Entries by Carolyn Henderson

Sew Happy — Fiber Artist Kathy Snow Creates the Perfect Gifts

Santa Claus could use a person like Kathy Snow on his staff, and not just because her last name fits well into his company theme. Nor is it because the Dayton sewist  (a recently coined term that combines the words “sew” and “artist”) creates doll clothes to fill the dream wardrobe of every child who […]

Plein Air Magic — The Oil Paintings of Laura Gable

It’s easy to forget that, when we put something in the back seat of the car, it doesn’t go away.  Artist Laura Gable, however, never forgot what she set in the back seat, and when the time came to retrieve it, she readily and happily did so. “In college, I loved all my art classes,” […]

Talented Trio — Three Different Artists Keep it All in the Family

We’ve all heard that two heads are better than one. But then again, too many cooks spoil the broth. And because it’s wise to take all maxims with a grain of salt, we recognize that the truth lies somewhere in between. Such is the experience of the Talented Trio — a husband/wife, parent/son amalgamation consisting […]

Painterly Photography — Fine Art Photographs by Barb Thrall

Whoever coined the axiom, “The camera cannot lie,” probably didn’t believe it himself, because photo editing and manipulation have been around almost as long as photography. One of  U.S. history’s most iconic photographs, that of a full-length Abraham Lincoln standing with one hand resting against his vest, is actually an 1860s composite of the president’s […]

Gathering Wool — The Felt Art of Linnea Keatts

Some of the most enduring technology is the oldest. Long before the development of Kevlar vests, Roman soldiers wore felted breastplates to deflect arrows. And even longer before that in Turkey, evidence of felting — non-woven fabric created when sheep’s wool and other natural animal fibers are subjected to heat, moisture, and agitation — dates […]

Flowers — Bold, Bright Beautiful Watercolors by Maja Shaw

People who are not early risers get tired of this catching the worm thing, which, frankly, is literally for the birds. As watercolor painter Maja Shaw knows, there’s plenty of time to enjoy a leisurely cup of coffee and still get the perfect photo reference for her next painting. “Conventional wisdom says photographs are better […]

Weaving Wisdom: The Basket Art of Lauralee Northcott

  It’s funny that, when we want to describe an easy course at a university, we roll our eyes and say, “It’s, um . . . like Basket Weaving 101, you know?”  — because basket weaving, an art that dates back more than 9,000 years, isn’t easy at all. “I gather my needles for baskets […]

Pottering in the Garden — Hand-carved Tiles by Wilburton Pottery

It’s difficult to see how 14th century Chinese history and the 21st century design of printed circuit boards relate to a successful business of creating hand-carved garden tiles. Difficult, however,  is not impossible. For Bob Jewett, the potter and painter half of Wilburton Pottery of Bellevue, WA, it’s all part of a rich life history, […]

Ceramic Terra Cotta — Functional Beauty by Mary Briggs

Mary Briggs is a woman who rarely sits. So much is her desire to keep active that she changed specialties in college because her first choice, graphic design, was too sedentary. “I was the kid whose foot was always wiggling,” Briggs says, explaining why she became a studio potter after earning her Master of Fine Arts in […]