Julie K. Gray (she/her/hers) grew up in NH but has been happy to call Maine her home since 2007. She earned her BFA in Photography from Rhode Island School of Design in 2005 and has since earned her MFA in Studio Art from Maine College of Art in 2012. She works primarily in photography, sculpture (papier-mache and beaded works), and needlepoint and has exhibited widely in New England.
Melanie Chouinard is a fantasy artist from the little mill town of Wilton, NH. During the day, she uses polymer clay, papier maché, and other media to sculpt wildlife and fantasy creations as The Silver Branch. In the evenings, she turns to beading as a further outlet for her passion, focusing mostly on bead embroidery statement pieces. For her, art is a way to convey stories and to capture the magic of nature for others to view and enjoy.
Conversation with the Artist: Katharine Claringbould 3
Katharine was born in Australia, her childhood was spent exploring the Australian landscape on driving and camping trips. She often states that her love of color comes from those days in the bush. The vivid reds, vibrant blues and jewel greens noted on those trips are often present in her work creating bright splashes of color.
Conversation with the Artist: Cliff Swain-Salomon 1
Cliff Swain-Salomon is known for creating non-traditional jewelry shapes and pushing the boundaries of color exploration in weaving seed beads. His work has been exhibited internationally, and he teaches workshops and classes around the globe. Join us as Cliff tells us his story!
Artist and museum professional Leslie Grigsby shares with us her beading influences, inspirations, and accomplishments. Her stunning beaded sculptures require many months, sometimes even years to create. Join us as we dive into Leslie's collections!
On today's blog we have a conversation with artist Betsy Youngquist, whose work is a wondrous web of storytelling on loss, remembrance, and magic. Youngquist is a mixed media artist whose dazzling beaded creatures bring the fantastical realms of our imagination to life. Join us as we delve in with Betsy to talk about her pieces that she's been working on and the stories they create along the way.