Flemings Named Coffee Co. Wiregrass Artists Of The Year
The Wiregrass Artists Guild is proud to introduce this year’s Artists Of The Year. They are Harold and Karen Fleming. Two outstanding members of the Wiregrass Artists Guild. Between the two of them their work includes pottery, painting, sculpture, jewelry, wood carving, egg carving, decorative frames, fine wood working, lost wax eggs, chainsaw carving, photography and more. Asked which was their favorite art form Karen immediately said pottery but Harold would not commit, instead saying his favorite is the art he is working on at any given time. The guild usually selects one artist, but this year decided to select a couple as our artists of the year as they work so close together.
Most of Harold and Karen’s interest in developing their talents started after they retired. When asked where they learned their many skills in the arts they gave many different answers. They both took a continuing education class on pottery and were hooked on producing their own art. Harold had a class in woodturning with Binh Phoi, they work with y tube, public TV, videos, books, and classes to stimulate their many interests in the arts. A great thing about these two artists is they’re always wanting to learn, experiment and get better on one art form then another. They put education, practice and a lot of natural talent together to create some beautiful works of art.
These two artists have won many awards from Illinois to Georgia. From blue ribbons to best in show they have been very successful. The pictures show some of their recent winnings from the Georgia National Fair, and some of the artwork that will be on display at their reception.
Harold and Karen lived in Illinois before they moved to Georgia. Harold likes to say they were Snowbirds for eight years living in Georgia for the winters and Illinois for the summer. Finally, they made the commitment to move to Georgia full time building a house and selling the motorhome. They built a large metal building in the backyard that serves as Karen’s pottery, jewelry, and picture frames studio and Harold’s woodworking studio. They also added a nice sunroom onto the front of the house that Harold now claims as his painting studio.
While they still lived in Illinois they marketed their art through a market where Karen sold jewelry and pottery and Harold sold woodwork and carved birds at the market. Today here in Georgia they go to arts and craft shows and always have some very nice art work at the Longleaf Gallery at Malcom’s Drug Store in downtown Douglas Ga.
The Wiregrass Artists Guild will hold a free reception for Harold and Karen on Saturday November 18 from 2:00PM to 6:00PM at the Heritage Museum in Douglas Ga. across from Danny’s Pizza. The reception is free, and everyone is welcome and encouraged to come see a very diverse collection of great art work and support two very talented artists.
Please come out and support the arts in our area!