Two AAG Artists to Participate in the Orange County Studio Tour

Mebane, Hillsborough, NC (November 1-2 and 8-9 2014) —
Two Alamance Artisans will be opening their studios the first two weekends in November (Saturdays 10-5pm and Sundays 12-5pm) as part of the 2014 Orange County Studio Tour.

Susan Hope, a glass and fiber artist, is #13 on the map in Mebane.
Janae Lehto, a colored pencil and pastel artist, will be showing at location #10 in Hillsborough. While both live in the neighboring county, they’ve been active members of the Alamance Artisans Guild for years.

Work by particiAAG_OCAG Studio Tourpating Orange county artists will be on display October 28 – November 9 at FRANK gallery and Hillsborough Gallery of Arts. Opening receptions are Thursday, October 30th from 6-8pm at FRANK and Friday, October 31st from 6-9pm at Hillsborough Gallery of Arts.

Please visit for more details or
14-Map-only.pdf for the online version of the map.

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Call for Artists : Hillsborough Gallery of Arts

Open to all North Carolina Artists
Deadline for Entry: Monday, September 15th, 2014

A Juried Fine Art Exhibit January 5 – 25, 2015
at the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts, 121 N. Churton St., Hillsborough, NC 27278

Hillsborough Gallery of Arts, an artists-owned collective in Hillsborough, North Carolina, will celebrate the start of the New Year by hosting a juried fine art exhibit from January 5 to 25, 2015. All North Carolina two-dimensional and three-dimensional fine artists are encouraged to apply. Juror for the awards will be Timothy Riggs, Curator of Collections at the Ackland Art Museum in Chapel Hill, NC. Work will be displayed at the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts with an opening reception on January 9, 6 – 9 pm.
Entry Deadline- September 15, 2014

Artwork must be submitted online via the digital entry program Online Juried Shows at

Instructions for submission are found on that website.
Artists can also find a link from our website,
Accepted artworks must be hand delivered to the gallery on January 3 or 4, 2015.

Juror: Timothy Riggs, Curator of Collections, Ackland Museum, Chapel Hill
Show Chair: Alice Levinson

Entry deadline  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . … Monday, September 15, midnight, 2014
Notification of acceptance mailed or emailed . . . . . . . . . . . Week of October 15
Hand-delivery of accepted works . . Sat., Jan. 3, 11-6 pm and Sun., Jan. 4, 1-4 pm
Opening Reception . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . Friday, January 9, 6 – 9 pm
Dates of the exhibit  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . January 5 to 25, 2015
Pick up of art not sold . . .  . . . . . . Sun., Jan. 25, 4-5 pm & Mon., Jan. 26, 10-6 pm

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“Fully Awake” a Documentary Film on Black Mountain College

Fully Awake PhotoFully Awake. a documentary film which explores the history of Black Mountain College, will be shown on Tuesday, September 16th, at 7:30 PM in the auditorium (third floor) of Holy Comforter Episcopal Church. This showing will be the monthly program for Alamance Artisans Guild and the public is invited. This film has further local connections as it was directed by Neely House and Cathryn Davis Zommer and was produced, at least partially at Elon. Cathryn is the sister of Courtney Davis Shoemaker, Elon’s current Espicopal Chaplain. The film won a Special Jury Award at the Rome International Film Festival 2007 and was selected for Berkshire International Film Festival. Please join us to see this incredible film.

“Hidden in the mountains of Western North Carolina, Black Mountain College (1933 – 1957) was an influential experiment in education that inspired and shaped twentieth century American art. FULLY AWAKE: BLACK MOUNTAIN COLLEGE is a documentary film that explores the college’s progressive pedagogy and radical approach to arts education. FULLY AWAKE explores how the confluence of this diverse community came together to create a unique educational model. Through narration, archive photography, and interviews with students, teachers, historians, and current artists, FULLY AWAKE investigates the development of this very special place; the site of Buckminster Fuller’s first geodesic dome, John Cage’s first ‘happening’, and the Black Mountain Review, and how its collaborative curriculum inspired innovations that would change the very definition of “art.”
• Teachers and students included:

John Rice,
Founder & Classics Scholar
Josef Albers, Painter
Charles Olson, Writer
John Cage, Composer
Buckminster Fuller, Architect
Merce Cunningham,
Dancer & Choreographer
Robert Creeley, Poet
Jacob Lawrence, Painter
Willem de Kooning, Painter
Franz Kline, Painter
Robert Rauschenberg, Painter
M.C. Richards, Potter & Poet
• Black Mountain College was the first American experimental college boasting complete democratic self-rule, extensive work in the creative arts, and interdisciplinary academic study
• First geodesic dome built by Buckminster Fuller in 1948
• First multimedia happening occurred at Black Mountain College in 1952, staged by John Cage
• The Black Mountain Review, from 1954-1957, published influential authors including Beat Writer Allen Ginsberg

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Two Free Workshops at Glencoe Studios

The 2014 Piedmont Laureate, Carrie Knowles, will be facilitating two free workshops at Glencoe Studios on Saturday, August 16.  These workshops are available through support of the Alamance Arts Council.  If you are unaware of the Piedmont Laureate program or want to learn more please visit the website at:

Workshops with Carrie Knowles/ 2014 Piedmont Laureate

Workshop Designed for Artists – Narrative in Art

Learn how to use the basic tools of narrative to focus your work.

This lecture and discussion session will help you take your concepts and work to a new level.

Please register by email at [email protected]

There is no limit on number of participants for this session.

