John Gay studios is not only a full-service salon and day spa, but also a wonderful art gallery. So if you are here for a salon appointment, you can enjoy viewing the art during your stay. Or if you simply want to come in and browse the art — feel free!
Below are a few of the artists represented in the gallery.
(To see more of Robin’s art, click/tap on the above image, then click/swipe through the images.)
Robin Dahl Sams is a professional fine artist and Bachelor of Fine Arts graduate of The Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI. She is an award winning artist for 50 years, who has sold over 1000 paintings, specializing in people and pet portraits and landscapes in oils, acrylics, pastels & watercolors, and welcomes commissions. In 1998 she started a successful fine art gallery in Edenton that ran until 2016. She is married to John Sams and lives in Edenton.
Lisa Roll is a hobby potter from New Jersey. She has worked as a full time Financial Advisor for the past 19 years and values the creative and therapeutic outlet that clay provides.
Lisa has been married for 17 years and is a mom of two, ages 13 and 15. All of Lisa’s profits are donated to CASA where she volunteers as an advocate for children in foster care. Lisa’s daughter Faith was adopted through the foster care system so this organization is very near and dear to her heart.
Lisa’s pottery is made from stoneware clay. She draws inspiration from the ocean and often incorporates drift wood into her pieces. She also enjoys making functional pottery that can be used often and enjoyed for years to come.
Ginny Sword is a newcomer to the Edenton community. She was born and raised in New England and most recently was living on a farm in upstate New York in the beautiful foothills of the Adirondack Mountains. Harsh winters made the temperate climate of Edenton very appealing That, and the fact that her best friend from college, Robin Sams, lives hee! So the 50-acre farm was sold and Ginny and her husband, Paul, now call Edenton home.
Ginny is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. She has a bachelor of fine arts degree in Illustration and a master in Art Education. She has been teaching basket weaving for 35 years, served as director of a community center dedicated to the arts and is owner of Juniper Hill Studio.
Ginny was always been drawn to the tactile fiber arts. Basket weaving is a medium she loves. Her baskets are original designs inspired by Shaker and Native American traditions. They are meant to be functional as well as decorative. All of her baskets are dyed in a natural wash made from locally collected black walnuts.
She also enjoys traditional quilting and most recently creating landscapes with hand appliquéd fabrics. Painting, weaving, and gardening round out her interests, as well as taveling. She and her husband divide their time between Edenton and their home on Cape Cod in Massachusetts.
Ginny Gillam is a self-taught, always learning photographer who has lived in Edenton most of her life, in fact twice. After her children were grown, she took more of an interest in photography. She likes to focus much of her photographic attention on landscapes, historic building, nature, and her pets (a cat, two dogs, and several Muscovy ducks). Being creative has always been a part of Ginny’s life from childhood to adulthood. She taught herself to sew and made many garments for her children and herself.
Ginny is a graduate of Martin Community College with a degree in Medical Office Assistance. And avid bird watcher. Married and mother of two grown children. She enjoys spending time between Edenton and Waves, NC. In either place, you just might find her riding along with her camera backpack looking for that next photo op!
(To see more of Kip’s photography, click/tap on the above image, then click/swipe through the photos.)
Kip lives in Edenton. He moved here from upstate New York (near Cooperstown) in the summer of 2009. His studio is located in what is considered one of the best spots in town — overlooking the 1767 Courthouse (the finest example of Georgian architecture south of the Mason-Dixon Line) and the Courthouse Green. From his balcony, he can look down on Edenton Bay, and directly in front, he is surrounded by the Green’s beautiful Sycamore trees.