Golden Isles Originals

Meet 4 Dynamic Local Artisans

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Cool art vibes saturate the air in every form and medium in Coastal Georgia, one of the most beautiful natural canvases on earth. With all the surrounding beauty, it’s no wonder the Golden Isles is teeming with creative, talented artists. Some do it for fun. Some do it for a living. All do it to nourish their organic need to create.

Welcome to our first edition of Golden Isles Originals, where you will meet four dynamic artisans, all filled will creative energy and verve for their work. They have allowed us a peek into their creative worlds, revealed their fears and doubts, told us what inspires them and given us insight into their processes.

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Lisa Kent

photography by Mike Force Photography
product photography provided by Lisa Kent

Current Residence: Brunswick
Career: Pffhhht!
Art: Jewelry artist
Family: Husband Bill and daughter Riley

What’s the best encouragement you’ve ever received in pursuing your artistic talents?

I’m sure it was from my mother, who was good at painting and other artistic endeavors. I can remember a drawing I did at age 5, so I know she encouraged me. My dad was an engineer, so I’m not sure he “got it”.  However, he gave me an acetylene torch for my college graduation, so he had at least accepted it.

Were there ever naysayers? How did you overcome?

My own head, and the ideas I adopted from society, which say we are valued by how much money we make. As much as I enjoy selling a piece of jewelry I’ve created, I really enjoy imagining something, and then being able to bring it into being. The added bonus is for someone else to enjoy wearing it!

How do you get your “creative juices” flowing?

I would love to say that I draw every day, but I don’t. But sometimes, I wander around in my yard and see interesting details on plants that I never noticed before, or I pick up a broken shell at the beach that I like the shape of, or I look at a wall of petroglyphs (on a cliff near our home in Oregon) and think, “I want that hanging from my ear!”

Why did you choose jewelry making for expressing your creativity?

I always thought I would be an artist, so I was taking painting and drawing at UGA. I loved it but didn’t feel a real direction with it. Then I had to take one “fine craft” class for my BFA, and I ended up in jewelry/metalworking. I fell in love with the techniques and the materials!

What’s something unique in your house/studio that more than likely no one else has?

A really large papier-mâché panel that I created 15 years ago, for a one-woman show in the backroom gallery at Ptarmigan Arts in Homer, Alaska. I needed something a lot bigger than jewelry to fill up the space. Which reminds me, I am participating in another gallery show right now! It’s a group show at the Jekyll Island Art Association for the month of July!

 



GIOCover Arielle 0721Arielle Lang a.k.a. King Beazus
photography by Mike Force Photography

Current Residence:
Brunswick  Career: Artist
Art: Acrylic Medium, 3D Art, and Beginning Oil
Family: Single Mom of 2

What’s the best encouragement you’ve ever received in pursuing your artistic talents? I would say the best advice I have ever received would be to paint for myself, and myself only. Whether others like it or not, you’re doing what you love, and you’re leaving your soul on the canvas, so make sure that you are creating with no one else in mind. It was the best advice I could’ve gotten because when it comes to being an artist, I have the most intense anxiety. I tend to overthink how my work is going to be perceived, which can really stifle you.

People always think creative people are messy and chaotic. Are you neat or messy? How does your way work for you?
When it comes to art, I am definitely messy, beyond chaotic, but it’s for sure organized chaos! When someone walks into my space, there are paint tubes everywhere, brushes, cups, turpentine, sketches literally covering every single area of my home, but I know exactly where everything is. It drives others crazy, but it’s the only way I work!

When and how did you discover your talent?
I have always been creative. I used to hunt down abandoned places and photograph them. I was walking through this mall, gallery thing, that was sort of abandoned in Virginia, and there was this incredible Michael Jackson piece of art hanging in one of the rooms, and I made the comment, “If I could paint like that, I would be unstoppable.” Needless to say, that person laughed so hard, and said I would never be able to do anything like that. So, as soon as I came back to town, I painted my first piece, and the rest was history.

Do you think you’re weird? If so, what do you love about your weirdness?
I am such a huge weirdling, lol! It took a really long time for me to fully show the world who I am. I used to force myself to fit in because I didn’t like being called weird, but once I stopped conforming to how/who I thought I was supposed to act/be, and stopped hiding all of my weirdness, I became extraordinary—something like a mythical creature.

Describe what ultimate success looks like for you. I want my art in multiple stores, to have galleries, be a household name, but to also be able to keep my sanity, privacy and peace. I’d really like to be able to pass by stores and see my work being sold all around the world.

In your artistic pursuits, what is your proudest moment so far?
I painted a piece of one of my favorite artists, Nipsey Hussle, after his passing, and it was one of the biggest pieces I had done at that point. I was pretty proud of it. His DJ, bodyguard, and labelmate all liked or reposted it. Although he didn’t see it, to know that people who were close to him, knew him and loved him, saw it, liked it and approved of my interpretation of his essence made my existence at that time!

If you were given a one-minute ad slot during the Super Bowl, what would you fill it with?
I love this question! Okay, It would start off with me in my art studio, I have a brush in my hand in front of a canvas, the camera would zoom into the canvas, and teleport you into my “creative eye.” You’d step right into my imagination. It would just be all my favorite colors, whoever I met, dancing paint brushes, singing paint tubes, you know you’d just live in my world. Then there would be a bunch of paint splattering everywhere, a zoom out, and the canvas would be painted with what you saw in my head. I’d wink at the camera, and it would be over.

