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Dear Friends,

I have always been a lover of art. My dad was an avid art collector, and our tiny living room wall was adorned with a variety of oil paintings and pastel drawings in ornate, heavy wood frames. One was of a single ballerina spinning in a cone of yellow stage light, another a European cityscape with bright reds and glinty gold roofs and various beach scenes. My favorite print was called “Dalla Primavera Del Botticelli” and consisted of three Grecian women dancing with their hands above their long, plaited hair and wispy, white dresses. It didn’t hurt that I grew up when Bob Ross was in his prime. We would come home from school, eat our snack and watch him turn a bright, white canvas into a magical world in less than an hour. So, in fifth grade, my parents gifted me with art classes. My teacher, Mrs. Sharpe, taught me how to paint trees and a barn in a summer field of wild red flowers. That started my love of art. I am not very good at it, but to this day, my favorite things to paint are old barns, flowers and trees. I even teach a session in my creative writing class where my students are given a random picture or image of a painting, and they have to create a story from it. Eastern North Carolina is home to thousands of artists, from painters, sculptors, potters, soap makers, furniture makers, and everything in between. I am excited to share with you our art-inspired holiday issue featuring all things art. The cover models are co-owners, Sue beck and Carol Mann of the Lemonade Art Gallery in Washington, N.C. There are also artist and author spotlights, a holiday artinspired shopping guide which I hope will encourage you to support local artists. Have a safe and festive holiday season. Blessings,

Christina Ruotolo

— editor


Cover Story

4-7 The Lemonade Art Gallery: Let Art Inspire You


8-9 Her Advice: Don't Forget To Breathe 10 Washington Spotlight: Arts Of The Pamlico’s Historic Turnage Theatre 11 Her Success: Ania Zhane Clark 12-13 Artist Spotlight: Inez Ribustello 14-15 Meet Her: Susan Martin Meggs 18-19 Artist Spotlight: Sheila Turnage 20 Meet Him: Art Tyndall

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22 Her Health: Beautiful And Healthier Charcuterie Boards 23 Her Recipe: Creamy Chilli Dip 24-25 November Is National Adoption Awareness Month 26-27 Her Shopping: Art Inspired Gifts 28: Abilities & More (Abilit’s)

Meet Her

30 Meet Her: Carol Mann 31 Meet Her: Sue Beck




t’s a crisp, fall day in downtown Washington, N.C. The newly renovated Main Street is dotted with patrons drinking beer and eating at outdoor dining tables. Couples are walking their dogs, donning shopping bags and peering into storefront windows, searching for the next perfect gift. Many of these quaint shops are filled with treasures, both past and present, from artisan gifts such as handcrafted soaps, pottery, furniture, jewelry, artwork, and antiques, making the shopping adventure more like searching an ancient map for buried treasure. One such shop is The Lemonade Art Gallery, located at 201 W. Main St. Inside you will find such items as unique art and gifts, jewelry, watercolors, woodwork, pottery, wall art, photography and custom pens. Walls are adorned with tapestries, paintings awash with color and black and white photographs that showcase the beauty and livelihood of eastern North Carolina, from beach scenes to fields thick with crops. Swarovski crystals from handcrafted jewelry cast dancing prisms of vivid colors in red, green, and yellow across the bright, open gallery. Each section houses art and showcases the talented craftsmen that call North Carolina their muse. The gallery also offers classes in watercolor, jewelry making, scratch board, and pine-straw weaving. Once you open the doors, the cute store mascot, a black and white dog named Lola, runs around the corner and looks up welcoming you. Here, art intimates life, and you can’t help but be immersed in its immense serenity and beauty. The front of the gallery houses a variety of items including

paintings, wall art and jewelry from necklaces, earrings, and rings. Walking past the front display, you will find a back nook adorned with watercolor paintings. There are wooden barns nestled into forests, farm animals, birds, flora and fauna, an artist’s kaleidoscope. What better gift to give than a handmade one, such as a painting or piece of jewelry brimming with that artist’s vision, hard work, sweat, and craft. You can feel the artist’s vision in the grooves of a pottery bowl, the slick, liquid strands of silver wrapped around freshwater pearls, or how when you look into a painting of a fox in a snowy field, you can almost hear the wind howl through the bare trees, or feel the cold on your cheek. Art is expansive. It allows the viewer to go beyond its initial layer. And when we buy handmade products, we are helping to support local artists, allowing them to continue and thrive through their chosen craft. Co-owners Sue Beck and Carol Mann have been the proprietors of The Lemonade Art Gallery since they opened eight years ago. These entrepreneurs and artists bring color and vitality to their store that is brimming with art and color in all its beautiful forms. They love supporting the arts community and being a part of the metamorphosis of downtown Washington. Sue started her artistic career when she moved to Washington back in 2005. “Not until I retired, moved, and settled in my new home, did I realize I needed to find some projects to keep me busy,” she said. “I began to experiment with wire wrapping and became enamored with it. I’ve taken several courses in various techniques, but am mostly self-taught. My

