Green is where the Heart Is for April 1st, 2015

By / Green Is Where The Heart Is / Wednesday, 01 April 2015 04:00

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” ~ Pablo Picasso

By Mo Linquist
Contributing Writer

Candy Pegram is a North Carolina native having been raised in Winston-Salem.  With photography training as her foundation she learned much about basic design.  She also developed a love for the southern landscape including the colors of houses and barns found in our state.  Pegram is a gal who loves everything southern. After her move to Wilmington in 1998 she found herself working in an office and spending her down time doodling.  She quit her job in 2001 and began working as a subcontractor doing ‘brightwork’ on boats.  She aligned with wood by stripping, sanding and applying subsequent layers of varnish to renew the beauty of boats inside and out.  This career encouraged her true artist nature to emerge. 
She noticed that the wood lying around in her garage could be reused (a true recycler) and soon her doodles came to life.  Her love of past colors materialized as pop art sketches took on a vintage look with a patina to make them appear old. Candy says, “I begin each painting with a naive idea of what the final outcome will be. Consequently, a piece will evolve through layers of color, often sanded off several times to achieve a desired depth of feel. I favor images with hefty strokes and bold outlines, new yet familiar, evocative of a powerful collective pop culture memory of childhood toys, cartoons and characters. Currently I... use wood as a canvas for its unique texture and inviting irregularity which tends to forgive my doubt and reward my instincts. My paintings tend to strike a random yet familiar chord that hopefully reminds us of our youths; when life was saturated with color and endless wonder.”
For the past two years Pegram has worked solely on her art, traveling the states of North and South Carolina.  She has a local studio where she works and sells in retail stores like Artful Living Group.  She loves to do commissions.
Her show “From the Mind of Candy Pegram - Folksy Art” makes her comic book characters come to life. 
If you are interested in looking at artwork that just makes you smile, join us at her opening artist reception at Artful Living Group, 112 Cape Fear Blvd, Carolina Beach on Thursday April 2nd, between 6:30 and 8:30, catered by the Lazy Pirate. 
Candy says her art is “not hard to look at,” and she really enjoys seeing the grins on faces as people examine her work.  Pegram’s work will be displayed during the month of April in the upper room at ALG.  You can also see her work online at her new website  Not only does she recycle the wood used for her canvas, she also brings out the child in all of us.  xo mo
Kure Beach resident Mo Linquist, Master FSIA, Red Ribbon Professional of IFSG and allied ASID is a recognized expert on Pyramid Feng Shui. She is the “PersonPlace” design consultant specializing in soft goods such as fabrics, window treatments, reupholstery, blinds, shutters, feng shui and green healthy living products. 
Her design studio is located in the Artful Living Group building 112 Cape Fear Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC.   Linquist speaks nationally and holds regular workshops and accredited trainings on this ancient form of environmental psychology. Helping clients create home and office spaces designed specifically to support their individual goals and intentions, Linquist uses cutting-edge techniques integrating science, 25 years of interior design experience and Feng Shui to balance, harmonize and create new patterns for success. sTo learn more about her work or for a consultation, contact her at  FaceBook at Mo Linquist Living Solutions or call 910-216-0366 local or 330-904-3636 mobile.


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