AAG Annual Meeting with Fabulous Potluck Dinner

Save the date**** January 17th Annual meeting and fabulous potluck. 6:30 for
schmoozing and dinner at 7:00. Plan to come and bring a guest or significant
other. Prospective members are very welcome. Details from Beverly McAnulty are
below!!

January 17, 2017 will be AAG’s annual potluck at Holy Comforter in the
auditorium, on the third floor. We will start to gather at 6:30 to have time to
mix and mingle. Dinner will be served around 7:00. The Guild will provide
wine, tea, cups, ice, and plates, paper products, dinner ware. Members will
need to bring a dish or two to share. There will not be a full business meeting
or program, but we will be electing new Board members.

We will also continue our tradition of sharing our talents by bringing an
example of our art for those who would like to participate. Wrap your art and
we will play a little game to distribute the art among the participants.

We will have another exchange for those who have materials, books, or
supplies they would like to share. So if you are cleaning your studio and find
things you are not using, you can bring them to our exchange table. There will
be a time to for those who bring something for the table to take something from
the table. Any items left at the end of the evening will be donated to one of
the school art programs. Ya’ll come!!

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Annual Meeting and Potluck

Save the date: January 17th
Annual meeting and fabulous potluck.
6:30 for schmoozing and dinner at 7:00.
Plan to come and bring a guest or significant other.
Prospective members are very welcome.
Details from Beverly McAnulty are below!!

January 17, 2017 will be AAG’s annual potluck at Holy Comforter in the auditorium, on the third floor. We will start to gather at 6:30 to have time to mix and mingle. Dinner will be served around 7:00.  The Guild will provide wine, tea, cups, ice, and plates, paper products, dinner ware. Members will need to bring a dish or two to share. There will not be a full business meeting or program, but we will be electing new Board members.

We will also continue our tradition of sharing our talents by bringing an example of our art for those who would like to participate. Wrap your art and we will play a little game to distribute the art among the participants.  

We will have another exchange for those who have materials, books, or supplies they would like to share. So if you are cleaning your studio and find things you are not using, you can bring them to our exchange table. There will be a time to for those who bring something for the table to take something from the table. Any items left at the end of the evening will be donated to one of the school art programs. Ya’ll come!!

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Made in NC Awards

From the website:

“The Made in NC Awards is for all you North Carolina makers, bakers, crafters, and creators. Maybe you run a microbrewery or sell handmade soaps at your local farmers market. Perhaps you are a skilled woodworker or create incredible custom clothing. Whatever it is that you make, you are proud to produce it right here in North Carolina — and we want to help you show it off to the entire state. A product like yours should not go unrecognized.

If you wish to enter, you will have eight weeks to submit your product to the Made in NC Awards. After the submission period, our esteemed panel of judges will spend three weeks carefully inspecting, tasting, and testing all of your top-notch entries. The judges will choose a winner and two honorable mentions for each category, and then readers and fans will be able to vote for the Audience Choice Award winner.

All submissions will be considered by judges from the Our State Store and Southern Season for merchandising opportunities.”

Sponsored by Southern Season: More here: http://madeinncawards.com/

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Mebane Arts displays Functional, Unique Wood Items

"Lights Over Venice" Chandelier of Cherry and Maple fashioned after the Venetian glass chandeliers of Murano, Venice.   James Duxbury. artist

“Lights Over Venice” Chandelier of Cherry and Maple fashioned after the Venetian glass chandeliers of Murano, Venice.
James Duxbury. artist

Husband-and-wife Jim and Rita Duxbury are the featured artists at the Mebane Arts & Community Center, 633 Corregidor St., Mebane.

Their functional, 3-D art has been crafted on a wood lathe. Many of the pieces are turned using local wood and others incorporate exotic wood from around the world. The pieces include a full-size, ready-to-wear wooden cowboy hat, a chandelier fashioned after the Italian glass of Venice and other unique items.

Their work will be on display starting Friday through July 15 in the community center’s gallery.

Rita Zoccolante Duxbury is a Massachusetts native. She is a part-time librarian at Alamance Community College. A retired U.S. Naval Intelligence officer, she has traveled the world. With an appreciation for the beauty and qualities of wood, and with the mentoring of her husband, she has gone from sweeping sawdust to creating her own pieces.

