Now George has applied his extraordinary talent to create stunning works of art to carving and painting wooden birds. Because each life sized bird is crafted one at a time, each bird is an original and comes with a certificate and brief history of the species itself. The process of handcrafting each bird is a laborious one, but once the final touches, including glass eyes, are added, if they looked any more real, you'd have to feed them. http://www.georgehiltoncreations.com

Michele Kenna
Presenting fabulous wall hangings and more!

Susan Kenna of Art Felt Creations
I am involved in the ancient art of needle-felting. All my items are made of pure wool. To make a necklace, I begin with a small tuft of wool and begin to felt it on a foam pad with a wooden handled needle. I keep poking the felt until I form a small bead. I continue to felt the bead until it is dense. When the bead is finished, I take other pieces of colored wool, and needle into the bead a design. Each bead is individually made and then designed. My necklaces have as many as 11 beads, but I also make necklaces with a single wool bead. I string my necklaces on sterling silver or round leather cord. I use sterling silver or vermeil toggle clasps. My purses and handbags are done the same way, using large amounts of wool layered 5 times to make the piece well-built and strong. I also use felt punches which have 10-12 needles per punch to felt the wool. After the piece is finished, I needle-felt a design into the finished produce. The piece is then wet felted to make the wool dense. All purses and handbags are lined and have either a zipper or snap closure. www.artfeltcreations.com

Carmela MartinOffering works on tile and vibrant color!

Fran NolaHandcrafted angels to bless everyone on your list!

Valentin Zev Rejman
Zev Rejman creates distinctive, handcrafted metal art and jewelry, using silver, gold, bronze, and copper toned brass, in unique and original patterns inspired by life and nature. He applies the latest etching techniques to create a palette of shapes and textures. Zev founded Etched Vintage Art Studio, Inc., and helped in pioneering the chemical milling etching process on metal sheets. Rejman's designs are steeped in the historical evolution of countries from around the world. The etched designs are characterized by rich surfaces and textures, and convey vivid depictions and unique perspectives.

Susan Riach of Susan Riach Designs
Having the great fortune and gift of an artistic spirit and while completing metalsmithing classes, I realized that designing, forging, hammering, and sculpting little pieces of wearable art was to be my passion. My unique hand forged and hammered jewelry creations in sterling silver, are bold, strong, and contemporary, yet make a simple, classic, and elegant statement complementing the flow and contours of the body.
I take my inspiration from the organic and architectural elements which surround me, and design from the simplicity of the soul.
So as I strive to bring you exceptional pieces designed and fabricated one at a time, by my hands, from my studio in Salem, NH, I hope you love my work as much as I enjoy creating it for you. I invite you to visit my website to view my collection of neckpieces, pendants, bracelets, and earrings. 

Ronald RossOffers one of a kind hand made ornaments!

Gail RoyShowcases her superb hand felting and fiber arts!

Laurie Cox Schreiber
Beautiful hand painted floor oil cloths and more!

Pat Toches
Unique pottery and ceramics, both practical and works of art!

Anna Vojtech
Anna has illustrated various books for children, mostly folktales and stories about nature. Her pictures are full of flowers and animals, or giraffes and elephants, or of little birds and chipmunks. Folktales are also about people, their nature and their spirit. Through her illustrations Anna has brought readers closer to our Native American heritage as well as the traditions of other nations. Nature has always been a strong source of inspiration for Anna. She spent years combing through the forests and meadows searching out rare wild flowers. Parts of her extensive collection of botanical paintings were published in various magazines, and as a book "Wild Flowers for All Seasons". They have been exhibited in the USA, Canada, and England. www.avojtech.com

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