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background in dentistry has provided me with many skills which could be applied to jewelry. I also dabbled in numerous forms of jewelry design and techniques.” Sue is certified as an instructor in precious metal clay, a malleable clay, which when fired in a kiln, becomes a fine (99.9% pure) silver (or numerous other metals) piece of jewelry. She’s done Russian filigree, fused and dichroic glass art, resin art, designed and completed numerous memorial jewelry pieces using cremains. She uses sterling silver, 14-karat gold-filled wire, Swarovski crystal and semi-precious gemstones to make rings, bracelets, necklaces and earrings. “Many of the tools I use are those I used in the dental office, as well as others specific to metal work and jewelry,” she said. The first piece of jewelry she made was a bangle bracelet, which she still has in her jewelry box. Since she started she has created more than a thousand projects. When asked what five words that come to mind when she thinks of art, she says passion, creativity, purpose, satisfaction and accomplishment. Carol is a watercolorist who uses paper and brushes designed exclusively for her specialty. Her work is varied and she enjoys painting many different subjects. When asked what five


words that come to mind when she thinks of art, she says beauty, color, texture, mood, and life. “I consider myself a realist, in that I prefer to paint what I see and want my work to look more like a photo than an interpretative approach,” she said. “I love bright colors and am known for my strong colors. I don’t like ‘wishy-washy’ watercolors and will use several layers of color to achieve a rich result.” The very first thing Carol ever painted was an apple. “That’s a pretty basic subject, for sure!” she said. “But it wasn’t as easy as one might think….trying to make something not look flat is a challenge. And colors running together (as watercolors are apt to do) can often turn to mud.” For Carol, painting was not always at the forefront of her mind. It was a serendipitous experience. “I never dreamed of being an artist…it just happened for me,” she said. “I was writing a cookbook and decided to take art lessons to perhaps enhance my book. The lessons worked out, and I found myself loving to paint. I was asked to paint for others, and eventually it became a business that I had never planned on. I have absolutely no

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formal education in art but have taken watercolor classes from a few people and attended some workshops. But at this point, I am pretty much self-taught (by trial and error!).” Carol has completed hundreds of paintings in the 11 years since she first started and usually completes two to three paintings a week. She enjoys painting pet portraits, particularly to memorialize animals for people who loved them. “I also had the pleasure of painting a watercolor of Jimmy Buffet’s boat, which was built here in Washington,” she said. “Jimmy called and purchased the original, and numerous prints have been purchased by many Parrot heads.” The length of time for completion of her painting projects varies depending on the request and subject matter. “I can’t put a time on any project….mostly because I paint several things at one time,” she said. “With watercolors, I have to let things dry a lot, so I move back and forth between projects so that I don’t waste time waiting for paint to dry. I teach watercolor classes to beginners and intermediate students as well. I teach four classes per week of 14 students, and have several private students as well. So I interact with over 60 students per week….. this keeps me pretty busy.” For Sue, the most rewarding part of the job as gallery co-owner/keeper of the art is to see people’s faces light up when they see a piece of jewelry Sue has created based on the concept they gave her. “Many times, it’s a repair of a special piece, or reconstructing an heirloom piece so it will be worn, rather than sit in a safe-deposit box. I get the same satisfaction when I help a customer find the perfect piece of art for their home or the perfect gift they are searching for,” she said. Carol agreed. “I’ve been asked to paint scenes, dogs, and people. When the client has tears in his/her eyes, I know I’ve hit the

mark!” she said. Sue and Carol have built an exciting business that celebrates art, and they hope that their art, as well as the handmade items they sell in their store, will influence the younger generations of artists. Sue says she would love to inspire young people to use their hands and minds to create something that brings them a feeling of happiness and accomplishment. “In my classes, I have enjoyed seeing teenagers get excited about making beautiful jewelry for themselves and gifts for special people in their lives,” she said. Carol hopes their business and art and craft will influence the younger generations of artists and encourage younger people to put their electronic devices down occasionally and observe the beauty which surrounds them. She tells her students to paint what they see, not what they think they see. “If one stops and studies the world that surrounds them, the beauty is everywhere and can be captured on that piece of white paper or in a personalized piece of jewelry, or captured in a photograph, or glazed and fired in a kiln,” she said. No matter what the subject matter or avenue in which art is presented, The Lemonade Art Gallery will support and house art in all its beautiful splendor. Make sure next time you are in Washington, that you stop in and find your own unique treasure. For more information on The Lemonade Art Gallery, call (252) 495-3141 or visit the website Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday.

