Friday artist, Carol Bellamy |

Friday artist, Carol Bellamy

Carol Bellamy
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What is your career and current job title? Administrative assistant.

Describe in a sentence or two your art. It’s one continuous line of wire whimsical sculpture and framed pieces. I use 6-gauge wire down to 26-gauge jewelry wire.

How long have you been working in this discipline? This is my fourth year.

Why do you do it? I enjoy the fact that it is different from other disciplines; i.e., painting, ceramics bronze sculpting. I seem to have a passion for how far I can take this medium. I have enjoyed pushing my imagination to new heights.

What do you hope to accomplish? I hope to gather a wider audience for my works. When someone enjoys what I have made, they smile, and I smile.

Do you create your art with an exact message you want the viewer to receive? No message, but I love it when they smile and laugh and appreciate that the piece is a single line of wire, though some of my newer pieces are not one line.

Where do you want to be with your art, in terms of part-time versus full-time status, art positions and where your works are seen? I would love to do this full time. I have a series of Christmas ornaments I would like to see in specialty stores. My work can be seen at Gallery II in Nevada City.

What kind of special training did you take? I have been involved in some form of art education all my life, but I got hooked on this medium by taking a theory of design class at Sierra College. The class was taught by Pat Chapin, a very creative artist in her own right. We looked at how line can represent things we see in nature. Our last project was using wire to create an image.

What’s your favorite part of your endeavors? The fact that I am doing something I always wanted to do – creating images that I can enjoy and others, as well, can appreciate and enjoy.

What’s your least favorite part of your endeavors? Deadlines that have to be met; when Gallery II needs new pieces, and when I am getting ready for art shows.

How many hours a day or, if more appropriate, a week do you spend on your work? When I am getting ready for a show, I will work eight hours a day, on average, for five days a week.

Do you consider it hard work, and could anyone do it? I don’t look at it as hard work. I look at it as a mind game I love to play. Others may see it as an impossible process, but I think I could teach my technique to other artists.

Any other comments you’d like to include? I would just like to leave you with my favorite quote. Paul Klee once defined a line like this: “A line is a dot out for a walk.” Doesn’t that just make your imagination run wild with possibilities?


Carol Bellamy and Nancy Cowan are featured artists at Gallery II through May 2. They will be at a reception Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. which will include jazz by Ludi Hinrichs and refreshments. Gallery II is at 419 Broad St., Nevada City. Call t470-9222 for more information.

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