At the Columbia Catacombs, these artists call Mother Nature their partner
COLUMBIA, 12/16/11 (Beat Byte) -- Come in, come down, and join Karen Pummill-neal and I as we give you a guided tour of Columbia's most unique shopping environment.
Also known as TieDye Queen Karen, Pummill-neal proved an excellent, informative, and enthusiastic hostess. "We're really like a big family here," she told me. "We help each other out, watch each other's stores, and share a lot of love and friendship."
One of the artists Karen raved about was Andrea Youngman
, at the beginning of the Catacombs. "We're all so lucky to just be in here with her," she said.
"Revealing the sacred magic of nature," Youngman offers a variety of gifts in several media. My favorites are paintings that remind me of Columbia's Magic Holiday Trees: Come, Climb My Branches; Breathe Deeply; and a crisply delicate snapshot of a family of bright red cardinals on a barren winter tree with a title that says it all: Winter's Stark Beauty.
The beauty of all four seasons -- Spring, Summer, Winter, Fall -- comes through in Merri Hunter's glimmering, three-dimensional painting of four trees during each season made of gold and silver-toned metal. Who knew metal could be so delicate and giving?
On a roughly two feet by one foot cloth background, A Tree for All Seasons was one of my favorites in her shop at the end of the first Catacombs passageway. My other favorite is Spiritual Eclecticism, a 2-foot cross in subdued earthtones that looks as if it just stepped out of a stained glass window.
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