MEET THE LEMONADE ART GALLERY VENDORS: Sue Beck – Co Owner And Jeweler Carol Mann – Co Owner And Watercolor Artist Ginger Gehres – Scratchboard Artist Teresa Cole Rogers – Painted Glass Artist Jim Adams – Organic Sculpture In Wood And Metal Carolyn Daly Shedd – Sea Inspired Pottery David Powers – Turned-Wood Artist Sandie Marino – Encaustic Wax And Resin Artist Pat Carlson – Quilts And Fabric Artist

Matt Gibson – Pottery Pat Holscher – Watercolor Artist N And C Farms – Local Canned Items Lora Jordan – Decorated Oyster Shells Hans Johnson – Woodwork Artist Diane Adams – Friendship Beanbag Frogs Barbara Vanvliet – Acrylic Artist Larry Boyd – Photography Bill Walker – Oil Artist Bruce Jordan – Pottery Jj Jarvah – Alcohol Ink Artist Jon Sadler – Custom Turned-Wood Pens

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olidays are special times of the year for me because they represent so much. This time of year gives me an opportunity to stop for a moment, reflect and position myself for what is to come. As I have gotten older, many of the traditions that I experienced as a child have faded because many of my family members that I shared these precious memories with are no longer here on earth to experience life with me. In preparation for the writing of this


article, there is a thought that has kept echoing in my mind, and I want to share it with each of you as we approach the holiday season. The thought is this: “Don’t forget to breathe!” Life can move so fast; we can be on go mode so much that we do not take time to center ourselves and capture the moments that we find ourselves lodged in. I am not talking about recording a video or taking a picture necessarily (although I do think you should chronicle experiences). I am talking about being actively engaged in each moment of life, being engaged to the point that you can get out of every moment

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all that you were meant to experience. Holidays were a huge deal for me and my family when I was growing up because this would be the time where my family members “from up North” would come home, and we would all gather for meals, card games and just good fellowship. I can clearly remember the laughter, the grills smoking with good food cooking, basketballs bouncing, and old school music playing (super loud, might I add) …joy was all around us! We did not focus on problems or undone situations; we just took a minute to breathe together. I would sit and listen to the stories that my daddy and my uncle Snowball would share about how they grew up and how much life has changed! My mom would be in the kitchen with her apron on, cooking cabbage, collard greens, ham, sweet potato pie, fried chicken, deviled eggs, potato salad, yams, and so much more! It was the best time! As I sit now, a more seasoned adult, I can share with you that I miss those times! Many of the family members that are in those childhood memories have now passed away. Things have changed. Life for me has seemingly sped up, and things that used to be so precious are not possible with those family members any more because of their absence. I am at a place where I must create new memories and create new traditions because things are so different. Why do I bring this up? Well, I want to encourage you today, if you have found yourself in a different place in life and things have changed, make it a priority to breathe, even when you have had changes in your life and family composition. I realize that sometimes holiday seasons can be hard for some people. Listen, if you have had loved ones that have passed and holiday

seasons bring up varying emotions for you, I encourage you to not fall into a dark place but instead create a place that is filled with the light of right now. My father is gone, a few of my uncles are gone, a few of my aunts are gone and I no longer have access to them physically for holidays, but the stories and the memories that we created are in my heart forever! I want to encourage you to create a new path especially if holidays are hard. Make it a point to celebrate the time that you did have with your family members and do something to honor their legacy. Take a moment and breathe. Take a deep breath and know that you still have a unique opportunity to live in the moments afforded to you. Enjoy these holidays, take in the beauty of who and what is around you. Do not allow what is not there to cause you to miss what is there. You have the ability to assign meaning to your life, and that is such a great privilege. I wish you the absolute most peaceful and joy-filled holiday season that you have ever experienced. I pray that you will create memories for days to come and that you will enjoy all that is in front of you, and don’t forget to breathe!

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he Arts of the Pamlico’s Historic Turnage Theatre is located within the Washington Historic District, which consists of late 18th-century-to early-20th-century commercial, public, and domestic buildings. After fire and other causes destroyed most of the 19th-century wood frame buildings in downtown, merchants began rebuilding the central business district using masonry load-bearing construction. The theater is composed of two buildings - the vaudeville theater constructed between 1910-1913 and the movie theater directly behind the vaudeville theater, which was constructed between 1928-1930. The theater is a unique facility not only because it has two theaters but also because it is an exceptional record of the magnificent interior environment and elaborate decorative plaster details that exemplifies the architectural language and construction method of the early 20th century. The building is an example of one of the more grand and opulent commercial buildings of that era.

