Flow postcard RGBFLOW”, a unique poetry/art exhibition, runs from January 25 – February 21 with an opening reception on Friday January 29, 6:00-9:00pm. The exhibition will feature the work of the Gallery Artists as well as the poetry of local Writers.

“Flow” is dedicated to the Eno River Association, a local organization whose mission is to conserve and protect the natural, cultural, and historic resources of the Eno River Basin. All art and poetry included in the show will deal with or be inspired by Nature or the Environment or the River. During the month the work is displayed, donations to the Eno River Association will be accepted at the gallery’s front desk.

A representative of the Eno River Association will be making brief remarks at the opening reception.

Below are the poets who will be participating:
















Opening Reception

January 29


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Resolutions 2016

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The Hillsborough Gallery Of Arts Celebrates NC Artists With A Statewide Juried Show

RESOLUTIONS 2016, the title of The Hillsborough Gallery of Art’s second statewide juried show, is an exhibition of the work of artists from across North Carolina.

The Hillsborough Gallery of Arts, an artist-owned fine art and fine craft gallery located in historic Hillsborough, North Carolina, will celebrate the start of the New Year by hosting a juried fine art and fine craft exhibit from January 4 to January 24, 2016. Titled Resolutions 2016, the exhibition includes the work of two-dimensional and three-dimensional fine artists from throughout North Carolina.  All works are for sale.

Guest juror for the awards will be Dr. Peter Nisbet, Chief Curator and Interim Director of the Ackland Art Museum in Chapel Hill, NC. Nisbet has extensive national and international experience in collection development and exhibitions. Formerly Curator of the Busch-Reisinger Museum at the Harvard Art Museum, he was responsible for a collection of 39,000 works of art and played a leading role in the reconceptualization and revitalization of the museum. Nisbet holds a BA and MA from Cambridge University and a PhD in the History of Art from Yale Universiity

Opening Reception

January 8th




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The Art of Giving



Giftable Art Found At The Hillsborough Gallery Of Arts Group Show, The Art Of Giving

Members of the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts present their holiday show November 16 – January 3 with an Opening Reception on November 27th from 6 – 9pm

Every holiday season the members of the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts (HGA) transform the Gallery into a wonderland of original ornaments and wonderful gifts of art of all sorts in their group show, The Art of Giving. Gallery members work in many different media and offer works of art in a wide range of prices.

To make holiday shopping easy, HGA offers gift certificates.  It also maintains a Wish List Book that allows customers to select the perfect gift for themselves and have the gallery contact the person they hope will purchase it for them. Purchases can be completed over the phone and the gift either picked up at the gallery or shipped to you directly.

The Hillsborough Gallery of Arts exhibits the work of nine painters: Linda Carmel, Chris Graebner, Lolette Guthrie, Marcy Lansman, Eduardo Lapetina, Jude Lobe, Pat Merriman, Ellie Reinhold and Michele Yellin. Their styles include representational and abstract work in a wide range of sizes, prices and media including oil, cold wax & oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, encaustics, enamels and mixed media. Several of these artists also create wall-mounted folk art.

The gallery also offers textile art by artists Alice Levinson, Ali Givens and Susan Hope who offer framed pieces for the wall, sewn or woven scarves, shawls, tree ornaments and unique table linens.

If you prefer photographs, at HGA you will find framed and unframed photographs by award-winning photographer Eric Saunders and versatile artist, Pat Lloyd who also makes beaded jewelry and gorgeous turned wood bowls.  Are you looking for unique prints or cards?  Many member artists offer both so there is a great variety to choose from.

Jewelry may be the perfect gift for someone on your list. HGA boasts ten artists who create a wonderful variety of jewelry.  Metal-smith, Arianna Bara, works with silver and semi-precious stones; Nell Chandler, make, painted and etched silver, copper and brass jewelry, Pringle Teetor, Susan Hope and Mark Kinsella all make variations of fused glass jewelry, Pat Lloyd creates kumihimo beadwork necklaces, and Lynn Wartski, Jude Lobe, Ali Givens and Pat Merriman create a wide variety of copper, ceramic, painted tiles and mixed media jewelry.

Four of the gallery’s members: Pringle Teetor, Susan Hope, Mark Kinsella and Christopher Burnside specialize in working with glass – blown, kiln-formed, fused and stained. Their work includes both stained and mosaic glass window hangings, lamps with stained glass shades, vases, trays, coasters, solar garden lights, glass balls and more.

