Watercolor Artist, Graphic Designer, Photographer & Journalist
Helen Burton drew the portraits of the seven historical fiction characters for the etched glass panels in the Lobby of the Museum Center at 5ive Points.
Born in Canada, Helen became a resident of Cleveland in 1993 after living in South Florida most of her life, the last years being in the Florida Keys. Starting out as a graphic designer, Helen developed her skills as an artist. Her medium of choice became watercolor by the mid- 1980s. She honed her skills in annual workshops led by national professional artists.
Helen joined the In-Town Gallery in Chattanooga in 1999. She is a Signature Member of both the Georgia and Tennessee Watercolor Societies and an associate of the American, National, and Watercolor West Societies. Her award-winning paintings have been exhibited in local, regional, and national judged exhibitions, and are currently in private and corporate collections in 22 states and 8 countries. Helen has also completed more than 20 commissioned residential portraits, mainly in Cleveland. She has also earned her Draftsman’s Certificate in Architecture at Cleveland State Community College.
Mary Keasler’s quilts continually win awards in national shows. Pictures of her beautiful quilts have been featured in nationally published quilting magazines and quilt related calendars. Her quilts are also sought after by quilt collectors.
“I have collected antique quilts since 1986, and always wanted to learn to quilt. I finally had the time to play around with it around 2001. In the beginning I made traditional quilts, using patterns from magazines and books. Bored with the repetitiveness of geometric blocks, I soon discovered art quilts and free form quilting styles.”
“This has been my passion since 2006. Never having had any formal art training, I find designing with fabric a wonderful way to express my love of color and art. I have always enjoyed doing anything with fabric, threads, and needles, so I have found this is the perfect venue for me.”
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Corn Shuck Dolls
Working with her hands comes naturally to her, as her mother was a quilter and her father was a woodworker and basket maker. She has been making corn shuck dolls for over 20 years. She was taught by a master in making these dolls, and later she developed her own style.
She is an award-winning artist having been chosen as one of the top 200 traditional craftsmen in the country by “Early American Life” magazine. And as a Foothills Craft Guild member, she was selected to make 750 angel ornaments for Vice President Al Gore and his wife, when he was in office to be given out as gifts at his Washington home during Christmas.
Goldhagen Art Glass Studio and Gallery
The Goldhagen Studio is the creative home of internationally collected glass artist, David Goldhagen. Goldhagen’s sculptural forms, ornaments, and glass platters are distinguished by his unique style. His painterly approach to art glass marries bold colors to brilliant, clear crystal in a clean, modern style.
Using traditional glassblowing methods thousands of years old, Goldhagen creates each piece individually, working with molten glass at temperatures in excess of 2000 degrees.
Having earned a bachelor’s degree from Tulane University, and enrolled in advanced glass studies at Penland School, and the Pilchuck School, he is also a member of the Southern Highlands Craft Guild, the Carolina Designer Craftsman, and the Glass Art Society.
Jewelry and Designs
A native of South Carolina, she currently resides in Cleveland with her husband, and two grown children. Nancy has a Bachelor of Arts degree in art and design, visual arts, and is a life-long participant in the performing arts. Her accomplished experience in this field includes works in watercolor, three-dimensional art, pen and ink sketches, and sculpture.
Roy has been a massage therapist for over 30 years and has tremendously strong hands as well as dexterity and balance. Since Roy has worked with his hands as his profession, it wasn’t a stretch to guess he would love pottery and be great at it.
When Roy met his wife Linda, her son, Jason, was seeking a degree in fine arts with a focus on ceramics. Jason first introduced Roy to the world of clay and Roy has never looked back. Roy bartered for his 1st kick wheel and began a journey. Through all the multiple trials and errors as well as all the formal pottery training, Roy prefers to use mostly cone 6 clay and glazes in his Olympic electric kiln. He has long since graduated to a Shimpo whisper wheel and tends to make mostly functional, high quality pottery, although he has been known to get funky or whimsical on the rare occasion.
Roy and Linda live in the mountain town of Murphy, NC, just minutes from world famous John C. Campbell Folk School. He built his studio and continues to turn out some of the absolute best pottery at very reasonable prices; you will be hard pressed to find a better value anywhere!
Over the years Roy has teamed up with a few of the potters from around the area to build a huge wood burning kiln in neighboring Brasstown, NC. Firing this kiln is a huge production which takes place only two or three times per year. Occasionally you may find some wood fired pices for sale.
Roy and Linda are very active members of Logan’s Run Rescue, a local non-profit organization to help stray and abandoned animals while promoting spay and neutering. A portion of the proceeds will go toward this fine cause.