liz rundorff smith

Scale, shape and color drive the work of South Carolina painter Liz Rundorff Smith. The artist: Born in Greenville, PA, her family moved to Littleton, CO, when she was four. The family moved back to western Pennsylvania when she was 15. She received a BA in studio art with a concentration in sculpture from the College…

cheryl smith

On walks, Cheryl Mackey Smith takes time to notice the seemingly endless patterns and random occurrences in nature. The North Carolina ceramics artist then transforms them into elegantly textured wall art. The artist: Born in Schenectady, Smith grew up in Scotia, NY, with parents who encouraged her interest in art. At age 17, she moved with…

deana goldsmith

Mississippi’s Deana Goldsmith is known for her playful pastel drawings. Her colorful still-life works reflect a love of books, thrift-store finds and nature. The artist: Born and raised on the Oklahoma side of the Red River (aka Texhoma) Goldsmith discovered at an early age she had a knack for doodling. After raising four children and…

paula reynaldi

Georgia artist Paula Reynaldi turns a humble material into something extraordinary: masking tape sculptures. The artist: Reynaldi was born and grew up in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she studied music and art. Then worked as a cellist and a music teacher. In 2021, she moved to the United States, first to Iowa City, where she…

sunny mullarkey

In her vibrant, geometric prints, South Carolina’s Sunny Mullarkey reveals her fascination with repetition of patterns: Both in nature and man made. The artist: Born in San Diego, Mullarkey grew up in a Navy family who eventually settled in Beaufort, SC. She studied fine art and media art at Anderson University and the University of South…

melissa schmidt

Inspired by some antique blown glass buttons, Melissa Schmidt designs stunning blown glass jewelry that is both durable yet lightweight. Elegant and unexpected. The artist: Born in St. Louis, Schmidt grew up in Honolulu and San Francisco, where she attended different colleges, first for metals, then for fashion. After a move to St. Louis, she earned…

paper-cut-project

  Thousands of hand-cut papers go into constructing the stunning and highly structured wigs and masks by Paper-Cut-Project. Talk about wow factor! The company: Paper-Cut-Project, founded in 2009, is based in Atlanta and Chicago. The creators: Nikki Nye and Amy Flurry. Born in Rhode Island, Nye grew up in the Chicago suburbs and earned a degree…

Amber Marshall

In her sculptural glass work, North Carolina artist Amber Marshall focuses on fresh colors and forms that seem effortlessly elegant. The artist: Marshall grew up in Collinsville, IL, a small town near St. Louis, and graduated from Illinois State University in 2001 with a degree in art and a specialization in glass. For the next…

Mamalu Wood

Some might say Luis Gonzalez has a plum job. The contemporary Miami artist transforms salvaged hardwoods into oversized sculptures of colorful fruits and vegetables The artist: Gonzalez learned to turn wood when he was 14 years old in his native country, Bogota, Colombia. In 1992, he came to Miami to finish high school and later…