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MENAGERIE ART & DESIGN EXPOS

THE ART & DESIGN OF C.S. COLBY

Est. 2003

the tree of rememberance cameron art museum wilmington mc

ABOUT

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Menagerie Design Studio is the working studio & gallery of Wilmington, NC based artist/designer Carolyn Colby.

Carolyn was originally a student of fashion design, but early on found her love in the kitchen. She cultivated her skills as a chef & pastry chef by working alongside seasoned local chefs & restaurateurs.

A pioneer in the local home staging industry, Carolyn specializes in redesign by creating amazing spaces using what you already have.  

Her transition to the visual arts was not a gradual journey. She describes it as being "spontaneously combusted into an artist". 

Her early watercolor assemblages under glass have evolved into complex mixed media collages resembling stained glass.

Carolyn's unique work has been used in feature films, television, and is held in private collections internationally.

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PRAISE

REV. STEPHAN HERMAN

INTERNATIONAL SPIRITUALIST MEDIUM

The energy reminds me of New Wave music from the late 70s and early 80s.

You have great energy and it shows with the way you use form and color as it is alive and vibrates.

CHRISTINA COLE

ONE WICKED GALLERY

Carolyn Colby has by far outsold anything that I have put in the Wicked. She continues to impress the masses with her vivid ideas, swirls of imagination and bubbles, like thoughts, holding glimpses of organic realism. She is a draw and most take her fantasies home with them.  We see big, big things for Carolyn, who’s soft exterior and laid back personality permeates throughout the beautiful pieces of artwork she delivers! Every morsel bears a peace and serene ability to spell the owner into trans-fixture… she is nothing less than stunning.

Everything this lady touches artistically is beyond beautiful. Her work invokes so much elegance and mysticism but transcends typical rules being any piece can belong anywhere. She and her art are just the fit!

MISSY NICHOLS

THE ST. LOUIS PSYCHIC

Each piece of Carolyn Suzanne's art is a unique opportunity to peer through the stained glass window of her soul

LINDA NOBLE

AUTHOR, ARTIST, FOUNDER, ONE MEDITATION CENTER

am honored to have four pieces of Carolyn's art, which is like herself, truly unique and engaging . .. gratitude! Thank you!

BRIAN GORDON GREEN

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE

I had so much fun. Carolyn is an excellent instructor, very encouraging. She is a sweet, cerebral artist with a bubble of love surrounding her. I am so surprised I was able to make a painting in that time where I ended up with something I am so proud of.

KENDAL FUQUAY & TERRY ALLGOOD

BEYOND BASICIS SALON

Love Carolyn's work! We have several pieces of her works and they add so much to the space at Beyond Basics Wigs.

BEVERLY JUDGE

FILMAKER

I have worked with Carolyn with my production company on several projects. Her work as a set designer was far beyond my expectations. Her art work has also graced the sets of music videos produced by TVI Video & Stills. I appreciate her creativity and professionalism.

CATHY STREET

STREET THEATRE COMPANY

As a props designer, Carolyn was incredibly creative and thrifty!  She has an amazing attention to detail, taking the time to research the time period and other elements to ensure the props were authentic.  As an artist, her work is awe-inspiring, powerful, and unique.  Her pieces leap out at me inspire emotion and wonder.

JANA TULL

"SEA TULLS" TOPSAIL ISLAND

I have worked with Carolyn several times to create affordable vacation dream homes. Her finished projects never cease to amaze me. She has the ability to create any atmosphere within the given budget - brilliant!