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Open Studios: Gina Louthian-Stanley

Gina Louthian-Stanley has been a creative person since she was born. In the first grade, she won her first art award for her visual narrative of “The Three Billy Goats Gruff.” She continued taking as many art classes as possible throughout school. While she learned techniques in college, most of what she does today is a combination of those techniques used in a totally new and different way.
“Formal training has brought its rewards,” Gina says, “but self-exploration has produced the greatest results. By taking all of the insights  that my teachers have taught me, I’ve been able to merge them to create my own artistic style or styles. Experimental art has always fascinated me.”
Which may be why Gina uses a variety of mediums including cold wax, encaustic, watercolor, oil, monotype and intaglio printmaking, pastel and ink drawing, pottery, and jewelry making. She even mixes the medium at times to “push the limit” of what the medium can do to convey the ethereal atmospheric landscape that she loves.

Which is your favorite medium, and why?
I have two passions at the moment, working in wax and printmaking. I have been a printmaker since the 70s, and working in hot and cold wax at least ten years. With the encaustic mediums, I can utilize photography, printmaking, and painting. I have also been introducing encaustic mediums into jewelry pieces. I am attracted to the natural elements of the damar resin and beeswax. 

What/who are your inspirations?
All of my inspirations come primarily from the earth and nature. I am influenced by artists and writers who are intrigued by nature and natural elements. I am also inspired by music and always have it playing in my studio. 

Would you say that any of your work is a reflection of living in Roanoke? 
Most certainly. I have lived in Roanoke all of my life and have always been inspired by the landscape here. I have a particular piece, Bent Mountain Marsh, that was created from a memory of a place. I was there on a clear blue day and the reflected blues of the sky in the glass-clear water against the textured brown grasses on the bank etched in my mind. I had to paint it. 
For me, driving to work and seeing a heavy mist rising just above the earth in the early morning sunlight–that moment, you take a deep breath and all is right in the world.

Gina’s work will be available alongside participating artists through Open Studios Roanoke, beginning on April 29-30. Visit www.openstudiostourroanoke.com for more information on Gina and participating artists!

 

Meet Essential Bliss!

Ten years ago, Cheryl Murphy started to look for ways to live a more environmentally friendly life. Like many of us, she started by investigating her cleaning products. The harsh chemicals that often make up these concoctions can be terrible for adults, children, and pets. She turned to essential oils to address her cleaning and household needs. Next, she bought an essential oils kit and began researching their benefits on the internet.

fullsizerender-3Of course, you can’t believe everything you read on Pinterest and Facebook,” she says. “I wanted to learn more, so I decided to seek a certification in aromatherapy.”

Cheryl began an online course from a school in Sedona. The course was rigorous, but that didn’t stop Cheryl or her friend, Tammy Ewen, who agreed to take the classes with her. Cheryl completed that training, and continues to take classes to this day at another school in Sedona.  The classes she takes now, however, she flies out to attend in person. Both Cheryl and Tammy are certified aromatherapists.

“There is a growing interest in this field. People want to take control of their health. They don’t always want to take a pill. They want more natural alternatives, and they want to have control,” she explains.

Cheryl and Tammy share their knowledge through their business, Essential Bliss. They offer consultations and workshops to help people learn how to use essential oils safely and effectively. Not only can Cheryl teach a client how to use their own oils, she can also mix oils to create a product that will specifically target trouble areas.

img_4497For those who want to take their aromatherapy on-the-go, Cheryl has developed aromatherapy bracelets. This concept is the result of merging aromatherapy and her jewelry-making business, Follow Your Bliss, to create a unique and beautiful product for her clients. With the addition of a lava bead to any one of her mindfully handcrafted bracelets, the jewelry becomes a diffuser.

Of course, clients who seek jewelry featuring symbolic charms and semi-precious gemstones without aromatherapy can purchase them through Cheryl as well.

Like her essential oil blends, her jewelry can be customized to target specific needs of the client. To help determine what will work best for an individual, Cheryl offers workshops on healing gemstones. Participants can attend these workshops and design their own bracelets as she talks about the metaphysical properties of gemstones. A bracelet created at one of these events can contain many different gemstones. It is not always about aesthetics, but instead about healing.

If you’re interested in learning more about gemstones, consider attending one of Cheryl’s upcoming workshops. She will be at Center of Gravity Yoga and Pilates on November 5 and Uttara Yoga Studio on November 20. To place an order or request a bracelet customized to fit your needs, go to www.fybbracelets.com.

For information on aromatherapy, clients can schedule consultations at Laurel Hill Salon. You can also attend our Aromatherapy Lunch and Learn on Thursday, November 17. Visit www.facebook.com/bellamagazine for more information.

