Beneath the Surface

Acrylic artist Marcy Lansman writes of her new work, “I have turned to my imagination for inspiration, rather than to the real world. I began by doodling in my favorite color combination: blue-green and orange. The doodles evolved into a series of paintings in which layers of cool blues and greens alternate with layers of warm oranges, yellows, pinks, and reds.  In these paintings the warm colors often appear to be shining through a cool film. The title Beyond the Surface refers to the fact that earlier layers interact with surface layers to produce the end result. In this series, I have also experimented with combinations of controlled brush strokes and less controlled drips and spatters. The paintings often evoke scenes from outer space.”

Ironwood sculptor Larry writes, “The title Beyond the Surface is especially appropriate for my work. We often think of what is beneath a surface – the elements that are hidden from view.  But equally important is the contrast between a surface and what is above and beyond it.  A feathered heron stands one-legged, next to a smooth-as-glass pool of blue water, mesmerized by his reflection in the water’s surface.  A soaring bird flies with its wings extended, using the surface of the earth below as his only compass for a long journey.  A lone wolf sits on the hard, cold surface of a rock, howling at a moon that is light-years away.”

“Each piece of wood is my canvas, whether it is only four inches long or as large as fourteen. Within these small spaces, I am able to inlay an image that includes both a surface and an object that is above and beyond that surface, like the heron standing in the pool.  Other times I inlay a single image or object – a horse, for example – and the surface is only suggested by the position of the horse’s galloping legs. Either way, I strive to understand and accurately depict how that object is positioned in relation to a specific surface, whether seen or unseen.”

“Ironwood trees grow out of the hot sands of the desert, a surface that is constantly changing, continually shaped and reshaped by desert windstorms. The contrast between the shifting sands of the desert, and the solid, almost rock-like ironwood that emerges from the desert’s surface never ceases to amaze me. I see this contrast in the striking grain of the wood, grain that varies from almost blond to deep brown. Ironwood is the surface upon which I have built my life’s work.”

Founding member Pat Merriman writes nostalgically of her new work, “In my 80th year, one of transition, I am trying a variety of themes, from baby animals to flowers. Some of the elements are inspired by Georgia O’Keefe, while others are inspired by everyday objects– even the designs on a Kleenex box. In addition to these new subjects, I will also have several paintings of koi and barns, as well as collages focusing on the lives of women.


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Parallel Play

Evelyn Ward

Most of the work for this show is a continuation of my current work, salt fired functional pottery. Some of the pieces incorporate the photo decals I’ve been working with the last couple of years. I make the decals from my own photographs of botanical subjects, usually plants I encounter on morning walk. The resulting images are sepia toned and hopefully they invoke a quiet mood.
I did branch out a little for this show and made some earthenware wall pieces. I normally salt fire and these are fired in the electric kiln at a lower temperature.  I had an idea that the different type of firing would result in a brighter image and I was right. I really enjoyed constructing the boxes and thought of the group as a whole, although I also wanted them to hold their own.


You walk into a gallery, store or even restaurant, and see a painting that grabs your attention. You relate to it. It takes you somewhere else. It makes you feel. But did you also know art has healing benefits.


Keep it Simple, Cold Wax & Oil, 36X36, by Jude Lobe

Scientific studies have shown that art heals by changing a person’s physiology and attitude. By looking at artworks or listening to music, a person’s brain wave pattern changes. One becomes less stressed and moves into relaxation. Think about the last time you were at an art gallery. How refreshed and calmed did you feel?
Also effected is our nervous system, our hormonal balance and our brain neurotransmitters. With all of our cells in our body instantly reacting to the art or music, our body’s physiology is altered and the immune system and blood flow to our organs is increased. After you walked out of that gallery, or spent time in the morning drinking your coffee while gazing at the picture you have hanging on the wall, ask yourself, “do you feel better and ready to face the day with a positive attitude?”
The next time you are having a stressed day, take some time off and go to a local art gallery and enjoy the art. When you walk back out the door, I bet you will find yourself in much better spirits and able to handle whatever it is you need to do.
Our physiology is deeply effected by feelings and emotion. Try to keep a balance of good feelings in close proximity to yourself during the day. Perhaps a small painting on  your desk, or larger one on the wall. Maybe a piece of art at home in your kitchen to look at before you walk out the door. Or a calming artwork on the wall of your bedroom to send you off to a peaceful night’s rest.


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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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:
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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Evelyn Ward

I make salt fired pots and add hand-drawn decals to them. Salt firing is a process in which regular salt is put into the kiln at the top temperature. The salt travels with the flame and adheres to the pots making a distinctive clear mottled glaze on the surface of the pots. Each pot is a little different depending on its location in the kiln.

I make my decals by starting with a drawing and then scanning it into the computer and printing it out on special decal paper. The iron in the toner leaves an image when the pot is refired to a lower temperature than the first glaze firing. I like the interplay between the very controlled surface of the decal and the less controlled surface of the salt firing.

For this show I focused on more delicate drawings than usual. Until recently, the drawings I’ve used have been high contrast ensuring the decals would show up after they were fired. But this spring I experimented with pencil drawings and I was very happy with the resulting images. I was able to see all of the gray tones even after they were fired. So with that in mind I did some new drawings with that softer more delicate feel. I love drawing botanical subjects, I spend a lot of time in my garden and on frequent walks with my dogs and am always amazed at how diverse plant life is. Almost every time I go out I find that some new plant will catch my eye.


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