KIM CHEEK: I was involved in the arts communities in Kernersville and Winston-Salem when I was in my 20s. When I married my husband, I became the step mom to two children. We then had our daughter, who is now 17 years old. I love being a wife and mother, and was actively engaged in many activities for the children. I still am involved in a number of community groups. However, I really missed doing my craft work. There was only so much time in the day, and I chose to put that aside for a number of years. Eventually, with the kids grown up, I got back into it.
ASHEBORO HUB: How did you get involved with the arts community in Asheboro?
CLAUDIA AINSWORTH: My husband and I moved to North Carolina from the Portland, Oregon, area in the 1980s. I have a degree in music and art, and have always been passionate about both, so it was natural for me to connect with the arts community here.
ASHEBORO HUB: When did you begin doing your art? Tell us a little something about your journey as an artist.
DEBORAH BOLING GARNER: “ ‘Those who hear not the music, think the dancers mad.’ This is a quote that has been attributed to more than one, and it has informed my life, and my art, for as long as I can remember.
ASHEBORO HUB: Tell us about the garden project that you lead at the Charles W. McCrary Elementary school.
KAREN YOUNG: My husband, Rob Young, and I recently completed the NCSU Extension Master Gardener class. As part of the course, participants are required to complete 40 hours of garden- related volunteer work. Participants are encouraged to use those hours teaching and fostering the love of gardening in others.
ASHEBORO HUB: Tell us a little bit about the journey you’ve been on as an artist.
CARA BEVAN: I grew up on a farm, and for a long time we had great numbers of rescue animals. We’ve had ducks, horses, cats and a wide array of other animals. I have always associated well with animals. I feel that I understand animals better than people. I attended school, and I did socialize somewhat there, but I do tend to be an introvert.
HUB: How did you get started as a photographer? Who and what has inspired you?
JOHN IRELAND: I was really into drawing when I was a child. I enjoyed showing others what I was seeing through those drawings.
I have always been interested in photography. When I graduated from school, my brother gave me a camera as a gift. We used to take the goofiest pictures of each other with it! I worked in a photo lab for a while, and it was in the early 1990s that I began doing photographic work in a serious way. Even before then, however, it was something I did in my free time.
HENRIETTA CUMMINGS: I have been interested in plants and their properties since I was a child. My mother and sister used to gather wild and cultivated herbs, and I learned from them first. I moved to California for a time, and really enjoyed the wide range of healthy food and herbal teas options available at that time.
HUB: Tell us about your journey as an artist. How did you get started in your creative endeavors?
Mike Shinn: For me, it began when I was about 3 years old and walking in a small stream near our home in Piedmont North Carolina. The stream bed was composed largely of yellow clay and, as I looked behind me, I saw my footprints following very closely. There was an immediate recognition of “cause and effect” between me and my footprints as I walked in a small circle admiring my new-found artistic abilities. I have been playing with mud and other media ever since. Continue reading Mike Shinn: Wood carver, writer, painter, clay sculptor, photographerShare this:
ALWAYS SEEKING ENERGY
Did the chicken cross the road to get to Perry Boswell’s house? It’s one of the many things he’s picked up over the years, using the energy he finds in those materials to drive his art obsession. Photo: Deborah Marcus
HUB: You taught the arts in Davidson County and other schools for many years. You’ve retired from full-time scholastic teaching, and have gone in some very new and exciting directions. Tell us a little bit about that journey.
PERRY BOSWELL: “Since retiring, I have had to redefine who I am both as an artist and as a person. Part of my journey is asking myself who am I now that I am not the teacher of school-aged children. I am working more with older people. They have some similar anxieties about making art as do younger people, and what I hope to convey to them is that process of learning and creating is sometimes more important than the work produced. Continue reading Perry Boswell: Mixed Media Artist explains how it all comes togetherShare this:
DOWN TIME: Laurie Abela takes some time out with her dogs. Photo: Deborah Marcus
HUB: Tell us a little about the journey to where you are right now as an artist.
LAURA ABELA: “I was a cardiac nurse for many years. I also am trained to provide therapeutic massage, and this overlapped with my nursing career for quite a few years. Continue reading Laurie Abela – Once unsure of the label ‘artist,’ now she embraces her creativityShare this: