About • Mountain TEA Studios

About • Mountain TEA Studios Creative Life Partnership

Mountain TEA Studios is a creative life partnership

between visual artists Mark Flowers and Kristy Higby.

 

Making and teaching art has been at the heart of our life’s work for 40 years.

About • Mountain TEA Studios Creative Life Partnership

First studio in Bluffton SC, 1980, and current studio in Asheville, NC, 2016

Our studio work includes mixed media narrative paintings, sculptural artists’ books

and socially relevant documentaries.

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Current work produced at Mountain TEA Studios

We also provide workshops, personal art instruction, and video editing services. (pages under construction)

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We met in 1973 at USC in Columbia, SC, where we were both working on a BFA degree.

About • Mountain TEA Studios Creative Life Partnership

We met in 1973 in Columbia, SC, University of South Carolina

Mark’s concentration was painting and mine was fibers.

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Mark’s artwork in undergraduate school.

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Kristy’s artwork in undergraduate school.

We were married just before heading to graduate school at Western Michigan University in

Kalamazoo, Michigan, where Mark received an MFA degree. It was a time to go deep,

 and the new environment was exciting, stimulating, productive and COLD!

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Graduate school at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI.

Mark added an element of sculpture to his work, and I turned to felt making.

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Mark’s work in graduate school.

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Kristy’s work in Kalamazoo, MI.

We were happy to be pulled back south for our first job; a team-teaching position in Fine Arts

at Sea Pines Academy (now HH Prep) on Hilton Head Island, SC.

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Our The first studio in Bluffton, SC.

Our home and first studio (the old Bluffton Tabernacle built in 1945) was in the small town of

Bluffton, SC, where we birthed two beautiful and endlessly entertaining Bluffton Boys.

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Bluffton boys arrive.

After gaining valuable teaching experience at Sea Pines Academy, Mark took a teaching position

at the Savannah College of Art and Design and I began to work for the

SC Arts Commission’s Artists-in-the-Schools program.

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Teaching at SCAD and SC Arts Commission.

At the same time, we continued to create and exhibit our work.

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Mark’s artwork in Bluffton, SC.

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Kristy’s artwork in Bluffton, SC.

When the boys were school age we took another team-teaching position at Mercersburg Academy

in South Central Pennsylvania where we made a home for 23 years.

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Studios and teaching at Mercersburg Academy.

Mark continued to paint while I went in two new directions creating artists’ books and documentaries.

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Mark’s artwork in Mercersburg, Pa.

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Kristy’s artwork in Mercersburg. Pa.

 Teaching art was a natural path for us. Being immersed in creative problem-solving all day

was a surprising source of energy for 37 years. We are proud of the art spirits we helped

along the way. Many have become close friends over the years.

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We are full-time studio artists now with some adjunct teaching (Mark) at USC Upstate.

We live and work in Asheville, NC, where we renovated a hand-made log cabin

and built our long-planned dream studio, Mountain TEA Studios.

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Log cabin in Asheville, NC area.

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Mountain TEA Studios in Asheville, NC area.

Making art and teaching remain at the heart of our creative partnership.

‘After all, the goal is not making art; it’s living a life.’ Robert Henri


 

About • Mountain TEA Studios Creative Life Partnership: Asheville, NC

About • Mountain TEA Studios Creative Life Partnership

 

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