Driven by a desire to engage in the feast of the creative process, the communion of conversation, and the actions of love, Crooked Little Flower Studios is a curatorial studio and art center nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.

Conversations, Gallery Five18, Boise, ID, 2015
Creative Conversation, CKS

What We Do

*temporary installations with a focus of evolving within the above descriptions (coinciding with TRAC Studio Tours twice/year, and residencies)

*Studio Zine – published twice a year, May and September, learn about other initiatives here

*workshops and creative conversations with a focus on intuitive and contemplative approaches to observation and the creative process. For more news – visit here

*Under the auspices of Crooked Little Flower Studios continues the Artist Residency started by Tracy Hicks. A gift of time, short term residencies focused on personal and collaborative experimentation. Visit F.R.O.G.S in Residence to explore, through this on going series, within poetry and stories of Tracy, his work, his mentorship/friendship/spirit of community and collaborations. View Past/Future Resident Artists: Here

  • 1-5 week residencies
  • Housing and work space provided
  • Travel – at this time, travel is unable to be covered. We are committed to helping future residents research other funding possibilities such as but not limited to grants/scholarships.  The long term goal of the residency as per Tracy’s wishes, is a fully endowed residency in which the gift of time really means a complete gift of time where travel, live/work space, a materials stipend, and food.  His desire was to provide an artist with the ability to concentrate without disruption; including the everyday responsibilities of cooking, bills, phone calls and correspondence. He desired for each resident to engage with the community at large but did not make it a requirement. Collaboration was hopeful, but also, not a requirement.
  • It is the long-term goal to create a residency program as Tracy desired and intended. This is his residency. We are merely a steward.

*Mobile Art Van – I am excited to say that the dream of having a mobile art van is in the works.  While evolved from my original dream from many years ago, the universe brought back.

*And the home and studio of Connie Karleta Sales; artist, poet, educator/advocate, public speaker.

Join the Journey, grab a ‘cuppa joe’ and enjoy!

as the whisper becomes a song; a soul song; singing.

paint much love, always,
Connie Karleta Sales
a.k.a. This Crooked Little Flower

Resident Artist, Connie Karleta Sales with Tracy Hicks, Fall 2013©Tracy Hicks
Resident Artist, Connie Karleta Sales with Tracy Hicks, Fall 2013©Tracy Hicks