Firefly Featured Artists
We are fortunate at Firefly Craft Gallery to work with many of the very best artists in Henderson County and all of Western North Carolina. Our gallery is filled to over-flowing with their creative genius, whimsey, love of color and light, and their passion for touching your heart and soul through their art. Here are just a few of our favorite local artists.
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A native of New York, I’ve also lived in Dallas, Seattle, and now North Carolina. I didn’t begin to paint until after retirement from a demanding real estate career, but despite that delay, from as early as 3 years old I never doubted that I would be an artist.
With several workshops and classes, museums, galleries, art books and magazines have been my teachers. Two of our children graduated from art schools, one at the Art Center in Pasadena, one at Pratt in Brooklyn. Since my husband also completed his studies at Parsons and the Cooper Union, it was really through osmosis that I learned much from my own family. Later I studied under Lois McFarland, a highly gifted acolyte of the revered Sergei Bongart, and took workshops from such notables as Skip Lawrence, Charles Sovek, Ned Mueller, and Julyan Davis. I've been lucky to enjoy a feast of fabulous art in many European museums, my favorite by far being the Musee d'Orsay.
I do intimate landscapes and love to zero in on my subject. Whether it's the textures, geometry or abstract relationship of forms, or simply the need to explore the mystery of the subject more deeply, I couldn't say, but I suspect it's all three.
All of my designs are original and one-of-a-kind. Although I have a B.A. Degree in the Arts, I am a self- taught doll maker. I have no formal way of beginning my process. I just start playing with textured fabrics, paint and digging through my many boxes of treasures. From there I start cutting and feverishly mixing and matching. Following my bliss, I create all the little monsters and characters of my imagination. Every once and a while, I will create a little sketch or paper pattern just to keep me in line. People often ask: "What inspires you?" The answer is simple: Everything! I am inspired by my children, all the places I've explored and the people I have met. My passion for detail is intense. My need for laughter and humor is a must! Whether I am people-watching in the city, antiquing, or jumping around a junkyard, my creative pulse is constantly beating.
Paper Mâché Mixed Media
Nostalgic Folk Art was born in 2004. Carol came up with Nostalgic Folk Art name for her paper mâché figures because she loves the older things that remind her of her childhood and of innocent times. They are figures of folks both childish and impish and she loves vintage folk art ... so putting nostalgic with folk art was/is a perfect and fitting name for her lil' figures and business.
Historic Saluda, NC has been home to David since he was just a baby. Growing up in the foothills of western North Carolina, David always enjoyed working with his hands and had been doing woodcarving for several years until several shoulder surgeries made that impossible. He then attended Tryon Arts and Crafts and he discovered he could use his considerable woodcarving tools and skills to create beautiful details in clay. David then built his own wood fired kiln and has been creating intriguing ceramic art ever since.
Through many years of experience and experimentation, David has developed a unique style and a well-deserved reputation for one of a kind ceramic designs. You can find David's wonderful mugs, bowls, vases, and lamp bases at Firefly.
Stained Glass Artist
Born in London, England and raised in New York City, Kathy found her passion and started her stained glass career in 1981 and never looked back. Kathy moved to Hendersonville in 1990 and found inspiration in nature and specialized in 3-D birds and flowers. Her real love is to produce stained glass spider webs which have been her most popular work. Kathy's work is best enjoyed when catching the sunlight through a window!
Wall Art | Thread Painting | Quilts
Joyce Henneberry received a degree in graphic arts, and her work has been featured nationally in trade publications. Joyce has designed several published books as well. She draws inspiration from both nature and the abstract. Whatever the project, her passion is experimenting with and arranging unusual colors together.
Mark Henneberry is a wood carver from Brevard, NC. Mark has been fascinated with wood carving from childhood. As a child he whittled and made walking sticks and as an adult he developed a deep interest in mountain spirit carving and historic folk art carving. Mark's background is in design and advertising. For many years he owned a graphics arts firm and designed commercial advertising. Mark is the beginning wood carving instructor at Isothermal Community College.
Donna Martin is an award winning artist specializing in custom designed glass windows and doors, as well as beautiful sparkling decorative hangings. Donna's art is perfect for your favorite window, garden, porch, or any place you would love to watch light play on her gorgeous stained glass creations.
Didi Salvatierra is an award-winning and professional fiber artist and quiltmaker. After working in metals and being a member of a cooperative artists' gallery for eight years, she found fiber arts to be a new direction for her creative energies.
Didi's quilts reflect a love of color, spontaneity and often humor. Her attention to detail and embellishments infuse each unique piece of her work with vibrant visual impact. Recent works include one-of-a-kind commissions, art quilts, pillows, coiled bowls and memory quilts. She uses various techniques such as photo-transfer, rubber stamping, foiling, painting and computer generated images to bring her pieces to life.
After many years of hand quilting for others, teaching workshops and presenting lectures, she has returned to her studio to create exciting projects and quilts. Relocating to western North Carolina is offering Didi many new challenges, opportunities and adventures. You may even find her teaching an occasional class at Beginnings Quilt Shop in Hendersonville.
Life is good!!
Janet has been intrigued with organic qualities of clay from a young age. Trying to retain a living and dancing quality when working the clay has been her goal. Janet uses "slung slabs" on the collar area of vessels and as ears or beaks on her animal pieces. These slung slabs stretch and infuse her work with a permanent sense of movement.
Janet was a resident of South Bend, IN and received her Bachelor of Arts from Indiana University. She was an art teacher in South Bend for 29 years, as well as a clay instructor for the Sound Bend Museum of Art for 35 years. Janet has lived and worked in Hendersonville, NC as a full-time artist since 2013
Born and raised in Hendersonville, North Carolina, Don Blackwell's pen and ink images reflect his love of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the inhabitants. Don spent 23 years in the United States Air Force as an artist, and almost 30 years in Alaska. He has returned to the mountains of North Carolina to pursue his love of art and teaching others how to do their own art. A versatile artist, Don's works are done in pencil, pen and ink , watercolor, airbrush, and colored pencil. He is also creating work in a unique form of expression called pyrography or burning an image into various mediums. Don also carves in wood, crafting mountain wood spirits on hiking sticks, canes and larger pieces as well. His originals and prints are in three museums, the Ministry of Defense in Winnipeg, Canada and the Ministry of Defense in Moscow, Russia, the Pentagon and the National Guard Bureau.
Candy Emerson spent the majority of her working life in the corporate world before moving from Austin, TX to Hendersonville, NC in 2013. She enjoyed her career, and it gave her the opportunity to study jewelry design, interior design, and painting. She is now creating jewelry in her Hendersonville workshop and loving it.
Candy has been designing and handcrafting jewelry for over 10 years, with a focus on fabricating metals. She loves to take raw metal and shape, texture, and embellish it to create a unique piece of fine quality jewelry.
Mixed Media Artist & Jewelry Designer
Jennifer is a jewelry and mixed media artist, originally from upstate New York, has lived in Hendersonville, NC for the past 19 years. For the past several years, Jennifer has combined her love of ceramic beads and metal into creating beautiful leather bracelets. These elements all come together in perfect union and stand out in one-of-a-kind bracelets; all have magnetic closures. These beautiful bracelets are the perfect focal piece for any occasion.