October 2017 - Dale Cougar Armstrong

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Dale "Cougar" Armstrong is the Education Consultant Emeritus for Wire-Sculpture.com, a diehard rockhound and lapidary, and a full-time wire jewelry artist, instructor and author. Dale credits her mom for spurring her fascination with, and education of, rocks and minerals. Her mother was an avid rockhound and many weekend family adventures involved traipsing through the White Mountains of New Hampshire in search of abandoned pegmatite mines.

You're invited to a special Meet & Greet + Trunk Show Thursday, October 19th. Enjoy shopping and socializing with talented Dale Armstrong located in the Museum Store. Admission is free.

Join us for class on Saturday, October 14th as Dale teaches how to make her Crystal Chaos Pendant. Registration required.

September 2017- Marie Speader Haas

September 2017 Artist of the Month - Marie Speader Haas

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Marie has been painting and drawing pictures since she was a child growing up in Erie, Pennsylvania. After many years teaching high school biology and doing her art on the side,she turned her attention to serious studio work in 1984.

She soon established herself as an avid watercolorist in northwestern Pennsylvania where she ran her own Sycamore Gallery and conducted watercolor and drawing classes. Marie currently works out of her studios in Ocoee, Tennessee and Bradenton, Florida.

It is an honor to host her artwork in the Museum Store at the Museum Center at 5ive Points.

AUGUST 2016 - Thomas Spake

Thomas Spake Studios creates unique glass art, incorporating age old glassblowing techniques with good 'ole American ingenuity to create functional, decorative, and sculptural glass art with a style all its own.

I began blowing glass back in 1994. As it happened, I went to college to pursue a basketball scholarship, but as fate would have it, a work study in the art department introduced me to glassblowing. I remember that jaw dropping moment, seeing the molten material rotating on the blow pipe, the creative energy, the improvisation, the dance, the sweat, the teamwork. All these things at once. This was something I had to do. After 2 years, I walked off the court, and into the hotshop to take my first class. The rest, well is art history.
The college glass experience was one of exploration, trial and error, and a "see what happens" approach. This is how art is created, through a willingness to explore the material and make mistakes.
When I graduated, I received a fellowship at a renowned Craft School. This experience focused my attention into the fine details of glass blowing, crafting the perfect object, great technique, and the understanding of the process.
As my tenure ran out, I was approached by a gallery that wanted to open a glass blowing studio. This entire process, from building the equipment, laying out the space, designing the glassware, teaching workshops, demonstrating to the public, proved to be a invaluable experience, and led me to my current adventure.
In 2002, I began my own business, Thomas Spake Studios. While glass is my primary material of choice, I also create large site specific sculpture, fabricate custom gates, railings and fences, design jewelry, teach glassblowing workshops, and make awards and gifts for various businesses and organizations. 
My current work is a collaboration of sorts. I am an explorer, searching for new textures, colors and forms that exist in nature. I then photograph these various places, objects, and moments and try and capture the sensibilities from these photographs in my glasswork. Some finished works are glimpses while others are entire landscapes, while abstract or literal, I find the process to be very rewarding and fulfilling.
                                                                                             - - - Thomas Spake
http://thomasspakestudios.com/ 

JULY - Dale Armstrong

This Month our Monthly Featured Artist is Dale “Cougar” Armstrong.  She is a die-hard rockhound, lapidary, and a full-time wire jewelry artist, instructor and author; with a background in the fine arts, cloisonné and repoussé prior to making jewelry. With more than 40 years of combined experience, Dale uses absolutely no solder or glue in her traditional wire jewelry designs, and teaches how at jewelry making events around North America, Russia, Ukraine, Switzerland, and Germany. Her award winning work is sold in galleries and gift shops and has appeared in many printed publications. Author of numerous magazine and Internet articles, and the bestselling book, “Wirework: An Illustrated Guide to the Art of Wire Wrapping”, Dale has authored and filmed more than 76 instructional DVDs; has appeared on the PBS broadcast show ‘Beads, Baubles & Jewels’; is a member of the Beadalon Design Team and a representative for Euro Tool. Dale also works as an instructor and live presenter for Jewelry Television’s Jewel School, and is the Education Coordinator for JTV’s Jewel School Institute. Her working lapidary studio ‘Cougar’s Creations’ is located in southeast Tennessee.