Our Local Artists
Nancy Clookie, Chez Clouchez
Nancy began her fascinaton with jewelry as a very young child while playing with her mother's jewelry. While she carried this passion throughout her life, her adulthood took her in a completely different direction, running bank mergers and working in corporate training. However, she continued to follow her passion for jewelry making when not working in the corporate world. Through many classes, Nancy developed her technical and design skills and eventually began marketing her pieces to art galleries throughout Maryland and successfully developed a strong private clientele. Nancy and her husband eventually moved to Southport after discovering the artistically inspiring coastal area. She opened her own shop on Oak Island, but found the daily responsibilities were interfering too much with her desire to design and make her own jewelry. This caused her to close her successful shop in 2007 to focus on production. Over the years, she has been involved in several art entities, either serving on the board or as acting President. By being a part of these organizations, she has been able to help raise money for education of the arts, as well as, share her skills with other art enthusiasts. More recently, Nancy has expanded her own education and has began painting with watercolor and oils, but continues to make her beautiful jewelry.
Dick Dunmire, DragonFly Studio
A retired Chief Warrant Officer from the U.S. Coast Guard, Richard "Dick" has always had a love for the arts. A self-taught artist inspired by the French impressionists Claude Monet and Maurice Utrillo, as well as, American impressionist Charles Hawthorne and American illustrator Norman Rockwell, Dick has created many beautiful pieces. His current works are predominantly in the medium of oil, however, other mediums include watercolor and acrylics, pen sketching, and painting on glass. During his 29 years of service in the Coast Guard, he was commissioned to complete ink renderings for the U.S Postal Service in celebration of the Coast Guard's Bicentennial in 1990 at New Bern, NC. Other commissions include architectural drawings as a home designer in Avalon, NJ and for the U.S. Coast Guard Base, Ft. Macon, NC. Dick now lives in Boiling Spring Lakes with his wife, Linda.