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.
Mr. Glazer has practiced his art professionally for more than 50 years. At age 10, he was selected to enter an elite artist training program under master artist Joseph Fitzpatrick at the Carnegie Institute in Pittsburgh – the same class where Andy Warhol studied – which he attended for seven years. He also trained at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh while attending high school.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism at the Pennsylvania State University where he studied various media, including print, film, video and performance art. He recently retired from a successful career in corporate relations. During his career, Mr. Glazer leveraged his creative talent in many roles, working for two leading advertising and public relations agencies, serving as editor and publisher of two magazines and managing the corporate relations departments of three Fortune 500 companies. In the course of his career, Mr. Glazer created countless award-winning advertising and promotional campaigns, brochures, newsletters, videos, films, commercials, billboards, annual reports, live shows and other creative communication media.
Now retired and residing in Myrtle Beach, S.C., Mr. Glazer has refocused his creative talent on oil painting that reflects the beautiful coastal and low-country ecology of the area. He does both commissioned and non-commissioned work. His art can be viewed at various Grand Strand galleries and restaurants. He is a member of the South Carolina Artisans Center in Walterboro, S.C. where the juried works of 300 artists are on display.
For more information, he may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 215-284-7765.
Artist Bio: Donna Gagnon
I grew up in Connecticut in a artistic family. All of my siblings painted and my dad painted in oils. I started with acrylics and ventured into watercolors about 10 years ago. I found it to be my passion! I have studied with the Farmington Valley Arts Center, the West Hartford Art League, the Wethersfield Academy of Art, the Glastonbury Art Guild and the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts. I also studied Plein air painting with Jacqueline Jones. I do botanicals, still life, house portraits, pet portraits, and landscapes. Since I’ve moved to South Carolina I’ve been painting the beautiful town of Conway.
Joe DiSabatino is a self-taught artist. He painted as a hobby while pursuing a career as a management consultant; since 2010 he has been painting full-time. Joe has exhibited his paintings in the Washington, DC area; Lewes, Delaware; Chapel Hill, NC; Myrtle Beach; and India. His paintings are in private collections throughout the United States, England, and India.
Joe prefers bold color patterns in abstract and semi-abstract compositions incorporating figures or landscapes. Occasionally he does black and white paintings for their simple, stark beauty. In the past two years he has also been creating paper cut-out compositions, inspired by the beautiful paper-cutouts of Matisse. Joe plays the guitar, loves jazz, and some of his paintings and paper-cut outs feature jazz musicians and musical instruments.
“I started painting ‘by accident’. In my sophomore year of college, I enrolled in what I thought was an art appreciation course. When I entered the room the first day of class, everyone was behind an easel. I decided to stay and haven’t stopped painting since.”
Joe is a student of Western visual art and has visited many of the major art museums in the United States and Europe. For the past three years, he taught Art Appreciation courses through the Adult Education Department at Coastal Carolina University.
Wendy Spivey-Shelley Bio
Wendy Spivey-Shelley, is a renowned Award–Winning, American impressionist artist that has become known for her use of vibrant rich colors. Her viewers get a taste of early American style painting with an impressionistic view of authentic Southern living. She paints a variety of subjects to demonstrate the privilege and the unique diversity that comes with the both Southern-lifestyle living and Lowcountry coastal living. Although composition and design are her strong suits, Wendy captures sparkling light effects against rich, deep, dark contrast; all the while pushing vibrant colors to create cheerful works of art. She is always in a constant observation for subject matters with a good design and composition.
Wendy uses oils and acrylics as she paints from life, en’ pleinair, photographs and cherished memories. Taking from her own life experiences, for inspiration, she paints to preserve her family’s prominent heritage that carries deep Family roots ( pre-civil war) in Horry County and neighboring areas. Wendy’s work not only entertains the viewers eyes with dancing impressionistic brushstrokes, it also makes strong emotional connections, as it tells her southern stories.
Born in 1968, in Myrtle Beach, SC, Wendy Shelley has always had an inclination for being creative. She is passionate about painting and greatly enjoys working. Whether it is in the quiet seclusion of her two studios, besides the Rivers edge of the Waccamaw, or taking in the gentle breeze of salt air down at the coast.
