1. PAPER PAINTINGS Monica Jordan is a self-taught artist in Bella Vista working with a variety of media since she was a young girl. After graduating from the University of Arkansas, Jordan went on to teach Spanish to 7th-12th graders in Northwest Arkansas. She then worked to add visual arts to her teaching licensure and secured a position teaching art. She began experimenting with paper collage a little more than two years ago, and it has since become her medium of choice. She won an award for “Best 2D” at the Bentonville Art Market. etsy.com/shop/msartteacherlady.
2. JUDY SHANTZ HONEY Watercolor, acrylic and collage are Judy Shantz Honey’s primary mediums, with work on paper and on canvas. She’s enjoyed an interest in art since childhood, and studied art at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and in the Museum School at the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock. She expertly pieces paper, paint and other mediums together to form works of art. butlercenter.org/art/artist/judy-honey.
3. SEWN QUOTES Erin Lea Lorenzen likes to create things from reclaimed materials. Whether crafting T-shirts, dresses and jewelry, or paintings and sculpture, Lorenzen hopes to encourage saving and mending in a culture that is often wasteful and excessive. Inspired by her life experiences, her works are equal parts diary, scrapbook and travel log. erinlealorenzen.com.
4. SONGBIRD PRINT OILCLOTH BAG Rosie Rose is a clothing designer and textile artist whose creative designs step outside the lines of traditional fashion. Gathering inspiration from pop artists like Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, as well as a wildly romantic style inspired by the likes of Frida Kahlo and Audrey Hepburn, Rosie’s clothing and art is vibrantly colorful, and filled with retro inspiration, and fascinating texture and detail. Her aim is to create strikingly beautiful artworks made with sustainable materials. She frequently uses upcycled materials, giving old things a new life of beauty and purpose. etsy.com/shop/rosierosedesigner.
MEET THE CURATOR
Brandy Thomason McNair launched Bella Vita Jewelry in 2008 at local art fairs, retail craft shows, and online at bellavitajewelry.net. Seven years in, Bella Vita Jewelry can be found at 150+ brick- and-mortar stores across the country and in her retail shop in Little Rock. Brandy lives and works in downtown Little Rock. All of her jewelry is made by hand in the Bella Vita Studio, which is housed in a beautifully restored century-old building. When she isn’t tending to her growing small business, Brandy enjoys spending time in the great outdoors with her husband, perusing local flea markets, and cuddling with her 13-year-old lab mix, Arlo. bellavitajewelry.net.