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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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

Holiday post cardCelebrate 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 ( 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
Opening Reception
Novemeber 29th
121 N. Churton St, Hillsborough

Show currently running through January 11th

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