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250 Racine Dr. Ste 7
Wilmington, NC

Featured Artist

Featured Artist: Bella Cosa Originals Raleigh NC

Lucy Cherry

The Bella Cosa Originals collections offer one of a kind, individually handcrafted jewelry inspired by the beauty of land and sea. From genuine semi-precious gemstones to fresh water pearls, abalone and mother of pearl, each design is unique and beautiful for everyday, that special event, or a one of kind gift.

FEATURED ARTIST | COLBY BYRD WITH SHELTON METALS

Lucy Cherry

We love supporting the talented artists here in our local areas. From New Bern to Wilmington and from painters to jewelers, we enjoy bringing the community together through art! We showcase these amazing artists monthly so come shop their designs at Lula Balou!

Artist Bio:
Colby S. Byrd is a local metal designer that attended East Carolina University’s Metal Design program and studied under world-renowned metal smiths and contemporary jewelers. After spending several months in Italy for an art program in 2012, Colby was able to bring home the inspiration and skill needed to begin his own metal design company, Shelton Metal. While in Italy, he was able to attend workshops in enameling and contemporary design with some of the top designers in the region. Much of Shelton Metal designs reflect coastal inspiration and a naturalistic approach, with a modern twist. Colby’s work reflects life experiences, world travels, and found objects along the way.
Now living back in Wilmington, NC Colby owns and designs for Shelton Metal, producing bi-yearly collections. This has allowed him to venture more into his talents as a jewelry designer and grow as a businessman. Currently, you can find the treasures of Shelton Metal within 15 retail locations (and growing) along the East Coast! The newest collection from Colby was inspired by The Lunar Tides of the ocean. Using raw metals and stones, each piece has a concept of the ever-changing highs and lows of the sea, as well as life. Be sure to look for Shelton Metal in a boutique near you or shop online at www.sheltonmetal.com!

 

Artist Statement:
I find inspiration in simple life experiences and I plan on sharing this through my art in new and innovative ways that allow for self-expression for the wearer. I hope to continue this path of creating with the love and support of you, friends, and family.

FEATURED ARTISTS | WANDA DUNSMORE

Lucy Cherry

We love supporting the talented artists here in our local areas. From New Bern to Wilmington and from painters to jewelers, we enjoy bringing the community together through art! We showcase these amazing artists monthly so come shop their designs at Lula Balou!

Wanda's work is such a beautiful reminder to the beautiful coastal area that surrounds us. Her paintings create a sense of peace and relaxation that many of us need to get out and enjoy. One of my favorites of hers is ... of course the mermaid. I love the scaling that she has going up her back.

Artists Bio:
Wanda Dunsmore is a native of the Wilmington area and studied art at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. She graduated with a degree in Art in 1988 and has spent most of her adult life raising two daughters who were very active in school, sports and dance. She most recently found herself in somewhat of an "empty nest" which has allowed her to focus on painting again. Primarily, acrylic painting is her passion and she finds most of her inspiration in her family and the laid-back lifestyle of our coastal community. Wanda hopes her paintings inspire curiosity in the viewer, a sense of calm and well-being and hopes her paintings inspire each of us to take a personal responsibility to protect our delicate coastal environment so that we all can enjoy what it has to offer.