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Green is where the Heart Is for May 1, 2013

Goof off  (v.) To slack off by wasting time idly, sometimes through electronic means like video games, or through alcohol, doing absolutely nothing, or sleeping excessively. To goof off is to pass the time through the most unproductive means possible. ~Urban dictionary

Contributing Writer

How is it possible that three self-proclaimed goof-offs can become so productive?  
Mike Bryand, Dave Peterson and his son Brian have perfected the art.  Bryand admits the popularity of his photo-art amazes even himself.  He came to Wilmington and worked as a “transparent glass technician” which I later found out was a fancy name for a window washer. 
His real passion was snapping pictures of local scenes and haunts.  His “goofing off” hours were spent digitally embellishing these common pictures to become works of art….in a goofy kind of way.  Tourists and residents cannot get enough and what started out as a pastime has turned into a thriving business called “Wilmington 360.”
Bryand could be seen at various art shows around the area and as a regular at the  Wilmington Farmer’s Market monthly on the 2nd and 4th Saturday mornings. 
He found himself next to a booth of father and son team, Dave and Brian Peterson.  The Petersons create pottery face jugs.  These jugs are a Southern folk art, multi-generational and sought after.  The idea behind the scary faces was to frighten children so they would not get into the whiskey held inside. 
The younger Peterson was throwing a jug one day and the piece flopped down and sagged.  Hence the name of their business, “The Saggy Jug.”  They also create bowls, pitchers and mugs, all with a folk art design.  
Even though they have their day jobs the Petersons use their time creating their craft as their own kind of goofing off.  When one of Dave’s friends sold them a wheel and a kiln they took classes at Fat Cats and began to learn their craft. 
They showed up at art shows and several years ago during the annual Kure Beach Street Festival a true potter approached them named Charlie Allo. Allo, fellow contributing writer at the Island Gazette,  befriended the team and has become a true supporter teaching them how to improve their work. 
They create products from $1 to $200 but most fall in the $25-$30 range.  One inexpensive flat piece is a “roundtoit.”  It is one of those goofy things that encourages someone to get it done.  If your spouse is prodding you to mow the lawn, you may give her one stating you are “fixin’ to git round-to-it.” 
Thursday May 2nd from 6:30-8:30 in the evening we will be hosting an opening reception at Artful Living Group with snacks, wine and beer.  Join us in what may become a riotous affair.  You never know what to expect with this crew on hand, but I can most assuredly guarantee a lot of fun and a good time.  These guys make even goofing off look successful.  xo mo
Kure Beach resident Mo Linquist, Red Ribbon Professional of IFSG and allied ASID is a recognized expert on Pyramid Feng Shui. She is the “ PersonPlace” design consultant specializing in soft goods such as fabrics, window treatments, reupholstery, blinds, shutters, feng shui and green healthy living products.  Her design studio is located in the Artful Living Group building 112 Cape Fear Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC.   Linquist speaks nationally and holds regular workshops and accredited trainings on this ancient form of environmental psychology. Helping clients create home and office spaces designed specifically to support their individual goals and intentions, Linquist uses cutting-edge techniques integrating science, 20 years of interior design experience and Feng Shui to balance, harmonize and create new patterns for success. To learn more about her work or for a consultation, contact her at FaceBook at Mo Linquist Living Solutions or call 910-458-7822 office or 330-904-3636 cell.