gg's art frames gifts plans holiday open house for Nov. 12

Posted at 5:32 AM on Nov 2, 2017


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Local residents, neighbors and friends will gather Sunday, November 12, from 1 to 5 p.m. at gg's art frames gifts Annual Holiday Open House.

The event is a long-time tradition and begins the holiday season for many customers and friends. Everyone enjoys refreshments, the camaraderie and listening to holiday music by Clay Lunsford, JP VanHoy Jr., Casey VanHoy, and Brenda Wallace while perusing the shop and meeting the artisans.

Special guests this year are:

Carolyn Warren

Iredell County native Carolyn Warren lives on her farm in Statesville with her husband, Brent. Carolyn is a member of the Professional Doll Makers Art Guild.

Her Santa dolls are hand sculpted, hand assembled and their clothing is all hand sewn with vintage wools and antique linens. Santa's eyes are hand-blown glass and all of the hair is carefully applied using Cotswold sheep wool. Carolyn often incorporates her clients' personal keepsakes into her pieces (lace, leather gloves, a brooch, etc.), making each creation truly one of a kind. It is in this way of intertwining the personal and the unexpected that renders Warrens' work with its distinguished spirit of tenderness and the magic of Christmas.

Michael Gehring

Michael J. Gehring, the author of The Oxbridge Evangelist, is Senior Pastor of Broad Street United Methodist Church in Statesville and Adjunct Professor of Pastoral Theology at Hood Theological Seminary.

Gehring examines the evangelistic practices of one of the most significant lay evangelists of the 20th century. In doing so, he explores C. S. Lewis's motivations, practices, and legacy of evangelism. He provides penetrating insight for those interested in the theory and practice of evangelism in a culture that too readily leaves it to the crazies of the Christian tradition or relegates it to the margins of church life.

Jessie Conley

"I have always been the happiest when I have a needle in my hand."

Jessie Conley began doing crewel embroidery at age 7 and continued through law school with crewel embroidery and various forms of cross stitch. Her husband advised her that she should try knitting and she began her journey through the world of fiber arts.

She has taken a number of classes at the John Campbell Folk School and at the Southeastern Fiber Festival and has engaged in a number of fiber arts which include knitting, digital image transfers, felting, dying, eco-printing, weaving, and most recently, Boro inspired hand sewing. Her art is an expression of these many art forms which she continues to build on.

Alison Ruggieri & Blake Johnson

Designs by Ali is an exciting and unique jewelry line. Each piece of jewelry is creatively combined with natural stones and metals to provide a beautiful handmade design.

Alison Ruggieri, who is a self-taught artist, is the creator and designer. She is a originally from Statesville and now resides in Charlotte with her husband. Alison gives you handcrafted jewelry that ranges from funky to a sophisticated style.

Diana Eller

Diana and David Eller are resident potters who have the primary goal of creating traditional and functional pottery to celebrate the good life. They create Dinnerware, Serving pieces, Bowls, Beverage Vessels, Kitchenware, and One-of-a-Kind pieces.

Whatever the style, every piece is lovingly handmade to reflect an appreciation of the art and to embellish your home with the timeless look of simplicity.

Ann Schaefer

Willow Tree is an intimate line of figurative sculptures that speak in quiet ways to heal, comfort, protect and inspire. Expression is revealed through gestures only... a tilt of the head, placement of the hands, a turn of the body.

Ann Schaefer will be available to address any questions regarding Willow Tree products.

Everyone purchasing a Willow Tree Figurine will be entered into a drawing to win "Vigil".

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