Hillsborough Gallery artists will be conducting a mini-workshop to help you create your own holiday artwork in the form of original holiday ornaments. All materials, tools, and instruction will be provided for $6/ornament *, Friday, November 29th, 6-7pm.
Ali Givens, fabric/art quilt artist, will help you create a mixed media and fabric creation on a miniature canvas. Susan Hope, glass artist, will provide pre-cut art glass and help you to make a one-of-a-kind fused glass ornament. Lynn Wartski, mixed media sculptor, will guide you in the creation of tooled metal ornaments.
The HGA artists invite you to stop by for some conversation, art, refreshments, and creativity of your own. What a relaxed, art filled, creative way to spend Black Friday. The workshop will be held during the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts Last Friday opening reception, November 29th, 6-9 pm. No need to pre-register.
Celebrate the holidays and the Arts with “The Art of Giving” at the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts . The twenty-two artists of HGA present artwork celebrating the holidays with many gift ideas for easy, artful gift giving.
The Hillsborough Gallery of Arts is presenting its annual ‘ART OF GIVING” exhibit from November 11,2013 to Jan 13, 2014. This exhibit featuring the work of the twenty-two member artists will include paintings in acrylic and oils, pastels, photography, fused and blown glass and jewelry. Works in ceramic,wood, mosaic, metal sculpture, and textiles are also featured.
The Gallery will be featuring special holiday ornaments and specialty items geared for easy gift giving.These will include hand knitted shawls and scarves. Many of the artists will be exhibiting special holiday cards. The Hillsborough Gallery is a wonderful source for items for festive home decoration as well as unique, hand-made artistic gifts. HGA also offers gift certificates that make gift-giving easy and supports the local arts at the same time. A gift certificate is especially a great gift for young folks on your list to encourage their interest in artful living.
The Gallery will have some extended hours during the holiday season. Check the HGA website (www.HillsboroughGallery.com) for details. There is always an artist on-hand at the gallery to help you with gift giving ideas.
On Friday November 29, several artist members will be available to demonstrate and offer a short workshop in ornament making.
The Art of Giving
121 N. Churton St, Hillsborough
by Patricia W Lloyd
As a result of a chance encounter several months ago, I was introduced to the ancient Japanese art of kumihimo braiding. Having been temporarily sidelined from woodturning due to a back injury, my creative spirit was ripe for the challenge. I was immediately intrigued and began the journey to learn everything I could about this ancient and mysterious (to me) art.
Kumihimo is the Japanese name for the art of cord making via braiding. Kumu means “to braid” and himo means “cord”. Kumihimo is a culturally significant Japanese art form that dates back to the 6th century, and in the 16th century and later, was used in Samurai armor and for the traditional “obi” kimono sash.
In its simplest form, kumihimo is easy to learn and very accessible (friendship bracelets). But, taken to more advanced levels, the braids become quite complex and elaborate. Kumihimo was traditionally performed using a wooden stand (loom) called a Maru Dai. Accessibility and portability was greatly increased in 2002 when Makiko Tada introduced a handheld portable disk loom made of firm but flexible foam.
The art of kumihimo braiding, using many strands and materials, and using a variety of simple to complex braid patterns, creates endless possibilities of size, color and textural combinations. Bead embellishment in braided jewelry design is a contemporary twist that adds a touch of elegance and enhances the braid structure.
My braiding cord of choice is Made-in-America petite satin (rayon) rattail. Most of my braids use the eight (8) strand round braid design, but I also use an assortment of fibers and braid other eight (8) to (16) strand patterns such as spiral, octagonal, square and half round. I often add embellishments in the form of seed beads, and local or American made focal beads and pendants, to enhance the braid design. However, the focus is always first on the beauty and pattern of the braid itself. I seek out the best quality cast pewter end caps and clasps.
