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Dusty Holmes was born and raised in Detroit , Michigan. She served in the US Army as a nurse at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. From there she moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico where she worked as a nurse for 20 years. She moved to Naples, Florida in 2007.
 Dusty began working in clay in 2008. She maintained a pottery studio in Bonita Springs, Florida  in conjunction with the Bonita Springs Art League for several years. Dusty creates her pottery by starting out with a slab of clay which she molds by hand into unique pieces which mimic forms found in nature. She does not use a wheel so each piece is unique and one of a kind.Any asymmetry in form or variation in glaze color are characteristic of the process and part of the beauty of being hand made. The Japanese use the term "wabi-sabi" which means to "find the beauty within the imperfect". 
While working in her studio in Bonita Springs she met a wonderful lady named Georgia Hortin. Georgia was a master pine needle weaver and felt that pottery could be enhanced by pine needles and visa -versa. Dusty learned pine needle weaving from Georgia and became good friends with her over the course of several years. Georgia died in September 2017 at the age of 99, but her legacy will live on.
Dusty now works in both mediums, sometimes combining the two.
 
EXHIBITS AND HONORS INCLUDE:

* Naples Artcrafters Fine Art & Craft Show, Cambier Park, second Saturday each month October thru April
2011,2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
 
* Art Focus, Center for the Arts Bonita, Honorable Mention 2010
 
* Von Liebig Art Center Juried Exhibition 2010
 
* Mercato Fine Art Festival 2010
 
* Center for the Arts Bonita Members Only Show 2011, 6th Place
 
* Center for the Arts Bonita Mixed Media Show 2011
 
 
* Deck the Walls, Bonita Literacy Council 2011
 
*Florida Federation of Gardeners Convention, Sanibel Marriot, 2013

Exhibiting Artist, Naples ArtCrafters 2011,2012,2013,2014,2015,2016, 2017, 2018

Participant and exhibiting artist OLD FLORIDA FESTIVAL, Naples Florida 2016

Naples ArtCrafters Board of Directors 2013-present
 
Dusty Holmes is a member of the Naples Artcrafters, the Emeritus Basketeers ,the United Arts Council of Collier County and The Potters Council
 
Dusty is a juried exhibiting member of the Naples ArtCrafters and will be participating in  the Naples ArtCrafters Fine Art & Craft show the 2nd Saturday of each month, November through April at Cambier Park.

 Show dates for 2018-2019 are as follows:

October 20,2018--Cambier Park
November 10,2018--Cambier Park
December8, 2018--Cambier Park
January 12, 2019--Cambier Park
February 9, 2019--Cambier Park
March 9, 2019--Cambier Park
April 13, 2019--Cambier Park

A selection of Dusty's work can be seen and purchased at Myxnscents at Bayfront  and at Made to Inspire in Boca Grande, Florida

 
Dusty is an award winning artist in clay and pine needle weaving. Her work is in private collections in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia , Germany and Japan.
 
Dusty currently resides in Naples, Florida. You can contact her by email  dusty.beck@gmail.com   or by phone 239-304-5258.
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