Looking for last minute gifts? Local artisan Mike Kirkland creates home decor

Winnsboro’s Mike Kirkland has been creating projects out of wood since he was 15 years old. After watching his Uncle Joe tinker with wood projects, he decided to try his hand at the craft. “I fell in love with watching an old wooden pallet or piece of discarded barn wood become a new piece of […]

Looking for a last minute gift? Local artisan Mamie Turner creates treasures

Blythewood resident Mamie Turner was raised with a do-it-yourself attitude. She says that perhaps her woodworker father instilled his artistic talent in her along with the desire to put her own spin on things. And Turner has passed that same “make it my way” passion to her daughter, Tamara Day. The pair, members of the […]

Looking for a last minute gift? Local artisan Kem Smith sews

When she was about ten years old, Kem Smith, now a CPA in Blythewood, earned her sewing badge in Girl Scouts, and that acquired love of sewing and crafting never ended. Smith’s great aunt lived in a clapboard house with no indoor plumbing, but it was her favorite place to visit. “She had a Singer […]

Looking for a last minute gift? Local artisan Barry Gilbert creates wooden showpieces

Winnsboro resident Barry Gilbert has been working with wood, a craft he taught himself through trial and error, for over 20 years. “I love every part of wood working. I can take a slab of a dried tree and turn it into an item that means something to someone, something both of us can be […]

Looking for last minute gifts? Local artisan Judy Lennon creates jewelry

For Blythewood Moonshine and Pearls creator Judy Lennon, art has been a passion since childhood. Rather than purchasing a college ring upon graduation from USC, Lennon designed for herself a unique gold pendant with horseshoe gates surrounded by garnets. “It’s by far my most creative and favorite piece,” she says. Lennon turned to art as […]

Looking for a last minute gift? Local artisan Philip creates unique art

Sixteen-year-old Blythewood native Philip Koelsch is autistic, and though he did not begin speaking until age four, he was drawing and painting at three. He has a knack for remembering details, even after only seeing something one time. Philip is not new to the art scene. After his mother posted photos on Facebook of artwork […]

Looking for last minute gifts? Local Artisan Pamela Staples creates dollhouse foods

  Ridgeway resident Pamela Staples does a variety of arts and crafts, including soap and lotion making, oil painting and sewing. But her most unique products are her tiniest. While visiting a craft show a few years ago, Staples was enamored with some miniature dollhouse accessories and decided to see if she could make similar […]

Looking for a last minute gift? Local artisan Nancy Gerber creates home decor

Growing up, Winnsboro’s Nancy Gerber always enjoyed creating things, especially rather than doing her homework. From contemporary to rustic, she turns out a variety of homemade crafts “I love seeing smiles on people’s faces when they look at my crafts,” Gerber said. “It warms my heart.” Most of Gerber’s crafts are original designs, though she […]