A member of the Davidson Garden Club, Robin Wilgus has painted original gardenscapes for the Davidson Horticultural Symposium for the last 25 years! Her elegant watercolors adorn our brochures and notecards, as her imaginative artwork is a clever rendering of the year’s Symposium theme.
Robin grew up in Madison, New Jersey and studied fashion illustration at the Fashion Institute and also at the Art Students League in New York City. She went on to have a long career as a fashion illustrator and worked with Epstein’s in New Jersey, Jordan Marsh in Boston, the Hecht Company in Washington, D.C. as well as Robinson’s in St. Petersburg, Florida.
More recently she worked with textile companies in North Carolina and has done freelance illustration. Her artistic talent extends to folk art and the unique crafting of home decor.
We are extremely grateful and lucky to have such a talented member of our garden club willing to contribute her beautiful work to our symposium.
Pamela Goode is a mosaic artist based in Charlotte, North Carolina. As a creator of fine and functional art, installations, and community art, she works with a variety of materials including Italian and Mexican handmade glass, stained glass, porcelain, stone, and found objects. Known for her sense of whimsy and color, Pam’s mosaics transcend the subject at hand and go straight to the heart. “My goal is to bring a sense of joy, wonder, or peace to viewers. It isn’t enough for me to create a mosaic; I need to create a mosaic that sings, that resonates.” Her work has been selected for inclusion in Mosaic Arts International four times and twice in Mosaic Art Now, a publication featuring mosaic art across the globe.
Immersed in mosaics since 1999, Pam founded Ciel Gallery in 2008 in an effort to provide exhibition opportunities for mosaic artists across the globe. Now an art collective focusing on local artists working in every medium, Ciel continues to present juried exhibitions, classes, and special events.
An avid traveler, Pam is most inspired by being in unfamiliar surroundings where every sight, every thought, is new. “I see everything differently – feel everything differently – and the ability to communicate my own transformation through art thrills me.” In 2012 Pam founded Mosaic Art Retreats, offering international art tours and workshops. In 2017, she founded Wild Hair Adventures with painters Jean Cauthen and Laura McRae Hitchcock, broadening options for artist travelers.
“For me, art is an opportunity to capture a pivotal movement of epiphany that can’t be adequately expressed in words. For most of my life I’ve been a silent observer, and I’m deeply struck by the philosophical implications of everyday events and assumed happenstance. Through art, I hope to capture and momentarily magnify archetypal awakenings that resonate with the human spirit”.
“I’m drawn to create with mixed materials because I want, above all, to create as large and full an image as I can manage. I pull from the miscellanea of life – sometimes messy, sometimes arbitrary, always fascinating, always more cluttered than we had hoped. I don’t feel I can fully evoke the “real” without an intense and sometimes slightly wayward compilation. For me, the complexity of a moment spotlights the achingly poignant.
“The pruning and fitting together of disparate materials becomes ordering of my own thoughts, emotions, and priorities, and allows the finished piece to serve as a kind of talisman along the path.”