Carol Wilson works with fused glass and hand-rolled polymer clay to make her jewelry pieces. She describes the process, which uses a kiln at 1300 degrees: “I love to see the way the glass fuses together in unexpected ways upon firing.” Carol plans to keep experimenting with materials and processes, like precious metal clay and making larger pieces—decorative plates and dishes. With a fresh color sensibility, her necklaces compliment fashion and make a statement all their own.
Carved Creation consists of two good friends and neighbors, Rick Richter and George Lansink. Their partnership came into existence because their creativity and appreciation of the beauty of wood. Rick had been carving for several years and shared his insights and carving skills with George as George transitioned into retirement from the home building business. Rick is a Michigan native while George was born and raised in Iowa.
Their wood carvings represent a wide range of interests from Old World Santas and other holiday related works to whimsical characters and buildings. Bass wood is used most frequently but these two carvers also enjoy the unique effects accomplished with cottonwood bark as their medium.
I paint both landscapes and abstract paintings. When I paint landscapes, I try to express the essence of a place or subject. I attempt to creatively convey a unique viewpoint, to illustrate my own individual emotional response to the subject shown in the painting. The object is not realism as much as recreating an atmosphere that I felt at the time. What I enjoy when I do an abstract painting, is that the emotions conveyed and the mood of the paintings are able to be viewed with a wider range of interpretation. It is open ended as to what you perceive. I hope that the viewer can respond to these paintings by using their own imagination to interpret what is being said, the painting will mean more to them because they have connected to it, “it speaks to them”. I hope you enjoy my paintings as much as I have enjoyed creating them.
Aaron Johnson is a landscape photographer, specializing in weather photography. From lightning to sunsets, Aaron captures the beauty in the atmosphere.
His interests don’t stop there: Western born, and Iowa raised, he is inspired by desert views and his local rural scenery. His nature photography bursts with multi-seasonal sunsets and striking lightning bolts flashing across the sky.
The mission of Echo Jewelry + Gifts is to provide unique, one-of-a-kind works of wearable, affordable art, inspired by the world around us. I was intrigued by the movement of paint across the surface of water and found that adding different colors, manipulating the paint with tools, or even adding a little glitter could mimic the swirls of our planet Earth from space, or a fiery sunset. With an endless ocean of inspiration around me — I was hooked! My hand-painting and water-marbling technique is self-taught, and my passion for jewelry-making is young, but thriving (Echo was founded in 2014, and my first show was just last year). I work with glass domes and metal findings to create hand-painted and water-marbled pendants, earrings and keychains. I also print original graphic designs and create using those. Because of the process, each painted piece is unique.
Art has been a big part of my life. Both of my parents were talented in art and they passed that down to me. Even as a little child in elementary school, I was chosen to assist in extra art projects and spent a lot of time in the art room. I did my first oil painting at about 1 O years old. It was accepted to a youth art show in Waterloo. As I got older, my appreciation for creating art stayed strong. I was known for my art and my love of animals. Fast forward to high school graduation I had taken every art class available in school, graduated with a pin for art and my primary art teacher wrote me a letter of recommendation to art school. As with many people, I decided to put my passion for art aside and go to school for a job that would offer me more financial security.
Fast forward 20 years and I decided to go back to school for graphic design. I felt guilty enjoying every minute of it like it was just for fun. I am not an artist by trade but by passion. I have enjoyed learning about more mediums and finding my own way. I enjoy any time I can work with my artistic side and create things to share with others. Currently, I am working on a series of dog drawings with the doodle themed technique, painting, graphic design creations, and photography.