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March 2011

Woolworth Walk in Asheville, NC, Features Works by Debbie Skelly and Avian Thibault

Woolworth Walk in Asheville, NC, will present the exhibit, Creation, featuring gourd works by Debbie Skelly and works in ceramics by Avian Thibault, on view in the FW Front Gallery, from Mar. 1 - 30, 2011. A reception will be held on Mar. 4, from 4-6pm.

Debbie Skelly’s love for gourds started when she moved to Maggie Valley, NC, in 2005. She saw her first gourd in a gallery in Boone, NC, and from that day on she knew that she wanted to work with gourds. Skelly’s designs are influenced by nature, Native American and Southwestern styles. She often incorporates dream catchers, bears, turtles, butterflies, hummingbirds, dragonflies, and kokopellis into her gourds.

Skelly uses a variety of mediums such as leather dyes, inks, polishes, paint and clay. Carving and wood burnings are also used on many of her gourds, and natural embellishments and beads often added as accents.

Avian Thibault creates ceramic wall tiles embellished with sacred images. She has always been curious about the true inception of all religions, and is deeply fascinated by the ones she finds to be enlighted around the world. She started making “sacred tablets for peaceful places” in the year 2000. She loves creating these sacred images, describing it as a “blissful meditation”, and thrives off of bringing them to life for others to enjoy.

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