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Nature Sparks My Imagination by Heather Washburn

Early this spring I came upon these marsh grasses and loved how they danced in the breezes along the path. I tend to look to nature for inspiration and these colors and sounds sparked my imagination into suggesting a new series of pieces inspired by acoustic guitar or bluegrass while the grasses inspired the colors. Pulling out my favorite travel…

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A walk among nature’s gifts by Maya Barton

As I become more aware of native plants especially with an enormous wildlife value, I tread carefully in my unmanicured backyard discovering precious gems. I have learned to observe and document them carefully in watercolor. This is blue eyed grass (Sisyrinchium angustifolium) which actually belongs in the Iris family. It stands about 10” tall with bright blue flowers attracting hummingbirds,…

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Cicadas on the Brain by Betsy Vaden

For the past few weeks, we have been experiencing the constant whirring of cicadas, as they break through their exoskeletons and emerge in their adult forms to take to the air. For some of us this cacophony is annoying, but it is music to my ears as it signals the availability of cicada sheds - that exoskeleton part that is left…

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Annatasia art by David Annis

Annatasia as Photographic Art by David Annis

I’ve photographed many things that are objectively beautiful - birds, flowers, landscapes - but I strongly believe that humans are some of the most beautiful, interesting things that exist. When I photograph people I can create art that I believe is innovative. So that is what I frequently shoot. Then, I take that image and work with it to bring…

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The ArtsCenter Preview

Announcing another grand OCAG Preview Show! The ArtsCenter 400 Roberson StreetCarrboro, NC 27510(919) 929-2787 Show Dates: September 29-October 29 Opening Reception:2nd Friday, October 13th 6-9pm Hours:Monday-Friday: 9:00am-9:00pmSaturday: 10:00am-5:00pm

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Higgins & Myers Gallery Preview

Visit Higgins & Myers Gallery to view a lovely preview of the upcoming Orange County Studio Tour, occurring the first two weekends in November. Higgins & Myers can be found at 1728 Fordham Blvd #119 Chapel Hill, NC 27514 (in Rams Plaza). Contact them at (919) 929-7137. The Show runs through Oct 29th Opening Reception:Sat, Oct 7, 6–9pm Hours:Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00am-6:00pm…

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Orange County Artists Guild Spring Art Show

Featuring work by members of the Orange County Artists Guild 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. Opening Friday, May 5First Fridays At The Mill, 6:00-9:00pm Live music with Tropical Man…

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Abstract painting of a person by Lily Bacon

Why do I always paint flowers by Lily Bacon

It wasn’t always this way. The magic and beauty of a wide variety of subject matter inspire me to no end. From a very young age, I was captivated by the human body. I remember trying to get a glimpse of my extremely modest father as he dressed in his walk-in closet. I was not successful. For a while, I…

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Photo of Nadine Zenobi making jewelry

Reinventing the Creative Path by Nadine Zenobi

After forty years of traveling the country doing art shows, my jewelry career is taking a turn. I have settled down to opening my doors to the public during the the wonderful Orange County Open studio tour which has always been one of my favorites. When you visit you can see an example of how I work, the various techniques…

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