Jackie Cory

Jackie Cory is a multi-media artist formerly from Sarasota, FL. Quilting, watercolor & mixed media are some of the areas she peruses to develop her style. When asked about her work, she says “To me, art is infinite.” Ms. Cory delights in promoting the arts by teaching easy to learn methods for adults & children.

Graduating from manatee Community College with an Associates in Art education, Ms. Cory was selected as outstanding Art Student of the Year. She completed her Bachelors in Fine Art at the University of South Florida, Tampa, Fl. on Dean’s list & cum laud.

Ms. Cory became the Executive Director of the Hilton Leech Studio/Friends of the Arts; Sarasota Florida’s premier watercolor school; well known for workshops with nationally known artists in the water-media field. As Director, she developed her skills in painting mix media under the talents of Pat Dews, Frank Webb, Barbara Nechis, Frank Francese and others. The school merged with Sarasota Art Center and she continued on as Director of Education. Through her love of the arts & skills, she was nominated “Quilt Teacher of the Year” by Professional Quilters Magazine and has been published in other trade magazines. She has received numerous awards in quilting & painting in FL, TX, & TN.

Currently, Ms. Cory now resides in Cleveland, TN with her husband and is developing classes at her studio located in the Old Woolen Mill with Cleveland WorkSpace. She specializes in workshops in fiber arts & watercolors. Ms. Cory has taught at Hyderhangout Quilt Shop, 5 Points Museum, Cherokee Blossom Quilt Guild, RiverBend Fiber Arts Group, Art Creations and John C. Campbell Folk School. Ms. Cory’s work can be seen at her studio and Gartell Gallery in Blue Ridge, GA.

‘Dueling Artists’ compete at Cleveland WorkSpace

CLAUDIA HOFFER, right, won the “Dueling Artists” competition at the Cleveland WorkSpace’s open studio night. Hoffer went up against Carie Varner, left, in the studio’s first competition event.

The Cleveland WorkSpace hosted a rather unique Open Studio Night Friday, as community members were treated to the studio’s first “Dueling Artists” event.

Resident artists Carie Varner and Claudia Hoffman went head-to-head in an art battle, where their subject stuck with the open studio theme of “Full Circle.”

For both Varner and Hoffman, Friday marked the first time they had ever competed in a live art duel.

“It’s because Claudia and I are bitter enemies,” joked Varner.

HOFFER’S ABSTRACT take on the “Dueling Artists” challenge earned her bragging rights for the night.

“Claudia and I are very good friends . She actually came up with the idea to do some kind of a live demo. Then we decided it would be more fun to do it together and decided that battling was more fun than just doing a demo.”

Varner stuck close to her roots during the art duel, and went the oil painting route.

“Some of these oil paints were my mom’s. The tradition has been passed along and my daughter actually (had) art hanging in the show – so art is very important. It’s a family thing,” she explained.

Hoffman, who has been at the WorkSpace for over a year now, felt Varner had an edge as far as experience went, but was confident with her abstract style.

“I’m experimenting with a lot of different styles, but right now I’m into abstract — that’s what I’ve been focusing on a lot with my painting,” she said.

THIS WAS CARIE Varner’s completed “Dueling Artists” painting.

For Hoffman, getting the community more involved with the Cleveland WorkSpace and art scene is especially important.

“The arts are just a foundation of any community,” Hoffman stated.

The Cleveland WorkSpace opened in June 2016 and features five studios, two public galleries and a community room.

“This space is really by artists for artists. Everything you see is what they’ve created and decided on — they put a lot into this space,” Joy Key said.

Open Studio Nights are held on the second Friday of each month, with the next one Oct. 13, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The theme is “Gothic.”

For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/clevelandartscenter/.

Artists interested in submitting work may contact clevelandworkspace@gmail.com

This article was originally published at Cleveland Daily Banner.

Carie Varner

Carie Varner has been art-ing for most of her life, including oil painting since high school. She graduated from the American Academy of Art in Chicago, IL with a BFA in Life Drawing and a minor in Sculpture.

Varner and art have a on again, off again love affair, but this latest roump has been 7 + years and she has not wanted to put down the paint brush yet.

“Everything changed after having my daughter, as such things do,” says Varner. “And I want to bring as much creativity and joy into the world as I can. To do that, I make art.”

Her main focus is oil, although she has started venturing into the “scary” world of water color. Art is about bravery sometimes she states. Varner enjoys working in oil paint to create unique images of pop culture icons and popular science-fiction creatures.

To contact her about any of her work or commissions, email her at carievarner@gmail.com or send a FB message to  www.facebook.com/reelfunstudios

If you would like to support her as a patron, visit her Patreon account at www.patreon.com/carievarner.

Claudia Hoffer

Claudia taught herself how to knit when she was eleven years old. After knitting everyone in her family scarves and hats, she started teaching herself how to crochet and has been unstoppable ever since. She has been mastering and combining the techniques of both styles and has been teaching herself how to design and knit and/or crochet clothes.
Claudia has always been creating, “Ever since I was little, I remember making things. Whether it’s drawing, making jewelry, painting, I always had my hands full.”
After graduating from college, Claudia began receiving orders from family and friends to make them handmade items. She started Invisible Accidents to share her designs with people worldwide. The name Invisible Accidents comes from the beauty of handmade clothing, the mistakes or mis-stitches that may even be invisible to the untrained eye. Her pieces can be found  at invisibleaccidents.etsy.com and she can be reached through etsy or invisibleaccidents@gmail.com to discuss custom orders.CD164114-F68B-4EE6-B9A4-078C9A88A5FC

Jaime Barks

Jaime Barks is an artist residing in Cleveland, TN.  She uses her art as a way to express her feelings and thoughts in a visual form. Jaime often explores the role of faith and religion in southern culture by incorporating bible pages into her works. She believes that art is central to the human experience and that it helps us to understand and process the world we live in.  Art gives people a platform to express their hopes, fears and joys.  Through art Jaime hopes to find a way to empower and inspire people to see both the beauty and the brokenness that surrounds us all.  As a primarily self-taught artist, most of Jaime’s inspiration is drawn from nature.  She feels most at peace when she is outside. In addition to her studio work, Jaime is an avid sketch artist, public art advocate and community volunteer.  She currently serves on the board of Girls on the Run Southeast TN and is also an active member of both the Greenway Public Art Committee and Allied Arts.   In 2015 Jaime completed a public art mural on the Cleveland/Bradley Greenway. You can learn more about Jaime and her work on her website jaimebarks.com.

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