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Inside the Artist’s Studio with Asheville Artist Christine Hyde, Wildlife Painter

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“Everyone needs time to develop their dreams. Even an egg in the nest doesn’t become a bird overnight.” ~ Lois Ehlert

Bird Nest Art by Asheville Artist Christine Hyde

In this week’s post, Mountain Made gallery is happy to share with you the unique artistic views of one of our newest additions to our gallery of local artists Christine Hyde.

Christine says her motto is “Amor Fati – Live your life as a Masterpiece. Love your fate. Live with an attitude of gratitude, seeing the beauty in all aspects of your life.”

She continues, “We are all on a path of physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual evolution. When we step back and reflect where we have been and where we are on our journey, [you should] pay attention to the beautiful tapestry of your life. [Each life is] woven with the colorful threads of experience. Stay present. See, sense, listen to the wonderment of life around you.”

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Last Minute Mother’s Day Gifts Ideas

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Last Minute Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

“It doesn’t have to be another War for the Roses!”

Frankly, who doesn’t enjoy breakfast in bed?  And flowers, especially roses, are still are the most traditional of all Mother’s Day gifts.

But flowers now cost more than ever … frankly your breakfast cooking skills suck.

Did you know that Mother’s Day started in all places in a small mining town in West Virginia? Ann Reeves Jarvis, who was social advocate in West Virginia in the late 1800’s and mother of Anna Marie Jarvis, the founder of the Mother’s Day holiday wrote,

“I hope and pray that someone, sometime, will found a memorial mothers day commemorating her for the matchless service she renders to humanity in every field of life. She is entitled to it!

Well we think mothers of all types are entitled to something special  … So we are proud the showcase some of our most popular handmade arts and crafts as an alternative to the same old last minute gift of flowers or bad breakfasts in bed.

Great gifts for Mother’s Day



Mother’s Day  “Flowers”

Okay, we couldn’t resist! Mother’s Day would NOT be Mother’s Day without some flowers.

For Moms Who are Readers


We invite you to come by and check out all the above and other gift ideas for Mother’s Day … Mountain Made, a downtown Asheville art Gallery

Alcohol Ink Art Landscapes & Prints by Joy Dorr

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Alcohol Ink Prints by Joy Dorr

Joy has a unique perspective on the world that she readily shares by creating wonderful abstract landscapes created with alcohol inks.
She says about her work, “I believe that surrounding yourself with uplifting images improves your mood and helps maintain a positive attitude”

What is Alcohol Ink Art ?

There are six mountain bikes “hidden” in this painting. Can you find them?


Alcohol ink is a highly-pigmented (i.e. bright colors), and very fast drying medium. It is most commonly seen as backgrounds in craft projects and stamping.

But occasionally, an artist takes this seemly simple art beyond it’s humble roots and turns it into its own art form such as painting.

This means an alcohol ink painter has to lay down their work as bold strokes and flowing waves.

She goes on to say, “Alcohol ink provides brilliant striking colors that saturate the canvas. I enjoy painting with the ink because it is both languid and forceful; you have to coax it where you want it to go.”

She continues,”Living in Asheville North Carolina, I am surrounded by the colors and textures of the mountains. The views are inspiring and I try to bring some version of the images I see to the canvas. ”

If you are in downtown Asheville, we invite to come see Joy’s work for yourself. Until then check out these colorful and captivating prints

Ceramic Hanging Planters (Wall-mounted planter pots you’ll love)

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Handcrafted Ceramic Hanging Wall Planters

Indoor/Outdoor Flower Pots [Plant Pockets]

These wonderful ceramic wall planters or flower pockets (pots) are created by North Carolina potter Tamara Matthews. These fun wall planters are the ultimate in space-saving flower pots for just about any home, apartment, condo or home office.

Tamara says, ”Nature has always been, and continues to be a source of inspiration for my work. Each of my pieces is handcrafted and invites you to run your fingers over the textures. I hope you enjoy them.”

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NOTE: These pots range in size from 3-5 inches deep and about 8 to 9 inches at their widest point.

Her hand sculpted ceramic wall pockets or planters can be used as either indoor decor pieces or plant containers or outdoor flower pots and plant holders. Her pots can give a wall  or hallway a great look of causal or rustic elegance.

These unique planters are also great for growing kitchen herbs such as Dill, Basil, Chives, Thyme, Parsley, Oregano, Cilantro or any herb that doesn’t require a huge pot to grow.

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With a hanging planter you can easily cultivate your favorite herbs – all year long – on a sunny wall right next in your kitchen!

These plant pockets are also good for succulent plants, air plants, small cactus, and faux or artificial plants and dried flower arrangements.

About these Ceramic Hanging Planters

  • Handcrafted from high quality pottery clay, these sturdy planters have a durable glaze finish that will last long a time either inside or out.
  • As a unique wall decoration these planters are each hand sculpted and are not only great for small accent walls, bathrooms, bedrooms or narrow hallways, but also suitable as a set of two for larger wall spaces behind sofas, over doorways and office wall decor.
  • Each planter is lightweight and has a hole for simple and effortless mounting. They can be easily installed on almost any wall or vertical surface with the proper mounting hardware.
  • Every plant pocket is one-of-a-king with a rustic yet elegant design. Tamera’s nature-inspired ceramics features whimsical “critters” with colorful finishes, which will add a wonderful decorative touch to any of your indoor/outdoor spaces.

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We invite you to come by and check them out for yourself. Remember we only a few, so please call or come by for the best selection > Directions to Mountain Made, a downtown Asheville art gallery

Spring is Coming – We Have New Flower-themed Arts and Crafts

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Flower-Themed Art from Mountain Made Gallery

Did you remember that Spring starts Sunday, March 20, 2022? I know…we almost forgot it, too. So much of the past two years has been doom and gloom. Months of uncertainty and worries and rightfully so.

Yet Mother Nature is moving forward.

Let us all move forward away from the bitter cold, the ills, the rumblings of war and political hard feelings into the sunlight of the world.

Did you know that natural sunlight can:

  • Improve your sleep cycles. …
  • Reduce stress. …
  • Maintain strong bones. …
  • Help keep the weight off. …
  • Strengthen your immune system. …
  • Fight off depression. …
  • Can give you a longer life?

So Spring is Coming!  And here are some of the new spring-themed pieces our wonderful Asheville and WNC artists have to offer… (more…)

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