“Each day is a new adventure and I approach life just that way, realizing that there are not enough hours in the day to learn, experiment, explore and create,” she said. “Woodturning and teaching others the skill of turning has become a part of my focus — as it is my husband’s life and much a part of our daily routine.”

James N. “Jim” Duxbury is a perfectionist known for “thinking out of the box.” “I pride myself in creating wooden items of beauty that also are designed to function well,” he said. “My fascination with wood and wood grains, from the most exotic to the common native varieties, and my ability to employ the wood lathe and adapt tools, lead to experiments of new and exciting ideas. Prototypes abound. I admire creativity and have a keen appreciation for wood as a natural media.”

Jim quit working in 1996 but has since obtained two U.S. Patents. The inventor of particulate dust respirators, his company, Duxterity LLC, markets the Resp-O-Rator™, and Elegant Creations, his gallery of fine wooden objects, includes Kaleidoscope Plans, Kaleidoscope Building DVD and custom wooden Kaleidoscopes.

For more details on their exhibit, call 336-226-4495 or visit www.artsalamance.org.

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2016 Studio Tour Dates Set

The AAG Studio Tour Steering Committee is excited to announce that the 7th Annual Studio Tour has been set for October 8-9, 2016. Participation in the tour is open to all current members of the Alamance Artisans Guild. If you would like to join or renew, visit the Join AAG page. Members do not need to be Alamance County residents, but they do need to make arrangements to display their work in Alamance County by partnering with a local artist/participant.

Applications for the Tour will become available on March 18. A link to the application will be available on the main Studio Tour page. Deadline for applications is May 15.

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Alamance County Art Purchased by the Friday Center, UNC- Chapel Hill

The Alamance Artisans Guild held an All-Guild Exhibit at the UNC-Chapel Hill Friday Center from May through July, 2015. This was an exciting opportunity for the many talented artists of our guild to display a wide variety of artwork in one highly visited location. The hallways and dining areas were filled with vibrant colors and diverse textures of artwork, encompassing paintings, pottery, woodwork, fiber art, glassworks, metal art, and mixed media.

Several artists were recognized with awards, including the Janet Rhyne Andrews Awards for Excellence..

Best in Show –“Inlaid Bear” sculpture by Larry Favorite
Best 2-D– “Chincoteague” by Robert York
Best 3-D–“Party Girl” by Cindy Biles

Honorable Mentions:
Coy Quakenbush for Night Totem: Owl on Post
James Duxbury for Western Hat with Hat Stand
Christine Minchew for Twist and Shout
Susan Kern for Lidded Urn
Janae Lehto for 277
Pat Scheible for Union Ridge
Jean Fortune Kaplan for Alpaca Allure

Thirty-eight pieces of artwork were purchased by the Friday Center totaling over $25,000. Congratulations to the twenty-two artists whose work is now part of their permanent collection. We are grateful to the Friday Center for their support of the Alamance Artisans Guild. And we are very appreciative of the efforts of Linda Gill, Chairperson of the Events Committee, and it’s members, and the many guild members who volunteered their time and talents towards making this such a successful event.

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All Guild Exhibit at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Friday Center for Continuing Education

Alamance Artisans’s artwork will be displayed at UNC–Chapel Hill’s Friday Center. The opening reception is Sunday, May 31, 3 – 5 pm.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Alamance Artisans Guild in North Carolina was formed to nurture the production of fine arts and fine crafts, increase the awareness of handmade objects, facilitate networking among artisans, and develop marketing venues for members. Recently they were given the opportunity to display the artwork of the guild members in UNC–Chapel Hill’s Friday Center. It is a wonderful opportunity for the artists to show the variety and depth of art in Alamance County. This exhibit, opening May 1st, showcases painters, potters, metalworkers, fiber artists, mixed media artists and woodworkers displaying their artworks. Here’s what a few of the artists have to say.

Paintings: Pamela WATTS describes her inspiration “With my love of gardening and flowers, my watercolor work is mainly still life florals. I use warm colors and strong pure pigments which are not the traditional colors typical of watercolor. Painting is my passion and gives me inner peace”. President of the guild and watercolorist Beverly MCANULTY states: “Watercolors are so perfect for florals and still lifes and I like to paint mine in rich, dark colors to show the lights.”

