THE ARTISTS
THE ARTISTS

OUR ARTISTS

Hilary Clement

Hilary Clement grew up in the New River Gorge area of West Virginia.  She works in both acrylic and oils, painting landscapes, portraits, and abstracts.  She is currently accepting commissions.  To see the wide variety of styles and subjects in her work visit www.hilarypaints.com.  Hot off the easel pieces are shamelessly Instagrammed.  Follow her - hilaryclementartist

Phillip Fuentes

Phillip Fuentes is a furniture maker and woodturner, with 15 years experience. The shop produces useful objects for the home, with influences ranging from Appalachia to Scandinavia and Japan. As well as commission work, lessons in furniture making, greenwood carving, and woodturning are available on a one-to-one, or small class basis. Contact phil.workshop@gmail.com or via Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/PF-Cabinetmaker/260451023989501?ref=hl

Mariana Rodriguez-Pardy

Mariana Rodriguez-Pardy is a potter and folk artist. She works with low temperature red clay and creates original functional pieces as well as small scale sculptures and murals. Her work has the influence of Pre-Hispanic folk art and contemporary Latin American artists. She teaches workshops on a traditional Mexican clay sculpture called "Tree of Life". For more information please visit her website www.tierramadreceramicart.com

 

Ed Rice

Ed Rice is an artist and woodworker, focused on Lutherie, operating as Tóir Guitars. Lutherie is the making of wooden stringed musical instruments, such as guitars, mandolins and ukuleles. Focused on Acoustic and Electric Guitars, Ed trained under Master Luthier Harry Fleishman in Sebastopol, Ca. Additionally, Ed’s style has been influenced by another internationally known Luthier, Jeffrey Yong, of Kuala Lumpur. Jeff has been a great mentor. Ed has a passion for exotic woods in his instruments, such as Monkeypod, KOA and others. Contact Ed at ToirGuitars@gmail.com or on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/EdRiceGuitars.

Angie Rose Barker

A born and bred North Cackalackian, “I find inspiration from the mountains that surrounded me and protected me with their mighty presence. My paintings are a representation of that force and their alluring aura  through the seasons has shaped me as an artist.”

 

She grew up in the small town of Sylva and then went to school at Appalachian State University where she obtained my BFA in Graphic Design.

 

You can find her most recent works in progress posted on her Instagram account angietherose, purchase her originals at her studio, and her archival prints at www.angietherose.com.

Morgan Benshoff

Morgan Benshoff is a native of Greensboro, NC. She graduated from Appalachian State University in 2015 with a BFA in Painting and Drawing. Benshoff makes abstract paintings inspired by pretend landscapes, intuitive marks, the alchemy of paint and water, and humor. She currently lives and works in Greensboro.

 

 

James Quinn

James Quinn is a Greensboro, N.C.-based metalsmith and metal artist–and proud father of Laura. His work has been commissioned at civic sites and private residences in and around the Triad and beyond. "My life’s work began with a course on metal sculpture at a local university. Subsequently, I learned forging, fabrication and metals casting–primarily in sculpture–while employed at blacksmith shops and foundries in Colorado and Montana."

 

After studying art, art history, design, ceramics and metal working at Flathead Valley Technical College in Montana, I returned to my hometown of Greensboro, N.C., where I have lived since. These days, I work full time as a forged and fabricated metal artist. My work is shown at area galleries, festivals and craft fairs. One of  my favorite venues is the Saturday morning Greensboro Farmers’ Curb Market. I also create custom pieces–including furniture, fountains, lamps and gate–for collectors, interior and landscape designers, businesses, private homes and more. Another passion of mine is teaching one-on-one and group metalsmithing and metal art classes where we focus on a range of work from yard art to primitive jewelry." Check out his website for more info www.quinnmetalarts.com

 

Sandy Dunaway

Sandy Dunaway is a woodworking artist and designer who discovered her woodworking passion when she began working with Lawrence Feir in 2013 on various Live Edge tables, benches, and stools. Partnering with supplier of fine woods – Joe  Schoolcraft, the three have collaborated to create

 

LIVE EDGE URBAN DESIGNS, a line of one-of-a-kind functional works of art. Sandy honed her artistic talents previously in textiles, home furnishings, and interior decor. Transitioning to furniture design has been as natural as the woods that fill her studio. Using reclaimed wood from locally grown, removed or fallen trees, Sandy works  to explore and unleash the unique personality of each piece.  What happens on her workbench is clever magic, as flaws become unexpected accents and highlights, and nature’s inimitable beauty is both exposed and transformed. Pieces in the collection may be sophisticated, natural, contemporary, ecclectic, or rustic. One of Sandy’s most incredible talents is that she has a photographic memory for colors, hues and tones. This allows her to play with eco-friendly stains and finishes that would rarely be used on Live Edge woods. Among the woods found in the Live Edge Urban Designs collection are Cherry, Sweet Gum, Sycamore, Oak, Poplar, Maple, and Walnut. Logs can be sawed into slabs, or cut transversely into cookies to create anything from small trivets to accent or side tables, kitchen tables, sofa or console tables, conference tables, wine bars, desks, benches, stools, and more.

