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Harley Refsal
Harley Refsal

Harley Refsal teaching at John C. Campbell Folk School, Mark Markley photograph.

Harley Refsal is an internationally recognized figure carver, specializing in Scandinavian flat-plane wood carving. Raised in Minnesota, he has lived in Norway in the 1960s and 1980s, and traveled extensively throughout Scandinavia. Refsal, who speaks fluent Norwegian, has shared his knowledge of and skills in Scandinavian carving with thousands of carvers through courses and presentations in North America and Scandinavia and has appeared as guest woodcarver on the Prairie Home Companion.

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Susan Garson
Susan Garson

Susan Garson builds a menorah,
Mark Markley photograph

Susan Garson Susan Garson grew up knowing that she would lead a life in the arts. When she began her master’s work at UCLA, she was drawn to ceramics and decided to use her newly found love of hand building united with her skills as a painter to create functional objects in clay. She works with her husband, Tom Pakele in their Boulder, Colorado studio.

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Veronica Castillo
Veronica Castillo

Veronica Castillo builds a Tree of Life, Mark Markley photograph

Veronica Castillo is a ceramic artist who crafts exquisitely detailed, brightly colored folk art objects using centuries-old methods and symbols.

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Garcia Art Glass
Garcia Art Glass

Gerardo Muñoz,creates a large wall platter at Garcia Art Glass, assisted by Dora Garcia

Garcia Art Glass was founded by Gini Garcia in 1998 and is now a family-run hot glass design and fabrication studio that specializes in one-of-a-kind blown glass lighting and sculpture.

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Kathleen Trenchard
Kathleen Trenchard

Kathleen Trenchard creates papel picado, Mark Markley photograph

Kathleen Trenchard has researched and worked in traditional Mexican papel picado (punched paper) ever since the early ‘90s when she was introduced to the technique in Huixcolotla, Mexico. Her work explores contemporary designs, applications and materials suitable for cut work using hammer and chisel.

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Grove Park Inn
Grove Park Inn

National Gingerbread House Competition at Grove Park Inn, Mark Markley photograph.

Each year, contestants from across the country bring their unique architectural gingerbread masterpieces to The Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC, where competition is at the highest level and everyone is a winner at the National Gingerbread House Competition.

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Biltmore House
Biltmore House

George Vanderbilt's library during Christmas at Biltmore, Courtesy of Biltmore.

The Biltmore House, built in 1895, is a magnificent estate with 250 rooms and 8,000 acres in the Blue Ridge Mountains, is the largest privately owned home in the United States. At Christmas, the grand home is adorned with decorations and mementos that hint at timeless holidays of a glorious bygone age to memorialize the first Christmas in 1895 when the newly built house was first opened to the Vanderbilt family and friends.

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Isabel and Enrique Sanchez
Isabel and Enrique Sanchez

Isabel and Enrique Sánchez.

Isabel and Enrique Sánchez have been active in the Chicano pride movement which started in San Antonio in the late 1960s. They continue to pass on family traditions and culture to their children and grandchildren. They are parents to Graciela Sánchez, Director of the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center in San Antonio, Texas. Every Christmas, they hand make tamales with their family to celebrate Navidad.

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Ehren Tool
Pam DeLuco
Judas Recendez
Eugene Burks
Peter Voulkos


Joe Cunningham
Bethanne Knudson
Jan Lee
Graham McKay
Lucy Mingo
Libby O'Bryan
Mary Ann Pettway
Shane Yamane


Harley Refsal
Susan Garson
Veronica Castillo
Garcia Art Glass
Kathleen Trenchard
Grove Park Inn
Biltmore House
Isabel and Enrique Sanchez


Chloe Darke
Tom Pullin
Albert Paley


Tanya Aguiñiga
Lia Cook
Clary Illian
Warren MacKenzie
Jeff Oestreich


Terese Agnew
Randall Darwall
Faith Ringgold
Consuelo Jimenez Underwood


Cliff Lee
Holly Lee
Paul Marioni
Dante Marioni
Marina Marioni
Ed Moulthrop
Philip Moulthrop
Matt Moulthrop
Lisa Sorrell


Charles M. Carrillo
Beth Lipman
Thomas Mann 
Joyce J. Scott


92nd St Y 
Dave & Roberta Williamson 
Cary Esser 
Nikki Lewis 
Kansas City Art Institute 
North Bennet Street School 
Julie Chen 
Tom Killion


Philip Simmons 
Jugtown Pottery 
Mark Hewitt 
Teri Greeves 
Jim Bassler 
Paul Stankard 
Vernon Owens 
Pam Owens 
Travis Owens


Jamex and Einar de la Torre
Sarah Jaeger
Ken Loeber
Dona Look
Mississippi Cultural Crossroads
Penland School of Crafts
Pilchuck Glass School
Hystercine Rankin
Denise and Samuel Wallace


Jan Yager
Kit Carson
David Gurney
George Nakashima
Mira Nakashima-Yarnall
Richard Notkin
Timberline Lodge


Garry Knox Bennett
Pat Courtney Gold
Mary Jackson
Tom Joyce
Sam Maloof
Cranbrook Academy of Art

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