An innovative family of artists was selected by the Laguna Madre Art Gallery
as July's Artists of the Month: Voncille Zama, watercolorist, Robbie Zama
Mellows, jewelry designer, and Caroline Zama, clay artist
Voncille, a Port Isabel resident for many years, has focused almost entirely
on water color painting since a workshop taught years ago by Edgar Whitney,
noted watercolor instructor. Some of her current work can be seen in the
newly opened Laguna Madre Art Gallery, located on Light House Square in Port
Isabel and in the annual upcoming Beachcomber Art Show, sponsored by the
Harlingen Art Forum.
She believes her best art lessons were learned when she painted with other
artists in an Open Studio setting. Learning together and experimenting with
new techniques and mediums has been the inspiration needed to pursue her art
for many years.
Voncille is very active in the Laguna Madre Art League which was founded in
Port Isabel in 1978. She has held may offices, including President, Vice
President and art show chairperson. She regularly participates in the LMAL
Christmas and February Shows, in addition to the frequent Market Day's held
at the South Padre Island Convention Center. She has won prizes in juried
shows at the Brownsville Museum of Fine Art such as the Bird Show and the
Robbie, who resides in California, was a long time summer resident of Port
Isabel, visiting family during school vacations. She has a B.S.
in Business from the University of Texas, Dallas. Her hobby, creating
beautiful and unique jewelry fulfills her creativity and is enhanced by her
career and her family. The material list for her bracelets, earrings and
necklaces includes silver, bronze coin and purple stick pearls, multicolored
tourmalines and carved moonstones, red bamboo coral and many more.
For example, she has designed a double wrap bracelet of sterling silver,
hill tribe turtle, turquoise, aquamarine, jade, coral and freshwater pearls.
One of her single wrap bracelets is made of sterling silver, hill tribe
silver, smooth chalcedony beads and an orange jade cross, while a triple
wrapped bracelet she designed contains a sterling silver grape charm, purple
micro pearls and freshwater pearls. These and other items can be seen at the
Laguna Madre Art Gallery or on Robbie's website beadsonwire.com
she is working on some bracelets. "It is always fun to find inspiration with
a newstrand of beads and I love colors that are found in the blue
serpentine. I looks great with the carnelian and hand-cast bronze scarab
Sister Caroline Zama and her family live in Louisville, Kentucky where she
has established her ceramic business, serving both wholesale and retail
trade as Star Bird Pottery. She earned her B.A. from McNeese State
University in Lake Charles, La. and has been involved in a love for ceramics
since that time.
She is inspired by colors, shapes and textures and says this is how she
experiences her everyday world. "I add texture to each piece to give more
dimension and finesse. To the finished piece I sometimes add a tiny
hand-sculpted bird or whimsical 'drawing' of a tree or flying fowl" says
She recently opened her home studio and offers a variety of classes where
she uses a multitude of textures, stamps and carving to add dimension to the
pieces. Her students learn slab buckling, coiling, pinching and wheel
throwing among other techniques. She offers Ladies Clay Night and other
adult group and private lessons and children's classes. Events in which
Caroline will participate include Francisco's Farm Arts Festival at Equus
Run Vineyard in June, Berea Craft Festival in July, Art in Speed Park in
Indiana in August and St James Court Art Show in October.
A selection of her vases, pitchers platters and birds can be seen locally at
the Laguna Madre Art Gallery on Light House Square in Port Isabel and in
Louisville at the Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft Museum Shop, Kentucky Arts
Council: Kentucky Crafter, Edenside Gallery or on her websitestarrpottery.com
Stop by the Laguna Madre Art Gallery in Port Isabel on Light House Square to
view the paintings, pottery and jewelry of the three Zama artists and 21
other Gallery artists work which is on display year-round.