Saturday, October 16, 2010

East Asheville Art Studio Tour

 This mountains of North Carolina are known for their artists. And for some reason when you find artists, animals are sure to be nearby.  Many shops and studios have resident dogs and cats which always makes for a fun visit.  Last weekend was our fall studio tour and we visited some of the ones in our neighborhood.



Just around the corner from our house is Victor Chiarizia's glass blowing studio.  His apprentice Graham Lawing was doing demonstrations during the weekend and it was intriguing to watch.  His faithful pup was on hand to supervise along with Victor's two dogs. To see Graham's beautiful glass vases go here.




Victor's cat was prowling the studio and found my husband.  Don was loving him up when the cat jumped up on the table with all the glass set up for sale!  Uh oh!  But Don picked him up carefully and set him down on the floor with no accidents!


The next studio was Studio 208 with Fred Feldman who created clay and wood speaker systems along with other decorative items for the home and his wife Lynda who made the loveliest scarves on her loom. They had two dogs and two cats.  One of their pups (below) posed prettily for us.






Another artist that caught our eye was Janice Keeler of Edo Creek Studio. She made lovely hats, scarves and shawls of alpaca wool.  Her studio was decorated so beautifully with carved Siamese cats.



Thanks for taking the tour with us.  We consider ourselves fortunate to live close by to all these very talented people who are avid animal lovers themselves.  For more critters do visit Camera Critters and do stop by Scenic Sunday.

16 comments:

LadyFi said...

Wonderful art - and creatures!

cat said...

Beautiful animals and interesting art :)

Kea said...

What a wonderful tour! I especially like that stained glass. And I did check out the glass vases--gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!

Just Me said...

Thank you for sharing all that! Such beautiful art work. And animals! :)

Melody ~ Blondie's Abode

Cecilia Artista said...

Thank´s for your story about the artists and the cats and dogs!

I´m an artist myself and love all the animals. I have always, except now, had dogs and cats and other animals as well. I now live both in Sweden and Spain and it´s difficult to bring anminals around. But I hope to get a dog next year anyway!

Old Kitty said...

OH Graham Lawing's glass vases are beautiful!!! They're really pretty - wow! Thank you for the intro to these amazing artists and their gorgeous animals! That loom is fantastic!! As are the scarves, carvings and my goodness that wood speaker system is just incredible!!

Such talent in beautiful natural surroundings! Take care
x

Poetic Shutterbug said...

Some very creative artistry there and love all the little critters nestled around the grounds. Thanks for sharing these photos with us.

Odie Langley said...

I really enjoyed the tour and yes you are very fortunate to live close to all those treasures. Animals are always a treat for us to see when we travel as well. Our dog Rocky enjoys meeting interesting dogs along the way. thanks for sharing.
Odie

Ponder Cove said...

OH MY...we must be kindred spirits. We love the mountains where we own a dog friendly B & B in Mars Hill and my husband is an amazing furniture maker. We enjoy mountain life and its specialness is only magnified by the many talented artisans that we are fortunate enough to call friends.

J Bar said...

Great art. I'm featuring some art myself today.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Mom Daughter Style said...

thanks for your input about the cash for gold, i would recommend it to those who have scrap gold or to those who need quick cash.

anyway, i love all the colors from your photos. great blog

Joyful said...

I love the textile work and those are some great photos of the animals too!

Leah said...

Wonderful shots of the creative art.. and of the cute animals, especially a dog. Hehe.. I'm a dog person.. =)

Anyway, here's mine for Scenic Sunday.. please check it out and drop a comment. Thanks a bunch.. =)

http://neneleah30.blogspot.com/2010/10/beach-scenic-sunday.html

eileeninmd said...

Love all the critters. The artwork is beautiful, looks like a great day in the Carolina mountains.

Genie said...

O.K., my friend....the next time I get down there I am begging you to take me to see these 2 studios. I love handblown glass....went to a fabulous museum of glassblowing in Takoma, WA...and I am a spinner so would love to see the looms. There used to be a wonderful place at the Grove Park Inn where they make homespun fabrics...is it twill in existence?

jabblog said...

What wonderful artistry and isn't it great that they share their lives with animals, too.

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