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 […]

Roger Strickland, Wood Working

  Native and exotic woods are used in my penmaking.  Each type of wood has a distinctive grain pattern . . . capturing these patterns is my objective. My goals is to offer a wide variety of pens . . . shapes, styles, and sizes.  I use my imagination to visualize the pen.  Then, at […]

Aruna Gurumurthy, Writer

Aruna Gurumurthy is a visionary poet and keen enthusiast for change. Born in Mumbai, her experiences and discoveries brought her to Amherst, Massachusetts at the turn of the century. Having toiled in labs for a decade, her journey into writing poetry began in a moment of epiphany just under two years ago. She chased her dreams […]

Valerie Macon, Writer

        A String of Black Pearls is a collection of poetry by Valerie Macon that Poet Laureate, Shelby Stevenson, calls “a field of images along a shoreline of sails and shirts, birds and wires, wind and cables. . . . poems [that] rise and lilt in meditative sermons unmistakably searching for the […]

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 […]

Chris Abbate, Writer

  Many of Chris Abbate’s poems pay homage to coming of age and family dynamics. His poetry also grapples with questions at the intersection of religion and spirituality. Chris’ debut book of poetry, Talk About God (Main Street Rag, 2017), explores the gray areas; the ragged edges of religious experience. The poet Alice Osborn says, “Every poem in Talk […]

Michele Berger, Writer

  Michele Tracy Berger is a writer, professor, and pug-lover. In addition to science fiction, she writes poetry and creative non-fiction. Her work has appeared in The Feminist Wire, Ms. Magazine, WNC Woman, as well as several literary journals and anthologies. She is a graduate of the CCCC Creative Writing Program and served on the […]

Angie Williams, Pottery

I sign my pieces, “Mizpah Pottery.”  Mizpah means “May God watch over you while we’re apart” and is inspired by my grandmother. Each piece also has a hidden cross.  For my shell art, I have hand picked each shell from Atlantic Beach or Morehead City, NC, and they reflect life’s memories and moments. The turtle […]

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, […]