Teaching At – risk Children

Hi everyone I am asking for your vote. Etsy is having a contest for their shop owners. They are offering awards for the two shop owners who receive the most votes. Please vote for my on line shop. The award would help me to teach at – risk children art. I taught in the past because of grant money. I would really like to use this money to be able to teach again. This is the link to the voting page. Please vote and share the page. Thanks for your support.


This is my Etsy shop.  https://www.artisttoostudio.etsy.com



Obama’s Thoughts

“Obama’s Thoughts” is the title of this acrylic President Obamapainting. I painted it during his first presidential term. I don’t paint very many portraits of famous people but at the urging of one of my collectors I decided to paint the president.

I sold the painting last year, but I have prints of it available. Sometimes its hard parting with your art but I knew that this painting was going to a very appreciative collector. That fact made the parting a little easier.

Plans For The New Year

Hi, I hope everyone is well.Lovely Mannequin Ladies Thanks to everyone who took the time out of their schedules to read my blogs. I plan to continue to paint as long as I am physically and mentally able. Painting is my first love! I enjoy creating other forms of art so in the new year I plan to also work with polymer clay and I will be introducing another creative form of art that I enjoy, Paper mache sculptures. I have started creating mannequin heads. These are both functional as well as decorative. The can be used to hold a hat, wig or headband or they can be displayed as decorated pieces of art  on a table or shelf.

My sculptures will be a great conversation piece no matter where they are displayed. They are not perfect but I think that the imperfections add their own unique beauty. Most of my mannequins will come with a story, for example Maria is from a small hard working village in Spain. There will be others from other parts of the globe. Yes, I have a fertile imagination. Most of my sculptures will be on Etsy but If you would like for me to create something special for you please contact me. Thanks for reading my blogs and best wishes to you in the coming new year!

email: artisttoostudios@yahoo.com

website: http://www.artisttoostudios.etsy.com

My Experience At The African American Cultural Festival

I was recently chosen to be one of about 25 artists to display my work at the African American Cultural Festival in Raleigh, North Carolina. Having my work chosen to be in shows is not new for me but to be chosen to be in a show as large as this one was a new experience for me.

The show was for two days, Saturday and Sunday. 30,000 to 40,000 people was expected to come. Yes, this show would definitely require more preparation. I knew that I needed to take as much of my art work as possible. It’s better to carry more than I needed rather than not enough. Time for a quick inventory of my work. Okay, am out of three of my most popular prints, so am off to my favorite printer to have more made.

Proper weights are going to be required for my tent because sometimes its windy and I don’t want my tent to become airborne. So off to Lowe’s to purchase my materials. (I want to make my own weights.) But enough with the preparations, on to the show.

!AACF BoothAfter being directed to the area where my tent was to be, I began unloading with the help of family members and festival volunteers. I loved the excitement in the air as all of the artists,food vendors, performers and stage hands set up for the two day event.

From the beginning of the show I stayed busy talking with visitors. I met a pig farmer and his wife who fell in love with my paintings of pigs on the beach and my painting of pigs having a romantic evening in a restaurant. We had some laughs and they purchased the paintings and  were looking forward to hanging them in their home.

The festival was a wonderful experience and a  great opportunity for me to meet future collectors, talk about my work and forge connections. If you would like to know more about my art world and see some of my work visit my website at http://www.sandracherryjones.com

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Best Wishes!

Sandra Cherry Jones

A Conversation With Artist and Art History Professor Heea Crownfield

A Conversation With Artist and Art History Professor Heea Crownfield

By Sandra Cherry Jones on 3/7/2014 10:47:42 AM Comment on this

Heea Crownfield
This is the first in a series of interviews with artists. Today our artist conversation is with Heea Crownfield who I am happy to have had as my Art Appreciation professor recently.


I know that you are not originally from Washington, North Carolina, so how did your teaching at Beaufort County Community College come about?


Prior to moving to Washington, I lived in Greensboro, North Carolina for 20 years while raising my daughter as a single parent. In 2010 my position as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Art at Guilford College ended and I found myself unemployed. I love being near the water so I applied to teach at Beaufort County Community College in 2012 and got the job.


What are the courses that you teach?


I am currently teaching Art Appreciation and Art History. I am planning on teaching Two-Dimensional Design in the fall.


What do you like the most about teaching?


I love being able to help students view their world and their place in it in a different way. Art can do that. If you have not been exposed to a lot of art, your view is very limited about what it is. It is the same with life. I like to think that I can pull back the curtain a bit and show there is so much more out there, so many ways to think not only  about art but about our own lives and potential.


I know that you are also an artist. What is your favorite medium to work in?


My favorite medium is working with non-traditional sculpture materials, including handmade paper pulp and beeswax.

  • Core by Heea Crownfield
  • Self-Accumulating by Heea Crownfield


How would you describe your style?


My art is non-traditional and conceptual. I like to think of art making as a way to create my own world and reality.


Who is your favorite artist and why?


I don’t think that I can pick just one favorite artist. Some of my favorites are Louise Bourgeois, Kiki Smith, Anselm Kiefer, and Eva Hesse. All four artists are known for using a range of materials and processes. I think this is one of the reasons I am drawn to their work. Another reason is that I find their work to be earthy and spiritual, qualities I seek to evoke in my own work of art.


If you could own one work of art, what would it be and why?


It is really difficult to choose one work of art I would want to own. Most of the work I am drawn to is rather large and impractical for the home. If I had the space I would love to have either Anselm Kiefer’s Sol Invictus(Unconquered Sun) or Sternenfall (Falling Stars). Both paintings portray a fiqure lying in a field. One has a large sunflower towering above, head bowed down toward the fiqure. The other has a similar fiqure but with the night time stars and cosmos above. In both, the space is dominated by the space above the fiqure. Something about both paintings inspires a sense of awe in me and relates to our interconnection to the universe.


What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?


I enjoy gardening and walking along the waterfront in Washington. I also love to cook and find cooking to be a great stress reliever.

Child Playing Hopscotch Game Painted On Brick

This is one of my favorite subjects to paint. It’s of a girl playing one of my favorite games as a child. One of my granddaughter served as the model. This painting is on a brick paver.102_0426

Vintage Wine Painting On A Brick

This is the third in a series of paintings that I am doing on wine bottles. They are each painted on a brick paver. These pavers are often used for paving walkways and driveways but I love painting my art on them. Some of my collectors use these pavers as doorstops but most of them display them on tables,shelves and mantles.