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 email@example.com
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Elise Ramsey grew up literally at a glass blower's knee. The daughter of Guild glassblower Bob Stephan, Elise was exposed to the arts and crafts community from a very early age.
She currently lives north of Asheville and divides her time between glass blowing and caring for her two young sons. The luminescent colors and swirling movement are trademarks of her craft. Not only is her glass work beautiful, but she creates with a nod to durability - all her Christmas ornaments have passed the "tow young boys and a dog" test.
Mimi Strang has been a studio artist since 1985 and has been working in Asheville since 1996. During her career she has explored a wide range of materials including, architectural tile and ceramics, prints, cards, wood sculpture and fabric art. This year’s collection is focused on welded metal sculpture.
The Gallery carries Mimi's welded one of a kind metal wall pieces and standing sculptures.
Simone Wilson is a self-taught metal artist from Georgia. She is an obsessive scavenger and rescuer of materials from the past and this often influences her work.
“I am continually in awe of and inspired by the people in my life and the furry and feathered creatures and this good earth. I want the viewer to see and maybe remember something and smile. My images are simple and true. No dissection necessary. There’s not much dialogue there ... or maybe there is.”
Setting up studio in 1991, she began producing functional and aesthetic assemblages. Rusted roof tin, old wood, porch spindles, irreparable chairs … worn and discarded pieces of other peoples lives became birdhouses, yard art or simply backdrops for paintings. She continues to create two and three dimensional works and paintings while enjoying life in Asheville with her family.
The Gallery carries a varied selection of her steel laser cut leaf ornaments, and her whimsical life sized and miniature "Heirloom Marionettes".