Fern and Dina’s Fabulous Artists
Below are Bio’s from our Artists by our Artists, so that you will get to know them better.
Their work is shown on our Gallery pages.
Mary Jane Huegel
It is from many cherished memories of Amelia Island, FL. that Mary Jane (Hall) Huegel draws much of her coastal marsh inspiration. Mary Jane remembers, during her extended stays, walking all the way to the end of the island with not much of anything but God and nature! The vivid memories and impressions of these special landscapes give Mary Jane inspiration for her colorful oil paintings. It is her hope to reveal how God’s creation spoke to her heart, and for the viewer to feel this inspiration though her artwork. Mary Jane comes from a family where artistic expression was always around in one form or another. For the last 20 years, she has taken from various world-renowned art instructors. Each teacher taught her invaluable principles in art. She can hear their voices speak to her everyday as she paints! She now teaches art classes and workshops. She has been chosen for the Scottsdale Artists’ School Juried Art show “Best and Brightest”. Her artwork can be seen at Fern and Dina’s Gallery and Gifts in Fernandina Beach, FL., Markay Gallery in Marietta, Ga., High Country Arts in Blue Ridge, Ga., and Webb Marstellar in Atlanta, Ga.
Chris has been making handcrafted stoneware pottery since 1990. Much of his work was inspired by the natural beauty that surrounds Amelia Island, FL. In 2012, he re- located to the mountains of Western North Carolina. I love the diverse landscapes all around his new home and studio. New work is evolving from this change so check back once in a while for updated works. All pottery made in his studio is made by hand employing a combination of wheel throwing and hand-building. All of the glazes used are formulas developed and altered through the years and come from a multitude of sources. He uses copper greens, copper reds, cobalt blues, rutile blues, tenmoku, and a variety of other earth-tones. Because each piece is handmade, there will be slight variations in the color and the finish of the glaze.
Carolyn and Bill Dwyer
Known as “The Mermaid’s Walk Jewelry,” local artists Carolyn and Bill Dwyer are regular vendors at the Fernandina Beach Arts Market.
Bill is self-taught in glass after a career in architecture and 3D design.
Carolyn learned lost wax casting while working at a goldsmith shop. She studied art and metalsmithing at California College of the Arts, College of Marin, and Silvera Jewelry School.
Previously the owners of The Mermaid’s Walk retail shop, Carolyn and Bill continue to teach their popular jewelry fabrication and flamework glass workshops here in Fernandina Beach.
Ken received his M.F.A. from RISD in 1977. He accepted a Residency at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana where he studied until 1979. Returning to the east coast, he taught at The Catholic University of America until 1981. Ken, and his late wife Connie, designed and built his studio and wood-fired kiln in the small mountain community of Loafer’s Glory. It was here that their two sons Noah and Galen were raised. In 2013, they built a new house, studio and gallery on the South Toe River in Yancey Co., NC. He is a member of the Southern Highlands Handicrafts Guild and Piedmont Craftsmen.
JJ and Simona Rosaco
Husband and wife, JJ and Simona, live in the mountains of Western North Carolina where they own and operate Fyreglas Studio. Working together they create both decorative and functional kilnformed glass art. Starting with an extensive palette of sheet glass, their work begins by creating kilncast “pattern bars”. Pattern bars are built by stacking or laying vibrant, multihued glass into molds made of high temperature materials. These molds are then fired in a kiln, at temperatures approaching 1600 degrees, creating solid glass bars of interesting and unusual design. Slices of these bars, cut with a wet diamond saw, become "parts" which are included in the designs of flat panels and fired again creating the unique, intricate patterns found within their work. The final work may be flat panels which can be displayed on tables, shelves or walls. With an additional firing into ceramic molds, panels can become more “functional” pieces such as plates and bowls. As a result of this process, no two works are exactly alike.
JJ, a retired fire chief from Miami, Florida, moved to Bakersville, North Carolina in 2001 and built his glass studio. Simona, after meeting JJ in 2006, retired from her career in health care in Pensacola, Florida and relocated to the mountains. JJ and Simona were married in Hot Springs, NC in the fall of 2007. Simona received her BFA in Fine Arts and Art Education from The University of South Florida and has studied glass atPenland School of Crafts. JJ has studied glass at The University of Miami, The Studio at Corning, Pilchuck Glass School and Penland School of Crafts.
Eva Marie Burns
Eva Marie is a trained printmaker; and has a background in ceramics, sculpture and painting. Recently she has been creating mixed media paintings and collages. Eva Marie has 20+ years of teaching experience at both the adult and children’s level. She has taught in public and private schools, art centers as well as private classes. She earned a BFA in printmaking from the University of Georgia and continues to take classes to keep up with art trends.
Steve lives in Spring Hill, Florida with his wife and daughter. Through his experience as an auto mechanic, he has learned many creative welding techniques. Steve’s pieces have an attitude resembling steam punk. His imagination and clever sense of humor gives his pieces an edge.
Jean C Glenn
Through an application of paint with an element of the accidental, I seek out the organic shapes that emerge. I highlight the “individual” in a composition of many. The focus, for me, is on inner-connectivity. I take a lead from the forms found in nature and how they are woven together to paint a picture.
I also draw inspiration from urban living, the energy it emits, the technicolor background and the integration of people and passions. I feel compelled to connect the dots, unite, spell out the unseen relationships that ties us all together. I do that through art.
My works are abstract, oils on canvas. Emotion is defined through color, and it’s varying combinations. Texture is the exuberance in which each piece is tackled. My aim is to take the viewer on a visual journey. One where they find themselves lost in the canvas.
Serey is an artist, teacher, and advocate for visual literacy. She taught art throughout Georgia as an artist in residence through the Georgia council for the arts before joining the faculty of the Atlanta Speech School. Her work can be viewed at http://www.particularwomen.org