I took a picture of Susan’s stained glass piece in the window of the gallery to go with this little gem I found in my files when I was thinking about the blog this week. It’s a day in the of
Yesterday was almost spring like here on the farm making one especially eager to to clean up and preparation for new things. In that line of thought I began to work around the barn and wound up in the chicken house. I have been planning to enlarge my flock of hens…well at least double it, actually. With so many people in this family eating eggs, my 6 poor little hens were working overtime to keep up with the demand…and then they went on vacation… no eggs for a couple months!!
I decided an update of their living quarters was in order. The cleaning began and in the process I decided to use up much excess colored glass I had in the studio. Having built stained glass windows for the last 25+ years you can believe there was a lot to choose from. So, I filled the window sashes…all 8 eight of them… with lovely colored glass. Of course the chickens are delighted… as I am sure the new members of the flock will be when they arrive. My mother dubbed it the ‘chicken church’…and my grandchildren thought it was even more wonderful than before…and clean. (They delight in ‘getting the eggs’ which then hopefully get to the house intact. Some get scrambled along the way…but the dogs are always happy to oblige in clean up.)
As the sun set through the chicken house windows I could hear my hens softly humming. It had been another fine day on the farm.
Linda Carmel, Lolette Guthrie, Chris Graebner, Marcy Lansman, Eduardo Lapetina, Ellie Reinhold, Susan Hope and Pringle Teetor exhibit at the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts in preview of the upcoming OCAG Open Studio Tour. The HGA exhibit runs from Oct 21-Nov 10, 2013.
The Hillsborough Gallery of Arts will include eight of its members in an exhibit previewing participants in the Orange County Artists’ Guild Open Studio Tour. The exhibit will feature the paintings in oil and acrylic of Linda Carmel, Chris Graebner, Lolette Guthrie, Marcy Lansman, Eduardo Lapetina, and Ellie Reinhold, as well as the glasswork of Pringle Teetor and Susan Hope.
This will be the 19th Annual Open Studio Tour for the OCAG. Over seventy artists will participate in this juried event, opening their studios located throughout Orange County, including Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Hillsborough, and surrounding areas. It is a rare opportunity to meet the artists and see the work where the creative magic happens!
You can visit several OCAG members of the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts within a mile radius. Linda Carmel and Pringle Teetor will show together at Carmel’s home studio, 101 Huntington Drive, Chapel Hill, #44 on the tour. Carmel will be giving demonstrations of her unique painting technique which uses acrylic modeling paste. Teetor will show a video demonstration of her glass blowing and will exhibit a variety of pieces – both indoor and outdoor: pumpkins, solar lights, and jewelry. They will be available both weekends of the tour.
Ellie Reinhold is joining the Tour for the first time. She is #38 on the tour and will welcome you at her studio off Roosevelt Drive in Chapel Hill, across from Cafe Driade. Reinhold’s figurative art has been described as “soul work,” “dreamscapes,” and “internal landscapes.” She explores emotional experiences using color, brushwork, and iconic imagery that often draws from nature. Her more recent small abstract work is done mostly with knives and allows her to explore texture, shadow, contrast, and silhouette. Reinhold will offer works on canvas as well as cards and giclee prints. To learn more about the artist and her work visit her website at: www.elliereinhold.com.
Eduardo Lapetina’s studio is located at 318 North Estes Drive, Chapel Hill, #40 on the Tour map. This is his fifth year participating on the tour. He will be showing his abstract paintings which are worked in complete solitude. They represent the discoveries of the unconscious mind. In the artist’s words, “They hold the promise of dreams, visions, fears, ….and the magic of a private, secret language.”
This is Chris Graebner’s third year on the tour. As a painter she works most often in oils, but also has a background in botanical art in which she has used watercolor and ink. She enjoys mixing media to see what each brings to the other. Her most recent work is a return to botanical silverpoint drawings which she colored with layers of highly diluted acrylics instead of traditional watercolors. She invites you to visit her in her studio, #8 on the Tour map, just a couple of blocks from the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts in downtown Hillsborough.
