Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Crimson Laurel Gallery - Rob Pulleyn and Deb Karash "Same View Different Window"

Artists Reception: Saturday May 2nd 6:00 PM

Location: Crimson Laurel Gallery
Bakersville, NC. 28705

Crimson Laurel Gallery proudly presents new work from artists Deb Karash and Rob Pulleyn. This unique and inspiring mix of ceramics and jewelry is the first dual artist exhibition to emanate from the historic Marshall High Studios, Marshall, NC.

"Same View" - Artist Deb Karash and Rob Pulleyn create work with a shared appreciation of rich surface and elegant form. Each artist uses multiple layers of color to create deep transparent hues of color. Rob uses high fire clays decorated with multiple layers of under glazes, stains and oxides. This means most of his pieces are fired many times. The surfaces are manipulated both before and after they are fired. Deb uses sterling silver, copper and prisma color (colored pencil) to create her nationally recognized art jewelry with a distinctive look. The copper is textured and treated to hold the multiple layers of rich color. Brass rivets and sterling tubes hold the components together creating a dimensional and wearable masterpiece.

"Different Window" - The historic Marshall High School Studios in downtown Marshall, NC. house these two artists in separate studios in the massive refurbished old high school building. The close proximity of these two under the same roof has helped create a close friendship while allowing the them to influence each others work. Two of the pieces on exhibit are collaborative works that include both ceramic and metal elements. Others include jewelry forms that pay homage to Pulleyn's forms along side clay vessels adorned with Karash's surface elements. The show is truly a collaboration between friends.

Please Join us for an artists reception Saturday May 2nd at 6:00PM at Crimson Laurel Gallery, Bakersville, NC. The show will also be available to view online the day of the opening at The exhibition will be in place from May 2nd - June 27th.

David Trophia
Crimson Laurel Gallery

Thursday, April 23, 2009

New Products Debut At Home of the Perfect Christmas Tree Store

Eighteen new product makers were approved for participation in the Home of the Perfect Christmas Tree project during the March review. On April 23rd from 10-5, the new products will be on display at the Store. A new artists reception will be held from 12 noon- 1p.m. to give customers an opportunity to meet the new artists. The new products range include wood working, textiles, glass, stationary, ornaments, baskets, pottery and more!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

New Member Breakfast

The Mitchell County Chamber is growing! We have welcomed many new members to the Chamber in the past couple of months and we are hosting them today for a new member breakfast! Sandy Buchanan, our membership director, has coordinated a breakfast for new members to introduce them to the Chamber staff, the roles of the staff and the activities of the Chamber! Welcome new members!

In photo( L-R) Spruce Pine Cleaners owner Chris Westveer, Chamber Board member Bob Hensley, Membership Director Sandy Buchanan, and Dennis McClellan, Spruce Pine Cleaners.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Home of the Perfect Christmas Tree has new blog!

Blog, Blog, Blog! We are happily blogging here at the Chamber/HPCT office and just thought that the HPCT needed a new blog! We constantly have great news to share about our nearly 100 product makers and all of the activities and events going on here at the Store! Click here to read our first post! Please add us to your blog list (along with the Chamber's too) and we'd love to keep up with you too!

Monday, April 6, 2009

NC ABC Commission in Spruce Pine Monday April 6th

Lori Lee of the North Carolina Alcohol Beverage Control Commission will be at the Spruce Pine Town Council meeting tonight at 5:30 p.m. to answer questions about the sale of alcoholic beverages in Spruce Pine. The Town Council meeting are held in the Board Room of the Spruce Pine Town Hall.

University of Kentucky Visits Home of the Perfect Christmas Tree Store

The Home of the Perfect Christmas Tree Store has hosted visitors from around the world...literally. From Australia to England and even a group of Italian mayors have visited our little store on the corner, as well as visitors from around our own country. Today a group from the University of Kentucky will visit the store to learn about our unique model for economic development and revival.

The group is a part of the Kentucky Entrepreneurial Coaches Institute from the University of Kentucky. Their visit is the first of two visits they will make to the Store. They are touring rural communities in Western North Carolina that have been successful recruiting entrepreneurs, developing their crafts industry, marketing their region and much more. The group is being brought today by Becky Anderson, former Director of Hand Made in America and newly announced Mitchell County EDC Director.

We look forward to sharing our story with this group and to telling them about our wonderful area and craft industry. It's always a pleasure to share good things!