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Portrait Making Photography ~ Truth or Illusion ~ by Barbara Tyroler

After many years as a traditional photographer, I now work digitally, finding that the instant feedback afforded by the medium enhances interaction and collaboration with my subjects. Digital has also expanded my ability to inject color with emotion and to collage elements together to create new imagery that pushes my photographs further toward visual ambiguity. When I feel I have…

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Healing and the Gift of Creativity by Nadine Zenobi

As a jeweler, I have observed that the gift of creativity is intricately connected to the gift of healing. As an artist and a healer, I aim to synthesize the expression of both in my work and in my life. Through years of study and interest in the healing arts, I have come to appreciate and honor the ability of stones to…

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Clay Contemplations By Emily Jo Lees

Clay is a meditation and a joy. Whether wedging clay, rolling it into slabs, or smoothing the texture left by my slab roller’s canvas, I feel connected to the earth. A major influence on my work is the aesthetic of ukiyo-e woodblock prints from nineteenth century Japan. The circles in my work are inspired by the harvest moon found in…

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Three OCAG Artists Interviewed on WCOM in Carrboro

Artists Mark Todd, Betsy Vaden and Linda Carmel of the Orange County Artists Guild joined Jackie Helvey and Valarie Schwartz on the West End Report on WCOM 103.5 FM, this Friday, Sept 9th, 2011. The program introduces you to the upcoming Orange County Open Studio Tour which is held on November 5-6 and November 12-13. The interviews with three OCAG…

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The Impulse for Jewelry by Rebecca Neigher

As a jeweler, my work begins in varied ways. The first impulse could be a shape, a texture, a stone, a thought, a spiritual leading. During the process I remain open to new ideas and directions. In 1996 I moved to North Carolina. I live and work in the woods overlooking forest and meadow. My energy is directed inward first and…

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The Fire and Fight When Kiln-Fusing Glass

Glass is amorphous, meaning that "its molecules are not arranged in a regular, specific pattern -- like those of a crystalline material -- but are random in their configuration." --(Bulleyes TechNotes4, 2007) And, unless you have worked with glass in a kiln, as flame work, or blown, you might not know how finicky glass can be. There is "fire" (or heat…

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Oaxaca Art Journal Workshop: Capturing Your Experience

Oaxaca Art Journal Workshop: During Semana Santa–Holy Week, Thursday, March 29 – Thursday April 5, 2012 — 7 nights, 8 days The art or visual journal is a creative way to bring impressions, ideas, emotional reactions, and imagery to paper. It is a portable, spontaneous and compact approach to artistic expression. This is a great resource for artists to develop future…

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A Loom is Like a Piano by Trudy Thomson

Have you ever thought about the idea that a loom is a lot like a piano? Both create patterns and percussive sounds. If you play the piano well, you read a musical score -- the notation of notes on the treble or bass cleft -- to produce a sound that presents itself as melody and chords. With a woven presentation,…

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