Jim has been oil painting most of his life, though naturally with work and raising a family with Doris, he at times had to put his artistic efforts on hold. Amazingly Jim is mostly self-taught, learning from books found in local hobby stores.
With encouragement from Doris he returned in retirement to using his skills which he had developed by painting mostly land and seascapes. Discovering his love of still lifes, Jim then forged ahead with renewed energy as witnessed by this wonderful still life.
CONGRATULATIONS to our own JIM BISCARDI who won first place in 2D Art at the Waxhaw Art Kaleidoscope May 21 and 22, 2016.
Doris took classes at Glass Works, basket weaving with Bev Nagy at The McColl Center for Visual Arts and pottery with Jinny Hargrave at Carolina Clay Connection, all of them in Charlotte, NC.
Doris' creative energy now focuses on hand thrown pottery. Her work ranges from functional to decorative and whimsical.
Renee started ceramics just before she retired from Gaston County Schools. It only took one class for her to become addicted to the possibilities of clay. She uses the wheel for more traditional pieces and hand builds to create one of a kind art. Renee has taken classes and workshops held by many regional potters. She continues to learn new techniques at Gaston College
In 2006 was awarded an Honorable Mention at the "Visual Harvest" art exhibit sponsored by the Gaston County Art Guild. She won third place at the Southern Arts Society show "I Am Woman" in 2007 and has shown her work in many other art exhibits.
Lynette & David Demperio
Lynette Demperio studied art at the University of Minnesota, City University of New York and Gaston College with jewelry design being her major focus for over 25 years. Lynette’s approach to jewelry blends her love of nature with an appreciation for an eclectic mixture of metals, gemstones and found objects.
David Demperio, DC is an artist, musician and Chiropractic Physician. David studied pottery at Meramec Community College in Saint Louis, Missouri in 1979. He studied jewelry making at Gaston College with Jan Craft in 1997-1998. The course of study included techniques of casting and fabrication of copper, silver and gold. David also works in clay, doing functional and decorative pieces as well as custom ceramic tile work.
While jewelry design continues to be their main focus, they also create textile designs. Influenced by their trips to Japan and the rich colors and techniques of the Japanese silk fabrics, they studied Shibori silk dyeing with a fabric artist in Iowa.
My art has evolved from a desire to try something new and interesting after retiring from a career in accounting. A casual interest in mosaics has evolved into spending many hours creating items with broken ceramics and other found objects. Basically a self-taught artist, I have developed my skills from hands-on experience as well as extensive internet research on techniques and proper procedures related to this art form.
Recently, I discovered the Ciel Gallery in Charlotte, NC. This discovery has expanded my interest in mosaics to include stained glass. Working with glass tiles as well as glass on glass techniques has provided me with many more opportunities to expand my art.
Pat recently won Third Place for her "Garden Poetry" mosaics at the Southern Arts Society 2017 art exhibit and competition "A FRESH LOOK."
Pat's work can be viewed and purchased at all Catawba River Artisans art festivals and shows and at the following gallery:
Buffalo Creek Gallery, 104 E. Warren St., Shelby, NC 28150. 704-487-0256.
A song, a photograph, the tactile feel of texture, or even an aroma, can often evoke memories of place and time. I want my jewelry to bookmark those memories.
My medium of choice is silver and gold, shaping and working the metal to form shapes that kindle movement and flow, hammering, soldering, and bending to connect pieces into a composition with depth, feeling, and harmony.
A camera and a sketchpad are always at hand, for recording the inspiration of a moment. Later, I develop those concepts and ideas into a composition. Then comes the plan for construction. I weave multiple elements, light and heavy, quiet and loud, foreground and background, into a dynamic composition.
Barry has been making pots at his shop near Dallas, North Carolina since 1973. He digs and enhances a local clay. He also uses minerals and other materials found in Gaston and Lincoln counties for glazes and slips. His production includes wheel thrown pots such as coffee cups, large mugs, casseroles, bowls, teapots, vases, plates, platters, vases, & trays. All pots are singlefiredin a 74 cubic foot sprung arch kiln fueled with # 2 diesel oil. Above cone 5 he adds wood and salt.
As a student at Gaston College he met Michael Cardew who probably has most greatly influenced his approach to clay. Mr. Cardew at Gaston presented Ladi Kwali who made a pot in the African tradition by walking around her work.
He worked with Jack Sexton and Grace Carr at JS Pottery.
Ben Davison encouraged Barry to salt fire and designed his salt kiln.
“Nature creates beauty all around us fresh daily. I aspire to capture some of that beauty and freshness in my pots.” - Barry
Barry is featured the month of November in ElectricIties 2016 calendar. This calendar features artist/crafts people from 66 small North Carolina towns. An article about Barry's pottery was published in the June 2016 issue of Gaston Alive magazine.
website: Lockman Pottery.com
Purchase Barry’s Pottery at
Kings Mountain Art Center (Southern Arts Society), Kings Mountain, NC
Southern Charm Winery, Lincolnton, NC
Meet the Maker: Lockman Pottery In the Gaston County town of Dallas, potter Barry Lockman uses local materials to create artwork influenced by the natural world around him.
Please view the article written by K McKay and view the video
Lorene's paintings capture the true essence of nature; in beaches and moutain landscapes, rural scenes, majestic trees, garden and wildflowers and often birds. They are portrayed in a straight forward manner that evokes our sensitivities to nature as she shares her emotions and experiences through her art.
Lorene began to paint seriously in 1986 twenty-three years after her formal training during college. During those intervening years she raised two lovely daughters and owned and operated an Art Gallery/Bookstore in Montana where she grew up. (She often called it an "Art Mercantile") After living twenty six wonderful years in Colorado she now resides in Belmont, North Carolina. Lorene works out of her studio in Gastonia, North Carolina with twenty-five other artists in a shared building called "Arts on Main".
Ms. Lovell has developed a technique using table salt and diluted dish soap, which often creates the ethereal feeling in her "magical reality" paintings.
Lorene's work is exhibited in many corporate and private collections as well as galleries in North and South Carolina, Montana and Colorado.
Jean delights in making unusual, lightweight and mechanical jewelry, often with a message that is written or implied. She is a certified Precious Metal Clay instructor and likes to combine PMC pieces with traditional silver work. Several of her instructional jewelry-making projects have been published in Lapidary Journal and Art Jewelry magazines. Jean lives in Belmont, NC.
Katie is a SC native who has been creating all her life. She studied fine arts at Winthrop University and studied abroad in China. Her focus was in ceramics and she later went back to pursue a degree in art education. She taught fine arts in the public school system for seven years and is now working on growing her portfolio. She is apprenticing with Barry Lockman, a local potter in Dallas and is also a private contractor for the Schiele Museum, where she assists the exhibits team with painting, drawing and sculpting. Her passion is for creating porcelain pieces and carving patterns that are inspired by nature. She hopes to learn more about exhibits while also growing her ceramic business. She lives with her husband and four year old son in Gastonia.