W. Custer Smith

wood-turner

Jenna  Weston

Japanese Brush Artist & Poet

Artist Statement

Bio

Susie is an old hippie who has been enjoying yoga practice since the 70s. She can testify that it greatly reduces pain and stress.  "When I miss yoga for too long I become rather bitchy."  She has immersed herself in 5 different yoga disciplines and enjoys a combo of all of them. 
In her classes you will also enjoy practicing each of them. 

"I start my day deeply breathing in forward bend, just to allow my spine to stretch, this totally addresses discomfort caused from years of self inflicted
"Super Woman syndrome".   

From Susie

Breath is primary in yoga.  The breath gets rid of  "monkey mind" and allows one to turn inward to listen and observe our bodies during practice.  There is no competition. Our body tells us, "Okay, don't go any further, this is the edge today."  If we sit at our edge and breath deeply, our body relaxes and says, "This is good, I would like to go further", or, you will feel your body "let go" and move deeper into the posture all by itself, again we find our "edge" and breathe deeply there.

The invigorating Salutes to the Sun series follows these first slow stretching postures.  The breath is purposefully synchronized with each movement.  We feel powerful during these flows.  The balances which follow often demand that we focus mindfully, this potent focus is remembered and helps carry us through the week.  The closing relaxation posture and breath help each muscle cell eliminate waste and remember the practice, making the practice easier and more familiar. 

Yoga brings strength, serenity and personal power with regular practice.

Pottery and ceramic artist for 45 years as a serious hobby.  Over the years I have enjoyed offering my personal art as well as teaching pottery to others especially children as an artistic endeavor.  

Art Education includes three semesters in the Fine Arts department in ceramics/pottery at St Petersburg College 1974-1976.  Additionally, she has participated in multiple focus workshops on pottery, art history,  form and function of ceramics as well as sculpture forms, surface formation and glazing methods.  

To understand why I love and must make pottery, one must understand what drives me into my studio.  During my career as a Nurse Midwife and Family Nurse Practitioner working in a poor rural county in the south, I have had the humbling privilege to be present with many families' during births, deaths, losses, illness and recoveries.  I have heard their burdens in privacy and silence.  I have taken much sadness along with great joy into my being during those encounters and carry that great empathy and emotion in my soul.  I have cherished my time with my own family and the traditions and celebrations we have experienced throughout our life as a family.  In my life journey, POTTERY, the making of everyday useful objects of beauty has been my healing place, my praying place, my creative place that has offered an outlet for all that experience as a medical provider, wife, mother, and now grandmother.   I offer my pottery to the public as a gift to use.  To hold something of beauty and function in your hands on an everyday and special day basis.  Experiencing the feel and look of a handmade object can enrich any human interaction with those you love.  Additionally, even just a quiet personal moment holding a beautiful pottery cup of tea or coffee can bring a quiet joy to one’s life.  I encourage each person seeking connection and beauty to engage with artists of all kinds and enjoy these experiences daily.  

Anita Lenas

Kelvin Ordway

Unique wood-turned objects.

Stephanie Greathouse

Sculptor and Ceramics Artist

Enriching the Melrose Community in

teaching and advocating the arts

Kitty Korth

Jewelry and keepsakes

W. Custer Smith

In 1949, I attended Mt. Berry High School near Rome GA, where I was introduced to the wood lathe and enjoyed making a turned desk lamp. I attended Berry College for over two years, where I majored in industrial arts. I joined the Marine reserve where for eight years I attended drills on evenings and weekends. I left school and obtained a position with General electric as a draftsman designing electrical transformers. l got married, became a father twice. After five years I secured a position with Martin Marietta in Orlando as a draftsman. I received my honorable discharge from the marines that same year. After thirty-four years I retired from Lockheed Martin as a department head in microelectronics and held a top-secret security clearance. I received my master’s degree while working and going to night school. During that time, I helped design the guidance system for the Apollo moon landing. I also designed equipment and fabricated radar stealth parts, some required accuracy of less than twenty times smaller than a human hair. It was about twenty years later I first touched a lathe before I had access to a shop smith and a few basic turning tools. I made a floor lamp. And several small items.

