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Oak Island Art Guild Annual Arts & Craft Festival

The Annual Oak Island Art Guild Arts & Crafts Festival will feature more than 100 artists and craft vendors who will show and sell their handmade wares. Fine art, pottery, stained glass, needlecraft, Christmas ornaments, woodcarvings, basket weaving, photography, books, posters, jewelry, toys, lawn/garden items and more will be for sale. Food vendors will be offering a variety of sandwiches, soft drinks, ices and delectables.

O.C. Fringe Art Show

A boutique art show and sale featuring a group of talented local artists and crafts people in a variety of mediums on a lovely wooded property in the country.

This show coincides with the first Saturday of the Orange County Open Studio Tour, so drop by if you’re planning to be out touring. Just follow the yellow signs!

We are on the “fringe” of the tour geographically (10 minutes Northwest of Downtown Hillsborough) and artistically- featuring art with an emphasis on self-taught, folk art, and the use of salvaged/ reclaimed materials.
(Some might say that some of the personalities involved are “fringey” too!


~Mark Cool-ivegotahammer. Efland NC.
Folk/ outsider art made from reclaimed wood and found objects.
On Instagram and FB as ivegotahammer
~Sam Ezell- Well known and venerated folk art painter from Hillsborough. Maybe best known for his large and colorful Dukes Mayonnaise jar paintings.
~Jay Meadors- Meadors Woods- Wood turning using locally sourced wood. Jay Meadors on FB.
~Esther Everts Photgraphy, Durham NC. Nature stills, portraits, and fine art nudes. On Instagram as EstherEvertsPhotography.
~Sherri Redfield- Pyrography (wood burning) and woven beaded jewelry. @Sherri’sArt
~Mushpa y Mensa- Solar-powered mobile eco-boutique featuring fabulous tees and textiles.
On Instagram as mushpamensa

The place- Mark Cool’s workshop and tiny house collective, sits on three wooded acres with a creek.
A 98 second video is here: https://vimeo.com/17419685

There will be live acoustic music and comfort food for sale-made by my brother Derek and my Mom! (Homemade donuts are one of the comfort food items.)

Musical Lineup:
12 Chris Loch
1 Pete Pawsey
2 Bob Vasile
3 John Stevens
4 The Cools

To summarize:
Original, unique, quality arts and crafts, live music, food and drink, a creek walk, & tiny houses= a fun time in the country!

2016 Hall’s Mill Rd
Efland, NC 27243
919-730-8466 (Mark’s Cell)

10 minutes from Downtown Hillsborough
25 minutes from Downtown Durham

Photos of Our Peeps

Mushpa y Mensa Peeps

What, Mushpa y Mensa has a new section on their site featuring their amazingly gorgeous super fans sporting their art? YES…yes, we do! You need to go check it out here, www.mushpaymensa.com/photos-of-our-peeps/.

If you too have a photo of you in an original, organic cotton shirt, unique handmade jewelry, or your lavender stuffed plush pets made out of recycled plastic bottle felt doing something, or whatever art you may have gotten from us here at Mushpa y Mensa, send it in.  We will put you up on Mushpa y Mensa’s “Photos of Our Peeps” page. Just email the photos to info[at]mushpamensa[dot]com and we’ll do the rest.

Much love,

– Mushpa y Mensa

You Look Fine!

First I’ll draw you in with pictures…

You Look FineYou really do…

Nature Was HereRemember…

Your JudgementNo, but for real…

Everything mattersHug.

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American Gothic Girls

The StudioThese gorgeous photographs are the amazing art of our friend Anna White who came into our home a few weeks ago to take pictures of us (Mushpa y Mensa)and our cat Jefe.  She is working on a photo collection of couples and individuals in their NYC homes. Anna wanted us to convey an American Gothic style, hence our stoic demeanor.


It was mad fun and the pictures turned out fabulous!

The Bedroom


The Kitchen