Message in a Beaker

Message in a Beaker

Glass artist’s passion was born in a laboratory Fine art and laboratory science usually follow divergent paths. But in the hands of Asheville’s Jason…

Remnants to Riches

Remnants to Riches

Professional framer picks up all the pieces Jesse Lee, a hardworking, self-taught artist who transforms scraps of wood and salvaged metal into fine art,…

Petal by Petal

Petal by Petal

Robert Myers is the past president of the Rowan Rose Society and Charlotte Rose Society and is currently vice president of both. He has…

How Sweet It Is

How Sweet It Is

Grape grower’s cold-hardy muscadines defied the skeptics and flourished North Carolina’s official state fruit is the scuppernong, a variety of muscadine grape. But until…

Digging for Answers

Digging for Answers

Parents often cringe when their kids major in art. The paint on the canvas and the ink on the diploma are barely dry when…

Going with the Grain

Going with the Grain

Some artisans are considered “wood whisperers” because they seem to be able to talk to wood and have it submit to their will. Koli…

Skeletons in Her Closet

Skeletons in Her Closet

Lisa Swain of Hendersonville collects skulls, skeletons, and spiders — and joyfully displays them in her living room, kitchen, and car. They sit on…

Hobby Set in Stone

Scott Owen of Asheville traces his passion for collecting rocks and minerals to his childhood. “I grew up in Tucson, Arizona, where there was…