My name is Graham McGoogan, I am 30 years old and live in Charlotte, NC. I have always considered myself hands-on and enjoyed expressing my creativity, but it wasn't until just a few years ago that I started to explore woodworking.
I began working with pallet lumber - creating housewarming gifts for friends and family. I have broadened my woodworking horizons, slightly, and now include a number of home goods in my offerings. These include cutting boards, wine racks and flight boards, to name a few. I have also recently began building furniture. While my skills remain very basic, I am enjoying the ongoing education that woodworking has been able to provide.
Currently, I am working as a part-time furniture builder for Brown Dog Wood Co. in Charlotte. Additionally, I spend the rest of my time working on my personal woodworking projects. When I am not woodworking, I enjoy playing music both as a banjo player with Piedmont Temperance Movement and as a drummer with the praise band at my church.
September - Lambeth Marshall
Lambeth has been working in clay for 35 years and was a painter and landscape contractor/designer before. She is still active in landscape design. Lambeth studied ceramics and design at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Central Piedmont Community College, Queens University, and Penland School of Crafts, in North Carolina and also has an Associates Degree in Business Landscaping. She has taught at various pottery studios, Queens University in Charlotte, and has given workshops for various NC colleges and clay groups. Lambeth has been affiliated with 30 galleries and museums in the US and her work is part of many private and corporate collections. Lambeth focused heavily on clay during the early part of her professional career, all the while maintaining an interest in painting.
Three years ago, artist friends encouraged her to begin painting more abstractly. She started experimenting with different drawing and painting materials and exploring the abstract realm regularly since then. She use layers of charcoal, inks, pencil, acrylic paints and pastels in my mixed media paintings. "The ultimate motivators for my artwork aren’t sales or money. I am constantly intrigued by the playfulness and freedom of making art. It feeds my soul. My work represents my experiences with the water, the ocean, the mountains, and my gardens. My passion is about getting the work out there and having helpful, positive ways in which it can be experienced. I want people to enjoy my artworks knowing that each one is made with love and enthusiasm for life. My abstract paintings offer something special: a chance to explore your imagination and use your creative side of the brain."
August - Alex Pietersen
Azure Sky Gift Boutique is excited to show Alex's revolutionary photo technique. Come out this month to see his color photographs along with his black and white photography.
Alex Pietersen, who is a native of HOLLAND, was first inspired by the Rotterdam harbor and windmills near his home. His early works zoomed into close-up abstracts of this environment emphasizing line and texture rather than complete views.
In 1974 Alex packed up his photo equipment and moved to the UNITED STATES where he continued to work in black and white photography, all the while stretching his photographic skills. In 1978, after inventing a revolutionary photographic technique, Alex began to focus his work largely in the commercial and advertising worlds. This technique and his commercial successes earned Alex artistic recognition, as he was awarded numerous fine art award honors and an invitation to be part of "The Colors of Invention" Expo at the Smithsonian Institute. Because the advent of modern computers made Alex’s invention absolute, he reverted back to black and white photography, this time concentrating on landscapes and nature. Presently Alex experiments with subtle color that is often mistaken for black and white photography. In 2013 Alex made Lake Wylie, SC his home.
Alex has won numerous awards through the years, the latest of which are: 2016 Arts on Main Gastonia, A Moment in Time Photo Competition, 1st Place 2016 Arts on Main. Visual Harvest. Honorable Mention 2014 and 2015 Honorable Mention at Gaston College Visual Harvest 2015 Second Place at Southern Arts Society in Kings Mountain 2015 First Place in Color Photography at Gaston Co. Art Guild 2015 Juror’s Choice at Matthews Artfest 2015 and 2016 Judges Choice Award in 2D at Waxhaw Art Kaleidoscope 2016 Third Place, 2018 Award of Excellence. Southern Arts Society “A Fresh Look 2016 Honorable Mention Art in the Park Blowing Rock. Recently the Pump House Restaurant on the Catawba River in Rock Hill purchased 4’ copy of the building and a 5’ copy of a river view from Alex Pieterse Artist Statement: CREATING SOMETHING FROM NOTHING IS THE MOST SATISFYING THING WE CAN DO. I FIND THAT THE CREATIVE PROCESS IS AN INSPIRING AND AMAZING JOURNEY!