First Home Grown Gallery Show in January ’09

Selling her Jewelry

Melissa Burke - Jewelry Designer

The Artists from the First Home Grown

As a child growing up on a dairy farm in Beaverdam, Virginia, Melissa fantasized about living at the beach.  She always had a passion for the ocean, sand, and sea shells.  Two years ago she and her husband moved to Folly Beach, SC.  Melissa’s dream of living on an island near the beach had come true.  She started collecting sea shells not knowing how fate would unfold.  It wasn’t until this past summer when a native to Folly inspired her to turn these beautiful sea shells into jewelry.  Melissa now has a strong passion for creating a line of jewelry, she calls, Shakedown Shells.
Angela Chvarak - Painter

Angela Chvarak - Painter

I find painting to be a method of illuminating thoughts, dreams, and perceptions of the familiar and unfamiliar.  My portraits and landscapes both have qualities which transmit a subliminal ambiance; one that hopefully engages the viewer to consider his or her connections with the possibility of blending the surreal with the real.  My paintings are a means to satisfy a personal desire and intimate memoir of recording, in a visual language, my experiences of unification to all beings from the past and present. Some of my works may create a sense of playfulness, while others produce a mood of mysteriousness or may become unfamiliar to the physical world. Present in my abstract work, are references to topographical maps as well as tapestries. I feel the intense color and the process of layering and reduction help create a lively energy that I feel within when experiencing urban environments.
Barbara Beach - Children's Clothing Designer

Barbara Beach - Children's Clothing Designer

It all started with a clothing swap… since then, Barbara has been designing and creating children’s clothing. The inspiration comes from her friends, travels and even a short walk in her hometown of Charleston, SC. She enjoys creating unique, original patterns and combinations and every garment is completely one of a kind.
Alex - Cox Painter

Alex - Cox Painter

Alex paints organic and cellular forms, bold in color and rich in texture. He uses the “cell” as a metaphoric vehicle to define and inquire on the importance of the individual. He creates layers through a direct application of pigment from the tube. The forms he produces, both ask and answer questions visually. He rediscovers layers by using paint thinner, revealing a history of color and form. The final product is essentially a record of his desire for an understanding on a more intimate level.
Diana Lauderdale - Photographer

Diana Lauderdale - Photographer

Diana  was born and raised in the Mojave Desert, Southern California. It was in this tranquil solitude that she developed an admiration and deep respect for all that is simple and the beauty of delicate details.  A self-taught photographer, Diana is what is known as a “Hybrid.” The exposure part of her process is accomplished using film, both 35mm and 120, and she then switches to the digital process for her printing.  This technique has allowed Diana to expand as an artist in the digital realm while at the same time remain attached to her dearly loved vintage equipment.
Anne Trabue Gray Watson - Little Flower Hair Accessories

Anne Trabue Gray Watson - Little Flower Hair Accessories

Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Anne Trabue learned how to sew when she was a little girl by her grandmother.  From making clothes for her animals to then making clothes for herself, she has always kept her grandmother in mind.  The little flower hair clips are a combination of recycled old scraps and newer finer fabrics.  Some are pieces of old dresses and some are Ralph Lauren Sample Fabrics.  All are hand sewn with love.
Christina Whitson - Candle Maker

Christina Whitson - Candle Maker

Christina has loved art since she was very young and studied many different techniques over the years.  Besides candle making, she like to make stained glass and pottery. She’s been able to incorporate skills that she acquired through pottery and use them in designing and carving candles.  The first time she tried to make a candle, she was 12 years old and spilled the pot of wax all over her mother’s kitchen and down the side of her refrigerator.  She got grounded.  More recently,  She’s poured her first candle less than a year ago, after trying to find a new passion, and trying to get out of corporate America.  She loves making candles and hopes to share the beauty of these unique homemade candles with everyone else.
Jessica Barringer - Nostalgic Jewel Designer

Jessica Barringer - Nostalgic Jewel Designer

Jessica goes by the stage name Little Miss Nostalgic based on the children’s book collection by Roger Hargreaves. She grew up in North Carolina, but spent her summers in Helsinki with her Finnish family. She feels that her magical childhood made her the creative busy bee she is today. Her accessory line is called THINK TANK JEWELS because it references the inevitably never ending creative process. The jewelry is created from all sorts of recycled game pieces (including dominoes and Lego’s) and like the handbags, they are constructed by hand and never duplicated.
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