Painting by John Groessor

The grandeur of the restored palace theater contrasts strikingly with the functional aesthetic of a modern-day movie theater. The theater building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a contributing building to the Washington Historic District and today serves as the hub for arts and culture in Washington, N.C., and across Beaufort County. Its vibrant arts and cultural programs offer opportunities year-round for people to participate, lead and learn. Throughout the year, colorful art and fashion exhibits fill the Turnage Gallery and lush hallways of crystal chandeliers with plush red carpet. The theater is home to more than a dozen cultural and arts groups, including visiting artists and school groups. Live music, theater, comedy, dance and opera are performed by AOP’s adult and youth community theater, East Carolina University Schools of Music and Theatre and Dance and Storybook Theatre, the local U.S. Dance chapter and visiting artists. High-definition movies and filmed Broadway performances are featured on the big screen in the palace theater at 2 p.m. Tuesdays for a suggested donation of $5. The juried 57th annual Fine Arts Show opens to the public Nov. 11 during the Beaufort County Community Orchestra’s free concert to kick off the holidays. It continues through the end of December. Beaufort holiday events continue with a Holiday Art Sale on Nov. 13 at Coffee Arts in the Old Swindell Store on Main Street in bath in early December." December. On Dec. 3, AOP will host daylight and evening tours in Historic Washington and on Dec. 4, a daytime tour in Cypress Landing, Chocowinity. Holiday activities for families include concerts, Children’s Holiday Shop, ”Polar Express” on the big screen and The Embers holiday concert Dec. 17. Hungry? Stop by Val’s Gourmet in the Art Café’ onsite for a sweet treat. The creation of a commercial kitchen will expand AOP’s food offerings for visitors and events in 2022. The theater is at 150 W. Main St. Call 946-2504 or visit or


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On August 23, 2021, seventeen-year-old Ania Z. Clark of Ayden, NC won the 23rd Annual Miss Teen Ivy Pearl. The pageant was one of Alpha Kappa Alpha Phi Omega Omega Chapter’s, Annual Scholarship Fundraiser. Ania Clark is the first child in Alpha Kappa Alpha’s Phi Omega Omega history with a developmental disability with Down Syndrome to have ever won this prestige title. Pageant participants were required to raise funds for scholarships, present a talent, model formal wear, donate new to gently worn shoes/eyeglasses to the community. Ania will participate and represent Alpha Kappa Sorority in various community activities and events. Ania’s platform is “Education, Advocacy, Inclusion, Integration, and the Promotion of gainful employment for individual’s who desire to enter into the work arena via trade or a college education. With the support of Ania’s family, business owners, sponsors, friends, teachers, NC/SC elected officials and designated chapter members, Ania raised $10,000.00 to aide in providing financial assistance to eligible high school students who are unable to attend college due to financial constraints and hardships. Per communication with Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc. Phi Omega Omega President, Miss. Angel Reed, the sorority can offer more than one scholarship this school year compared to previous years. Mrs. Clark reported that she is pleased that Ania was one of the contestants in this year’s pageant who contributed and exceeded the Sorority’s 2021 Scholarships goal. Ania is a teen who is “uniquely different” yet with the assistance of her Parents, Tommy, and Susie Clark, Ania is willing to be a change “agent” in her community. Ania’s parents have always instilled in Ania that her disability is a “part” of her, but does not “define” her, Mrs. Clark shared that she reminds Ania daily that with prayer, family support, and her God given “abilities” she can become and do anything she puts her mind to. Ania’s success is a representation of family support perseverance, fortitude ands and other community stakeholders who play a key role in her life. Ania is a Senior and attends South Central High School in

Pitt County. Ania and her parents are active supporters within Pitt County where they currently reside and Clarendon County (South Carolina) where Mrs. Clark was born and reared. Ania has always been involved in her community. Beginning at an early age and Ania was active and participated in Pitt County Special Olympics Kool Cats Cheer Team, ECU Danceability Rare Twisted Beauty fashion/modeling company, and the Pretty Sweet Bee Mentoring, Program. Ania has partnered with various local businesses that included for profit, and non-profit organizations to raise funds to support inclusion and integration for individual with special needs. Ania’s second largest fundraising efforts is when she raised over $5,000.00 to support Pitt County Special Olympics cheer team with new uniforms and other needed necessities that were not allocated in the organization’s budget. Ania’s identified charity of choice is #Something2Somebody. Ania donates a percentage of her allowance to this organization that feeds the homeless and less fortunate citizens of Pitt County every Sunday at the local Greenville Shelter. Ania, is a loving individual, who enjoys cheering, dancing, modeling, traveling, and spending time with her family. Ania acknowledges all of those who supported her financially, emotionally, and through sponsorship. A special acknowledgement goes to Ania’s Mega Platinum Sponsors: Mr. Chris Godley, owner of Chris Godley State Farm Insurance and The Laticia Hill Godette Foundation/Ministries, CEO, Dr. Laticia Hill Godette!