Tracy HULEY paints “in the attempt to ‘get down’ on canvas things that speak to me. A painting is successful for me when it captures the essence of what first inspired me to paint it.” Debbie MARTZ describes her artworks as “inspirational acrylic paintings containing energetic textures and contemplative themes, such as the importance of community and cherishing friendships.

Priscilla STARLING says: “I either love a subject or I don’t paint it. Each animal, tree, person or body of water is personally connected to my heart.” Leigh HOLT notes: “I have done three paintings in watercolor and one paper painting (collage), which is hand-painted papers that are torn and glued onto a canvas to form a painting. I’m looking forward to the show.”

Kathleen GWINNETT works with watercolors and acrylics. She always seeks new ways to illustrate architecture, landscapes, flowers and figures. Jude LOBE creates expressionist landscapes that capture the emotion of the scene in oil and abstract narratives in cold wax & oil that live in a world between landscape and abstract. Lobe’s muse is nature and the continuous thread throughout all the mediums with which she works. Janyth FREDRICKSON says: “In painting in retirement, I reconnect to the child at play–the excitement of a new box of crayons, their points still sharp, and a blank sheet of paper just waiting for my imagination to fill it with images and colors. This is an exciting, and very challenging, hobby.”

Carol LANGLEY is a photographer and watercolorist. Sunset at Hopi Point was taken after all the tourists had left Hopi Point at the Grand Canyon. “It was a magnificent sunset with the colors of the sky reflected in the canyon.” Sedona Butterfly was taken on Schnebly Hill Road in Sedona, Arizona where dozens of butterflies are attracted to the thistles on the side of the road. “Cheese Box Butte or “Utah Butte” near Hite, Utah, is one of the sights I painted in watercolor. The large Rhododendron watercolor is based on a photograph shot at Rhododendron Gardens at Roan Mountain Tennessee.” Bob YORK has been captivated by visual phenomena and the processes involved in the creation of art. Working in several mediums including painting, drawing and sculpture, his work is primarily abstract. And Nancy DICIOLLA, creates abstract paintings, mixed media personal expressions and photography. She looks at her canvas as a visual adventure bringing great pleasure. Nature offers her the inspiration and perfect design. Ceramics: Cindy BILES’s ceramic sculptures tell of fond childhood memories. Growing up in the 1960s with many relatives living nearby, she recalls birthday parties with homemade cake and Neapolitan ice cream and other great, noisy gatherings.

Fiber & Textile Arts: CHRISTIE MINCHEW works with felt. Her color, texture and movement are key elements of the medium best described as mixed media, wire and fiber. Her 2- and 3-dimensional pieces combine techniques and materials that reward the viewer with a visual dessert. JEAN KAPLAN’s weavings speak with shapes, colors, and textures to visually represent the sounds, light, and spirits of her woodland home and the beauty of those interactions. “I enjoy the tactile and am intrigued by the particular interplay of colors unique to weaving.”

Metalwork: Metal worker Wendy GELLERT describes her art as fused and lampwork glass combined with steel to create unique wall hangings.

Mixed Media: Steven DURLAND’s mediums are digital imagery, assemblage and installation. He will be exhibiting digital images of geometric patterns developed from rotting leaves. Images are printed on canvas and framed with repurposed wood.”I doubt that will make sense to anyone, but then I guess you just have to be there.”

Pottery: The several potters exhibiting exemplify very different approaches and styles. Coy QUAKENBUSH has always used his hands to make things. In 1996 he was looking for something to bring focus to his creative abilities. “The mud I used to wiggle my toes in when I was little was the answer. It brought everything full circle and into focus. In creating pottery with my hands, I see ideas evolve into new realities. I have developed a 2-D watercolor technique using same colored clay slips that allows me to add a contemporary, abstract element to my work.”

Susan KERN’s Falcon Lane Pottery has produced functional high-fire stoneware since 1998. Wheel-thrown, food-safe pieces often feature carving, underglaze inlay, and other forms of surface embellishment designed to complement simple, generous forms.

Jan HOLOMAN loves making functional and decorative stoneware pottery. “At the moment, my favorite pieces to work on are coffee mugs, casseroles, lamps, and fountains.” Deb BARNETT hand builds functional and decorative pottery. “I am inspired by art nouveau and Asian art and look for ways to add texture to my pieces.”

