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You Never Know How Your Life is Being Used

Years ago, the phone rang and our younger son brought it to me saying, "Dad, there’s a man here who wants to speak to David Stickel." I took it and said, "Well, you got’em. This is David Stickel." He responded, "Ahh…but are you the right, David Stickel?" He explained that he had seen my photo and name many years earlier…

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Curious Encounters by Emily Eve Weinstein

A name from the distant past arrives in an email, asking, “Does this look familiar?” Sent within the message is a photograph from Lawry Sager. We had met in Madrid, New Mexico, circa 1980 and lost touch. The photo shows an unfinished wall with several pieces of art decorating it. One being a small pastel, which I had traded Lawry…

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Quest for Color by Robin Greenberg

I’m not saying that I’m a hoarder, but my quest for color has led me to amass 1000 markers and hundreds of paints from alcohol ink to watercolor to acrylic. And the real story is about the beauty and vibrancy of alcohol ink. In the past five years, it’s become a lot more available and popular. But the truth is…

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View the video about the Orange County Artists Guild show at the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts by Trudy Thomson

Check out the lovely work on display at the current Orange County Artist Guild show at the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts. You’ll find a range of expressive 2D and 3D work; you’ll likely be surprised by the many styles and techniques used. There are serious realistic and representational compositions as well as many fun and fanciful items. Special thanks to…

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Flow and Fluctuations by Trudy Thomson

When I create my works with fiber I am inspired by the rhythms and patterns found in nature... waves of water, the ebb and flow of surf on sand, the flutter of leaves on trees, the swish of clouds, multifaceted buds and flowers, the feathered wings of birds. No matter what materials I use, there is repetition as well as…

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Night Runner by Katherine Darcy

Not long ago, my dear friend Jean sent me a picture of an unusual hibiscus flower. The colors were like nothing I had ever seen before, as if the flower was not in a photo, but a painting. I was determined to paint the flower but needed to see it first to believe it was real. I like to have…

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Transformed by Pigment by Maya Barton

Transparent sepia is a fascinating pigment when you mix it with linseed oil. I pick up a Cornellisen bristle brush and stain an empty canvas with lazy rogue strokes, while I take a sip of my strong coffee. My studio turns into a blinding space of endless imagination. Yann Tiersen piano notes swirl into my space from my amazon music…

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View Video Preview at Higgins and Myers by Trudy Thomson

Here’s a video preview of what you can see on display October - November 2022 at the fabulous Higgins and Myers Gallery in Chapel Hill, located at 1728 Fordham Blvd #119. The current show at Higgins and Myers is a preview of the fine art and fine craft by Orange County Artist Guild Members who are participating in the OCAG…

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Painting the Field by Jackie Clary

Life at the edge of our field is always interesting and inspires my painting practice. Many of you who live in a more rural part of the Piedmont know what I’m talking about, and even if you have a small backyard you may see some of this wonder as well! Every day is a new visual experience depending on the…

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