Orange County Studio Tour

This marks the 23nd year that the Orange County Artists Guild will host its Annual Open Studio Tour. During the first two weekends in November, more than eighty artists located throughout Orange County, including Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Hillsborough, and surrounding areas will be participating in this juried event and opening their studios to visitors who will discover where the creative design happens!

For the seventh year, Pringle Teetor and Linda Carmel will be showing together at Carmel’s home studio, 101 Huntington Drive, Chapel Hill, #45 on the tour. Pringle’s blown glass and Linda’s textured paintings complement each other perfectly. There will be plenty to see and touch.

Ali Givens joins the studio tour for her first year. Ali creates fabric collages that are landscapes, cityscapes and still lifes sewn from colorful batiks and other natural fibers. Her studio is #12 on the tour located at 3611 Mijos Lane, Chapel Hill.

Lolette Guthrie paints primarily with oil. She builds up her canvases layer by layer. Each piece begins with a loose idea that explores the beauty of the natural world. Her studio, #67, is located in Chapel Hill at 113 Rhododendron Drive.

Marcy Lansman returns to the tour for her 12th year. Her new studio, #35, is located at 750 Weaver Dairy Road, Apt. 198, Chapel Hill. Marcy paints with acrylics and her work has evolved from realistic to more abstract, expressive of personal insights and emotions.

Eduardo Lapetina’s studio is located at 318 North Estes Drive, Chapel Hill, #55 on the tour map. This is his ninth year participating on the tour. Lapetina will show new abstract paintings with vibrant colors and in 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 fifth year. She is #60 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 explores vibrant landscapes using color, brushwork, and iconic imagery.

Michael Salemi is a woodturner who is showing jointly with Miriam Sagasti at her studio (#22). Michael’s work includes both traditional woodturning forms: bowls, plates and platters, and unusual pieces such as ikebanas.

Alice Levinson will be exhibiting her contemporary wall-hung textile pieces. Each is rich in color and texture, and composed of hand-dyed fabric, densely sewn. Her studio is #15 on the map, 3604 Pasture Road, Hillsborough.

Jason Smith creates one of a kind metal sculptures in steel and copper using reclaimed material. His sculpture is abstract. The manipulation of form in space allows the viewer to feel rhythm and movement in his compositions. Jason’s new studio is #2 on the map, 1709 NC HWY 86N, Hillsborough.

OCAG’s Open Studio Tour is a rare opportunity for art lovers from Orange County and beyond to meet artists in their places of work, to view and purchase art directly from the artist, and in many instances to watch as artists demonstrate how they create their pieces. Studio Tour brochures and maps of participants’ studios are available at the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts and other area locations or on the Guild website:

Many 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 23 through November 12, 2017. This preview show is a wonderful opportunity for a first look at the work on the tour and can help you plan your tour route.

Opening Reception

Friday October 27


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Three Perspectives

Pringle Teetor

The pieces I created for this show came out of frustration and boredom. Seriously! When two artists work together in a glass studio for years on end but only one day a week, you tend to fall into a pattern of “normalcy”. We just get used to doing the same things, creating the same type of pieces because we want to make the most of the “bench time”.

One morning on the way to the studio, my partner Dana and I were discussing my frustration with a certain color application I had been trying to figure out how to do by myself. He mentioned watching an artist many years ago at Corning Museum of Glass layer small bits of different colors together. He had the assistant bringing each color to him one at a time, fully melted, as he piled on color on top of another, like building an ice cream cone with many layers. But instead of then blowing the piece directly from this pile of color, he then turned it on a different axis and created the piece. Since I mostly work by myself, I had not considered this!

We played with this technique that day, piling 5-10 colors together and took this one step farther by flattening the blown piece. Flattening a round glass form is something that is better done with an assistant and we had not done any flat pieces in several years. Inspiration was reborn!

The next week I came in determined to do the “color sundaes” by myself. I took it a bit farther by layering 15 -25 colors together. My interest in the chemistry of glass color took over and I would add strings of other colors here and there. I wanted to use colors that reacted differently to the one next to it to create interesting effects. Once these “sundaes” were created, they were removed from the pipe and annealed for the next time Dana and I worked together. So, before the final piece, hours of work had already gone into the creation of just the colors.