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Inez Ribustello, owner of On the Square restaurant and Tarboro Brewing Company in Edgecombe County and TBC West in Rocky Mount, has just published her

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9/11 memoir, “Life After Windows,” coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy. Part memoir, part love story to New York City and wine in all its voluptuous forms, it’s also a story about grief, the aftermath of grief, and how we create the place we call home. Raised on a farm in eastern North Carolina, she cast her career net wide, reached for the windows of the world and even when tragedy and her life plan shifted, Inez eventually found her firm footing in the world again. This is her moving tribute to loss, life, and wine. I had the pleasure of meeting Inez, reading her book, and interviewing her, so let me introduce you to Inez, a wife, mother, friend, writer, restaurant owner, brewery owner, lover of wine and eastern North Carolina neighbor.

twofold: firstly, finding the courage to let others know the personal pain and personal joy I felt; and secondly, because there is a part of me that knew the story wasn’t finished before now. Q: After 9/11, you said that you were a walking archetype of a 9/11 survivor saying, “Even though I was alive, I carried with me all of the people who were killed that tragic morning. My face was a constant mirror of that incredible, unimaginable sadness. I have never broken a bone, but my heart had broken open enough to feel like every single one in my body had.” What have these survivors imprinted on you, or how has their tragedy helped you move forward and gain that firm footing?

Q: I read your book and it was remarkable. It was moving, heartbreaking at times, but more than anything, it had a beautiful humor to it. I love how you were able to show us the grief that 9/11 survivors endure on a daily basis, but you also showed us the humanity of everyday life and how grief acted as your catalyst for change in the decisions you made after 9/11. Tell us how you shifted from “before” and “after” and why you waited so many years to write this story. A: The story has been written since before 9/11, but


the real reason I waited so long to put it out there is

A: Grief is a transformational dimension that affects people in more ways than can ever be known by just one person. The loss of meaningful relationships, whether it be the loss of a spouse, a parent, a child or a dear friend, changes one’s way of living. For me, while mourning these friends and the events of 9/11, I also experienced healing through existing and future relationships. The new friendship with Maggie, my dear friend whose boyfriend was killed on September 11th, is an example of the beauty that only came because of the loss on 9/11.

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Q: Were there any areas or sections of the book you found hard to write other than the obvious 9/11 sections? A: It was really hard to actually write the chapter about my namesake and grandmother Nana. Even now, when I read her chapter, my heart aches with mourning of her no longer being here on earth with me. Q: In your book, you show readers who feel “broken into a million pieces” like you that they have the ability to “rebuild again.” What lesson or emotion do you hope readers will gain after they finish your book? A: The world will not stop throwing immense pain at us in unimaginable forms. This is inevitable. My desire in putting “Life After Windows” out into the world was that readers who have experienced deep grief and mourning would be able to see the glimmers of hope and joy that eventually come with time. “Life After Windows,” by Inez Ribustello, was released Sept. 11, 2021, and can be purchased wherever books are sold. You can also find her book at Rusty’s Bookstore in her hometown of Tarboro and Barnes and Noble in Greenville.

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Lafayette Street in Paris(Oil Stick & Pencil)

PHOTOS BY MARLEN LUNA LIFE: Greenville artist Susan Martin Meggs has a master’s

in England. Honors include the Marquis and the Covington

degree in educational administration from Fordham

Who’s Who in America, and the ECU Scholar-Teacher and

University and a master of fine arts in painting from

Wall of Fame awards.

the University of Wisconsin. She has worked in a variety of media, including sculpture; printmaking; oil, acrylic

ARTIST INFLUENCES: Her art is strongly influenced

and watercolor painting; drawing in pen and ink, pencil

by her surroundings as a sense of place. As a personal,

and oil pastels; mixed media; and environmental and

engaged experience, a sense of place becomes a

performance art.

constantly morphing transformation of identity relative to past and present. Her works are largely divided between

CAREER: Susan lived In New York for 30 years in the

personalized graphic interpretations of landscapes and

vibrant SOHO art district and worked as an exhibit


designer, commercial artist, educational administrator

Common elements linking various series involve

and professor at The Cooper Union, Pratt Institute,

the perception of the effects of light and shadows.

