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Artist Biographies..Our artists are among the most talented.

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Allie (Al;ice) came from upstate N. Y., 9 yrs ago from/to early retirement. My husband and I bought our condo in 1996, with the idea of retiring here. I was a Sign Language interpreter for students that were hearing impaired and were attending the main stream school system. I also worked in and ran the Diagnostic Cntr. for Monroe I Boces for 22yrs. I enjoy bowling, golfing, card playing, theatre like the theatre of the Republic performances)

Johnny Jackson

Hannah decided to join art class, as she saw the fum her mom and brother were having

Deb Perkins has always been interested in art but between raising a family, teaching high school biology, and acting in independent film and community theatre, just couldn't find the time. She retired in 2008 and worked part time jobs for pocket money. And then the life changing event.....Hobby Lobby opened a store in NMB. While shopping, she stopped at the display table to look at the classes offered and decided Lola's Art Class had the right times and the most variety and, the rest as they say, is history.

Bennie Hall, 77, has lived with her husband Dean on Holden Beach since 1998. After many years of vacationing at Holden, they built a vacation home and following The loss of their home in Burlington, NC to a lightning fire, they decided to make their vacation home their permanent residence. They have 3 children, 1 grandchild and 2 step grandchildren. Bennie is a Charter Member of Holden Beach General Federation of Women's Club having served as Vice President and Recording Secretary. She is a current member ofThe Holden Beach Beautification Club, the Holden Beach Chapel and is a previous member of the Burlington Jr GFWC, Past President of Graham Jaycettes and Graham Lady Lions Clubs of Graham, NC. She worked for the Defense Contract Administration Services as a Contract Administrator for 14 years.She has loved art and design since childhood, and is a Professional Member of the American Society of Interior Designers and the National Council of Interior Design Qualification. She opened her Interiors by Hall.Design Group in 1979 and although semi-retired tries to stay abreast of current trends in design.She and Dean also manage their rental properties in North and South Carolina.As a birthday gift from her husband, She had a two week course in oils and acrylics in 1974 and has continued painting in those mediums as time permits.Her entries in the GFWC Art Competition have won a blue ribbon at the State Level and several red and blue ribbons at the District level.Still, she considers herself very much an amateur artist and is very pleased to now have the time and opportunity to learn and grow under the direction of Professional Artist Lola Jackson.

Hello, My name is Denise Babson. I am married to my husband Ashley, and we have one daughter, Mia. I am a hairdresser, and I live at Holden Beach. I have always been drawn to beautiful things, design, architecture, and admiring Gods beautiful creations. I'm loving the art class, finally doing something I'm been wanting to try for some time.

Mercer Field

Ida is enjoying crating a Color Wheel

Christian works on his pencil drawing

David, has not done art before, and thought he would give it a try

Alyson, has worked in Oil doing Portraits, and now trying Acrylic.

Grace in beginning drawing and painting class

Linda H. Also enjoys scrapbooking

Judy G comes from Leland, with a medical background

Angela, has done art in several mediums.

Rebecca works at a drawing assignment

Theresa works in Acrylics

This is Phyllis. She is experienced in Oil and Acrylics

Alton 11 years old

Nathan explores using the brush just on the tip.

Kim, is exploring painting with Acrylic

Lynn is drawing FORMS in a drawing assignment

heather and Noah are a Mother and Son team

Eileen, works in Oils, and brings alot of experience

Michelle works in Acrylic, in Tuesday 1 to 4 PM class, Calabash

Sheila is in the Saturday am class at THE SHALLOTTE ELKS, and brings with her past experience.

Jasmin is in the Saturday am class at the SHALLOTTE to a good start

Bob is in the Saturday Morning class at THE SHALLOTTE ELKS..His talent is coming out, in each class

Bella, creating a wood gate.

Carla in the Monday AM class

Joseph doing drawing assignment.

Jean in our Monday Morning class..also does Pastels, and Ink Sume E ink washes.

Melony ( Alton's Mom )

Kim (Cumi) works in oil


Juanita works with oils

Patty works in Acrylic

Gary P from MN works with Acrylics and Watercolor

Arlene starts her composition

Sandy visitor from Cleveland in Monday AM class and Painting Party

Dan, laying out a composition

Jane Lee...Married to Jimmy Lee. We have 2 daughters and 4 grandsons. We live on a farm about 5 miles out of Lumberton, NC that has been in my husband's family for over 100 years. I started painting in oils in the 80's as a hobby and painted for about 3 years. I took classes under Margie Farmer and Pat McNeil. After retiring in 2005 I again started painting in oils and acrylics. Presently I paint with a Senior Citizen Group sponsored by the City of Lumberton and taught by Georgia Ivie. I also enjoy gardening and the beach.

Joan T. uses Acrylic as a Water Color wash

Sue works in Oils

Janie says, I am married to Barry McClellan and we moved here 12 years ago from Concord, NC. We have four children and seven grandchildren. Barry retired from Freightliner in Cleveland, NC and I worked as a Hab-Tech for an ICFMR group home for special needs adults. My hobbies are gardening ,sewing and spending time with my grandchildren.

Vic works in Oils.

Barbara Bailey...married to James Bailey. We moved from Charlotte, NC to Ocean Isle Beach, NC about 8 years ago. Together we have four children, eight grandchildren, and one great grandchild on the way. I enjoy art, fishing, boating and traveling. I love to visit and spend as much time as I can with the children and grandchildren.

Bonnie working on her SUNFLOWERS after Matisse..Acrylic Paint Along

Alton uses his Acrylics as Water Color after making his own Color Wheel.

