I love everything about rug hooking! From the creation of a new pattern to the dyeing of the wool, making just the right colors to execute that pattern, the placing of those colors, and the actual working of forming the loops of wool fabric that make the pattern into a work of art, even the finishing of the rug or wall hanging or pillow. It is all exciting for me, every time. When I can help a student to achieve that same excitement, as well as a beautiful completed project, I feel as though I've really accomplished something special. It is very fulfilling.
Graceful, curving lines in a pattern feel right to me, but the color is the most important aspect of my art. Being able to dye the perfect shade or intensity of a particular color and then hook it makes a piece come alive It becomes my baby. it just doesn't get any better than that.
Keith Beaty discovered his love of woodworking after moving to the North Georgia mountains in 1999. He began taking classes at the John C. Campbell Folk School, initially in instrument building - dulcimers, banjos, and "campbellins". It was a Christmas gift of a lathe, along with a Folk School pen-turning class that really fueled his artistic endeavors. Keith now sells his handcrafted pens in gift shops and craft fairs locally. He is a member of the Mountain Regional Arts and Crafts Guild in Hiawassee, GA. He has also been an assistant instructor in a number of Folk School classes since 2009.
Julia C. Beeman
My approach to photography is simple and intuitive, based on traditional principles yet allowing for modest experimentation. I am drawn to both natural and structural images, especially intrigued by contrast, duality, opposites in line and tone, as these invoke both visual movement and emotional response, which can produce either play or conflict.
Although, I have been using a digital Canon for some time, my earlier work was done with a Minolta 35 mm SLR. Black & white photography is still my first love, perhaps because I began with it, or perhaps because I enjoy the play of light and dark, which is more striking in the absence of color.
When I have a goal - not often, as I like to keep my options open - it may be to capture a visual "AHA", an image that holds the eye - delights or shocks the soul. I hope to find and record, for future savoring, bits of the world outside of myself - bits which speak to my inside world. Should these images speak also to others, well and good.