Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Dempsey’s Illuminated Canvas

Fiber Optic Canvas


Illuminated canvas are very popular and these two feature Dempsey’s hummers.  A 4 hour timer and 6 AA batteries allow the canvas to be lit each night at the same time. Price $49.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Shop at Dempsey’s Place

The Old Place Deluxe & Deer Droppings $37
A Must for Your Hummingbird Lover $22
Bobbles Hold Your Dish Detergent  $17

Dempsey's Hummingbird Trilogy  $45
17 1/4 x 8 1/4 ~ Horizontal & Vertical

Hangin' Out in the Holly Deluxe
and 2 Ornaments  $42

Mug & Matching Coaster  $14
Choice of 3 Images ~ Gift Boxed
A Gift to Go ~ Assorted Gift Items  $20  Nice!
16" Floral ~ Nest with Eggs  $14
So-o-o- Beautiful. "Just Hummingbirds" Wall Calendar
$12.95 Includes Free Pocket Edition
Naked Bee
Naked Bee Lotions and Balm
Our Cutest Gift of the Season
S'More Fun Mug & Ornament  $16
Gift Boxed with storyline

Gallery Prop For Sale

Day Bed

This antique day bed has been used in our shop for several years now and it needs a good home. It’s $100 and if you are interested please call the shop at 336-731-3499.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Welcome Home HUMMER

Our 14 ft. hummingbird and lily sculpture is now back in tact. HUMMER was gone for a while to get a face-lift and he was sorely missed. Customers stopped us on the street to ask about him and we had several phone inquiries but he’s back with a fresh coat of paint and is looking good. Dempsey is pictured here with Donald Brookshire, our son-in-law, who assisted in the re-installation.
Hummer Comes Home
Donald & Dempsey reinstall the lily.
Dempsey Essick
Welcome Home HUMMER!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

New Items Arriving Daily

Patti and I are working diligently to get all the new items priced and on the floor. Stop in soon to see what’s new.

Accessories for Fall

Infinity Scarves and Coordinating Jewelry
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Dress Up Your Yard With Our         
Scarecrow Boy, Fall Garden Flag & Owl Yard Stake

Owls are HOT HOT HOT!
Stepping Stone and Owl Couple

Gifts for the Guys in Your Life
Man Cave Sign, Ducky Dynasty Mugs, "Royal Wulff"
small hanging signed print and TRAP A CRAP

Friday, August 23, 2013

Octopus for Dinner

A TIP FROM DEARIE: When the BOYS came recently we studied the OCTOPUS and then enjoyed OCTOPUS for dinner. Take a bun length hot dog and leaving room for a head, cut 8 legs with a serrated knife (8 to exact but 6 legs will do).  Add eyes and a mouth. Drop into boiling water (be careful!) and just watch the feet curl upward and a smile form on the mouth. Both 4 year olds enjoy two OCTOPUSES at a meal.


Saturday, August 17, 2013

Dollywood Here We Come

It was a great week in Pigeon Forge with our two four years olds WITHOUT THEIR PARENTS. We completed all our planned arts and crafts, visited the theme park and spent lots of time at the pool.
Dolly 2
We have to share the good news.

Stringing buttons
Elim and Olin stringing buttons in the hotel lobby.

A 40 Year Search

“I have this same set of dishes,” shared Ruth Keller of Welcome on a recent trip into the shop. “My sister Nora and I have worked to collect these for over 40 years and recently Nora found a piece of Goodwill for only 50 cents. We were delighted. Searching for these dishes has been a source of joy of both of us. ” The girls are shown with Dempsey’s framed thumbnail print entitled “Serenity” which depicts an antique creamer with the rose pattern. These small prints are signed and numbered, framed and come with easel and gift box. 
Sue Lemons
Sue Lemons (Summerfield) with
sisters Nora Young (Oak Ridge) and Ruth Keller

Thursday, July 25, 2013

“Daylily Days” Touches a Heart

The following is an excerpt lifted for a recent email and is used with permission:

“I am writing to see if you  have Daylily Days print available for purchase. If so, I am interested and I would also be interested in any note cards that feature it.    I saw it in the Alzheimer's Association calendar.   My father always loved bluebirds and daylilies.  He passed away July 1st and when I returned to work and turned my calendar over to July, there was your Daylily Days painting. It is amazing to think God planned to have that picture on that date for me and everything He had to orchestrate to make it happen.  As the Bible says in II Corinthians 1:3 ...the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. “    I felt like it was God's timing to reach out and comfort me. My brother and I always felt like bluebirds were a special sign of God reaching out to us, much like some people think of rainbows.  My Dad loved nature and hummingbirds too, so I hope to be able to find the hidden hummingbird in your painting. Thank you for your beautiful painting. I took a picture of it with my phone and am using it as a screensaver on my phone.

Jean S. Rutledge


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A Dempsey Essick Yard

Yes, we noticed that YARD ART all came from our shop here in Welcome and we turned around to go back and photograph it. SHANNON and PATTI BATES live on Welcome Arcadia Road (right beside First Baptist Church) and they have decorated with our garden flag, tree trunk butterflies, door wreath, garden sign and even our butterfly garden bell. You can have a pretty yard too if you shop at DEMPSEY’S PLACE. 

Designed for a tree trunk, these butterflies
can be used on gates, fences, or porches.

The fastest way to spruce up
is with a new wreath.

Garden Blessings sign welcome you
Isn't that dragonfly bell the cutest?

Friday, June 7, 2013

Hummingbird Guessing Competition

Our contest has just begun. Stop by the shop and guess how many hummingbird eggs are in the jar. You can enter once a day and no purchase is required but you must be 16 years old to play. The winner receives a $50 gift certificate good on any hummingbird related gift items. The contest ends August 29th. Call the shop for more information at 336-731-3499.


Monday, June 3, 2013

Dempsey Goes Global

While in Italy, Judy and I had dinner in a small cafe one night.  We were seated at a table in a quaint little niche in the restaurant when Judy looked around the room and noticed something.  Smiling, she told me to look where she was pointing.  There, hanging on the wall adjacent to where we were sitting, was a Dempsey Essick print!  It was the print of “Zinnia Garden” that our children (Shelly and Kirk Blankenship) have in their home!  We couldn't believe it - an Essick print from North Carolina was hanging on a wall in Florence, Italy, the supposed art capital of the world!  I guess you could say that Dempsey Essick is now an American artist of international note! Our only regret is that we had left the camera in the room however it was very refreshing to see a bit of Americana in an otherwise foreign land! 

Pete and Judy Soderholm                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Fredericksburg, Virginia


Italian Restaurants

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

The Perfect Pair

Mrs. E of Winston Salem shared this photo of the Essick art hanging in her living room. “Morning Coffee” and “Afternoon Tea” are very versatile prints and can be dressed up or dressed down. We would love to see how you have displayed Dempsey’s work in your home. 


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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

“Mary’s Secret Garden”

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Dempsey Shares

“I receive hundreds of emails with painting suggestions but somehow the one from Mary Elliott caught my eye,” Dempsey shared “and I think it was divine intervention.”

“As I studied the photos Mary had attached of her house and flower garden I was instantly drawn to them. I could tell there was something special about her home place. I love old architecture, florals and birds and a painting idea began to form in my mind. Real art comes from the heart and my heart was touched and I fell in love with the place before I ever went there.”

“It was a wonderful experience meeting and getting to know Mary Elliott. I was in awe of her great knowledge of gardening. She loves nature and nature loves her- you can tell this by the way the plants respond to her loving touch. Even though Mary is not in the painting, you can see her finger prints all over it. “

“Mary’s Secret Garden” goes on sale May 9th at Dempsey’s Place.  You will really enjoy your search for the hidden hummer in this painting.

Words of Inspiration


The following email has served as such an encouragement to Dempsey and we wanted to share it with you.