Marcy Lansman is welcoming visitors to her home studio, #43 on the Tour map, on Mt. Bolus Road close to the center of Chapel Hill. She will be showing her paintings together with the work of fellow artist Dale Morgan. This is Lansman’s ninth year on the Studio Tour. Many neighbors drop by as well as repeat customers from previous years. It is a great time to reconnect with old friends and show them the new directions her work is taking.
Lolette Guthrie will be showing contemporary landscapes and abstracted landscapes in oil and pastel. Her studio is #62 on the Tour map, located at 113 Rhododendron Drive, Chapel Hill. (phone number: 919-933-2931). Guthrie will have open studio both weekends of the tour and is also open all year by appointment.
Susan Hope will be displaying her stained, fused, kiln worked and cast glass as well as weaving and hand made fiber items. Susan’s studio is #13 on the tour, at 7106 Hebron Church Rd. in Mebane.
The Orange County Artists Guild Open Studio Tour is a rare opportunity to meet artists in a warm, casual atmosphere, and to view and purchase their work in their actual work spaces. The Studio Tour brochures and map of participants’ studios are available through the Guild (www.ocagnc.com or call Ellen Hill 919-942-7578).
The OCAG Preview Exhibit at the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts will be on display from October 21 through November 10, 2013. It is a wonderful opportunity for a first look at the work to be offered on the tour to help you plan your tour route.
The Hillsborough Gallery of Arts is an art gallery owned and operated by 22 local artists and represents these established artists exhibiting contemporary fine art and fine craft. The Gallery’s offerings include acrylic and oil paintings, sculpture, ceramics, photography, textiles, jewelry, glass, metals, mosaics, encaustic, enamel, watercolor and wood.
Hillsborough Gallery of Arts
121 North Churton Street
My abstract paintings are soul-scapes that are the product of working in complete solitude.
My ambition with my paintings is to use symbolic shapes and colors to express my deepest emotions and passion for life. My abstract paintings are the product of constant experimentation. This has led me to develop a painting technique with unique characteristics by applying paint to the canvas in unusual ways–by pouring, splashing, dripping and scratching. My paintings also require layers upon layers of paint to create a sensuous and turbulent surface texture that is as vital and as complicated as life itself. I use color to allure an imaginative and subtle spatial elusiveness. My abstract expressions are the product of many days of working and reworking.
The steps leading to my abstract paintings are the art of hiding and disclosing. It is the discovery of mysteries of the subconscious mind that are part of my own personal legend. Personality counts. These abstractions hold the promise of dreams, visions, fears, intangibles and will. It is a collaboration of mind and spirit. It is a form of magic that may speak both to you and for you with a private, secret, confidential language. They also require something from the viewer; it demands contemplation, study, feeling and flights of fancy.
I find myself constantly amazed with how chemistry works in glass. Gold chloride, manganese, cobalt, copper and iron oxides are all used to create specific colors in glass. Unfortunately most of my favorite colors are high in silver and gold compounds, which have become more and more expensive. Silver blue or a gold ruby color is just so beautiful! As a glassblower, my process is backwards – I think “color before form” which sometimes can be the kiss of death in glass. Different colors of glass have very different working temperatures – some colors are very soft and fluid when at working temperature and others can be stiff at the same temperature. That said, combining many colors with high silver and gold elements that don’t play together well are the theme for my featured artist show. I find that the results can be astounding. A metallic sheen can result on some of the colors. Many of the pieces remind me of different stones, like jasper, malachite or Lapis lazuli. Others look like visions from the Hubble Telescope of stars, dust and gasses in outer space.
In another group of pieces I was looking to reproduce the effect of colors in bird feathers. In many birds, reflecting, refracting or scattering the light wavelengths from the different layers in the feathers produces bright colors. I layered opaque and transparent colors and added a darker line for definition. Once all of the colors were in place I inserted the entire molten blob into an optic mold to give further definition to the lines and I finally blew and formed the piece.