Visual Artists

The CenterFest 2019 Visual Artist Application has now closed. We are delighted to welcome the following artists to exhibit at CenterFest!


CENTERFEST 2019 EXHIBITING ARTISTS:

Wendy Allen of Durham, NC makes hand-felted Merino wool hats and other accessories using professional millinery techniques. All designs are vintage and fantasy inspired.

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Tracy Anderson of Norfolk, VA paints with acrylics to create abstract backgrounds, color and texture to help portray animal personalities and celebrate what makes each animal unique.

Amy Barnard of Raleigh, NC makes handbags and accessories using cruelty-free, eco-friendly materials, such as recycled vinyl, washable paper, or South American textiles.

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Sean Barry of Atlanta, GA is inspired by modern gallery art as well as street art to create works that explore themes of pop and counterculture by using a variety of techniques such as transfers, transfers, serigraph, collage, stencil and paints.

Paula Baumann of Apex, NC creates vessels from cotton cord, paper yarn & wire. The vessels are stitched then hand-dyed using natural materials such as turmeric, Himalayan rhubarb, indigo or pomegranate. Recycled buttons and hand dyed yarns are added to embellish each piece.

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  • Business Name: Baskets For Everything & More!
  • Media: Fiber

Veronica and David Bennett of Meadows of Dan, VA are a team specializing in lamp-working, kiln forming, and casting their own glass. They construct their sculptures by soldering and welding glass with semiprecious stones, fossils, and historical objects.

Hallie Bertling of Greenville, SC creates a fairy tale feet series using vibrant gouache and ink that allow the viewer to step into the stories for themselves and reflect on what it might be like in another’s adventure.

Mark Bickett of Raleigh, NC hand crafts flutes starting from a block of wood. He uses high quality sound woods such as sepele, sitka spruce, and aromatic cedar, and then tunes each flute meticulously.

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Angela Bond of Decatur, GA works freehand with acrylics and various acrylic mediums on canvas to visually deconstruct a reference image while using large plains of bold color as an independent structural element.

  • Media: Painting

Rae Brown and Julie Rogers of Ayden, NC use mid-range white stoneware to handcraft functional pottery with distinctive, dynamic coloring achieved by using a unique firing schedule.

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Jean Brylowe of Carthage, NC creates abstract pieces using enamels, acrylics, oil sticks, palette knives, rollers and various texture tools.

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  • Media: Painting

John Buchanan of Amherst, VA uses fine domestic hardwoods, with traditional joinery to make functional objects to enhance the user’s everyday life.

Lynn Burcher of Hillsborough, NC creates whimsical, nature-themed jewelry by using glass beads and combining them with enamel and fused glass components.

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Terri Cadman and Martha Cummins of New Market, TN hand-carve, shape, and turn wood to create sculptures and functional art that is inspired by nature.

Alessandro Cagiati of New Bern, NC creates detailed, wheel-thrown functional pieces with hand-pulled handles applied in an unusual style. All pieces are functional and finished with hand-brushed glazes.

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Natasha Caine of Wilmington, NC creates Victorian and Postmodern Victorian styled metal collages using vintage and antique parts and a lost wax technique.

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  • Business Name: Empire Jewelry
  • Media: Mixed Media

Dan Campbell of Morrisville, NC emphasizes texture in his artwork by using acrylics mixed with various gels for differing weights and a slow-drying medium with the acrylics to increase their blending ability.

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Adair Carroll of Durham, NC creates digital artwork inspired by music and fashion from the 80’s and 90’s.

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  • Media: Digital

Nell Chandler of Hillsborough, NC creates sterling silver jewelry embellished with precious and semi-precious stones, other metals and mixed media including enamel, polyshrink or resin.

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Randy and Jean Chapman of Fuquay-Varina, NC bend, twist, cut and weld scrap metal to create miscellaneous figures such as characters and careers resulting in welded metal art.

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Kevin Chen of Cary, NC uses brushes freely with ink and colors extracted from natural material to paint on silk and handmade rice paper and applies lines, dots, outlines and gradation of shades to express the essence of connection to nature’s harmony and beauty.

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  • Media: Painting

Garry Childs of Rougemont, NC creates wheel thrown, Terra Cotta pottery finished with glazes and carvings.

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Pui-Lan Cockman of Asheboro, NC works with ink and bamboo brushes on watercolor paper to create one-of-a-kind watercolor paintings.

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Sarah Cole of Asheville, NC produces beautiful adornments that unveil the connection between the beauty of symmetry, the natural world and the human spirit.

