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It’s all about the story


Hillsborough is well known for its art community and the nationally known authors who choose to make the town their home. Each year members of the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts join with one of their author neighbors for a show called IT’S ALL ABOUT THE STORY. This event, now in its third year, features author Lee Smith, winner of the North Carolina Award for Literature, the Southern Book Critics Circle Award, the Thomas Wolfe Award, the Robert Penn Warren Prize for Fiction and recipient of the 1999 Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Lee Smith is a masterful storyteller, renowned for short stories that exhibit Southern charm and a wry sense of humor. The artists of the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts, together with Ms. Smith chose to respond to short stories from her book, Mrs. Darcy and the Blue-Eyed Stranger.

After reading through all of the stories painter Linda Carmel returned to the first story, “Bob, A Dog.” Says Carmel, “in the opening of the story, Lee Smith graphically describes the husband, David, on the threshold of a new life – leaving his wife Cheryl and house behind. The story ultimately centers on Cheryl but I found myself still thinking about David and the mixture of nostalgia, fear and excitement that he must be experiencing.

Painter Lolette Guthrie describes how she arrived at her piece: “While reading Lee Smith’s wonderful stories in Mrs. Darcy and the Blue-Eyed Stranger I kept thinking about how so much of the real story was hidden beneath the more obvious narrative. About half way through the collection I came to the story “Between The Lines” and experienced an ah ha moment! The result is an abstraction exploring the idea that often in life one must not only know how to read between the lines but must also be able to see beneath the surface.”

Alice Levinson created a cloth composition, “No Stranger To Blue Eyes,” a play on the title of Smith’s story collection. Though varied in setting, personae or narrative twist, these stories share a common theme. “To me they read as narratives in which the personal drama in individual daily lives is affected by the ever-present reality of human mortality, finally personified by the blue-eyed stranger in the ultimate story,” says Levinson. “Mortality, as presented by Smith, is a natural aspect of human existence, to be understood and accepted, not feared. It becomes a prompt for opportunity, enriching the present moment. Finely drawn characters are the hallmark of these bittersweet tales. Each is clothed in specific details which makes them instantly familiar and endearing. Their courage and dignity is their backbone. She animates them with humor and affection and my resulting abstract hopefully reflects the colorful folks I met on the pages of her volume.”

Chris Graebner, a painter, was inspired to make a mobile instead of a painting. Graebner occasionally creates lighthearted mobiles and decided to approach the story through this medium. “The young protagonist in Toastmaster is working on his vocabulary and enjoys using his newly learned words. I thought it would be fun to juxtapose these words to create interesting images.”

Opening Reception

Feb. 27


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Art All Around

artallaroundEach year the members of the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts has a group show. We decide on a title at our end of year retreat and slip the show in before we begin our monthly Featured Artists shows.  This year Ali thought of the title Art All Around and it’s a lucky thing because we are doing some reconstruction where the work was supposed to hang so now it is literally Art All Around…the gallery. Each one is labeled and easy to find.

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Opening Reception

January 30


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Resolutions 2015

MailChimp_JuriedCardHere is a little preview of images that Jude took after the brand new show was installed on Monday. It looks great!

Resollution 3Resolution4Gallery_Resolution1Please come visit us Friday and meet the artists of Hillsborough Gallery of Arts very first juried art competition!

Opening Reception

Jan. 9th


121 N. Churton ST

the art of giving


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Preview of the Orange County Studio Tour

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Mark Kinsella

Discoveries is probably the most apt name for my first featured artist show. I really feel that it’s symbolic of my process and of glass itself. All of the work for Discoveries is new and most of it was inspired by my love of water and flying. Lately I’ve found myself missing the ocean with the wide open skies and the lake where my grandparents retired in Massachusetts, and I’m drawing on the imagery of my memory.

Delta Green Detail

It is impossible for me to look at any glass without seeing in it the lens that it yearns to be.  And like any lens, it affords us a view of the other and of ourselves, and in that view an opportunity to discover the far away and the very close, the macro and the micro, the viewer and the artist.  In a very real sense, this lens combines at its focal point the creative experience of the maker with the observational experience of the viewer, allowing us both to discover a more complete artistic experience.  Looking through this lens, I can discover something transformational about the viewer, and the viewer can discover something equally new in me.

Delta Green

I often plan out a piece by starting with a color pallet or a shape that I am currently attracted to and let it evolve, or I will sketch out a pattern that I’ve seen in nature and try to adapt it to glass. It’s not uncommon for me to have a vision of a piece in my mind that I’ll sketch out and start working on only to have it morph into something totally different. It’s a discovery process that I just let happen as it needs to. I like to use transparent glass along with opaque glass so that there are little discoveries for a collector to find.


I find that I’m drawn to the process and technique as much as I am drawn to colors and textures of glass. I want my work to constantly evolve and grow. It’s important to me to not get stuck on one type or style and have my work be identified by a singular subject. When a collector of my work asks me “What’s next?” I want to be able to say “It’s like nothing I’ve ever done before!”


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