Why do I paint? by Marshall Davis

Why do I paint? I’ve always admired the work of talented artists but never really considered myself exceptionally artistic. Since my youth I have dabbled with woodcarving and painting and the subjects have always been some type of wildlife. The love of nature and wildlife have led me into various pursuits such as taxidermy, falconry and now painting. In my youth I was surrounded by living things and because of understanding parents I kept a collection of “critters” in my room. I could spend hours watching the gliding, hopping, digging and flying creatures in my personal zoo. Now as an adult my living collection may not be as diverse, but with paint I can still be surrounded be the creatures and wildlife that I love.

Peace and Serenity by Marilyn Vendemia

So we all need to feel some peace and serenity…it’s why yoga is so popular nowadays…but sometimes we just don’t remember to take some time for ourselves to breathe deeply and rebalance so we can take life on in the most positive way…I love using lots of different gemstones in my jewelry…it seems like each stone can strengthen our bonds to our natural selves in different ways…they can provide us with soothing, inspiring energy, the same way a walk on the ocean or hiking the forest can…

When I design my jewelry I anticipate someone being drawn to a certain stone or metal design…a necklace bearing an open lotus can remind us to keep our hearts open…earrings of aquamarine can bring back the soothing memories of the sound and color of water…fiery ruby can make us feel warm and exuberant…

Visit our gallery to browse … Everything is handmade with the intent of helping to bring a little peace and serenity into our lives.

Book Launch at One of a Kind Gallery

Poet Sarah Edwards and Photographer Brady Beck will be featured on Saturday, December 29th, from 4:30 to 6:30 at One of a Kind Gallery in downtown Southern Pines at 128 West Pennsylvania (Belvedere Plaza).  The two will be launching their new book, What the Sun Sees, with poetry by Sarah and nature photography by Brady.  Sarah will read poetry from the new book, and Brady will discuss his photography.  Time will be set aside for questions and answers.  Autographed copies of the books will be for sale at the event.Both Sarah and Brady are well known in the Sandhills area.  Sarah, who is now retired and living in Pinehurst with her husband and cat, writes from the experiences of her very diverse background as an ordained pastor, businesswoman, and flight attendant.  What the Sun Sees has a poetic voice that speaks with love and energy to our care of the planet and relationships among people.  And, on occasion, the poems press the reader to challenge the status quo.  Sarah’s writings have appeared in Kakalak, New Verse News, Minerva Rising, Pilgrimage, Pinestraw, and Conclave.  She is also the author of Pandora, Let’s Talk.

 Brady, who also lives in Pinehurst, is a wildlife biologist working in the Sandhills region of the state.  He holds a degree in Wildlife Science from North Carolina State University and utilizes his skill as a photographer to capture the unique habitats and animals he encounters in his daily field work.  Several of Brady’s amazing wildlife photographs are carried by One of a Kind Gallery and will be available for viewing.

The event is open to the public, but space is limited.  Guests are encouraged to arrive close to the starting time of 4:30.  Wine and light refreshments will be served.  There is no charge for attending.

Be Smart Give Art for the Holidays!

Be Smart, Give Art for the holidays!  When you are looking for that special gift for your special person, please consider the gift of ART!  One of a Kind Gallery has great gifts possibilities, from jewelry to painted scarves, from pottery to photography, from baskets to sculpture, scented candles, and, of course, many wonderful paintings of a wide variety of subjects.  We’d love to welcome you to the Gallery and help you with your holiday needs.