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Denise Coonley of Crestwood, KY creates pieces made out of alpaca and silk gauze that is run through a FeltLOOM to make the base of each piece. Each piece is then trimmed in Angora and other interesting locks either by hand or sometimes using the FeltLOOM then dyed, washed and steamed.

Joe Cordaro of Wilmington, NC produces entirely hand-drawn digital artwork using a pressure sensitive stylus and tablet connected to a Mac and creates prints on high resolution, resin coated luster paper.

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  • Media: Digital

Kristen Dahms of Williamsburg, VA layers watercolor, paper collage and ink to create mixed media compositions with intricate texture, patterns, words, and hidden images.

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Kathleen Dautel of Raleigh, NC combines passions in architecture and metal-smithing to create modern jewelry in steel. Forms are both architecturally based and drawn from nature.

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Julia Dressler of Clarksville, VA creates artistic “Americana” photography depicting life in the mid 1900s, featuring vintage vehicles, country stores, filling stations & fragments of life during that time period.

Lorie and David English of New Bern, NC are a husband and wife team who upcycle various items into handbags, guitars, electric kazoos and instrument cases using materials such as antique feed sacks, cigar boxes and license plates.

NC Artists

  • Media: Mixed Media

David Epps of Asheville, NC captures visions foreseen in dreams and travels using long exposures and darkroom edit techniques.

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  • Media: Photography

Randie Felts of Clarksville, VA creates handwoven apparel, accessories and garments using natural fibers such as rayon, silk, alpaca/silk blend and cotton.

Kim Fraser of Chapel Hill, NC works with sumptuous materials of millinery to create hats and headpieces that are steamed, blocked and stitched all by hand.

NC Artist

  • Business Name: Hatnip
  • Media: Fiber

Brian and Tracy Frerichs of Forked River, NJ are a husband and wife team creating unique pieces of wall art, geometric shelves, frames and furniture pieces out of reclaimed wood. The duo collects all wood local sources, then de-nails and sands the wood to be re-imagined as new art.

Amy Friend of Wendell, NC depicts the desire for balance and the dichotomy of life in her work through illustrations of birds using graphite and acrylic on wood.

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  • Media: Mixed Media

Bruce and Christine Green of Micanopy, FL fire paintings in glaze, digitally deconstruct them, and then repaint them on the computer in preparation to be vapor transferred onto layers of metal or glass.

Maggie Grier of Irondale, AL paints layers using oil paint on canvas to create ethereal landscapes. She uses metal leafing instead of frames on the edges.

  • Media: Painting

Luis Enrique Gutierrez of Wake Forest, NC creates fine ceramic sculptures that are a blend of the artist’s Nicoyan Indian Heritage with his contemporary innovations.

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  • Media: Sculpture

Eric Hanan of Graham, NC hand carves abstract sculptures using end grain and crotch vessels featuring shell and mineral inlays.

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Morgan Harris of High Point, NC creates spectacular crystalline vases in various colors and forms with one-of-a-kind crystal formations.

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Erin Hathaway of Holly Springs, NC utilizes a wide variety of material, patterns and designs to create handwoven chainmaille jewelry and accessories

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Delores Hayes of Durham, NC creates wheel thrown decorative and functional ceramics using different techniques to provide texture and layers.

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Lynn Hedgecock of Cary, NC hand stitches jewelry utilizing seed beads, crystals, gemstones and metals. A variety of bead weaving and bead embroidery techniques are used.

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Ian Herdell of Durham, NC creates furniture and wall art from unusual solid wood using traditional and modern tools and techniques.

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James and Meredith Hill of Richmond, VA hand-print screen prints of their own illustrations and photographs. Their inks are mixed by hand creating unique colors for each print, and are environmentally friendly and water based.

  • Business Name: Lightbox
  • Media: Printmaking

Chris Hobe of Braselton, GA utilizes acrylic and spray paint on handcrafted framed wood panels to create iconic imagery used that reflects historical pop culture mixed in with current pop culture trends.

Lorri Honeycutt of Austin, TX captures whimsical and humorous macro photography created by posing miniature figurines in clever settings.

Doreen Jakob of Durham, NC makes ceramics that combine her passion for clay and textiles. She uses textiles (vintage laces, crochet, embroidery) as well as other post-consumer products (linoleum, packaging, natural materials) to create unique textures and impressions on clay.

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Jenni James of Durham, NC uses classic and unique designs to make bold statement pieces for everyday wear.

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Devin Johnson of Northfield, MN is committed to using 100% reclaimed materials and hand-forged findings to create jewelry for men and women.