Woodworks: Jim DUXBURY is a woodturner, inventor, and perfectionist thinks and creates “out of the box.” His beautiful artworks are also designed to function well. His wood turnings are unique, and he seldom turns the same thing twice. Larry FAVORITE is a master craftsman who works with ironwood from the Sonoran Desert in Arizona. He handcrafts boxes, bowls, vases, and wallhangings and highlights the rich grain of the ironwood with inlays of sterling silver and turquoise, and other semi-precious gemstones.

Opening Reception: Sunday, May 31, 3–5 pm, Friday Center, 100 Friday Center Dr., Chapel Hill, NC 27517

If you are an artist and live in Alamance County, visit the Alamance Artisans Guild website where you will find a link to join the guild and take part in other opportunities like this exhibit at the Friday Center.

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Point of View Gallery Hosts Pouring and Storing Vessels, Pottery Invitational

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The Point of View Gallery, 717 Chapel Hill Road in Burlington, NC, is hosting, for the fourth year, an invitational pottery exhibit featuring several Alamance Artisans members as well as several other noted potters from the region. The show opened March 3rd and will continue through the end of April. The opening reception will be Thursday, March 12 from 6pm to 9pm. The public is invited to come and meet some of the artists while enjoying refreshments and a glass of wine. Regional artists include Susan Filley of Chapel Hill and Joseph Sand of Randleman. Artisan members includes potters Pam Groben, Martha Hamblin, Susan Kern and Peggy McCormick. Teapots, oil bottles, vases, lidded jars, sugar and creamers, and serving pieces are on display in all shapes, sizes and glaze combinations.
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The Wonder of Wood

Keith Allen piece

Special February Salon on Woodworking at Point of View Art Gallery Features Artisan Member Keith Allen and James Oleson

 

In connection with their exhibit, “The Wonder of Wood,” currently at Point of View Art Gallery, furniture designer-craftsmen Keith Allen, a member of Alamance Artisans, and James Oleson will present an in-depth program about woodworking on Thursday, February 12th from 6-9 pm at Point of View Art Gallery.  Free and open to the public, this is a ‘not-to-be-missed’ opportunity for anyone interested in learning how a piece of wood becomes a beautifully handcrafted piece of furniture.  These two exceptional craftsmen will share their unique approaches to furniture design, explain their ‘signature techniques,’ and will also discuss the designers and craftsmen who most inspired them.  “The Wonder of Wood,” exhibit, which opened January 7 at Point of View Art Gallery, will run through February 2015.

 

The gallery, located at 717 Chapel Hill Road, Burlington, NC 27215, is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 am-5 pm, Saturday from 1-5 pm and Sunday –Monday by appointment .  For directions and/or questions call 336.270.4998 or go to www.PointOfViewGallery.com or www.Facebook.com/PointOfViewArtGalleryNC  .

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Hillsborough Gallery of Arts show, Resolutions, features two AAG members

FB_Juried_PostcardHillsborough Gallery of Arts hosted the opening of their inaugural Juried Art Show competition, RESOLUTIONS 2015, Friday, Jan. 9th, 2015. The show will run through January 24th. Out of 100 applications, 43 artists from the North Carolina coast to the mountains were accepted. Alamance Artisans, Corey Gillespie and Pat Scheible, were two of those 43 artists. Timothy Riggs, curator from the Ackland Museum, was the awards juror and gave a talk about art and explained his reasoning behind his choices. All of the works of art are for sale. The gallery is open every day, Mon-Sat, 10-6 pm and Sunday, 12-4 pm.

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Guild Member Jim Duxbury featured in Alamance News

Jim Duxbury

Duxbury and his parrolet “Bean” ready to turn.

Guild member Jim Duxbury, Graham woodturner and inventor, was featured in the January 1, 2015 “Neighbors” section of the Alamance News. The full page article, the result of a visit from the Alamance News publisher during the 2014 Studio Tour highlighted Jim’s background and start in the woodturning craft in addition to the varied and unique turnings he currently creates. Excellent photos of Jim in his Graham workshop and some of his featured designs can be seen. (Sorry readers, no link, the Alamance News does not have a website.)

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