Meet some of our artists!! The guild is very privileged to have so much talent within our membership.
Linda Bell is a fiber artist, who began traditional rug hooking 35 years ago. Linda has participated in several national exhibitions earning numerous awards including a "Best in Show". She has exhibited in Georgia at the Blue Ridge Arts Center in Blue Ridge, the Mable House Arts Center in Mableton, the Gilmer county Arts and Heritage Association in Ellijay, and "Off the Hook" sponsored by the Association of Traditional Hooking Arts at the Environment and Heritage Center in Buford.
Linda's work, a portrait of her grandson, was included in the 2013 issue of "Celebrations", an annual publication of RUG HOOKING magazine that showcases the best of this traditional art. She recently had a piece featured in the book, HOOKED RUGS OF THE DEEP SOUTH by Jesse
Turbayne, a well-known author of several important books on rug hooking. Since 1985, when she began her career as a McGown certified teacher in rug hooking, Linda has shared her knowledge and love of this fiber art with students in classes at her home in Hiawassee, the John C. Campbell Folk School, and in workshops in both Georgia and neighboring states.
A retired nurse, Glynda says, "All types of arts and crafts have been an integral part of my life. My mother, an artist working in multiple medias, taught me the basics (and more) about drawing, painting sewing and embroidery. She has always encouraged me to make the most of my imagination to further my crafting interests." *
A native of Birmingham, Alabama and a resident of Hiawassee since 1981, Glynda's present interest is in making /"Softies/", critters which are baby and small child friendly "feel good" toys. The dolls and animals are very colorful with hand embroidered faces and double sewn seams for safety and a long "life of love". Each one is unique with its own little personality. Glynda says she likes to create her own patterns or "tweak" published ones to make her one of a kind /Softie/s.
A resident of Hayesville North Carolina, Roland creates beautiful bowls, lamps, tables and other decorative and useful wood pieces. In working with wood, Roland, who calls himself 'sawdust anointed' says,"Each project
seems to require that I learn a new skill or technique; so with each day in my shop, there is a life lesson learned. An old block of wood becomes beautiful and/or useful when the waste and unnecessary are
A native of western Pennsylvania, Joyce lived many years in Maryland where she received her professional education as a Nurse Practitioner and also began her study of art. Joyce studied drawing and photography at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C. for a year. In the early 1990’s Joyce learned transparent watercolor techniques and principles of design under the weekly instruction of Dr. Morris Green, Maryland College of Art & Design, for several years.
Dr. Green was a student of the watercolor master, Edgar Whitney (1891-1987). Whitney & Green emphasized design, color, calligraphic shapes and a wet-into-wet painting method to produce a loose “translation not transcription” of the subject in which the artist has emotional involvement.
Watercolor workshops over the years also influenced Joyce’s watercolors. These included workshops with Frank Webb in Maryland, Zoltan Szabo in Maine, Skip Lawrence in Maryland, and Tom Lynch in Texas. Travel to Europe and Mexico were sources of inspiration for painting subjects as well as landscapes of the northeast, southwest, and the Texas Hill Country where she lived for 15 years.
Joyce was actively involved in a number of art associations in Maryland and Texas which gave her the opportunity to exhibit in many juried shows and to sell her watercolors. In Texas, she was owner of “Art for Charity” and organized quarterly exhibits for about 20 local artists to raise money for local charities. An annual exhibit of children’s art was an especially rewarding experience. Joyce was also founder and executive director of a non-profit medical clinic for low-income, uninsured adults in Texas for 10 years.
Retirement brought Joyce and her husband, Bob, to the north Georgia mountains in May 2014. They are enjoying the cooler climate, hiking trails, and the beautiful scenery. Joyce is now “translating” the local Georgia scenery into watercolor paintings. Joyce also has interests in genealogy, healthy cooking, and local charitable service.
Joyce is a board member of the Mountain Regional Arts & Crafts Guild. She is available for beginner watercolor classes at the guild’s store, “ArtWorks”, in Hiawassee, Georgia.
A career nurse, Judy moved to Hiawassee 13 years ago to be near her family. Her interest in quilting began when she took a class at Log Cabin Quilts, which some will remember was located in the cabin on Main Street in Hiawassee. After taking the class, she became a "self-taught" quilter, experimenting with various fabrics and patterns. She is particularly fond of fashioning her quilts, using vintage fabrics from the 1930's and '40's, feed sacks and sometimes "settles" for reproductions of some
older fabrics that go as far back as the Civil War. Judy uses both standard quilting patterns as well as some of her own creations to make table runners, baby quilts and very large bedding quilts.