Stephen & Muriel Chilingirian

Stephen and Muriel have an unyielding passion to create exquisite Art, and that is precisely what they do. With Muriel's background in Multimedia Art, Design and Stained-glass and Stephen's extensive education in Astrophysics & Engineering and as a highly-skilled, self-taught and talented Blacksmith; together they are a powerhouse of creativity and ingenuity.

 

From hyper-realistic botanicals and vine-draped nature-scapes, centerpieces and candelabras, to nature-inspired outdoor installations, bark-textured “branch” railings and elegant hand-forged iron gates; their attention to detail is a virtue they have transformed into a highly-refined skill.

 

Their desire to offer exceptionally-fine craftsmanship has not gone unnoticed and several of their pieces have found loving homes around the world. Their art has been featured in a multitude of publications and received high honors and awards in various juried shows and exhibitions.

 

“We are aware of the precious Time and Energy that must be sacrificed to make fine Art…that is why we embrace every project as an opportunity to create an Heirloom.”

honors & awards

2017  Awesome Foundation, Asheville NC  Grant Finalist

2016  Times-News "The Art of Marriage" by Steve Wong, Featured Artists

2014-2015  Arts Council of Henderson County Regional Artist Project  Grant Recipient

2010  Echo Gallery At Biltmore Park, American Craft in WNC  Guest Artist

2010  Arts Council of Henderson County Regional Artist Project Grant  Panel Member

2010  The Bascom & American Craft Today International Juried Competition

          "Keeper of the Three Secrets"Honorable Mention

 

2010  Carolina Home & Garden Magazine "HandMade: Art by Numbers"

          by JoanneO'Sullivan, Portrait by Brent Fleury, Photography by Rimas Zailskas

          Featured Artist

2010  Salisbury Sculpture Show"Fibonacci's Hidden Gold" Juried Entry

2009  National Sculpture Competition, City of North Charleston, SC

          "Orion’s Pyramid" Juried Sculpture Exhibit  

2008-2009  Arts Council of Henderson County Regional Artist Project  Grant Recipient
 

2008  North Carolina Arboretum, Kaleidoscope Contemporary Landscape

          "Fibonacci’s Hidden Gold" Juried Sculpture Exhibit

2008  11th Biennial Western North Carolina Juried Art Exhibit, Tryon Fine Arts Center

          "Orion's Pyramid"  Juried Entry

2008  36th Annual Fine Arts Showcase, Transylvania Community Arts Council 

        Juried Entry

2008  Sapphire Valley Masters Association Art & Craft Show  Juried Entry

2007  Annual Grifton Art Show, NC  Honorable Mention

2007  Sarah’s Art Café, Ayden, NC  Public Art Exhibition

2006  North Carolina Art Festival, Ayden NC, 3-D Art Category  Third Place Award

2006  Annual Grifton Art Show, NC, 3-D Art Category  First Place
          Photography  First Place

2005  The East Carolina University, Commission Pirate Chopper, Ray Price Harley

        Davidson Biker Build Off in Extreme Custom Class  First Place and Best of Show

We are able to assist in various specialized areas such as:

American Heritage Iron Work - Antique Wrought Iron Reproduction - Antique Wrought Iron Restoration Ornamental Railings and Gates - Fine Art - Functional Art - Custom Ornamental Signs & Brackets Fireplace Screens - Fireplace Tools & Accessories - Doors, Hinges & Latches - Lamps & Chandeliers Candelabras & Candle Holders - Residential & Corporate Sculptures - Furniture & Framework

Kitchen & Bath Accessories - Welding & Fabrication - Prototype Creation

And More!

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