I don’t know if this email will find its way to Mr. Essick, but I really hope it does. I am not an art critic, I don’t even know a lot about the art world, but I do have my taste in what my eyes find to be art and beauty. I am an amateur physicist, astronomer, shade tree mechanic, and my profession is IT so art is usually the farthest thing from my mind, but from what I saw today, I need to comment…

Since I was small, I have seen all kinds of art from the guy who used to paint on public TV to museums where you can see the old world master’s pieces to the garbage that some call modern art or expressive art(just my opinion). From all that I have seen, the idea of true artistic talent comes from the ability to translate what the eye sees, as realistically as possible to a piece of canvas or paper. When I strolled through museums in places like Moscow, Tbilisi, and Raleigh I was truly amazed at the ability of those old world artists to re-create a portrait of something they were looking at. In my mind, anyone can splash some color and shape some ill-defined figures on a canvas and call it art – but only those with true talent can mimic what a camera can do. And you sir – are one of the later.

I was in my doctor’s office today and while waiting for my appointment, saw a print of “Wilson Creek” on the wall. I stood up, walked over to it, and stared for 15 minutes or so taking in every small detail – until the nurse called my name. I truly have never been so fascinated by a piece. The water, the individual leaves, the shading on the trees, all of it was all truly incredible. I honestly couldn’t believe that someone could take that much time and effort for that detail so I looked up your name on the Internet and came across your website where I was greeted with other examples of what you do. I am utterly shocked and speechless at your abilities. I would trade everything I know about physics, astronomy, cars, and IT to have a small percent of that talent!

Anyway, I just wanted you to know that your art is out there and captivating those like me that understand that there have only been a few privileged people ever to have lived on this planet that can mimic the lens of a camera and you sir are one of those lucky few! I hope one day soon to visit your shop with my wife as we are close by.


Eric Scarlett

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Confessions of a Puzzle-holic

“I am a puzzle-holic and I admit it, “ share Rhonda Summer. “ We have a house here and one at the lake and I have puzzles going both places. They are quite addictive.” Rhonda is pictured with her daughter Rebecca who is not into puzzles … yet. Rhonda purchased these three puzzles on her most recent visit.

Would You Sign My Puzzle?

Carole Demmy shared her thoughts on the framed ‘Carolina Calling’ puzzle she brought in for Dempsey to sign. “I thought the hard part would be the sky but it was the flowers instead. I found one of the three hidden hummers and I worked for a month on and off to get this completed. It is the most recent addition to my private Dempsey Essick Collection.”

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Thumbs Up to Dempsey

Fedex and UPS may be competitors but one thing they do agree on is that Dempsey Essick Art is NUMBER ONE. Pictured here are 2 Dempsey fans, Jeff Curtis and Terry Vestal.

Jeff Curtis and Terry Vestal

Monday, February 25, 2013

Happy Bird Day

Dempsey was recently guest speaker at Second United Church of Christ in Lexington where he spoke to a group of 100 on his favorite topic, BLUEBIRDING. Dempsey shared his birding story and showed the video of “Inside the Nest Box”. After a delicious lunch, door prizes were distributed and Little Lauren,who came with her grandma and grandpa, won a hummingbird garden stone. Dempsey was invited to speak by long time friend and Essick Art Collector Bobby Rogers. Rev Bill Shrout was on hand and made us feel so welcomed.



Friday, February 15, 2013

Pretty as a Picture

Marion and Barney so graciously shared this photo of their bedroom which features Dempsey’s print of “Daylily Days”. Everything co-ordinates so perfectly and we are so pleased to have Dempsey’s work in the O’Quinn home. Thank you folks, for sharing.


A Little R & R

Dempsey and I just returned from a cruise to Mexico and are pleased to say that we were on Carnival’s Paradise and not the Triumph. The highlight of the trip was the swim with the dolphins. We were guests of our daughter Beth, her husband, Donald and 4 year old Elim.

Cruise 2013

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Mountain Memories

“Dempsey, I just hung my newest addition to my collection, Wilson Creek. It’s my new favorite of all all to date. It brings back wonderful memories of me and my husband riding our horses in the mountains. Thank you for helping me pick out the mat and frame, it looks beautiful on my rock fireplace. Tell Shelley her favorite cousin sends regards.”  Rocki Tesh