Do you love ceramics?  Two of HGA’s members are potters, Garry Childs and Evelyn Ward.  Garry creates gorgeous thrown and hand carved bowls, vases and platters; Evelyn creates beautiful teapots and mugs as well as vases and glasses decorated with her own paintings. Perhaps you prefer a bowl turned from local wood by Pat Lloyd. Or maybe a collectible art doll is what you are after.  Member artist Lynn Wartski offers unique doll sculptures and other works using copper and mixed media.

Come explore the wonderful art exhibited at the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts where you will find exactly the right gift of art for that special person.

Opening Reception

Friday November 27


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Preview of the Orange County Studio Tour at Hillsborough Gallery of Arts



Hillsborough Gallery of Arts Exhibit Previews Orange County Artists Guild Studio Tour

Hillsborough Gallery of Arts members Linda Carmel, Chris Graebner, Lolette Guthrie, Marcy Lansman, Eduardo Lapetina, Ellie Reinhold, and Pringle Teetor will be included in a preview show for the upcoming OCAG Open Studio Tour.

This marks the 21st year that the Orange County Artists Guild will host its Annual Open Studio Tour. Over eighty artists located throughout Orange County, including Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Hillsborough, and surrounding areas are participating in this juried event, by opening their studios so visitors can discover where the creative magic happens!

Linda Carmel and Pringle Teetor will show together at Linda Carmel’s home studio, 101 Huntington Drive, Chapel Hill, #56 on the tour. Carmel will be giving demonstrations of her unique painting technique that uses acrylic modeling paste. Teetor, a full time glass blower, has her studio in Creedmoor but will show a video demonstration of her glass blowing. She will exhibit a variety of pieces – both indoor and outdoor: Vases, bowls, drinking glasses, decanters, garden sculpture, pumpkins, solar garden lights, and jewelry.
This is Chris Graebner’s fifth year on the tour. As a painter she most often paints landscapes in oils, but her background includes botanical art with watercolor and ink. Graebner enjoys mixing media to see what each brings to the other. Some of her recent work is a return to botanical silverpoint drawings that she colored with layers of highly diluted acrylics instead of more traditional watercolors. In addition to her landscape painting, this summer she has been exploring botanical subjects using scratchboard and colored inks. Graebner invites you to visit her in her studio, #7 on the Tour map, just a couple of blocks from the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts in downtown Hillsborough.

Lolette Guthrie’s studio is located in her home at 113 Rhododendron Drive, Chapel Hill, studio #62 on the tour map. This will be her seventh year on the tour. Painting largely from memory and painting both in oil and in pastel, Guthrie derives most of her inspiration from time spent on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. She will be showing both oil and pastel landscapes and abstracted landscapes that explore what it felt like to be at a particular place at a particular time.
Marcy Lansman will be welcoming visitors to her home studio, #53 on the tour map, on Mt. Bolus Road close to the center of Chapel Hill. This is Lansman’s eleventh 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.

Eduardo Lapetina’s studio, #72 on the tour map, is located at 318 North Estes Drive, Chapel Hill. This is his seventh year participating on the tour. Lapetina will show new abstract paintings with vibrant colors and various sizes including very large pieces. His paintings 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.”

Ellie Reinhold is joining the Tour for the third year. She is studio #75 on the tour and will welcome you at her studio off Roosevelt Drive in Chapel Hill, in the neighborhood across from Cafe Driade. Reinhold’s figurative art has been described as “soulful,” “dreamscapes,” and “internal landscapes.”  She explores emotional experiences using color, brushwork, and iconic imagery that often draws from nature. Her small abstract works are done mostly with knives and allow her to explore elements such as texture, shadow, contrast, and color in their own right, unfettered by the demands of specific content.
OCAG’s Open Studio Tour is a rare opportunity for art lovers to meet artists in their places of work, to view and purchase art directly from the artist and in many instances to watch as they demonstrate how they create their pieces. The Studio Tour brochures and map of participants’ studios are available at the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts and other area locations or on the Guild website: http://www.OrangeCountyArtistsGuild.com
Many of the eighty plus artists on this year’s tour will have work in the OCAG Preview Exhibit at the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts. Their work will be on display from October 26 through November 15, 2015. This preview show is a wonderful opportunity for a first look at the work to be offered on the tour to help you plan your tour route.

