Ginger Earl, Painting

                There was art and art appreciation in my childhood home.  Drawing, painting, and crafting were inherent to life! Until recently, I told myself that I had lost touch with this easy creativity in the years of my early adulthood.  I now see those years as highly creative and full of meaning which informs my […]

Karen Pullen, Writer

      Writing is hard, and even when I have the time, I’d rather fold laundry or check e-mail. I’m not one of those people who’s mesmerized by her own words and forgets to eat. What makes me sit down and work on a story is the certainty that it won’t be told if […]

Linda Collura, Painting

       In my art, I like to discover images in nature, particularly those that capture moments of intense texture, light, shadow, and reflection, and then think of different ways to combine them to create humor, personification, or just plain whimsy. I let the artwork develop as it begins with a photo, then a […]

William Sommers new book “Foreign Vistas”

  Although I haven’t read every book the the Joyful Jewel carries, I really like this one that I have started reading, our newest one, a book by the fascinating William Sommers.  In “Foreign Vistas” he relates some of his experiences through many years of work in the foreign service in Thailand, Vietnam, The Phillippines, […]

Tim Mattimoe, Writer

Tim Mattimoe lives in Pittsboro, NC with his wife, Karen, near their three sons and four grandchildren.  He taught history to college students for more than thirty years and was a newspaper reporter and photographer for ten years.  he has been writing poetry for sixty years but mostly since he retired in 2012.  Tim’s subjects […]

Maryphyllis Horn’s Art Reception

Maryphyllis Horn‘s Art Opening was February 3, 2017, in the them “Shamanic and Metaphorical Images” paintings that show Maryphyllis’s deep connection to animals and her exquisite skill in pastel drawing.  Included were award-winning art pieces. Here are some examples of the Maryphyllis Horn’s work as well as photographs from her reception:     Maryphyllis Horn, […]

Gaines Steer, Writer

Gaines Steer, Writer A Story Worth Tellin’ Gaines Steer is a freelance writer who combines story telling and writer’s voices.  The memoir: A Story Worth Tellin’ took ten years to write.  It chronicles (in 100 chapters) the life and times of a benign “Chatham County Character . . .”   Gaines Steer, Writer