 

To see more of the LIVE EDGE URBAN DESIGNS collection visit 205 Collaborative Gallery and Studios, the windows @ 534 South Elm Street (corner of South Elm and West Lewis, downtown Greensboro), or go to www.liveedgeurbandesigns.com  to browse the Portfolio and Currently Available Pieces.  OR  let her create the must have piece you didn’t know you were ‘pining’ for. ​

 

Marcius

Robert Marcius (known in the industry and by friends as Marcius) was born in Greenville, Mississippi, and began designing and creating works of art before the age of twelve. At the age of thirteen he began studying under Leon Koury, a protégé of Malvina Hoffman, a student of Auguste Rodin.  After attending Delta State University in Mississippi, and Dayton Art Institute in Ohio, he continued his studies of the arts as he traveled throughout Europe for nine months.

 

Marcius began designing and producing jewelry, sculptures, and objets d’art after moving to New Hope, Pennsylvania, in1972. He partnered with Gene Jonson, forming Jonson and Marcius, and moved his business to Manhattan.  During this time he supplied Bergdorf Goodman, Henri Bendel and Bloomingdale's with jewelry and Karl Springer with accessories, furniture and sculptures.

In 1975 Lorin Marsh launched their business after seeking out Jonson and Marcius to design and manufacture a unique and original line of  furniture and accessories. Cartier featured a line of lacquered and chromed metal boxes inlaid with metal and semiprecious stones designed and manufactured by Jonson and Marcius and Tiffany featured a sculpture of a pair of five foot cranes embellished with gold accents and mother of pearl wings also designed and manufactured by Jonson and Marcius.

During the early 1980’s Marcius sold his partnership and moved his operations to North Carolina.  He designed the product and direction for Casa Bique until the early 90’s.

 

For three decades he has designed and developed a seemingly limitless creative array of products. Marcius hadclients such as, Casa Stradivari, Thomasville, Lane, Kinder- Harris, Garcia Imports, Cambridge Lamps, Renoir Visions,Allusions (a division of what is known today as the Lam Lee Group),Fredrick Ramond, The Platt Collections and numerous others.

 

Marcius has come full circle and has returned to his roots of designing, crafting and supplying his own decorative arts through M A R C I U S  LLC.

 

Email: marcius@marciusllc.com

Web Site: marciusllc.com  

Phone number: 336-455-2820  

Susan Ridenour

Susan Ridenour is a potter with 14 years experience. She makes wheel thrown and handbuilt pieces in high temperature stoneware, fired in either electric or gas kilns. She is one of 5 potters who built the kiln at 205 Collaborative in 2004. The kiln is a natural gas fired downdraft car kiln. 

 

Susan makes functional as well as sculptural pieces. At 205, her work can be found in studio #14 and in the Gallery. She is in her studio on Second Saturdays and can be reached for appointments at ridenoursg@mindspring.com and  336-314-4494.

TheoMarie Studios

Curt and Debbie Palat are stained and fused glass, photography and mixed media artists.  Curt is from Asheville, NC and Debbie is from New Jersey.  Their art marries Debbie’s Ceramic Engineering background and love of glass with Curt’s Mechanical Engineering background.  Together they form TheoMarie Studios. 

 

You will find their work in Studio 27 and in the Art Galleries at the 205 Collaborative.  Photos of their most recent work are also posted on their Instagram account @theomariestudios and on facebook  www.facebook/debbie.palat


contact info - phone - 336.337.0796

email - theomariestudios@gmail.com

Karen Bjork Dischell 

Karen Bjork Dischell has been working at 205 Collaborative since 2005. As an oil painter, she is inspired by the dynamic between the self and the tools of her craft; the dialogue between internal and external worlds that can achieve visual form. It is exciting for her when a work emerges that is something other than her original point of view.

 

Karen may be reached by email at: bjorkart@gmail.com or by cell phone: 336-274-0961

(text is preferred)

Mia Walser

I am Hakka, born and raised in Taiwan. Since I was three years old, I was fascinated with drawing and started sketching. At the age of eight, I told my father I wanted to be an artist. At the time, my father had a friend who was a fortuneteller and he coincidentally agreed that I was "born to be an artist," so my father bought me some paper and sent me to drawing classes. Every Saturday for a few months, I was drawing still life after still life, which I had already done before whenever I had nothing better to do.  Everyone expected a child who was talented in art to draw things realistically, and consequently, I wasn't too impressive. In my heart, I just wanted to express myself through paint, but in a culture which praised obedience I leaned to keep that to myself. Therefore, soon my "prophecy" was forgotten. Though I kept drawing on my own, I also thought I should do something else with my life.

 

Nonetheless, deep in my heart I have always been passionate about painting. In 1994, I married my husband, an Austrian, and lived in Austria. More than five thousand miles away from my homeland, I began my new life with only a handful of German words and little knowledge of the local dialect. There was no one I felt connected with to talk to either. I was suffocating in my situation and yearned to express myself. As every door closed in my life, I realized what I wanted to do was painting.

 

I painted in Tschallener Wolfgang's studio, a well-known local artist. By then, all I wanted to do was to express myself through painting. Shortly after, he recognized my creativity was "ein Stück Gold." In the following year, after my first son's birth, I started my own business with art and crafts. However, it didn't last long. Due to parenting and frequent travelling, I sold it after eight months.

 

From then to now and from Austria to America (my family immigrated to the U.S. in 1998), I have never stopped painting. Everything and anything I have done in the last twenty-years was aiming only for my dream that one day I could paint freely without the struggles of time and money.

 

Nowadays, both of my sons are in college, and with my financial stability, I can finally make my dream into a reality.  Since October, 2015, I have rented a studio at 205 Collaborative in Greensboro, North Carolina as a full-time artist.

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