Opening Receptions

Friday, October 30




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In the Mind’s Eye

Jude Lobe


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In explaining the inspiration behind her work for “In The Mind’s Eye”, painter, Jude Lobe says, ” Recently I had an explosion of new sun-drenched images imprinted in my mind on a trip to the big sky country in and near Santa Fe, NM. In this show, a majority of the artworks represent a visual adventure in expressing the glory and exuberance of these images I now find in my mind’s eye.  Some are representational of the natural environment and some are more abstract, but both exude the emotion of the moment and reference our strong connections to the earth. ”


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In the Mind’s Eye



Eric Saunders

Why do I make photographs? What do I see when I make photographs? What do I think I see when I make photographs? What do viewers of my photographs see? What do they think they see? What do I want them to see?

These are questions which imply that the “mind’s eye” means many different things depending on the context.

Each image I make is an attempt to create an abstract visual adventure for the viewer – an adventure like reading a story or listening to a piece of music.

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In order to do this effectively I look past the literal (i.e. a cloud, a sky, a house, a barn, a rock, a ripple in a stream, a placard, a beach, a section of rusty metal fence) and see abstract orderly patterns of light, color, line, texture, and form. Depending on the angle of view and the cropping and editing of the image, these patterns will move the viewer into the image and hold the viewer’s attention for a period of time, and perhaps stimulate the viewer’s imagination in a meaningful way.

This is the eye in my mind.


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In the Mind’s Eye



Susan Hope

Summer of 2014…I really, really needed a break…some call it a vacation but, just a break from the normal routine seemed it might be the respite needed. I decided to gift myself with time to just ‘play’ in the studio… no pressure, deadlines or expectations… just whatever happened would be ok.

There were piles of dusty old window sashes saved just because they were interesting and I knew I would do ‘something’ with them in that elusive ‘someday’. Bins of ‘scrap glass’ were stacked everywhere…the collection of all the chips of the rainbow kept for that same ‘someday’.

I began to ‘play’… Glass on glass mosaic is a technique that allows not just the surface beauty of the glass to be shown as in traditional mosaic work, but since the glass is glued to transparent glass and then grouted, each tiny piece of transparent color becomes a window allowing light to shine through. After cleaning away years of dust and refinishing the sashes, clear glass was cut and placed into each window pane, glued securely to the wood sash. Therapeutically, I began washing, cutting and snipping and chipping tiny pieces of glass and gradually, as if creating a puzzle, a design began to form. No expectations meant not having a preplanned design or drawing. A hoarded piece of antique glass was the perfect sun. ..a bright beginning. Once glued in place I had officially begun. As the days flowed into weeks and months the window sashes filled with tiny chips. Such a multitude of colors and types of glass were in these bins of treasure. Often a scrap would cause my mind to replay memories of past projects, people, places.

The center two sashes were finished first. They had become the rolling wild flower covered hills of Orange County, the Piedmont where we had lived for so long and had raised our family. The sun, the life giving force that still guides our rural farm lifestyle, burst with color and shone on the flowers swaying in the breeze under a swirling Carolina blue sky.

This was really fun…I wanted to do mountains next. We love the mountains of North Carolina and they have special meaning to our family. My mother’s grandmother and grandfather were Cherokee and walked these same places that we now enjoyed. On it went… chip, snip, glue, chip, snip, glue. Surprise jars of tiny fused glass pieces and became centers of flowers and stars. The moon slivered and hung in the sky over the Great Smoky Mountains…such peace.

The third set of windows began as the Piedmont slid down toward the Sandhills and the rivers flowed to the beaches of the Atlantic Ocean. Living near the Haw, Eno and Cape Fear river basins makes us so aware of the bond to our surroundings and how all things depend on one another for life. And so the chips of glass became rocks and grass and sand and sea. Annual reunions with family on the beaches off Emerald Ilse had provided a multitude of treasured shells and small rocks that made their way into the design until one day the last piece was glued… Not done yet. Each panel had to be grouted, cleaned, cleaned, cleaned… well you get the idea, but it really took weeks to finish this part of the process. One year later and they are here to visit

.Enjoy the journey, I surely did! Susan Jo Milne Hope- 2015


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