Western Connecticut State University, New York Institute


of Technology and College of New Rochelle. She exhibited

shown affected by light and/or atmospheric or weather

at Sotherby’s and was curator of exhibits and education for

conditions. Larger landscape drawings depict the local

the National Museum of the American Indian and a guest

environment where the imagery of new growth is seen

lecturer in Native American art and culture at colleges

in relationship to decaying structures, which serve as a

throughout the East Coast.

metaphor for the cycle of life. Embedded in some of these

After moving to North Carolina, Susan joined the art faculty at East Carolina University and served as a






works are physics equations that represent a theory to explain the origins of life.

member of the Honors College faculty. She is professor emeritus in the department of interior design. Her


research publications have focused on service-learning,

response to the COVID-19 pandemic is on display at

interdisciplinary pedagogy for art and healthcare, and the

Joyner Library through Nov. 30. The black and white

use of virtual reality as a learning environment. She has

prints, “COVID-19 Series,” represent a personal response

presented scholarly papers nationally and internationally,

to the pandemic and an interest in the effect of light and

including Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sapienza

cast shadows. In this series, people are seen only as cast

University in Rome, and Glasgow and Chester Universities

shadows, eliminating a presence. Images are paradoxical


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(Covid Series)Shell Shocked Shadows, Family Album 1(Digital Print)

Rural Cycle of Life Hinman Tree (Oil Stick)

(Covid Series)- Shadows- The Covid Quere (Digital Print)

with multiple layers of meaning that express hope and

in the shadows; shadows imply a looming darkness or an

angst. Shells and beaches are associated with tranquil

imaginary presence. The paradoxes of light and sunshine

family vacations. Conversely, the transparent shells in these

and children playing contrast with the shadow of the

works suggest both the elusive nature of the virus and by


their shape, a pox. Shells are also skeletons of once living

Her work is also in the permanent collections of Chase

beings, and broken shells suggest loss and broken lives.

Manhattan Bank and Maytag Corp. as well as numerous

The shadows bring up a host of narratives: we are shadows

university and private collections in the United States and

of our former selves; the virus is an elusive threat that lives


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SHEILA TURNAGE Meet best-selling author Sheila Turnage. She hails

through me. She let me read to third-graders and I was

from Farmville, NC and is the best selling author of the

hooked! I thought, “This is it! I’m a writer!”

Three Times Lucky children’s series. Her new poetry

I’ve written a lot of books and magazine articles since

book, Just Off Half-Moon Road, was just published by

then – both fiction and non-fiction. Just Off Half-Moon

Main Street Rag.

Road is my first poetry collection, and I am so excited to see it going out in the world.

Q: Tell us about your family. A: My husband, Rodney, and I live in an old farmhouse on

Q: Tell us a bit about your popular Mo & Dale book series.

a family farm near Farmville. We have a host of critters,

A: I’m best known for the mysteries I write for young

chickens, guineas, a couple of sweet-faced goats, and an

readers. I’m the author of Three Times Lucky, a mystery

overconfident goose named Gus. I almost forgot the dog,

I say is for readers age 10 to 100, and the award-winning

Callie! We have a lot of family nearby, too, and that makes

series of books that sprang from that. Three Times Lucky,

life really sweet for us.

which Dial/Penguin Random House publishes, won a Newbery Honor and was a New York Times Bestseller.

Q: Tell readers a little about your writing background/

It’s a fun story, like all the books in that award-winning


series, but I’ll tell you a secret: It’s the poetry and the

A: By far, Pat O’Leary’s creative writing class at Pitt

humor in those books that make them come alive.

Community College has been the biggest educational influence on me as a writer. I took her class for years. I

I use a lot of undercover poetry to give my prose depth

learn best by experience and practice, and I learned so

and bring it to life. Readers respond to that, whether

much there!

it’s a young writer emailing me to ask me how I make a metaphor, or a grandfather emailing to tell me a

Actually, though, I decided to be a writer in first grade.

particular image touched his heart. Poetry and humor

My first-grade teacher, Miss Agnes Fullilove, read my

really connect with people. You’ll see that when you read

very first story and said, “This is an excellent story and

these poems too. Some of them are flat-out funny, and

you are an excellent writer.” Those words sank all the way

others will touch your heart.


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Q: What are you working on now? A: I’m just finishing a new mystery book for kids. It’s called Island of Spies. It’s set here in North Carolina during World War II, and comes out next year. (Dial/Penguin Random House.) Q: How long have you been writing poetry? A: Like most authors, I’ve been writing poetry forever, just for the joy of it. Poems are like dust. They accumulate. And one day you have to do something with them or they take over your house. In this case, I put thirty-some of my favorites together in a collection, and a small press in Charlotte, Main Street Rag Publishing Company, agreed to publish them. It’s so exciting. I love the cover, love the design. But mostly I love seeing these poems stepping out into a world of laughter and friends. Q: What inspires you when writing poetry? A: People inspire me, everyday people doing brave, tender, hilarious things. And those moments that touch our hearts and let us know we’re not alone. Half-Moon Road is.) Q: Where can your book be purchased? A: I’d love to say I have in-person readings and booksignings lined up all over the state, but COVID determines the rhythm of life at the moment, as you know. So I’ll be doing virtual events with bookstores and others, and doing live readings and book-signings when COVID permits. Still, you can pick up autographed copies of Just Off HalfMoon Road at Barnes & Noble in Greenville, one of my favorite places to sign books. You can also pick up my Mo

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and Dale books there, autographed. If you want any of my books inscribed for Christmas, please email me at sheila@ or message me on Facebook. If you want to order online, you can always order directly from the publisher, Main Street Rag Publishing Company ( And look for it on Amazon soon. For information on virtual events, poetry seminars, and book club events, visit Sheila Turnage or Sheila Turnage Author on Facebook.

