Welcome to our blog at Gallery of the Mountains! We are located inside the historic Grove Park Inn Resort and Spa in Asheville, NC. We specialize in fine American handmade crafts, mostly from local and regional artists. We will be happy to ship any item listed here or help you find the perfect gift in our Gallery. For more info about our artists featured in the header photo above, click on Header Artists page. Please feel free to contact us for availability and prices either by phone or email. Toll Free 1-800-692-2204 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Luke Adams is a studio artist, working in Massachusetts. "As an Artist, I have always been inspired by the power of fire and excited by the endless possibilities of color."
The Gallery carries his unique and colorful hand blown stars and hearts window ornaments..
The beautiful Colorado mountains were always a source of inspiration to her along with the variety of colors and textures in nature throughout the four seasons. Her work methods combine wheel throwing or hand building with coil, pinch and slab.
Julie studied advertising design at Colorado Institute of Art and then got her B.F.A. from Florida Atlantic University. She began teaching and managing the Ceramic Department at Jordan Hall Arts Center in Cary NC. Her work there allowed her to explore all aspects of glazes, clays and firing techniques.
Finding her heart was once again drawn to the mountains, she moved to Asheville where inspiration abounds. Brightly colored glazes and innovative techniques using scraffito, carving and impressions characterize her signature works. Customers delight in her cat and dog mugs, vases and trivets with the North Carolina mountains in the background.
Friday, August 21, 2009
Micki's path as an artist began early with her visions of great beauty. She began her journey by attending Chicago Academy of Fine arts, learning graphic design and fashion illustration.
After extensive overseas travel which inspired her fine jewelry designs, she got her degree from University of Southern Illinois in Fine Arts. She moved to the West Coast and worked as a fine jeweler from 1986 to 2002, apprenticing with several nationally known jewelers.
Unique designs, decorative gold work and heirloom quality have always set Micki's jewelry apart from others. Celebrities George Lucas and Amy Tan have purchased her work along with many other private collectors.
One of Micki's favorite and reoccurring motifs is the heart. For her the heart has been an ancient symbol for love, faith, courage and belief. Over and over you will usually find a little heart tucked somewhere in her jewelry, whether on earrings, rings or necklaces.
As an avid hiker, Micki has gladly traded her West Coast life for the softer, gentler pace of life here in the mountains. She says simply that it makes her heart content.
Micki's rings and earrings are a favorite among our customers.
"My Mom and Dad taught me the most wonderful lessons about the land, the environment, and our responsibility towards all creatures great and small." Mista explains. Through her softly colored watercolors, Mista expresses the beauty and tranquility of the mountains she so loves. "I want a feeling of calm and goodness to touch someone, and if that happens, then I have succeeded."
Mista's watercolors can be found exclusively at Gallery of the Mountains in the form of cards, prints and original paintings.