Denise Riddle Art can be found in a building that at one time or another had previously been a laundry mat, a vocational classroom, a drapery shop, a printing shop, and a batting pit. With a Golden Leaf grant, the building became a small business incubator and, when the building went up for sale, Denise Riddle bought it so she could continue her work there. Now the space is home to the creative endeavors of three artists.
Denise Riddle’s work is a fun whimsical style that repurposes old factory pieces into works of art. Her clay art influences include tobacco farms, old factories, and the American Indian, particularly Cherokee. Her paintings are of animals in their natural habitat.
Cindy Douglass’ work is Oneiric, or “dreamlike,” and takes the form of clay and painting. The quirky oddness imbues her work with a uniqueness not seen very often elsewhere. Her influences are the NASA space center, Walt Disney, and painter Tamara de Lempicka.
Beth Bailey spent her career as an art teacher at the NC School for the Deaf. Now she focuses on jewelry and fabric art. Her art is inspired by peaceful natural habitats, home and friendships with a zing of calligraphic wordsmithing.
The front half of the building is a gallery where visitors can see work from paintings to platters, from trinket bowls to yarn bowls, from jewelry to wear and jewelry on the paintings. The back half of the building is a studio for creating and teaching. Denise, Cindy, and Beth all teach classes. Some classes are offered in painting, clay, and copper, but each of these experienced teachers are willing to work with students on just about anything!
Open by Appointment