Bill Carley, originally from Illinois, has lived in Waxhaw since 1984. After a career building houses in the JAARS area, he retired. One day, his neighbor, a member of the Washaw Woodturners’ Club, showed him how to turn a bowl. He was hooked. He had always enjoyed working with wood. He doesn’t really consider himself an artist since he feels that God puts the beauty into the tree. But he uses his talent to turn bowls and other objects that display the beauty God made.
All of his wood is local. He loves experimenting with news ideas such as segmented bowls, combining two or more types of wood for a very unique effect.
Some of his bowls are finished with a food friendly finish. Others that have a decorative purpose are finished with a durable combination of wax and shellac.
Syndney is our a very talented teen author. She has published several books and they are available in Created in the Carolinas.
-Purple Girl Designs by Amber-Gemstone Healing Jewelry for mind, body, soul and spirit.
Origninally from Kershaw, SC, Edna Marie Drakeford started hand quilting with her mom and the age of 10. In her high school Home Ecomonics class, she learned to sew on a machine – a big improvement – from her point of view.
She continued her studies earning an Associate Degree in Fashion Merchandising. After a few years making and altering garments, she bought herself long arm quilting machine. She has been quilting ever since. She loves the creativity that quilting provides year after year. She shares this love and enthusiasm with her students. She encourages them to keep learning, just as she does. Stop in and visit her or take a quilting class at Marie’s Sewingnook at CITC.
Stained Glass. You can find beautiful mosaic glass hangings. A book is on display with many special order options for the home.
Linda lived in New England from August, 1985 to August, 1998. While there, she was approved by the Massachusetts Cultural Council for inclusion on their PASS, Event and Residency, and Touring Rosters. From August 1998 through December 2012, she lived in Chesterfield, Virginia where she was listed on the Virginia Commission for the Arts Writers in Virginia Directory. She has lived in Waxhaw, North Carolina since January 2013 and is on the roster of the Charlotte/Mecklinburg Arts and Science Council (ASC) Education Provider Directory. She is the 1995 recipient of the Excellence in Storytelling Award presented by the Storytelling Institute at Southern Connecticut State University, a 1998 recipient of a Storytelling World Honor Award, a 2013 recipient of 3 Storytelling World Winner Awards, and a 2014 recipient of 2 Storytelling World Winner Awards. She is a charter member of the Barter Storytellers of Abingdon, Virginia, the country’s first professional storytelling troupe associated with a professional theater.
Linda Goodman, a Virginia Appalachian Mountain native of Melungeon descent, learned the art of storytelling from her father, a former coal miner who was himself a master yarnspinner. She began writing her own stories while she was in elementary school and continues to be a prolific writer to this day. In November 1988, while she was living in Enfield, Connecticut, she rediscovered the “oral tradition” while attending the first annual Tellabration! ™. She has been entertaining audiences of all ages throughout the country with her original stories, traditional tales, and monologues ever since.
“I was born into a culture that is fading away. I feel an obligation to keep that culture alive in my stories,” she enthuses. “I also feel an obligation to people my stories with Southern Appalachian characters of intelligence and integrity. This country has a stereotype of a Southerner who is slow and unintelligent. My stories seek to dispel that stereotype.”
Her works are known for their “Southern Appalachian” flavor, and her CDs, Jessie and Other Stories and Bobby Pins, have received glowing reviews and have been aired on both NPR and Sirius Radio programs. Her one-woman show, Daughters of the Appalachians, was first published in book form in 1999 and has since been performed as a play by casts from theaters in California, Connecticut, Georgia, Massachusetts, and Virginia.
Valerie Hietala finally had her dream of a farm come true 10 years ago, when she started Happy Hills Alpaca Farm. After obtaining her BS in Agriculture from the Univ. of Wisconsin, she traveled and lived in Germany for four years. Returning to the states, she lived near Boston and attended Harvard University for children’s literature. She then went on to graduate school in Ecology at the Univ. of Colorado.
Since then she has been a state naturalist, teacher, author, and farmer. She loves to hand spin her beautiful alpaca’s and sheep fleece and create it into lovely clothing, as well as spinning a yarn or too.
She makes hand spun, hand knitted shawls, cowls, scarves and small blankets as well as weaving scarves. With her sheep wool she does needle felting, making small garments and toy sculptures. Fiber arts and textiles have been a part of her family for generations.
Currently she has 8 alpacas, 4 sheep and one llama. Happy Hills Alpaca Farm offers tours and lessons and is open to the public by appointment.
Beatrice Hill PhD-Acrylic and Oil
Beatrice is a teacher with the NC Public School System. She holds a doctorate degree and teaches Art for elementary, middle and high school students as well as adults. Beatrice has a Home School Art Program beginning in Sepember. You may enroll by call Beatrice at 704-989-1167.
“I have been doing hand work for most of my life. I started with doll clothes for my dolls when very young. Most of my children’s clothes and mine. I always wanted to quilt so I have been doing that for 34 years.
“My daughter started both of us doing punch needle embroidery and on to working with boiled wool . It is very easy to work with. Shown in the picture are my pin cushion, a favorite of quilters.”
Children’s hair bows and special wedding garters
“Born and raised in the Waxhaw area, I started fusing glass about two years ago. In expanding my love for working with glass, I have had great fun in doing glass mosaics. I have been doing mosaics for about at a year.
“I joined Created in the Carolinas back in Oct 2015 and enjoy doing events and projects here at the store. A great group of people to work with.”
See Carol’s work on front of the Waxhaw calendar for 2017!
New and recycled art and author of stories and poetry
Dwight Roth is a retired elementary school teacher of 29 years, who grew up in the mountains of Southwestern Pennsylvania. He enjoys writing, poetry, painting, and music. He enjoys participating in the Indian Trail Cultural Arts poetry group. He has self-published three memoirs and a book of poetry and three children’s books. He has nine books or booklets on Amazon Kindle. He has art work on display at Created in the Carolina’s in Waxhaw and at the Cultural Arts Center in Indian Trail. He and his wife Ruth live near Monroe, NC.
Matthew Sanabria & family
Jestine Schmitt & sister Candace Conley
doTerra for health
Sarah has health/wellnessproducts, essential oils s
Sheri is an accomplished photographer. She has framed photography, local scenes on postcards, bookmarks and frameable photos.