We'd planned a quiet day strolling through the historic McGill Rose Garden in north Charlotte. The roses were beautiful, the day lovely. We knew there would be plants for sale, but were pleasantly surprised to see art offered also.
I was immediately drawn to the mixed media and unique jewelry by the gifted young artist Gordon Merrick Justice. Using found objects and ephemera, Gordon creates art which is fresh and inspired. His work has soul and a certain Zen quality.
I fell in love with a pin created from an old tin type, which depicts a young child sitting on its Mother's lap. It was the perfect purchase on Mother's Day.
This was Gordon's first show. His work will soon be available in the McGill Rose Garden gift shop. Look for it. Hours are Tues. - Sat., 10-4 with a 3rd Friday Gallery Crawl 5-9 through Oct.
This pin really spoke to my heart.
All photos: Bill Guerrant