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How long have you been an artist? I have been painting for over thirty years. I am an oil painter, doing mostly plein air. I have never had any formal lessons and am self taught. Up until I was forty, I was a traveling area manager for a major heating and air company. Then, I worked in sales for Crisp RV Company for my last twentythree years. I retired in 2006, opened my art studio in Washington, NC, have been painting since then and loving it. What was the first image you ever painted? I painted my first picture of a mailbox the year I turned 50 which just shows, it’s never to late to start a new hobby. I still have the painting. What are your favorite subjects to paint? I paint what I love, eastern North Carolina, old boats, barns, farming, and I also do some commission work. How many paintings have you completed? I usually I paint two or three paintings per week. I have painted hundreds of paintings. My mission is to paint a picture every day. Art Tyndall’s studio is located off West Main Street in Washington, NC. The studio is open Monday-Saturday from 10a.m.- 4p.m. For more information, you can follow him on Facebook, or call (252) 943-8573. 20

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Beautiful and Healthier Charcuterie Boards


BY KATIE LUNEY AND FAITH BROWN-ADENIYI harcuterie boards are currently on trend for entertaining, so they are no strangers to holiday parties and family gatherings. By definition, charcuterie is the display of cured meats. Many also use the term to describe a wide array of salami, prosciutto, cheeses, crackers, dried fruits and stuffed olives. Combinations of flavors and textures are important. For meats, try to have a variety of smoky, spicy and salty. For cheeses, have a variety of soft and hard options.

Traditionally charcuterie boards are high in sodium, fat and calories and used as an appetizer instead of an entrée. Here are some tips to add healthy flair without sacrificing the presentation and taste: • Opt for lower-fat cheeses such as mozzarella, Swiss, muenster, and pepperjack for a little spice • Keep the color with in-season fruits such as apple slices, figs, cranberries, pomegranate seeds and grapes • Make your own crackers, use Triscuits which contain fiber and less fat, pretzels, or slice a baguette and bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes in the oven for a crunch • Consider using potato wedges in place of a cracker, bake at 425 degrees for 30 minutes drizzled with olive oil • Blanch vegetables such as broccoli or green beans for some lighter fare by putting them in boiling water for a minute followed by an ice bath • Add roasted vegetables such as Brussels sprouts • Experiment with dips using plain Greek yogurt or avocados as a base • Choose less processed meats such as prosciutto and smoked salmon Charcuterie boards are a great way to not only lighten up any celebration but also to enjoy the conversation and togetherness of food! You will never run out of flavor combinations and textures!in the clinical/community setting. She enjoys creating healthy recipes that are quick and easy to prepare. Katie Luney is an East Carolina University dietetic intern. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in human nutrition and dietetics from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2019. She gained experience as a diet technician in Asheville before continuing her education. Katie enjoys hiking with her dog in the mountains, photography, and cooking delicious meals.

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INGREDIENTS: • ¾ cup plain Greek yogurt (non-fat) • 1 chili pepper in chipotle/adobo sauce, mashed, +2 Tbsp. sauce • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped • Juice of ½ lime • Salt, to taste INSTRUCTIONS: Combine all ingredients in a bowl, mix until smooth. FOR SERVING: Triscuit, pretzels, or toasted baguette NUTRITION ANALYSIS: Per recipe: 150 calories, 19 g protein, 8 g carbohydrates, 1 gram fat Makes 10 servings of ~1 Tbsp (15 calories, 2 g protein, <1 g carbohydrate)

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NOVEMBER IS NATIONAL ADOPTION AWARENESS MONTH BY DIANE GRAY November is the month that is set aside to raise awareness for the hundreds of thousands of children throughout the United States that are in need of adoptive families that are in foster care. Former President Bill Clinton expanded awareness from one week to the entire month of November in 1995. Right now in North Carolina, there are more than 12,000 children in foster care that are awaiting for their forever home and to be loved. Darius Moore, family recruiter specialist for Children’s Home Society of North Carolina, said there is an urgent need for foster families. The agency needs families that are best suited to fit the needs of the child. Children have trauma, and foster parents must be prepared for what the child needs. Here’s a few requirements on what it takes to be a foster parent for Children’s Home Society of N.C. -