Since glass colors doesn’t always play well together, it became quite a challenge. Some colors remain stiffer when molten, while others would be so hot that they would blow thinner than the rest of the colors. During the flattening process (using large cork paddles) the glass is compressed under pressure and if there is a spot that is too thin or too hot, it could be disastrous. The colors were sandwiched to create the effect of an abstract painting, which brought me back to painting roots, many years before glass, bringing together the past and the present in a creative way. I hope you enjoy these pieces!



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Three Perspectives

Lolette Guthrie writes, “I am primarily a landscape painter, however, my viewpoint is different from plien air painters in that I paint largely from memory striving to discover the essence of the subject rather than the reality.  I want to capture the ephemeral nature of light and a mood that is timeless. This has led to increasingly simplified/spare landscapes and at times abstractions derived from them. Resonant color is the core of my process. I juxtapose passages of saturated color with more muted tones and through the application of many layers of pigment and glaze I try to create subtle color and value shifts that provide a degree of luminosity.

For this show, I concentrated on painting an interesting sky that almost alone would give the viewer a sense of space, light, time of day, temperature, and weather. In most pieces, the foreground is almost an afterthought.  In a few, I explored the idea of reality and abstraction through the use of trompe l’oeil painting. When one looks at the sky, one sees refracted light and reflected colors not the reality of colorless air and moisture. Is, therefore, a painting of a recognizable object, landscape or skyscape real?  Or is it more like an abstracted memory or dream of reality?”

Photographer Eric Saunders writes of his new work, “With my photographs I try to communicate the beauty and intrique of abstract art, and transient moments in nature and life. I look to outdoor landscapes, natural and urban, and capture them in color, or black and white.

I am mostly self-taught as a photographer. Previously I studied classical piano, and then worked as a corporate computer programmer. My goal as a photographer is to “see” abstract compositions and communicate them with precise technical control. I shoot in RAW, and edit using Adobe Bridge and Photoshop CS5. I print my images using an Epson 3880 printer.”

Glass artist Pringle Teetor is constantly mesmerized by the dance of color, light, and fluidity in glass. Teetor states, “My forms are mostly functional vessels, but this year I have created pieces with a more sculptural form in mind.  My new flattened vases capture multiple colors and are like abstract paintings in glass. I like to play with the chemistry of color to produce unique effects in each piece of blown glass. Then, I incorporate copper, silver and gold to create new reactions between the glass layers.  The results are not always predictable, but the outcomes are often exciting.”

Opening Reception
August 25
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it’s all about the story



“Out Of Abaton” is John Bemis‘ new interpretation of the well-loved tale of Pinocchio. Just as the wooden puppet changes into a human boy, Bemis transforms this classic story with fantastic creatures, alchemy, and the mystery of human emotion–all woven into the magical and glorious landscape of Italy. The artists of the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts depict this fantasic tale in paintings, photography, metal, fiber, glass, ceramics, and wood. It is a show for all those who appreciate rich story telling and local art.

About John Claude Bemis:

John Claude Bemis is an award-winning author and also an inspiring speaker and musician. Bemis grew up in North Carolina and became an elementary school teacher after studying Art History and Education at UNC-Chapel Hill. His experiences of reading, exploring, and teaching naturally evolved into a career of writing. He received the Exellence in Teaching Award from UNC Chapel Hill’s School of Education and was chosen as North Carolina’s Piedmont Laureate for Children’s Literature in 2013. He lives in Hillsborough, North Carolina.


Feb 24


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Dreaming in Color



August postcard RGBAlice Levinson, a textile artist, writes of her experience preparing for the show: “In October, 2015 I participated in the X Florence Biennale in Florence, Italy, an international exhibition of contemporary art. My body of clothworks was awarded the Lorenzo di Medici Bronze Medal in Textile Arts. These works will be among those I will be showing in the DREAMING in COLOR exhibit in Hillsborough. Starting with white cloth, I experiment freely with dye, pigments, and printing techniques to create cloth which is complex in texture and rich in visual interest. The fabric is cut or torn and pieces are mixed and melded as I assemble my work. Each composition is built of successive layering of fabric and thread. I aim to create works that engage the viewer and delight the eye with movement and vibrant color. Raw edges are honored and loose threads purposefully retained. My intuitive work process encourages spontaneity and experimentation. By nature, I am an observer of people and the natural world. Musings, scribbled phrases, and gestural sketches follow. These suggest themes, visual motifs, a palette. My intention in place, I reach for the cloth and then the magic begins. Image, line, and pattern find their way though my hands into the work in a remarkable way. My task is to stay open and responsive to the ‘voice’ of the cloth. ‘Listening ‘ with my hands as well as my eyes, I work to facilitate the creative flow. This isn’t easy, but is always satisfying, and often, surprising.”

