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Artist Highlight #21

23 Sep

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I am highlighting our “head” artist today. The artist who started this entire Silhouette of a Woman art show three years ago. The artist who is artist by heart – property manager by trade. We all love our Rustovian at Primax…I am excited for October 3 to get here and for our art show to be in full swing. 7-10 pm at the Queens University Sports Complex. See you there!

Russ Harriger


I am an artist.  I have been drawing since I was four years old, church bulletins, napkins just about anything. My desires took me to the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, graduating in 1976 with a major in design with a preference towards cartooning.  I chose to walk away from art for 24 years and focused on a career in Real Estate management while raising two sons with my wife, Joyce.

Since returning to painting, I have found the solitude and relaxation in painting as an opportunity to capture on canvas the natural beauty that is found all around us.

The inspiration for my work comes from photographs as well as scenery and people from locations where Joyce and I have visited.

Art is my passion.   Another passion is to support the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and find a cure.   I do this for my wife, my sisters, my mother, and my granddaughters so that one day the phrase “you have breast cancer” will not have to be heard.



Highlight Artist #20

22 Sep

I am highlighting another artist for our art show on October 3, 2015, at Queens University Sports Complex. Our show is open from 7-10 pm and we are looking forward to sharing our artists with our team members, our friends, families, and business associates. Follow us on instagram #PrimaxPinkWarriors or twitter @laurarenegarPPW for more details.

Yolanda Chisholm 

Her photography style and images captured are a reflection of those things that she loves and appreciates – nature, in all its glory. From the mountains to the coast, North Carolina and beyond, as an artist her desire is to share a sense of happiness and warmth, using natural light.

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Emcee Highlight

21 Sep

I am taking a break from posting blogs about our artists and I am highlighting our wonderful emcee today.  This will be Kelly’s second year being the emcee at the Silhouette of a Woman but she has been involved in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer community for years. In fact, that is how I met her.

I was in the middle of my breast cancer battle and the American Cancer Society asked me to speak at the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer  kickoff breakfast. There I stood, my skin was gray and my bald head was covered by my Wiglet and a baseball hat, scared to death to speak in front of people. I had never done this before, not a public event like this, and the words I had to say were frightening all on their own. I told about my cancer battle up to that point and I told everyone I was just a few weeks away from having my bilateral mastectomy and my ovary removal. I was just coming out of chemotherapy and facing an 8 hour surgery; a very difficult surgery in many ways. But there I was, at the Nascar Hall of Fame, looking out at all of these strangers and telling my story. I reminded everyone to get their mammograms and explained how early detection saved my life. There were a few tv and radio personalities in the room and one of them was Kelly McKay. At that time she was working for 107.9 The Link on the Kelly McKay show. I listened to her every day and there I was standing with her at this event. After I was done speaking it was time for Kelly to say some words about the American Cancer Society and I will always remember this – she was crying. Not just a tear or two, she was visibly moved, and crying. After this event we talked about seeing each other at the walk in October and I remember that day clearly too. I walked the full three miles that morning, with my team, and it was only a month after my surgery. I was still on pain medication – but I did the full walk and when I came to the finish line there was Kelly with a microphone in her hand and she wanted to interview me. She said “girl, I have been waiting for you” and we have been friends ever since.

Kelly has left radio after 25 years and now has her own business. She is busy, she is happy, and she is full of fun and life. We have shared laughter, and we have shared tears, and I am honored that she is such a good friend. There are many silver linings to having had cancer and meeting Kelly was one of them.

I know you will be happy to meet her when she emcees our art show – she LOVES local art – and she loves being around people, supporting Making Strides, and the Primax Pink Warriors.

It truly is my honor to introduce to you today, in our emcee highlight, Kelly McKay.

Kelly McKay 2015



Artist Highlight #20

20 Sep

Burd ByrdMy artist highlight this morning is fun and loveable. Her art is unique to our art show and I am excited to see it in person. Our Silhouette art show is going to be terrific – so I hope you will join us on October 3, 2015 at 7 pm. Our silent auctions are really great and the artists are the best. See you then. More details to follow.

Jody Burd

I am a wife, mother and grandmother. I am married to the best man ever. My gift from God is my creativity.  Several years back I came up with the idea of making animals out of old wool sweaters.  A suggestion from a friend to make them child friendly is how I came to use sheep wool for the faces.

As I start to make an animal, I put the cut up sweater on my work table and decide who it will become – an owl or cat or rabbit.   As I cut, sew and stuff, the animal takes shape and their personality comes out. That personality is what draws a person it. It is so much fun to watch someone look thru the animals and the smile come to their face when they find the perfect Sweater Creature for them.

