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. Previously her career included 35 years in graphic arts, publishing, and writing in both the Philadelphia and Boston areas.
The daughter of an engineer and clock maker, she developed a fascination for watches and clocks. “My father had his hands in clocks or watches all the time, and my mother is a creative, crafts oriented person. We were always doing something with our hands."
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. "Having a brush in my hand is the the most joyful feeling I know. Abstract Expressionism allows complete freedom. I let the painting lead the way to what it wants to become.”
Jewel moved to South Carolina in order to convert a barn into her studio. “I feel like I’ve come home to everything I love.”
Katie Campbell is now a local of Conway, SC. She is 35 years old and has been working on her artistry for a little over 5 years. Her art is usually nature inspired and is constantly evolving. She gravitates towards trees, tasteful nudes, and resin geodes. She recently started experimenting with mixed media and can not wait to share her new pieces with you.
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 Education receiving instruction from renowned artists Lois Mailou Jones and David Driskell at Howard University leading to positions 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. Sharon and her husband, Anthony, recently moved to South Carolina, enjoying the beauty and cultural significance of the coastal area. Sharon is a board member of the Waccamaw Arts and Crafts Guild and the Seacoast Artists Guild, and vice president of the SC District Chapter of the Colored Pencil Society of America. She has participated in exhibitions and juried shows where she has been honored as featured artist and has received various awards, including Best In Show. Her oil, watercolor, and acrylic paintings can be viewed at the Mercy Care Art Gallery in Myrtle Beach, SC, Seacoast Artists Gallery (The Market Common), Myrtle Beach, SC, and the Georgetown Art Gallery in Georgetown, SC. “I never tire of exploring and photographing the rural and low country landscape, people, towns, rivers, and beaches, and historical and cultural sites of this beautiful area. Most of the paintings I have completed recently illustrate these experiences. I love to use color, light and expressive brush strokes in landscapes, figurative paintings, and portraits. Many of my landscapes feature pathways, roads, and meandering waterways intended to pull the viewer into the scene. Needless to say, I love to paint! And lately I have been exploring other creative activities and media as well, including block printing, pastels, colored pencil, and jewelry.” …Sharon Sorrels
Formerly from New York State, I was a Certified Nurse-Midwife of 25 years, and a Registered Nurse of 50 years. In 2016 I decided to both retire, and move to Conway, South Carolina, where I live with my daughter and her family, and my sweet Yorkie – "Pippin." I have always been encouraged by my multi-artistic and talented family to create. Having much time on my hands has inspired me to express myself through the arts.
I have been crafting for over 60 years. It all started when my mother enrolled me into 4H at age 8. I learned how to sew, knit, crochet, and create small crafts. I have been “crafting” ever since. I loved to paint, especially in watercolor, but have found my niche now in later life to work with Precious Metals to express my other side.
In 2004 I began creating beaded and silver jewelry. I started selling my jewelry at local craft fairs as well as in-home shows where I developed a successful following. In 2010 I branched out and began creating Fine Silver (99.9% pure) jewelry from Pure Silver or Pure Copper and Bronze “Clay.” This Precious Metal Clay** is unique in that it allows me the ability to imprint, texture, sculpt and mold it into any design I choose. Once Fired it becomes Pure Silver or copper. Living a few miles from the "art hub" of Woodstock, NY gave me the opportunity to meet several artisans and to take classes as well. At the Woodstock School of Art, I studied alongside Statts Fasholdt. I was also fortunate to take classes with local artisan from Kingston New York - Elke Hekler, and with Bianca Terranova (Bianca Nova Jewelry) in Rhinebeck, NY. Although I have created my own line called, “This Heart Matters," I am particularly partial to re-creating nature’s gifts."
I am inspired by nature’s infinite woodland beauty and seashore. Through the use of Precious Metal Clay, I create leaves for my collection called “Please Don’t Leave Me." My creations have a timeless appeal and are affordably priced with the buyer in mind. I also enjoy recreating Jewelry in the Art Deco style. While these are both my signature lines, I specialize in personal design items created especially for my clients such as fingerprint jewelry or incorporating their heirloom pieces into a new creation.
In 2019 I was judged by nationally renowned artisans and received the honor of Finalist/Honorable mention From the International 2019 Jewelry Making Contest of Fire Mountain Gems and Beads for my “Copper Serene Moonlight” Creation. This winning creation is featured in their 2020-2021 catalog.
**All metal clays are composed of micron-sized particles of pure silver, a cellulose-based binder and water. When the clay is dried and placed in kiln at 1600° for at least an hour the piece is .999% pure Silver.
E-Mail: Catcher713@gmail. FB: Avalon Arts: designs by Helen Crisman-Jassen,
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
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 plan issues. 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.
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Bio to follow:
Hi. My name is David Ruigrok. Although I was raised in a small town southwest of Boston, Massachusetts, I spent most of my professional years, after attending college, working in the Maryland area. Over six and a half years ago, when I retired, Myrtle Beach became my home.
Finally, with time to explore my other personal interests, I began to explore my creative interests and found the joys of pottery. I started the journey of working with clay at a studio in Calabash, N.C. I then continued my study of ceramics under several talented ceramicists, at Coastal Carolina University. Gaining more wheel throwing, hand building and glazing techniques for over five semesters. Finding that there is always more knowledge to learn and realizing you can never play with clay to much.
Pottery has gotten me through some personal difficult times and has given me an outlet to create something beautiful from a single lump of clay. Over the past year I was able to set up a small studio in part of my garage and started “R D Pottery” in honor of my late wife, who encouraged me to try working with clay. My passion is putting mixed colored clay together on my wheel and creating a functional work of art. And now with my own studio I have gained recognition for my work the past two consecutive years with the winning of “Honorable Mention” in juried shows at the William Miller Studios & Fine Arts, in Myrtle Beach. I am a member of the Waccamaw Arts and Craft Guild and Seacoast Artist Gallery in Market Common. I am able to create one-of-a-kind pieces, that continue to be inspired by the interactions of my life’s journey.
Long Leaf Pine Needle Basket Maker: Sandi Blood - Dizzy Weaver
I have been a photographer for several years. While most of my free time is now spent in basketry, I still enjoy my camera and have incorporated some of my photographs in basket bases. I am fortunate to live on a golf course, where the hole behind my house includes several long leaf pine trees, offering an opportunity for collecting the needles close by. I also found another location only a few miles away, where there is a long stretch of long leaf pine trees along the road. That's where you can find me when my supply is running low!
aka The Dizzy Weaver
In May of 2017, a lovely woman who goes by the name "Zada Mae", came to our neighborhood clubhouse and taught a 3 hour class in Pine Needle Basketry. It is an understatement to say I was "hooked"! I enjoyed the class and the process so much, that I signed up for several more classes that she taught at Hobby Lobby, learning how to start a basket base from the beginning, and mastering different stitches and techniques. After less than two years, my friend Nancy nicknamed me THE DIZZY WEAVER, because by then, I had already completed over 350 baskets! (Note: as of October, 2019 I am over 500!!)
From humble beginnings in the owners’ garage in 2004, Wax & Beyond has grown into a multilocation gallery and studio for many artists who appreciate the art of light.
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.