The reason we went to Hendersonville was to visit the Silver Fox Gallery again. On Main Street in the historic district, this fine craft gallery has been in business for over 8 years. It is a veritable treasure trove, with three floors of exquisite things everywhere you look. The gracious, friendly owner took the time to tell us about some of the work we admired, and as always, knowing the story "behind the scenes" of the work makes the experience all the richer. Here's just a glimpse of what we saw:
|"Love," by Natalie Blake|
New to me was artist William Martin Jean, who works in painted paper. I was immediately drawn to two pieces in his Kimono series, recognizing a kindred spirit in his use of pre-painted papers to construct the finished composition. The image below is from his extensive website, and is similar to the ones I saw.
|"Kimono VI," 2006|
by William Martin Jean
|"Quito," by Ron Artman|
|Interlocking End Table |
by Andrew Muggleton
Silver Fox Gallery has an extensive collection of lighting and artisan furniture, and we saw many, many things we liked. Andrew Muggleton's tables were fantastic; I could just see one of them in our entryway (just after the NC lottery win, that is!). When you visit his site, notice his extremely cool monogram...appeals to my font-loving nature! After viewing all of the delights to be had at Silver Fox, it was time for us to make our way back home from our inspiring, creative weekend. Now, back in the studio, I'm still feeling some of that creative energy, which is a good thing, since I'm working to finish pieces which will debut a week from tomorrow at our first show of the season, in Columbia, MD.
We'll be shooting photos of the new work this weekend, and I'll post some before we leave...I promise!