August 16

10:30 – noon

Glencoe Studios, Glencoe Mill Village

2320 River Road, Burlington, NC

Hands-on Writing Workshop – Short Stories

During the first half hour Carrie will be discussing the basic structure of short stories, as well as how place and time play a role in the development of both characters and the story line.

Following the initial discussion, everyone will have one hour to write.  Afterwards, participants may read one page of what they’ve written and receive feedback.

Please bring a fully charged laptop or pencil and paper and be prepared to work!

Registration a must – this workshop is limited to 15 participants.   Register by email at [email protected]

August 16

1:30 – 4:00

Glencoe Studios, Glencoe Mill Village

2320 River Road, Burlington, NC


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Sign Up for Your Exhibit at the Paramount Theater in 2015

It’s time to begin booking exhibit slots for the Paramount in 2015.  The exhibit space can easily accommodate 20 -30 moderate-sized 2D pieces.  If you don’t have that much work available, partner with other artists.  Many of the previous exhibits contained work from 2 to 4 artists.
Here’s the schedule…
January  13 – March 9, 2015 

March 10 – April 30, 2015 

Rodney Moser, The Burlington School

June 2 – July 28, 2015  

July 30 – September 21, 2015  

September 22 – November 16, 2015

November 18
 – January 12, 2016 
If you have questions, or are ready to sign up for a slot, contact B.J. Eisel at [email protected] or 336-212-9039.
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Art Nouveau Winston-Salem Has Scheduled Its Third Annual North Carolina Emerging Artists Exhibition

Winston-Salem, NC (July 8, 2014) — Art Nouveau Winston-Salem, an affiliate organization of The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County for ages 21-40, has scheduled its third annual North Carolina emerging artists exhibition for October 17-November 29 and is issuing a call for art work.

Emerging artists from across the state working in all media are encouraged to submit one to five original works or one comprehensive project for consideration. Artists must be at least 18 and are required to submit a description of the work (materials, dimensions, date), an artist statement, and a biography. All submission materials must be digital and submitted to [email protected] by August 15, 2014.

This year’s exhibit will have a select panel of jurors from museums, galleries, and universities. Kelly Bennett, co-chair of Art Nouveau Winston Salem, said, “Besides encouraging emerging artists from our city and throughout North Carolina, the exhibition gives them an opportunity to expose their work to a larger, more diverse audience than they ordinarily may enjoy, to raise their visibility and to develop contacts that will enhance their careers.”

The exhibition, at the Womble Carlyle Gallery at the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts, 251 N. Spruce Street, in downtown Winston-Salem is free and will open with a public reception, 6:00- 8:00 p.m., Friday, October 17.

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Monotype Workshop

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Monotypes with Found and Natural Objects A Workshop on Saturday, July 19, from 9am-3pm Stanfield-Walker Studios 2203 Lakeview Terrace, Burlington, NC 27215

Join me at my studio for a day of experimentation and creativity. Monotype is a fun and immediate process that combines painting and printmaking techniques. We will be using oil based inks, assorted plexi-glass plates and a small printing press to create numerous prints and ghost prints. Explore a variety of approaches including reductive and additive techniques, use of stencils, inking natural objects as well as found objects, alcohol resists, trace transfers and if time, overprinting and chin colle. For those with sensitive skin, nitrile gloves and a non-toxic cleanup method will be used. Lunch is on your own. A full kitchen is available for your use. This workshop has a limit of 8 students, so don’t wait to reserve your spot! The cost is $75 and includes all your materials. Pre-registration is required with a $25 non-refundable deposit. Mail your check to: Melissa Walker 6139 Auman Farm Rd. Seagrove, NC 27341 Ph. 336-460-1411 [email protected]

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Melissa Walker published in “Acrylic Artist” magazine

walkerms1Melissa Walker has recently had the painting "Afternoon
Sail on Broad Creek" published in the summer 2014 issue 
of "Acrylic Artist". The work along with her artist 
statement was included in the article, "The Acrylic 
Spirit, 15 artists whose creative practices will help 
you unleash a sense of adventure and embolden your art."
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Congratulations to the 2014 Janet Rhyne Andrews Award Winners!!!

"February," acrylic on canvas, 24"x24"

“February,” acrylic on canvas, 24″x24″

At the recent All-Guild Show at the Center for Creative Leadership judged by Dr. Joan Gregory, retired art leader from UNC-G, three artists were awarded the Janet Rhyne Andrews Award:

NANCY DICIOLLA, “FEBRUARY, “Mixed Media Acrylic Painting – BEST IN SHOW

Judge’s Choice Certificates also went out to:
Lynn Pownell, “Butterflies,” Fiber Art
Janyth Fredrickson, “Late Afternoon in Country, Spain,” Watercolor
Cindy Biles, “What We tell Ourselves,” Figurative Ceramic

Dr. Gregory was also complimentary of Carolyn Bell’s, “Red Geranium Pots;” Jan Holloman’s “Horsehair Raku Vase;” Diane Shults’ “Wall Quilt;” Coy Quakenbush’s “Black on Black Feathers;” and Lane Watson’s “Recycled Farmhouse.”

Many, many of the artists sold work at the exhibit. What a successful show!! Alamance Artisans, you can be very proud.

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Applications now open for 2014 Alamance Studio Tour

StudioTourVenue9_02Yes, applications are now open for the 2014 Alamance Studio Tour. If you are an artist interested in participating in this year’s tour, you can go directly to the online tour application form by following this link.

You should know that to be eligible for the tour you must be a member of Alamance Artisans Guild by April, 18, 2014. If you haven’t joined or renewed your membership yet, you can do so at this link.

If you would like more information about the Tour, what it provides the artist and what is expected of the artist, visit this page.

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