After retirement in 1995 I joined the Central Florida Wood Turners club where I learned new tools and techniques. I have had my turned wood art shown at the Orlando Museum of Art, the University of Central Florida, the Alachua Library system, and I have shown and demonstrated wood turning at art shows, galleries, wood turning clubs and the Orlando Central Florida Fair. I have written articles for international as well as national wood turning magazines. In May 2018 I was named artist of the month at Mossman Hall Art Gallery in Melrose FL.

Betha Bach  began to draw at age three, paint at age five, and won her first art contest in school at the age of seven. 
With no formal training, Betha is completely self-taught in multiple forms of art including drawing, sculpture and all mediums of painting. Betha was most influenced by her aunt, who ran a business doing fabric painting on dresses and other clothing in the Philippines. Fabric painting remains one of her passions.

Betha believes that God has blessed her with her artistic abilities and wants to honor Him through her art. Her spirit was inspired to fulfill her artistic talents when she stumbled upon Exodus 31:3 while reading the Bible: “I have filled him with the Spirit of God, giving him great wisdom, ability, and expertise in all kinds of crafts.”
Betha was married in 2014 and moved to Albuquerque New Mexico, USA. Together with her husband they have started a nonprofit corporation to assist missionaries called Mission Ispossible. She hopes to help grow this organization worldwide and utilize it to teach art to children in orphanages that it aids in supporting.

Betha’s recent project is a series of paintings using coffee as a medium. The paintings depict a mix of one’s love for java in dream-like settings.

Gail Davis

Potter Extraordinaire

Betha Bach

Drawing, Sculpture, and all mediums of painting.

 I have used various strengths of brewed coffee on Water Color paper. Some paintings have a mild mixture of food coloring added to the coffee for enhanced pigmentation. Kape (coffee in Tagalog) Art is the visualization of prophetic dreams and visions, conscious or unconscious, using coffee as a medium. Dreams and visions are where our natural and spiritual lives meet. My use of the coffee is twofold. First, it is physically present in each painting as the medium itself. 

        Second, it represents awakening, strength, clarity of thought, and the outpouring of a spirit weather Holy or unholy.

Susie Collins

Yoga Instructor

Anita Lenas

Pottery and Ceramics Artist

Stephanie Greathouse began sculpting in 2018 in the quaint lakeside town of Melrose, Florida. She previously lived in Brooksville for eleven years, and her eldest son, sister, and parents still reside there. She spent many sunny days of the past on the banks of the Weeki Wachee River enjoying mesmerizing mermaid performances and kayak trips with gentle manatees navigating near her boat. Perhaps these experiences led her to a love of the water and it’s beautiful creatures, both real and fantastical .

As the stresses of life pressed upon her, a new love of art persuaded her down a path of escape and delight. Now, she spends time sculpting on her porch overlooking the cypress trees and breezy shores of beautiful Lake Santa Fe. She also sculpts in a small she shed that serves as a clay station where artists of Mossman Hall Art Gallery commune.

Stephanie’s travels lead her to beaches and waterways near and far. From local beaches and rivers to island travels in Costa Rica, the shores inspire her aquatic creativity.

Stephanie’s art brings her peace and serenity, and that she enjoys sharing the love of her creations inspired by reality and fantasy of the water with friends who desire a touch of the sea.

Kitty Korth hit the Melrose “Art Scene” about fifteen years ago. She brought with her an enthusiasm for fine craftsmanship and the ability AND experience to run community galleries and shops. She started her arts management career early, at age eighteen, when she opened her first store in Michigan. Kitty has her own brand of locally crafted jewelry, keepsakes and other Native American inspired decor items. Her influences include Steampunk and the American Southwest. Let’s not forget her special “sayings signs” that are witty and totally giftable. Kitty joined the Mossman Board in 2018 and has made an invaluable contribution to our foundation since day one.

Kelvin Ordway was born in New Hampshire and spent the early part of his adult life working on a dairy farm in Vermont. This experience taught him how to build or fix almost anything. He served our country in the U.S. Navy and then gave 20 years to the National Guard. In addition, Kelvin continued his commitment to community by serving as a volunteer fireman. Some where along the way, Kelvin learned wood-turning and fell in love with this craft. He moved to Florida and became a member artist of Gallery 26. He stayed on as an Artisan member as the Gallery transitioned to Mossman. Kelvin volunteered to become a board member in 2019. Mossman is very grateful for his skills in maintaining our two vintage buildings and his dedication to Art Walk monthly set-ups.

Artist Biography