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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
Marilyn Shannon is coming to share from her book. Don’t we all want to know what men think/feel? http://www.joyfuljewel.com/artists/marilyn-shannon-writer/ She will be here Sunday Aug. 6, 3 – 4pm at the Joyful Jewel.
Kathy Morgan studied fine arts at Wayne State University in Michigan. She says: Most of my drawings are inspired by nature, mostly animals and plants. I also enjoy drawing still life. I use mainly oil-based prisma color pencils . . . initially sketching lightly, then gently adding layer upon layer of color until the drawing […]
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 […]
I make wheel thrown stoneware pottery. The pastel blue/green pieces are spray glazed with some different glazes. My inspiration comes from the colors of this local area and traditional forms. Some pieces are textured with sodium silicate that creates a contrast between a blue/green palette and brown. Belinda Hardin, Pottery
This year’s Vision & Voice, April 30, 2017 was so poignant, meaningful and fun! Here are the photos that Mary L. Barnard took. The event featured writers who wrote about pieces of art from the Joyful presenting their poems or stories alongside the artists who inspired them.
Nancy Taylor was able to make beautiful sculpy earrings despite her impairments with parkinson’s disease and rheumatoid artritis.