Jinsong Kim of Seagrove, NC produces hand-thrown vessels that are cutout, carved or hand-painted with multiple glazes applied.

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Susan Kopkind of Cary, NC sculpts coiled fabric bowls by applying different Batik fabrics to cotton clothesline and then coiling the bowls using a zig-zag stitch on the sewing machine.

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  • Business Name: Su-Di Designs
  • Media: Fiber

Curtis Krueger of Wilmington, NC takes photographs with exposures ranging from 30 seconds to 3 hours to produce color printed photos using archival digital techniques.

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Lulu Kurkechian of Palm City, FL uses lost wax casting in sterling silver with fine gemstones, pearls, opal, and found objects to create unique pieces of jewelry.

Allan Leon of Morrisville, NC creates artwork by cutting adhesive vinyl into irregular shapes then paste them down to create a composition of different stylistic themes.

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Tara Locklear of Raleigh, NC is inspired by social culture materials and uses recycled skateboards because of their unique graphic and color quality to produce jewelry.

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Suzanne Love of Raleigh, NC cuts, sands, shapes, and cleans copper shapes, then sifts powdered glass on the surface and fires the piece in a kiln. This starts a multi-step, experimental, process of layering and firing multiple times to obtain the depth and separation of color.

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Lauren and Henry Lovejoy of Wendell, NC create nature-inspired glass mosaics by using recycled materials such as hand-cut and broken stained glass, broken wine and beer bottles, sea glass, vintage window sashes and handmade barn wood framing.

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Melissa Lowery, of Zebulon, NC, makes handmade copper and brass jewelry oxidized using various patina techniques to achieve unique colors and designs. Organic materials such as wood chips, leaves, salt, vinegar and water are used to create patina formulas and techniques.

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Judi Magier of Greensboro, NC custom prints original collage art onto natural fabrics to create colorful, functional products.

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Andre Maiwald of East Greenville, PA creates one-of-a-kind handmade unique birdhouses, figure and wood work from natural local wood.

Lara Maples and Erin Whittaker of Carolina Beach, NC recycle leftover fabric from projects completed at boat shops to create durable, weather-resistant bags.

NC Artists

  • Business Name: Cabin Girl Designs LLC
  • Media: Fiber

Kathleen Master of Holly Springs, NC produces acid etched sculpted and formed copper on watercolor backgrounds.

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Mary May of Raleigh, NC creates original designs in silver using traditional metal smithing techniques. Focal pieces are fired with multiple layers of enamel to achieve intense colors and accented by hand-made chains and clasps.

NC Artist

  • Media: Jewelry

Richard McCollum of Bryn Athyn, PA creates wooden kitchenware using cherry and other wood designs that are free form cut on a band saw, drilled, and drum sanded, then finished with bees wax and mineral oil. Both right and left hand utensils are available.

Sunny McGowan of Greenville, SC creates intricately carved relief prints by taking multiple hand-pulled linocuts printed in acrylic on unryu paper and collaging and mounting them to birch panel, which creates unique, repetitive patterns.

Mary Meglaughlin of Cary, NC uses a top coat needle felted over a wire armature to produce movable sculptures of various creatures and critters.

NC Artist

  • Business Name: Art Felt Critters
  • Media: Fiber
  • Booth: A08

Scott Meyer of Pittsboro, NC creates art boxes and storage vessels using exotic and domestic sustainable hardwood while incorporating metals, glass and resins to compliment the wood.

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William and Myra Moore of Burlington, NC study the animal anatomy of the selected creature prior to carving the shape with traditional tools including chisels, gouges, knives and mallets.

NC Artists

  • Business Name: Myra Moore
  • Media: Wood

Ashley Mortenson of Greensboro, NC cleans reclaimed fence wood and restores the patina with “ironed vinegar” and tea. The wood is then cut into “canvases”, a pastel ground is applied, and then painted with pastel to create colorful images.

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Cecelia Murray of Durham, NC prints linoleum block images on textiles including flour sack towels, cloth napkins, cocktail napkins, handmade tote bags and aprons.

NC Artist

  • Business Name: SeaSaw
  • Media: Printmaking

Adrienne Oates of Asheville, NC embraces landscapes by creating watercolor paintings of local scenery. These paintings are sometimes placed onto Adrienne’s handmade ceramics.

NC Artist

  • Media: Mixed Media

Kyoung-Joa Park of Rochelle Park, NJ creates jewelry from highfire porcelain hand-slab built/cut, bisque fired, glazed and second-fired to cone nine oxidation. The product is handcrafted and finished with sterling silver wiring and hardware.