During the late 1980s, Shelley completed her education for visual design with Bauder College in Atlanta, Georgia. For over 25 years, collectively, she worked as a residential and commercial interior designer. Painting decorative concrete and wall murals, for clients, was common for her during that time. Along the way, she won multiple first place design awards for parade of homes in North Carolina and South Carolina. Wendy began her fine art painting career in 2006 on a part-time basis. Today she paints full-time and gives instructional classes. Since then, she has also won, several first -place awards for her works of art. Her artwork can be found in private homes, on yachts, and in diverse businesses across the country and abroad. Originals and reproductions maybe purchase, not only online but also, in galleries, furniture stores, marinas, and specialty shops across the US.
Wendy is a hugely popular, local cover artist that has also been featured in multiple magazines, newspapers, and other medias. Including, Lowcountry companion magazine, Grand Strand magazine, the Carolina Forest Chronicles, the Loris Scene, My Horry News, and in others. Wendy has exhibited in numerous venues across many states she is a member of the Seacoast Artist Guild, Waccamaw Artist Guild, and The Waterway Art Association. She is the founder and president of ARC Ministries, a community non-profit organization. Her other prestigious affiliations and contributions include: South Carolina wildlife association, American Heart Association, BrookgreenGardens, and mor
Sharon raised two sons and pursued careers in the arts and education in Washington, DC. She earned a BFA in Design with minors in Art History and Art Education, receiving instruction from renowned artists Lois Mailou Jones and David Driskell at Howard University. She enjoyed working at the National Gallery of Art and the National Endowment for the Arts. Later, a Masters Degree in Library Science led to a rewarding career with the DC Public Schools while serving as a Library Media Specialist.
Sharon and her late husband, Anthony, moved to Conway, SC in 2006. Retirement in the beautiful and culturally significant coastal region has offered the inspiration to create paintings and drawings reflecting the rich scenery and culture of the places and people of the area.
Sharon is a board member of the Waccamaw Arts and Crafts Guild, member of the Seacoast Artists Guild, the Seacoast Gallery Ctte., and the Colored Pencil Society of America and its local chapter, the Colored Pencil Society of South Carolina. She has participated in exhibitions and juried shows where she has been honored as featured artist, received best-in-show, and other awards. Sharon’s art work can be viewed at the Georgetown Art Gallery, Georgetown, SC, the Seacoast Artists Gallery, Myrtle Beach, SC, and Art Works Gallery, Litchfield SC. Paintings can also be viewed on the Fine Art America website.
I am a wife, mother, art teacher, artist, and jewelry maker. I enjoy being constantly busy
and I can't seem to sit without doing something with my hands. I have always had a passion for
the arts and come from a wonderfully artistic family. My father is a talented woodworker and my
mom is a retired art teacher and an amazing painter. I became a high school art teacher myself
13 years ago at Carolina Forest High School and I love how everyday is different. I have always
felt a desire to create no matter what the medium may be. In 2017 I began creating jewelry from
suede and leather and I never expected how much I would love the entire jewelry making
process. I am inspired by nature and its organic shapes. I recently began working with wood
engraving and have begun to add these items to my collection as well. I love how the engraving
process allows me to return to my drawing roots.
Helen Crisman-Janssen Bio:
Formerly from Kingston, the beautiful Hudson Valley region of New York State , I moved to Conway, South Carolina in 2016. As a retired Certified Nurse -Midwife with much time on my hands, I returned to my love of crafting as a means of expressing myself. I work in various mediums, but most enjoy creating in Precious Metal Clays. I am a graduate of SUNY New Paltz, and University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ. I studied art under Woodstock Artists Staats Fasoldt and Metallurgist Elkie Heckler as well as taking many on line courses. I am a member Hudson Valley Crafters & Artisans, and Vendors,Artists & Crafters of Myrtle Beach. In 2004 I began creating beaded and silver jewelry designs. I started selling my jewelry at local craft fairs, as well as in-home shows where I had a successful following. Through the encouragement of my friends and family I branched out and began creating Fine Silver jewelry, and added Copper Clay as well. Most recently one of my copper creations was selected as a finalist in a national gem and metal jewelry design contest. This has inspired me to engage in more intrinsic creations. Although I have created my own line called, “This Heart Matters”, I am particularly partial to re-creating nature’s gifts through the use of real leaves and precious metal clay (99.9% pure silver). My newest line features leaves from my collection called, “Please Don’t Leave Me”. In addition to these creations, I also design and create personalized keepsake pieces to commemorate special events and occasions. I do love to sit with a client and begin creating something awesome for them.
Helen Crisman-Janssen AVALON ARTS
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.