Our Artisan Market is displayed on a rotating schedule of many talented artists. Stop by and support the arts with a purchase from a wide variety of Local artists and craftsmen of fine jewelry, photography, paintings, drawings, lotions, and much more. Here are some featured artists whose work is on display and for sale in our current rotation.
Jewel Simmons is an Abstract Expressionist painter and Fine Silver and Assemblage jewelry maker
Born in Amish country and raised in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Jewel's career included 35 years in graphic arts, publishing, writing and jewelry making in the Philadelphia and Boston areas. With a desire to paint on her mind, she moved to South Carolina in order to convert a barn into a studio.
The daughter of and engineer and clock maker, she developed a deep love for watches and mechanical things. "My father had his hands in clocks or watches all the time, and my mother is a creative, crafts oriented person. It was the perfect storm."
She began making jewelry out of watches, ephemera and other 'found objects.' "I was doing 'Steampunk' style jewelry before I knew what Steampunk was. The jewelry is driven by my desire to repurpose what I find to be lovely and nostalgic from the past, and compose it in a beautiful or whimsical way."
Jewel has always loved painting. "My mother stood me at an easel at the age of three. I love having a brush in my hand. Finding Abstract Expressionism was pivotal for me and allows complete freedom. I let the painting lead the way to what it wants to become. It has become a great joy in my life."
DOROTHY RILEY ELLIS
Most mornings I am up with the birds and painting in my sun porch/studio, happy as the proverbial lark. Learning with every canvas, observing my missteps and changing a tone or a value means that I am growing. Asking for a critique from a veteran painter or an admired teacher has helped beyond measure.
After taking about 20 credits in Fine Art at Rowen College in N.J. I had a long hiatus before I could focus on learning to paint again.
I retired from Nursing, and having fledged my three children, I found a good teacher who refreshed what I had learned and encouraged me. That was 2010-2011.
Seeking a warmer climate led me to Virginia. I joined Prince William Art Society and Manassas Artists Guild. I attended workshops with those groups as well at The Workhouse gallery. Always I felt like a beginner, so hungry to learn to paint what I saw around me and to express my love of our beautiful country. Going to galleries I felt like a kid in a candy store window, wanting to know how to paint like that...and that!
I took a painting course with Jef Sturm, and then some more. I switched to oils because I could see the beautiful blends one could achieve. He handed me the keys, all I had to do was learn and paint. And paint some more.
● Honorable Mention for "Amarylis", at Rowen College, NJ, 1982
● Honorable Mention for "Autumn Birches", at Seacoast Artists Guild's Spring Show 2017
● Best in Show for "Blown",WACG's Spring Show Burroughs- Chapin Art Museum 2018
● Third Place for “Incoming Tide”, at Seacoast Artists Guild’s Spring Show 2019 ●
Dorothy Riley Ellis
570- 687-1813 - Dpaints75@gmail.com Galleries Art Work may be seen:
● Seacoast Artists Gallery, Myrtle
● Georgetown ArtGallery, Georgetown, SC. And on my website www.doriepaints.com.
SHERRILL WADE SCHAEFER BIO:
Being a native of South Carolina, has afforded me the privilege of experiencing two entirely different worlds when it comes to all of what God has created in nature.
I grew up on a true working farm in Greer, South Carolina, which is a four hour drive from Conway and Myrtle Beach; with acres of farmland, and barns that housed most every farm animal you can imagine – all except sheep (my great uncle had those, and beehives as well). The song “Old MacDonald Had a Farm” comes to mind when I think about the grand days of roaming the vast pastures, and picking veg- etables, strawberries, plums and apples in abundance.
Toward the end of year 2002, my husband, Bruce, and I moved to the coastal region of South Carolina with two of our three children who still lived at home. We quickly realized that the coastal region was quite a lifestyle change in many respects, but we embraced the change and quickly adapted. Here, we found an exquisite home to many different types of animals and earth critters from the smallest fiddler crab to the large and intimidating alligator, with many exotic birds in between.
The subjects of my paintings come from photos that have been taken throughout the years, either from our personal collection or from shots supplied from family and friends. Regardless of where they come from, they all capture a perpetually preserved life. My paintings are originals, no copies – which makes them more valuable to the purchaser.
I use deep, rich acrylic colors for all my paintings and each finished piece is treated with a clear coat to preserve the integrity of the painting for many years to come.
Paintings by Lynne McDade
Art All Mixed Up
I have always enjoyed working with my hands and imagination and different media. I evolved into painting in 2015, using various techniques. My abstracts represent my sense of wonder and calm and my watercolors show my eye for details. Painting has become a joyous part of my life. I hope you all find joy in my paintings as well.
Like most artist I grew up with crayon in hand ... leading to pastels ... charcoal ... and paints.
But, putting my painting away after college to “ get a job “ and raise a family , in 2005 I began to pick it back up slightly after 27 yrs.
In 2006 feeling the need to do more regularly and with the boys grown, I put “ the job away “ and a plan was make.
With a phone call involving my childhood friend, a cross country road trip was in the works. Leaving the husband at home I flew to Montana, also my home away from home, and met up with my friend Ann.
Camera and map in my hand ....steering wheel in hers, we set out on a 14 day road trip. Collecting photos I came home with lots of inspiration.
These photos ..... growing up in Myrtle Beach .... moving to Aynor a few years ago .... gave me the inspiring coastal and rural landscapes which inspires the artistic side of me.
R. Michael Munden
Mike and his wife, Robbie, operate Michael Munden‘s Hand Crafted Jewelry (https://www.facebook.com/pages/MichaelMundensHandCraftedJewelry/114083095280851).
Mike began making jewelry as a hobby many years ago after a trip to Charleston where he met Dixie Dunbar, a local jewelry maker. Mike decided to try his hand at making jewelry, and what started as a hobby quickly turned into a small business. Mike=s jewelry is sold online and in several local venues, including Brookgreen Gardens= Keepsakes Gift Shop and Shine Café in Conway.
Mike is a tax attorney who has been practicing in Myrtle Beach since 1978. Mike also holds the CPA, ChFC and CLU designations, but limits his law practice to tax matters, estate planning, probate and trust administration and retirement planissues. Mike is also a Lecturer in the Coastal Carolina University Master of Accountancy Program teaching estate and gift taxation, pass-through entity taxation, and business law, and teaches law and accounting courses in the undergraduate program. He is a member of the Horry County and American Bar Associations, and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Mike currently serves on the Board of Directors of the South Carolina Tax Council and is currently serving as President. Mike is also a past Chairman of the SC Bar Probate, Estate Planning and Trusts Section Council. He also serves on the Coastal Planned Giving Advisory Council at Coastal Carolina University. Mike is a 2nd Degree Black Belt in karate and a certified PADI Divemaster.
Hannah Millner - Sea to Seed
I’m Hannah, owner and designer behind Sea to Seed. I love making things with my hands, spending time in the ocean, growing food, and dancing my heart out to latin music.
After years of jewelry design as a hobby, Sea to Seed came to life in the summer of 2016.
Sea to Seed is inspired by my love for nature and the beauty of a simple life. The happiest years of my life have been spent covered in soil and rinsing off with sunset surf. My intention with each piece is to channel some of the joy and inspiration I've found while planting the tiniest of seeds or paddling into the foggy abyss in the chilly North Pacific. All of my jewelry is made by hand in my sunny studio in Blue Lake, California.
Caitey is a student and artist living in Charleston, SC. She studies studio art at the College of Charleston with a concentration in painting. Working primarily in oils, pastels, and acrylic, she aims to portray the things she loves through art. In this series, she combines a passion for both art making and florals.