Today’s Friday Finds are two artists discovered last week while on vacation.

FF: Artist Michael Helfen (known as ZENCAR and Eye of the Beholder)

zenWhile visiting an art show in Sandwich, MA while on vacation, my friend Lynda and I checked in on local artist Michael Helfen whose work we had admired and purchased in the past.

About artist Michael Helfen: “I feature fine art photographs and original oil paintings, watercolors, and acrylic paintings. I am a juried member of The Cape Cod Art Association, member of The Yarmouth Art Guild, Chatham Creative Arts, The Village Crafters. I am represented by Picture This Gallery in Sandwich, Mass. My work is also sold at All That Matters in Belmont, Mass and the gift shops at the Cape Cod Art Association and The Cultural Center of Cape Cod. I do many shows on Cape Cod during the summer.”

Check out artist Michael Helfen’s Etsy store here.

FF: Gravestone Girls

graveOften macabre, but always very cool, are the decorative sculptures from Gravestone Girls. These neat castings are created from gravestone rubbings taken in old New England cemeteries.

About Gravestone Girls: “We create decorative artwork using the beautiful and primitive images carved on olde New England gravestones; give lectures on cemetery art, history and symbolism as well as teach gravestone rubbing classes! Our work aims to entertain and educate on the historical perspective of old cemeteries by documenting and preserving the beautiful art they contain. To produce our three-dimensional art pieces, we perfected a casting technique which exactly replicated the original gravestone carving. The creations in our collection are derived from 17th-21st century gravestones found in cemeteries throughout the New England region.”

Learn more about Gravestone Girls here.