Spotlight On Business: Artful Living Group

By / Spotlight On Business / Wednesday, 15 October 2014 04:00

Art Gallery – Gift Shop – Artists Studios

By: Jasmine K. McKee
Staff Writer

Artful Living opened its doors on February 14th, 2011 and has become the premier showcase for local art and artists.  Customers can find fine art and fine gifts from over 250 artists from around the country, enjoy monthly gallery exhibits with amazing local artists, and watch artists in their studios as they create their works of art.  Come down to their shop and watch them work in their personal studios. If you’re looking for something specific or like a piece but would like it changed somewhat, the artists can customize a piece to fit your wants and needs. Thursday, October 23rd from 11:00am until 4:00pm all five in house artist invite you to their In-Studio Day where they will have demonstrating their crafts.
The artist studios include Chris Higgins, Founder of Fishbone Designs, designs and creates all the pieces in this collection.  Each one-of-a kind item is fabricated using sterling silver, brass, copper, and gold.  Unique stones and gemstones from around the world are highlighted by the textures of the metals.  "Fishbone Designs reflect my mixed Japanese and Cherokee heritage with a balance of colors and shapes to create simple yet striking jewelry,” says Higgins. Susie Linquist Photography (weddings and boudoir), specializes in Classic and Timeless boudoir photography and weddings. We also love working with families to capture natural, fun and relaxed photos. We have a lot of fun during our session because we feel it is about more than just the end result, but the entire process and the memories you have created.
Kristen Gibson (painter), loves most the light in her Artful Living Studio and the energy of all who creatively work there.  Each day Kristin walks past Mo’s fabrics and colors, hears the hum of Chris’s jewelry bench, enjoys the scent of rosemary or lemongrass from Glynne’s newest soap or sees a glimpse of Susie’s latest shoot.  All this on the way to her easel where she composes vibrant and painterly still life on canvas.  The devoted space has given her the opportunity to paint larger pieces that make their way to the walls of the seven galleries that represent her work.  Glynne's Soaps. makers of all natural skin care for people and their pets, is dedicated to creating the very best artisan soaps, lotions, scrubs, lip balms and sprays.  Working in collaboration with Mother Nature, Glynne’s Soaps is committed to producing products simply free of artificial and often harmful chemicals.  Mo Linquist Solutions (feng shui interior designs,) is a “PersonPlace design consultant incorporating interior design, pyramid feng shui and green healthy living.  She helps clients choose fabrics, window treatments, paint colors and other room decor easily and effortlessly.  Her studio is a plethora of fabrics which can be made into custom cushions, slipcovers, window treatments, reupholstery, pillows and bed coverings.  Her studio boasts an amazing selection of 15 fabric companies specializing in Sunbrella fabrics and other indoor/outdoor products such as Dash & Albert Rugs.  She also offers custom designs using the talents of artists such as Ronda Sparks (wall and furniture painting.) Ed Racicot-Art Sinks, Kirk King custom furniture builder and more.   “We have the largest selection of artisan made fine art and fine gifts in the region and we bring our customers to some the best artists in the area”, said Mo Linquist.  “ We are open all year round and ask that you support the artists of our local economy during the holiday season as we make it easy to “NO OTB.” October 19th from 12:00pm until 4:00pm everyone is invited to the “Art for the Island: Build, Create, Community Art” project. The event will be held in the Artful Living parking lot where everyone is asked to “Be a Part of the Art” in helping to create a pelican sculpture for our Island. The final piece will be donated to the Town of Carolina Beach. Cape Fear Dance Theater will perform the “Pink Ribbon Memorial” at 3:00pm.  Artful Living is located at 112 Cape Fear Boulevard, in Carolina Beach. For store hours or for more information, call (910) 458-7822, email them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit their website, at artfullivinggroup.com. Follow them on Facebook for other updates, upcoming featured artist and more! While you are there ask about the Island Arts and Culture Alliance’s upcoming Dinner and Auction to be held October 24th. Funds raised will be used to support the Carolina Beach Street Arts Festival and other events that support local artists and to bring high quality programs to the community.
The Alliance is looking for members to participate and help grow this amazing organization. For more information contact Chris Higgins at (610) 909-7643 or email IslandArtsand This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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