Purchasing With A Purpose

Of course, we all like to find that one gorgeous piece of jewelry or decoration for our homes, but it is important that we consciously spend our money on things that make a difference. With that in mind, check out two of our favorite product lines that are making the world a better place!

both-candlesFirst, the Starling Project by Sterling McDavid is a series of candles that can fill your home with four unique and wonderful scents. What makes this candle special is every time you light it, you are reminded of the deeper purpose behind it. Starling Candles are an entirely American made product whose sales are donated to key philanthropic organizations, like UNICEF. These donations go towards providing solar energy for communities in under-resourced countries.
According to The World Energy Outlook 2015, 1.2 billion people are without electricity. This contributes to poor hygiene and a dependence on unsustainable energy. Unsustainable energy is the leading cause of air pollution; which is a factor in over half a million infant deaths, with poor hygiene resulting in 1.4 million children deaths. Solar energy would provide energy alternatives, cleaner air, and cleaner water in turn saving those lives otherwise lost to air pollution and poor hygiene. One little candle could be the beginning of a change. This candle can make a difference and so can you.
So far The Starling Project has raised over 100,000 dollars which have all been donated to provide solar energy. For more information on how you can help, visit www.starlingproject.org.

songa_shop_bracelet_600x600_luna1-478x480_1024x1024Another awesome retailer, Songa Designs, is also doing its part in making a difference. They create high quality accessories that empower women. Songa Designs is an employer of women for women. According to their website, it is typical for women in developing countries to rely solely on their husbands for income—rendering them completely dependent. Songa Designs seeks to create jobs for these women to grant them their independence. They believes in fair wages and economic independence for all.
They have a number of different bracelets, necklaces, and baskets for sale on their website. Any purchase benefits women in developing countries find their own economic independence. They seek not perfection, but meaning and fulfillment, and their pieces are more than accessories. They are art with a greater purpose. Songa means, “The Path Forward.” Let’s walk together.
We like to buy, but now we can buy with purpose; consciously spending on things that make a difference.

Visit our Facebook page for a chance to win a candle or bracelet of your own this month! Don’t forget to pick up our October issue for more of our favorite fall items!

Written by Nicole Brobston

Ten Days of Mom: Michael Kors Watch from Fink’s!

Ten Days of Mom: DAY FIVE!!!

LKORS0018__26342.1411605516.416.416We REALLY wanted to keep this prize for ourselves– a GORGEOUS ladies Michael Kor’s watch from Fink’s Jewelers (valued at $225)!

Give mom a gift that will help her stay stylish AND on time during her chaotic day! Plus, every time she checks her watch, she will think of her (favorite) child. We can’t wait to give away this beauty to one lucky lady! Good luck!

 

Visit our Facebook page for details on how to enter!

WIN a Monogrammed Cuff Bracelet!

24 Days of Prizes: DAY FOURTEEN!

monogrammed cuffMake it Personal in Roanoke is giving away one beautiful monogrammed cuff bracelet to one lucky reader! This would make a very classy gift for anyone on your list!

Visit our Facebook page for details on how to win! Don’t forget to pick up a copy of the December issue for more information on all of the fantastic prizes you can win this month!

Unique Holiday Gift Ideas

The holidays are right around the corner! If you are looking for a meaningful, unique gift, we are here to help. Check out these ideas from UncommonGoods:

glassesWooden Martini Glasses: A great gift for your favorite hostess, the bowl and base of this glass are crafted from black walnut with a handsome grain that echoes the ripples in your drink. Wood is a better insulator than glass and helps keep cocktails chilled longer. They are finished with FDA-approved sealant to keep the wood from interfering with the beverage’s flavors. Sold on their webpage in sets of two. 

Mother Nestling Birds Necklace: Inspired by moms but made for anyone, these newly redesigned recycled sterling silver necklaces are sweet, simple and bound to become an everyday favorite. These darling birds are a great holiday gift for moms and grandmothers! Visit UncommonGoods to purchase one for your loved one.

millSteampunk Coffee Mill: Perfect for the coffee lover in your life, this steampunk-inspired design is highlighted by a black walnut lid and cast iron grinder. It holds enough coffee beans to make 4-5 cups of drip coffee. After being grinded, the aromatic grounds settle in a mason jar container, ready to perk the recipient up for their morning routine. Follow this link for more information. 

Uncommon Goods is full of unique holiday gift ideas for every special person in your life! Also, as an independently-owned business, they have the freedom to support several nonprofit organizations. With every purchase made on their site, they donate $1 to the non-profit of your choice. Charities they support include RAINN, American Forests, Women for Women International, and Reach Out and Read.

 

Check out their website for more information, and pick up a November issue of Bella Magazine for more holiday gift suggestions!

 

Summer Brights Spotlight: Turquoise

Spending summer in the office can be rough. It may seem like everyone is outside enjoying the weather while you are in indoors. (Hey, at least you have air conditioning inside!) While you can’t work on your tan from your cubicle, you can bring a bit of summer to your deskside by adding pops of bright, sunny colors like turquoise to your wardrobe.

inspboardTurquoise was originally found in Turkey and is prized as a gem that brings good fortune. It is a calming and polished blue-green color, reminiscent of exotic oceans, clear pools – and, of course, chic jewelry.

Both relaxing and invigorating, it’s the perfect hue to use in your office space! Put a turquoise framed picture of you and your friends at the beach on your desk to motivate you. Your vacation will be here soon enough!

You can also splurge on a turquoise macaroon during your lunch break, or dress with a sophisticated teal and gold statement ring. The possibilities are truly endless! In the meantime, let this inspo board take you away to a turquoise paradise filled with good fortune!

From middle right: Sleeping Beauty cocktail ring from ShopHQ ∆ dress from C. Luce Rag & Bone sandals from VIVALUXURY ∆ Marie Claire Netherlands shot from Inspiration by Color ∆ Macaroons from Pinterest ∆ Beachside from Flickr

 

 

Pick up a copy of our August issue for tips on how to use summer brights like these as part of your autumn wardrobe as well! It is never to soon to think ahead!

Written by Sara Pagliante