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Holiday Marketplace Exhibitor Profiles: Deb Minkin & Dell Clark

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Preview Soirée benefitting LovePacks Friday, December 2, 2016   6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Exclusive, ticketed pre-shopping event featuring a party with a silent auction and drinks.

Marketplace Hours Saturday, December 3, 2016   8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Profits of Hottytoddy.com benefit the University of Mississippi’s Meek School of Journalism and New Media. This is a premium holiday marketplace/show being promoted regionally and nationally to our audience of 1.9 million unique readers over this past year!

Website: http://hottytoddy.com/marketplace/

 

 

img_9375Deb Minkin, Cordova, TN

Deb Minkin grew up on a 200-year-old family farm in Southern Arkansas. Her childhood memories of growing up on the farm are reflected in her work. So many moments of simple things that make lasting impressions. As an artist, her passion is putting those remembrances on canvas to last through generations.

She goes through a time consuming multi-step process transforming wood canvases into one-of-a kind works of art. Her paintings are created on cradled wood canvases handmade by her husband. They are heavily textured so she tends to use palette knives more than brushes. She starts by building up layers of paint with sanding and burnishing between each layer. The burnishing tool hits the raised places in the composition creating texture and depth. She finishes with multiple layers of wax creating a surface that replicates a “old world finish.”

What sets her paintings apart from the rest is the illusion of texture and depth when displayed under natural or artificial lighting. To get this effect, paintings should be placed at an angle so they catch the shadows creating the illusion of “life and movement.”
Deb’s work can be found in gifts shops in Arkansas, Tennessee and Mississippi and well as several restaurants in the Memphis area. 

Check her work out here: https://www.facebook.com/ddminkin/

Deb Minkin Art
Deb Minkin Art
Deb Minkin
Deb Minkin
Deb Minkin
Deb Minkin
Dell Clark, Tunica, MS

“I spent 1978-1979 in England and the UK doing taking jewelry classes in Brighton and at West Dean College near Chichester. I had been buying what the English call ‘pinchbeck’ and we call ‘gold clad’ and learning how to repair it. It is tricky as it uses very low melt temps but I became comfortable with it and returned to the USA just when the slide bracelet craze was beginning. I made bracelets using 100+ year old cufflink tops, that according to my customers were favored over those that family members had given them.

When I saw how popular my bracelets had become, I really began to buy links en masse. I was able to pick up singles by the thousands from dealers up East if you gave them enough time. I was making contact with dealers that were overjoyed to sell me links for much more than they got from the “scrapper man.”

I bought with a vengeance as often and as many as I could and wound up with what I truly believe was more Victorian links both singles and pairs than anyone in the country.

End result, is that I still have links and now decades of expertise working the material and I love giving them a new life. The rings and earrings are truly unique (how often is that word bandied about?) offering that I am proud of. I also do custom work with a client’s loved one’s ‘raw material’…father’s cufflinks, grandfather’s stickpin etc.

Please stop by and chat and check out the offerings and tell me of a possible project you might have in mind.” -Dell Clark

Dell Clark Jewelry
Dell Clark Jewelry
Dell Clark Jewelry
Dell Clark Jewelry
Dell Clark Jewelry
Dell Clark Jewelry

Emily Defenbaugh is an Intern of HottyToddy.com. She can be reached at eadefenb@go.olemiss.edu.

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