Artist Highlight #19

19 Sep

Holmes (1) Holmes (2) Holmes (3)I am excited to do another artist highlight post for our Silhouette of a Woman art show on October 3, 2015, at Queens University Sports Complex – 2229 Tyvola Road – Charlotte. It’s going to be such a great event. Mark your calendars and watch for details!


Nancy Holmes

Nancy, a native of North Carolina, was born in Wilmington and grew up in Raleigh. Once completing her Commercial Art degree, started her career as an Artist/Illustrator with the state of North Carolina covering everything from illustrations for various media to 3-dimensional displays to 4-color print publications. Every day at work was new adventure. Moving next to being an Art Director of a magazine, then a designer for the advertising department at one of the largest newspapers in Virginia. Deadlines galore!

Her love and passion for art is displayed in her oil paintings. Mood and color being her main focus during this series of paintings. Focusing primarily on landscapes currently, she also has loved experimenting with varying subjects. Always continuing to play and be challenged helps keep the mind creating!!

This past year she was fortunate enough to be an Artist in Residence at Butler Studios. She currently is showing at FABO on Park Road and just finished a show at Christ Church, along with having been in student shows at Red Sky Gallery, Providence Gallery and has been involved with numerous fundraisers that include Art With Heart. She has studied with artists both regionally and/or nationally known, such as Curt Butler, Kelly Sanford, Andy Braitman and Barbara Janecke.

Nancy will be happy to talk with you! She can be reached at or 704-582-3524.


Artist Highlight #18

18 Sep






Our Silhouette of a Woman art show, on October 3, 2015, has a surprise artist.  The only way to understand her art, or her heart, is to come and meet her. That’s all I am saying!

Artist Highlight #17

17 Sep

I am honored to highlight our 17th artist(s) for the Silhouette art show. The jewelry these three women make is outstanding and so beautiful. Please mark your calendars for October 3, 2015 at Queens University Sports Complex in Charlotte NC…you don’t want to miss all of these artists!


Company Biography

6 Hands Studio LLC is a creative collaboration between Laura Dahl, Cheryl DeSellier and Cheryl Lecroy.

Founded in 2013 in Easley, South Carolina, 6 Hands Studio takes advantage of collectively over 3o years designing and creating custom jewelry. Textural designs in sterling silver and mixed metals primarily incorporate our original images of botanical, nature and equine themes. Our success is built on the premise that sharing ideas and skills multiplies creativity. We are gardeners, epicureans, naturalists, horse and animal enthusiasts. Together we imagine, develop and create

our own unique and original works. All of this plus a deep respect for each other and a true joy of spending time

together creates a uniquely creative work environment.  Their website is:

Artist Statements

Laura Dahl: A naturalist by nature and education, I am fascinated by the many ways art and science intersect. The connections occur visually, through themes and textures and physically, through the processes that transform raw materials and visions. For me, the creative process is in the exploration of what works, aesthetically and physically. I am often inspired by objects and textures found in the garden, beach and forest.  My background includes 20 years as a studio jeweler and teacher. Being a fiber artist, forester and farmer provides the textural threads of my perspective. I have spent most of my life nurturing animals, plants and kids. I raise mushrooms and am passionate about gardening and can often be found in the company of my horses, dogs and cats.

Cheryl DeSellier:  A graphic designer by profession and a jeweler by choice is a combination that has allowed me to create many of the custom patterns used in our designs.  Many of these designs and patterns are found in the environment that surrounds us and reformatted into attractive and sometimes abstract, patterns. I began riding horses at the age of nine, focusing more on dressage as an adult. For several years I owned a tack shop and noticed the selection of equine-related jewelry was rather limited. That idea stuck in my head until the same conclusion was realized by others namely, Laura Dahl and Cheryl Lecroy. Thus, the birth of 6 Hands Studio came to be.

Cheryl Lecroy: In 2011, I was diagnosed with breast cancer and went through chemotherapy and radiation. To keep my mind active and engaged while taking chemo, I started making jewelry during each 5 hour chemo treatment. At the end of 6 treatments I had 6 finished pieces of jewelry called my “triumph jewels.” I used this time to explore jewelry fabrication and found that it brought me great joy. I am now thrilled to be a co-owner in 6 Hands Studio. My experience in marketing, design, and sales is a plus and I bring excitement of exploration and playfulness to the design element of 6 Hands Studio work. My journey with cancer has completely transformed my life and in addition to 6 Hands Studio, I also provide cancer coaching to help other cancer survivors with diet, nutrition and wellness.

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