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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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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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Art In Quarantine Featured - Blue decorated eggs by Susan Brubaker Knapp

Art In Quarantine

During this time of quarantine, we are most lucky as artists to be able to continue the work of making. It may be that if we are forced to stay with our work, and are less distracted by things beckoning us from the outside world, we might find that we can go deeper than we expected.This may take a variety…

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Simple to Scintillating by Trudy Thomson

Marbled patterns on silk can be simple: ripples, swirls and shapes, or scintillating: cross currents of different patterns and colors sweeping across the landscape of fabric. I remain fascinated by the many different forms I can create and continue to be informed by the patterns found in nature, as seen in water, in the sky, and on the earth. My highly decorative art…

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Designing Elements of a Gallery by Trudy Thomson

This past fall my talented partner, Ed Ralston, pulled out drafting paper and pencil and we marshaled resources to construct  a new structure on my property designed explicitly for one purpose: to serve as a gallery, to permanently display my various types of arts and crafts. This structure is positioned at a special spot on my property, which is more…

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Plop! Swish! Whirl! by Trudy Thomson

This spring I attended a class in marbling silk at Penland School of Crafts. It's something I had tried many years ago and wanted to swim back into again. I say swim because you start by mixing up a very specific gooey bath. You carefully dissolve methyl cellulose into the bath so that a viscous substance floats on the surface. After…

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The Magic and Mystery of Fusing Glass by Trudy Thomson

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. As glass moves through different stages…

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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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