Friday, January 27, 2012

Featured Artist Friday - Phyllis Hinton Haile, Roaring Gap, NC

This weeks featured artist is Phyllis Haile of Roaring Gap, NC. Phyllis creates works in clay as well as oil paintings and we met during a recent salon at the Yadkin Arts Cultural Center. I'm always fascinated by clay pieces. Clay is one of those media that requires great skill and vision to bring out its full potential and Phyllis has both of those things. Her work is very organic, featuring the things of nature that inspire her.

She explains:
"Whether I am working on functional ware, a decorative vase or a carved sculpture, I am inspired by nature. I look out of my studio windows and enjoy the birds darting in and out of the trees, blooming plants, and at the end of the day, a summer sunset over the Blue Ridge Mountains. Nature gives me peace and I want to transfer this in my work"

Garden Lady
 available at Little River Gallery in Sparta, NC

Garden Lady
available at Little River Gallery, Sparta, NC

Originally from Missouri, Phyllis studied Commercial Art at University Central Missouri, as well as oil portraiture at Minnesota River School of Art. Phyllis lived in Wisconsin and Minnesota before moving to Roaring Gap in 1996. Widely exhibited since 1989, Phyllis' beautiful works have won numerous Purchase, Best of Show, and First Place awards. She is a member of the Yadkin Valley Craft Guild in Elkin, NC, Associated Artists Winston-Salem, Yadkin Arts Council, and is a founding member of the Little River Gallery in Sparta, NC.

You can find her work at:

Little River Gallery of Sparta
33-A North Main Street; Sparta, NC 28675;
12-4PM Thursday, Friday, Saturday 336-372-3007

Yadkin Arts Cultural Center YARD
226 East Main Street
Yadkinville, NC

Yadkin Valley Craft Guild
126 Main Street
Elkin, NC

Associated Artists Winston-Salem
301 West Fourth Street

Phyllis can be reached at
P.O. Box 436
Roaring Gap, NC 28668

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