You must be at least 21 years old You can be married or single. (Couples must have been married a minimum of one year) Have fewer than 5 children under 18 years of age Have sufficient income to meet the needs of your current family Must provide children with their own bed, adequate drawer and closet space for their personal belongings Be legal resident of the U.S. and North Carolina at the time of application Are required to complete annual training to maintain your foster care license May own or rent your home Must have or have access to reliable transportation Complete TIPS and MAPP training No felony convictions involving child abuse, spouse abuse or crimes involving violence No substantiated Child Protection Services investigations

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- No DWI within the last 5 years - Willing to submit to a thorough assessment of your family and home. Children’s Home Society of N.C., established in 1902, is one of the largest foster agencies in the state. It serves all 100 counties and has 13 locations throughout the state. Its support system is available during the entire foster to adoption process and beyond. “People sit and wait to begin their foster care journey,” Moore said. “Sometimes the right time hasn’t come. If you’re reading this article, now more than ever, this is the right time.” To become a foster or adoptive parent, contact Darius Moore at Children’s Home Society of North Carolina at 919-6008757 or email to receive the booklet “Be The Difference, Foster Today”.

“They may not have my eyes, they may not have my smile, but they have all my heart.” -unknown Diane Gray is the author of “Faith, Hope and Perseverance,” her debut book about her 50-year journey to finding her biological family. Gray is a writer, a speaker, guest blogger, ambassador for Children’s Home Society of North Carolina, adoption advocate and lobbyist. She has been a guest on numerous television and radio shows to talk about her passion for adoption. She has two sons and three grandchildren. Gray and her husband Mark live in Blounts Creek. Contact Diane at

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Art Inspired Gifts From City Art Gallery Opaque Stemless Handblown Wine Glasses Artists: David Wilson & Loretta Forde David Wilson has been blowing glass for over 35 years. He has been a student and instructor at the Penland School of Crafts for several glass and experimental neon classes. Loretta Forde has taken classes at Penland School of Crafts as well as apprenticed to several local glass blowers. She has been teaching beginner glass classes since 1991 and presently offers classes through Mayland Community College. Together, they own and operate a glass studio in Burnsville, NC Each glass measures 4” tall ~ $40 Each (City Art Gallery-

“Carolina Moon” Stoneware Bowl Sculptor: Ellen Kong Kong is the author of The Great Clay Adventure. Her work is in numerous corporate and private collections. “My roots as a painter have branched freely into my current interests in ceramics. Thus surface and form have become mutually dependent in my work. I seek surface designs that rise, dance, and express three-dimensional forms. Painting and sculpture cross-pollinate, yielding synergistic, hybrid forms.” Measures 4 1/4” x 7 1/2” ~ $350 (City Art Gallery-

“Fig Bowl” Oil Painting Artist: Jim Chapman Chapman has been a working, exhibiting, and award-winning artist since the 1970’s, when he studied in the southern Appalachian mountains of North Carolina with Warren Dennis, William Dunlap, and Noyes Long, as well as with John Groth of the Arts. He has traveled widely in the United States, Europe, and Asia, working in the media of painting and photography on commercial projects for Crown Publishing, the North Carolina Department of Tourism, and a number of private commissions. Measures 18” x 24” ~ $1600 (City Art Gallery-


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CarolMann 71 | Washington, N.C. | Co-Owner Of The Lemonade Art Gallery And A Watercolorist

Tell us about your family: I am married to Bill and have three adult daughters. If you could have dinner with any famous artist dead or alive, who would it be and why? Grandma Moses! Since I am a late-comer to art, I’d love to chat with her. Signature scent: Shalimar…..I’ve worn that since I was 16 years old. My closet smells like Shalimar. Your favorite painting, statue, or art instillation: I don’t have a favorite; however, I prefer realistic art of any medium. Your favorite color and why: My favorite color is purple, in all different shades. No reason, just love it! Your favorite work tool and why: My favorite work tool? I guess it would have to be my cat’s-tongue brush because it comes to a lovely point and can be very versatile. However, there are some really interesting tools that are used in watercolor, like sponges, salt and masking fluid. And I couldn’t paint without them. Describe the perfect day: A perfect day for me is waking up naturally without an alarm clock, dragging my work tools out on the deck and setting up to paint all day! Dinner would be out with my hubby, and then a hot bath and the three of us (Archie, our doodle, is the third party) snuggling on the couch watching a movie.


71 | Washington, N.C. | Co-Owner Of The Lemonade Art Gallery And Jeweler Tell us about your family - Married to Richard DiDio – I have three daughters, Rich has two sons (one passed away last year) and a daughter. Between the two of us, we have 14 grandchildren. Signature scent - Shalimar Your favorite color- blue and green Your favorite work tool - My hands! Describe the perfect day - Being able to concentrate on a concept and creating a piece of jewelry that when delivered to its owner…makes them smile!