When someone finds out what you do, or where you are from, what question do they always ask you? It always leaves me in stitches. If they aren’t from Brunswick, they always ask, King? Why King Beazus? Why not Queen? Where do you get Beazus from?

 



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photography (top) by Mike Force Photography

Current Residence:
Jekyll Island
Career: Author of children’s books and non-fiction novels
Family: Married to Michael Mueller; two daughters, Cassandra and Ticiana, and six grandchildren

When/how did you discover your talent?

Twenty years ago I was working for the U.S. Customs Service and living in Vancouver, B.C. Canada. One morning I woke up with a strange message in my head: “Write a tribute to your daughters.” I ignored it and it came back to me again and again. (After living in Mexico for 17 years and getting divorced, I brought my two young daughters back to the U.S. They stood by my side and helped me make the emotional adjustment to our new life in California.) I argued with this voice in my head: “How can I do that? I have a full-time job and have never written a book.” I believe it was my Creator speaking to me, and once I began to write this tribute as a story, the messages disappeared. I wrote that book, The Bumpedy Road, and the two that followed it through my Mexican cat Kiska’s voice. That launched my career as a children’s book author. Those three books are referred to as The Kiska Trilogy.

Why did you choose writing for expressing your creativity?

After writing four children’s books and moving to St. Simons Island, I realized I was living in an area rich in history with stories that needed to be told. After hearing the story of Neptune Small on the St. Simons Island trolley tour, and discovering no one had written it, I happily changed my genre to become a non-fiction novel writer. Neptune’s Honor was the first one, and my newest one, Fly, Fly Away, is book number 13.

Something my brain tries to make me do that I have to force myself not to:

Other writers ask me how I can write steadily when they get stuck on a chapter. The advice I give them is to write a chapter, correct it one time and move on. In the beginning I wasted too much time trying to make each chapter perfect before moving on to the next one. You will have plenty of opportunity to fix it later. Sometimes, I still have to tell myself that.

What has been your greatest creative moment?

Hearing my name called out at the annual Georgia Writing Association’s awards ceremony. “Neptune’s Honor, written by Pamela Bauer Mueller, has won the 2006 Author of the Year award in the Y/A category.” It was my first historical novel, and it was written as a result of the enormous passion I felt to share his story. I was so shocked that my husband had to nudge me to go up and collect my award.

Describe what ultimate success looks like for you.

Realizing that something I’ve written from the heart has impacted other people’s lives. This brings me joy and contentment. I want my true stories to be read so my protagonists become appreciated and understood by more people. Over the past two years, we’ve been approached by several people in the film industry to sell the rights of two of my books to be made into movies. If we are fortunate to have even one of them chosen, that would be my ultimate success.

What makes you a Golden Isles Original?

My favorite cocktail napkin states: “I’m not originally from the South, but I got here as quick as I could.” My heart and soul need to be here. I’ve lived in three other countries and several states, and I can tell you that nothing compares to the Golden Isles. The warmth of the Southern people energizes me. And there are still many more Southern stories to write. Thank you, Eugenia Price, for passing on your inspiration.


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Kylie Dallas

photography (top) by Mike Force Photography

Current Residence: Brunswick
Career: High School Student
Art: Playing Viola, Singing

What’s the best encouragement you’ve ever received
in pursuing your artistic talents?
Practice, practice, and more practice! Even when it’s bad, keep practicing. I can’t be perfect on my first try, but the more I keep trying, the better I will get.

How do you get your “creative juices” flowing?

I normally have something already going on in my head when it comes to singing/songwriting, like a natural background music to tap into. So if I feel the inspiration, I just start singing whatever is going on in my mind and try to make sense out of it. With viola, I just pick up my instrument. The only way to get started is to play, and once I start playing, I get into this flow state where I don’t want to stop.

When and how did you discover your talent?

I’ve been singing since I was really young. I took piano lessons, and my instructor offered me voice lessons, as well. I started playing the viola in 5th grade, when the String-On program came to my elementary school and taught everyone to play the violin. I taught myself “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” and fell in love.

Why did you choose music for expressing your creativity?

Music is something that speaks to almost everyone, and I connect really well with it. A song or a piece can bring tears to someone’s eyes, make them want to dance, or help them reminisce about an old memory. There’s just so much power in music.

If you could go anywhere in the world to perform, where would it be and why?

I would love to go play my viola in a pretty flower field in the Netherlands, mostly for the aesthetic. Traveling to play or sing would be really great, though. The opportunity to share something so important to me with people worldwide would be really beautiful.

Describe what ultimate success looks like for you.

Ultimate success would be performing as a career. It could be viola, singing, musical theater, movie acting, or anything in between. I just want to perform. It’s one of the best feelings in the world.

In addition to playing viola and singing, what’s your next best talent?

My next best talent is probably acting. I love theater! It’s been a significant part of my life, as well, especially recently. I joined the BHS One Act team, and I’m on the board of directors for the theater company. I love performing so much.

When someone finds out what you do, what question do they always ask you?

When people find out I play the viola there is always a follow up of “What’s that?” I just laugh and explain the difference between a viola and a violin.

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