Kimberley Chalos

While sculpture has always been a defining part of her artwork, Kimberly Chalos realized making a living from her sculptures was not an easy accomplishment. During her time working as a furniture maker she became interested in primitive art of different cultures. While making a reproduction of a northwest coast Tlingit rattle she noticed the rattle sitting upside down on her work table and thought of what a unique handbag it would be. From that thought came a whole line of beautiful hand carved handbags which are all are totally functional, fully lined inside and will catch everyone’s attention.

Above: Kimberley Chalos, “Little Jimmy Bag.” Wood and leather. Photo by Amanda Shackleford.

Richard Florance

Richard Florance resides in Shoreacres, a small city on Galveston Bay. He is a lifelong resident of the Houston-Galveston area. He is retired from Semasy Inc., a plastics manufacturing company in Houston, which provides merchandising aid for retail briskness. Over the last 30 years, in his spare time, he learned cabinet making. Upon his retirement, after golf did not require enough hours, he started wood turning, which had been an interest for many years. This has indeed become an outlet for his creative abilities. He has been turning wood for over seven years and has made over 900 bowls, each of which is unique. His bowls have been distributed worldwide.

Richard’s other activities include civic and community participation, as well as being involved with his church and enjoying his nine grandchildren.

Above: Richard Florance, “Cocobolo Bowl.” Wood and Turquoise. Photo by HCCC.

Connie Roberts

Connie Roberts does not consider herself a folk artist, although she doesn’t mind how people label her the “Whistle Lady.” Roberts creates her own category of folk and craft art through sculptures that contain not just a whistle, but an element of fun and whimsy. Roberts’ equally loves things that are humorous from Mad magazine to Monty Python to the evening news. She believes that the essence of good art is that it is attractive enough to draw you in for a closer look, yet has sufficient content to make the time you spent with it worthwhile.

Above: Connie Roberts, “Zombie Lady.” Pine wood. Photo by Amanda Shackleford.

Eugene Watson

Before woodworking Eugene Watson designed the electronic components for black boxes in airplanes. He chose to pursue woodworking over an electronics career because he is able to express his creativity with his hands by designing innovative pieces in a relatively short period of time. Watson’s speciality is Trapezoid jewelry boxes finished with three coats of lacquer followed by a top coat of paste wax with fine sanding and steel wool between coats. The drawers are lined with genuine Ultrasuede leather. No stains have been used on any of the woods.

Above: Eugene Watson, “Helical Box.” Wood and abalaone. Photo by Amanda Shackleford