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Featured Artists
REALLY COOL STUFF showcases the work of dozens of talented local artists, many who are happy to create custom items just for you from jewelry for proms and weddings to personalized poetry and keepsake books for special occasions to hand crafted hardwood furniture for any room in your home. Check out the complete 
list of  our contributing artists below, then stop by to discover all the possibilities!

 But first we'd like to introduce you to August's 
ARTIST OF THE MONTH
MARY HART
































​     When deciding who should be presented first, the answer came immediately. As someone who has helped here at Really Cool Stuff practically every Tuesday since we first opened almost 10 years ago, Mary Hart was the obvious choice. So we invite you to learn a little more about her and to stop by to admire, and perhaps even purchase one of the lovely paintings done by this award winning local artist. 

     From the time Mary was growing up on a farm near Greenville, she was interested in painting and visual arts. But it wasn’t until she married Charles Hart and moved to Dayton in 1949 that she became more serious and started taking classes, at first working almost exclusively in oils. Over the years however, she broadened her skills to include pen & ink, acrylics and watercolors, all the time studying with such notable regional artist as Mary Frach, Nancy Foreman and Homer Hacker. Now decades later she’s still painting and remains active in several arts groups including The Fairborn Arts Association, The Dayton Society of Painters and Sculptors, The Women’s Triart Society and The Greenville Art Guild.  

     Most of her current work is in watercolors, or a combination of watercolors with pen and ink. But she’s always learning and trying new techniques with a definite leaning toward high contrast to add depth to her gorgeous florals, landscapes and seascapes. And gorgeous they are, winning numerous awards in juried shows over the years including the 2015 People’s Choice award at the recent En Plein Air Exhibition cosponsored by The Fairborn Art Association and the B.W Greenway Community Land Trust. 

     Beyond her obvious talent as an artist, Mary really is quite a remarkable person with a ready smile and an upbeat, can-do attitude. And she’s not afraid of hard work. In fact she only recently retired after many years (1947 through 2012!), doing everything from bookkeeping and front office to chair side assisting and lab work for locals dentists.  

     She and her husband Charlie are also quite unusual in that they have never owned a television or computer! Instead they have always chosen to devote their free time to more artistic endeavors. Combined with Charlie’s skill as an accomplished worker, they are indeed a creative team who will be celebrating their 66th Wedding Anniversary this month! Congratulations to them both!



Other RCS Contributing Artists
Underlined names are linked to artist's website

  Kimberly Ackley - black & white scratch art originals and prints
  Cindy Altmann - bulldog pins
  Carolyn Austin - hand woven rag runs
  Mary Beth Baber - jewelry
  Whittney Barth - A Dash of Whitt jewelry
  Batik Creations - wearable art cotton clothing
  Glenna Bayer - Images with Flair framed photographs with inspirational messages
  Bret Beard - Stained Glass
  Karen Callahan - jewelery, beaded pens & bottle toppers, carved animals, embossed metal and more
  Larry Callahan - hand crafted hardwood furniture, turned boxes and ornaments
  Terina Casanova - wire wrapped glass jewelry and sun catchers
  Dana Case - oil and acrylic paintings
  Joyce Cashner -  hand woven shrugs, capes, scarves & jewelry
  Lucy Chapman - Rosy Toes Designs boiled wool purses, hats, mittens, bowls, butterflies & more
  Carissa Christner - Pidoodle Designs boiled wool items, jewelry, purses, heating pads & more
  Victoria Ciprian - Victoria's Vision purses, jewelry & hand-cut dimensional greeting card
  Richard Coatney - photography, paintings and greeting cards 
  Don Cupp - hand crafted hunting knives with leather sheaths
  Elaine Dalrymple -Adornments by Laine jewelry with a focus on wire wrapped pieces
  Vonnie DePaul - hand crafted dolls
  Dohner's Maple Camp - locally produced maple syrup & maple sugar candy
  Sue Dougherty - hand knitted scarves & hats
  Elise Eldridge - Expressions from the Heart personalized poetry
  Mary Jane Favorite - keepsake books for special occasions
  Angela Ferrell - Jaraf handmade purses totes & spa items
  Ellen Fox - purses, buckeye beads and jewelry, scrapbooks & photography
  Terri Frazier - jewelry & photography
  Bonny Gibson - jewelry, many pieces with breast cancer awareness theme
  Glass Box Guy - glass boxes
  Lorelei Greene - Pavanne Fine Art Jewelry
  Marcelle Greene - Just Jackets custom decorated jackets
  Becky and Christine Hamler - Beaded utensils  
  Mary Hart - framed watercolor paintings
  Charles Hart - hardwood canes
  Vicki Hathaway - Mena jewelry including estate rings
  Anita Heras - dichroic glass cabochons and beads
  Maggie Sarver Hibner - Magpie earrings
  Lisa Hoblit - quilted wall hangings, books, book covers, cards & wallets
  Mark Holbrook - "steampunk" figures uniquely constructed of mechanical parts  
  Rosalie Hoover - fabric crafts including quilted place-mats and greeting cards
  Robin Hungerford - paintings and photography
  Rick Hurley - framed paintings and had painted scarves
  Patrick Kilpatrick - jewelry, bugs and animals fashioned from vintage silverware
  Sue Kirley - jewelry specializing in bead weaving
  Linda Krieger - gemstone jewelry
  Nicole Kuck - jewelry
  Carla Lewis - Magic Hair Combs, purses, headbands and feathered hair decorations 
  Heather Lockwood - OmooRose jewelery  
  Heather Martin - Do Overs - jewelry and journals from recycled games, books & more
  John P. Murphy -  Murphys Lens Personal Interest Photography
  Shelton Netzley - Chalk paintings with rock n' roll theme
  Lilian Nichols - Lily Designs polymer clay jewelry
  Pam Oexmann - Planet Sock Monkey for - you guessed it - sock monkeys!
  Rick Paldino - Paldino Pottery...beautiful pieces, all food, dishwasher & microwave safe
  Joel Perry - matted prints
  Marsha Monroe Pippenger - collage art, card, bookmarks, button bracelets and ornaments  
  Karen Purke -  books, photographs hand painted scarves & note cards
  Diana Rankin - books and CDs 
  Lorraine Reibert - Colorful knitted sock monkeys plus hand woven and knitted scarves
  Melissa Retterer - Luxefunction creatively engineered handbags and backpacks
  Amy Richardson - fused glass
  Pamela J. Ridenour - Metropolitan Pottery...beautiful pieces, all food, dishwasher and microwave safe
  Dan Roth - Sticks and Stones hand carved stone art
  Alison Rusk - Paper Alice greeting cards, journals & more from handmade paper
  Darlene Russell - grapevine wreaths with real cotton bowls & more
  Joe Sarver - framed prints
  Bonnie Scott - fancy pin cushions, greeting cards, crocheted items, beaded bugs & more    
  Carol Siyahi Hicks - Author of Gifts from the Garden
  Geraldine Slusher - napkin holders for "sassy seniors & klassy kids"
  Ann J. Smith -  Goddess & Diva Hand Knits ribbon shawls & scarves
  Gail Stickelman - shadowbox wall art featuring butterflies, structures & more
  Tammy Stormer - It's a Wrap boiled wool purses, hats and mittens
  Cheryl Swartz - Metal-smith precious metal jewelry including chain handcrafted by a true master
  CAT (Carol Trochelman) - Sacred Cat Studios needle felting and polymer clay beads
  Janie Warner - jewelry, purses, items from Africa
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