  • Business Name: KJ Designs
  • Media: Jewelry

Ginnie Parrish of Cary, NC creates intricate millefiori designs formed by layering polymer clay along with other polymer clay techniques and embellishments to create unique artwork.

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Brenda Priest of Holly Springs, NC is a pen & ink artist who works from photographs to create illustrations of homes & buildings, completely hand drawn. Each individual line is crafted in a manor to represent form and texture.

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Bruce Rosen of Millers Creek, NC furnishes wood for the home using a variety of fine hardwoods and time-tested woodworking techniques to create original designs and achieve a fine satin finish.

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  • Media: Wood

Russ Schmidt of Palm Bay, FL uses woods/burls along with a wood lathe and multiple hand saws and carving tools to create unique pieces.

  • Business Name: Coastal Creations
  • Media: Wood

Allison Schroeder of Madison Heights, VA makes jewelry with semiprecious stones and clay tiles using traditional metalsmithing techniques such as forming, stamping and soldering.

Cesar Sertzen and Sara Borey of Richmond, VA are forest librarians, capturing a plant’s anatomical accuracy and aura through wax carving, organic casting and 3D sculpting.

Karen Smith of Charlotte, NC handcrafts jewelry using different metalsmithing techniques such as soldering, rolling mill, cold connections and fold forming. The surface is embellished with patinas and enamels.

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Cindy Snow and her husband, James Young, of Youngsville, NC use silver-smithing, cold connections, resin, and enameling to create jewelry from antique watch parts, vintage finds and items found in nature such as dragonfly wings. They have also created sterling silver pieces with semi-precious stones, dinosaur bone, Fordite and other unique finds.

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Jason Stoddart of Cookeville, TN documents “America’s Leftovers”; finding forgotten objects that tell a story. Stroddart uses modern techniques to achieve the traditional sepia tone, hand tinted style using museum archival materials in his studio.

Susan Stone of Cookeville, TN creates hand-thrown white stoneware inspired by summer gardens, fields of wildflowers and color.

Nataliya Strumila of Greensboro, NC brings the Lost Art of Filigree to life when she uses stainless steel wires, electric spot & arc welders, rollers, pliers and dental equipment to sculpt jewelry inspired by nature. Each piece is an original design that incorporates semi-precious gems to create flower & berry patterns.

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Darcelle Szeremi of Chapel Hill, NC fabricates sterling silver jewelry with sheet and wire using a variety of techniques including forging, piercing, chasing and forming, resulting in exclusive jewelry.

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  • Media: Jewelry

Matt Tomko of Durham, NC begins each painting on a canvas primed in acrylic burnt sienna that is colorfully layered to create strong contrasts in light, dark, foreground and background in his nature and wildlife paintings.

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  • Media: Painting

Elisa Vargas of Atlanta, GA designs and makes jewelry using Chalcedonite, Mother of Pearl, labradorite, amathyst, garnet, coral and fresh water pearls. Her pieces are decorated with Swarovski Crystal pieces and marcasites, with base metals of sterling silver or oxidized bronze.

  • Business Name: Vargas / Serezli - SerezDesign
  • Media: Jewelry

L Jamal Walton of Durham, NC creates pop art work primarily using a computer to draw and print images on archival paper using a giclée processes. Walton uses a combination of vector and raster programs to achieve the line and color precision.

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Henry Warner of Atlanta, GA morphs a mix of painting and texture methods with assemblage of sculpture and debris using primarily a concrete grinder, dremel, scroll and miter to make mixed media artwork.

Heather Washburn and Erin Bartlett of Chapel Hill, NC repurposes materials and turns them into accessories that are unique, using a combination of hand cutting, punching, stringing, sewing, and printing. Most folks wouldn’t make jewelry from dental chairs, but they aren’t most folks!

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Annie Grimes Williams of Winston-Salem, NC uses traditional metalsmithing techniques such as shell forming and enameling, but with a contemporary organic style. Her influence comes from her love for the natural world, and she enjoys pushing the limits of techniques and materials to create one-of-a-kind jewelry.

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Marie Wright of Pittsboro, NC creates beautiful, crystalline glazed porcelain pottery.

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Stacey Wright of Gainesville, GA uses a variety of different ceramic pieces to create colorful, whimsical paintings.

Hsiang-Ting Yen of Raleigh, NC creates jewelry inspired by the endless possibility of the triangle form and electro-formed enamel designs.

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