Carol works in Oils and Acrylic Originally from Connecticut, two grown children and five grandchildren. Para-professional with emotionally and intellectually challenged students: oncology nurse at Salem, Ma. hospital. Florist for a while. Love music, volleyball, football and the Yankees.

Caroline working in Acrylics underwater scene

Ani ,enjoys Acrylic, and has just discovered Qrow Quill using bird feather

Gail, has had her supplies for many years and now is going to give them a try.


MAUREEN has worked in crafts, and now trying Acrylic Painting. in Acrylics

Hello, I am Carolyn, I am a retired Nurse. I moved here from Atlanta Ga about 5 years ago. I have lots of hobbies. I make porcelain dolls, make and paint ceramics, make Pouty dolls,quilt making, embordery(on machine,) cross stitch and now I am trying Painting on canvas, I am married, have 3 children (2 boys-42 and 37) I also had one daughter (25) who I lost in April 2009.I have 8 grand children, 1 great grand daughter (and 1 on the way).

Marge works in Acrylics..A native of New York, Long living in beautiful Sunset Beach, NC. She taught for 35 yrs at a High School in enjoying retirement life.She has owned, bred ,trained , and shown Dalmation dogs for many years.She now has an 11 yr old Dalmation who lights up her life.She enjoys birding, photography playing in mud on the potters wheel, and traveling....she now added painting to her list...and says, Life is Good!!

Nancy works on creating a 4 x 4 contest canvas She was raised in Summit NY. Attended Springfield College in Massachusetts and at NY State University. She taught for 33 years, on Long island, NY.She resides in NY, and spends 4 months in Carolina Shores, NC

Kay, is one of our Snowbird Artists who has a flair for brightly colored subjects. She works in Acrylics.

Jane has enjoyed art all her life. She started painting years ago, in college. Her favorite subjects are landscapes and still lifes. Now retired, she has time to indulge in both painting and writing. Published her first book called DOO DAH DAY

Debbie is fairly new to the area but not new to art. She has been drawing and painting ever since she can remember and as a child was mentored one-on-one by artist Clara Childs. In high school, Debbie had one-man shows in the library at school and was voted Most Talented by her senior class. Life got in the way after that and she did not resume her art until recently. Although she still works a full-time job as an accountant, she is making time for art in her life again.

Gordon grew up in the Lake Norman area and was encouraged to pursue art by his teacher in Jr. High as she recognized his natural talent. He married just after high school and raised four children so he did not have much time to do anything other than visiting galleries and studying other’s art work. He has a large collection of paintings by Cotton Ketchie. While working another full time job, he worked as an apprentice at Four Corners Framing and Gallery in Mooresville learning framing. hopes to open his own frame shop and gallery in the near future.

Liz Crotty is a retired Navy Commander (USN). She began painting in a small studio in Skaneateles, NY (one of the Finger Lakes in Upstate, NY) during the summers when she was in college at Syracuse University. Her paintings were shown at several museums in the Finger Lakes Region. After greaduation she joined the Navy and landed in Coronado, California where she took local college courses in painting and produced many large abstract paintings which also won prizes in local California exhibitions. She sold some paintings and did some on assignment. After the Navy, Liz went on to live in Europe where she became an active collector of fine paintings and these many years later she has again taken up painting this time in retirement Her paintings seem to be on the abstract / impressionist side.

Lori took life drawing and painting at the American Academy of Art in Chicago during college. She designed and made beaded jewelry in California and Utah for 10 years and has returned to drawing and painting portraits and impressionistic landscapes since her retirement.

LANA WORKS IN ACRYLIC Retirement art student. My art experience began in the

Lola is an Art Instructor and Art Dealer of 35 years. Director of 3 Art Galleries and Frame Shops. Has taught K through College. BS ,MA , Nat Certified. Permanent Collection WILLIAM MADISON RANDALL LIBRARY UNCW Wilmington NC . Awarded NATIONAL BUSCH FOUNDATION ART AWARD. Who's Who Of American Women.

Dann began to develop a serious desire to paint, mostly in acrylic, about 10 years ago. Lately, he has been constructing sculptures from found items and doing mixed media. He is retired, married with 3 sons and 5 grandchildren. Born and raised in South Alabama, he earned a Masters of Divinity degree from Duke University. He lived in the Philadelphia area with his family for 15 years before returning to the South in coastal Carolina. Dann enjoys fishing, clamming and crabbing in his spare time, as well as writing and publishing poetry.





Vicki Neilon has lived on Ocean Isle Beach for fourteen years with her husband, Terry. She is a recent retiree from the Brunswick County Schools after having taught in the county for ten years. Being retired, Vicki sought out a local artist, Lola Jackson, to get her artist feet back into the water. Lola has inspired her by renewing her passion for painting and helped her to paint with a critical eye. In 1974, while being stationed in Hawaii, Vicki trained with Joe Dawson, a local artist who launched her on a professional career as she sold local scenes. She also honed her artistic talent in Hawaii by taking classes from a nationally known artist, Sue Schwee Brown. After a military move to Sierra Vista, Arizona, she took the opportunity to learn from another award-winning artist , Dale Boatman. One of the highlights of her painting career was when she spent two weeks learning from the renown artist, Priscilla Hauser, who taught her decorative painting. Then instead of selling local Hawaiian or southwestern scenes, Vicki was selling decorative art work. The teaching bug bit again and it was another ten years before she seriously got back to her artwork, thanks to a wonderful local artist and teacher, Lola Jackson.Vicki has also taken watercolor classes with two nationally known and award-winning artists--Tony Van Hassalt and Sterling Edwards. What an amazing experience painting under their tutelage! Now painting full-time, Vicki has begun to enter local art shows. Loving retirement, Vicki can now enjoy and follow her artistic passion. Her motto is,