Glass artist  Pringle Teetor describes her new work for the show, “Colors, bright and bold run through my work in many variations. The combinations of different metals in some of the glass colors produce spectacular reactions. Many years ago I studied painting and the artist Morris Lewis had a huge impact on my work. Now, I’ve taken this vision into my glasswork applying colors to create bold, irregular stripes on my vessels.  Another use of color in my work is in my incalmo bowl pieces. Incalmo is fusing together multiple glass pieces to make a single vessel. These have to be done very carefully and require a great amount of precision. I’ve combined 4-6 different colors in these vessels to make wide stripes in the bowls – some colors are analogous, others are contrasting to make a bold statement.”

Lolette Guthrie writes, “I am a landscape painter.  I work largely from memory so my paintings are reflections on what I experienced at a particular time in a particular place. They are also always paintings of light and atmosphere as I continually strive to capture the ephemeral nature of the light remembered. I begin each piece with a general idea of time and place and then let the painting tell me where and how far to go. As a result, I am never sure what the end result will be because at some point each piece takes on a life of its own and I just follow along. For Dreaming In Color, I concentrated on exploring the use of color, especially in the sky, that almost alone would give the viewer a sense of space, light, time of day, temperature, and weather.  In most pieces, the foreground is the accent note.”

Opening Reception

Friday August 26



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ART from shows

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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Present Tense


sand blasted

Pringle Teeter Art and Chemisty

Present Tense is the perfect title for an exhibit featuring an artist who works with a material that is a liquid at 2100° Fahrenheit.   “You can’t just stop what you are doing, put it aside and come back to it later. You have to work in the moment.” It makes glassblowing quite a challenging art form but now that I’m going on my 10th season as a full time glass blower, I feel more confidence in my work, especially since I work alone most of the time.

Sublimation $240

The bowls in this show are made using a technique I developed using two colors of glass, one containing silver particle and another color containing gold particles. For several year I have been using the same 2 colors in the same way and getting completely different results almost every time. The differences come from slight changes in the procedure and color amount and differences in heating and cooling. This spring, my studio partner, Dana Smith, suggested I step out of my comfort zone and look for some new colors to play with – so I did.

I researched the chemistry of the various glass colors produced by the two German companies who supply the glassblowing industry. I wound up choosing two colors that are undoubtedly the softest and most difficult colors to work with! When using them, it is critical that the piece be heated slowly and carefully because by the time it is hot enough to blow and manipulate, it can easily end up as a puddle on the floor. Another danger is that uncontrolled shifts in temperature can cause changes in oxidation that alter the colloidal coloring, which is created by these nanoparticles of silver and gold in the glass. If you let these colors get too hot, the tiny particles of gold will coalesce into large aggregates that take on a disagreeable ‘liver color.’ You must layer the colors in a very particular way in order to get the best results. I did a number of color tests and loved the results, learning which way to layer the colors for bowls and then differently for vases.



I had cataract surgery in January that resulted in 2 other laser procedure over the next 2 months. Despite the complications that kept me out of the studio, I discovered, as I had been told by many people, that colors appear much brighter and more intense than before. One day I noticed the beautiful array of color rods in my supply of glass color and decided to try something I’ve wanted to do for many years – a multiple incalmo piece using all hues of the spectrum. Incalmo is the technique of or joining together, while still hot, multiple parts of separately blown glass to produce a single piece. This is usually done with a glassblower and an assistant. In order to do these by myself I made multiple blown tubes of different colors. Once they properly annealed I cut them into slices on a diamond saw. Then, the edges were polished on a flat lapidary wheel. Once back in the studio each piece was carefully measured, mapped out (colors are different once they are hot) and loaded into a kiln. The kiln slowly raises them up to the temperature of 1000 degrees so they don’t crack from thermal shock when picking up. I then picked up each slice on a pipe, stacking and melting them one at a time until every one fit. This process first practiced in the Islamic world in the Middle Ages, demands great precision because the edges of the adjoining elements must have precisely the same diameter.


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