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Photo of Carolyn Choi's garden

Flourishes by Carolyn Choi

As luck would have it after retiring from my day job I moved from my home of 45 years in Chicago to the small town of Carrboro known as "The Paris of the Piedmont." I love this small town and the people who are enthusiastic in supporting the Arts. Here I have continued to pursue my two loves — garden…

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Photo of an Australian burl

Turning Australian Burls By Michael Salemi

“Kookaburra sits on an old gum tree...” goes a song from my childhood. Gum is a large family of Australian trees which are locally known as “Mallee.” Burls from Mallee trees are especially beautiful and, when you find them available in the US, are expensive. Because of the expense, I was unwilling to turn Australian burls for several years after…

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Painting of a cow

Paint What You Love by Joan Vandermeer

As an artist I am never at loss for painting ideas. Most of all I love animals. These ideas often come to me as I paint instead of setting out to depict a certain scene. As I paint the colors and images all come together and I change this or that until I can say in my heart I am…

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From Here to There painting series by David Stickel

From Here to There – and All Points Between by David Stickel

From Jackson Hole to Charleston and all points in-between, it’s the same thing. Oils, acrylics and 3-D sculptures are in every gallery across the land, but very few have watercolors on their walls. Why is that? For many years, watercolorists have sought a level playing field compared to other mediums. Galleries are quick to point out their perceived ‘lack’ of…

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Colorful quilt with ferns on it by Susan Brubaker Knapp

Wholecloth Painted Art Quilts by Susan Brubaker Knapp

This past summer I’ve focused on making wholecloth painted art quilts. These are not quilts for beds, but textile art to display on the wall. Each piece starts with plain white fabric, which I paint with acrylic textile paint. I then layer the piece with batting and a backing fabric before free-motion machine quilting it. I love both the process…

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Box made of wood and epoxy resin

Turning Blanks that Combine Wood and Epoxy Resin by Michael Salemi

Woodturners are always on the lookout for beautiful pieces of wood: those with interesting colors, grain patterns and voids. In recent years, I have augmented my wood collecting to include species and other samples that provide an opportunity to combine the wood with epoxy resin. Manzanita, a western woody shrub, is an excellent example of a wood that combines well…

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Painting of a cat birthday party

My Creative Journey as a Painter by Joan Vandermeer

The first art book I ever bought was Betty Edward’s Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. The book’s premise was that any beginner could learn to draw, and I was a beginner. Although I had zero formal training as an artist, I had a very big urge to create something. I had studied creative writing and had a…

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A montage of the 2021 Paint-a-Thon at Emily Eve Weinstein’s Chapel Hill carport
A montage of the 2021 Paint-a-Thon at Emily Eve Weinstein’s Chapel Hill carport
A montage of the 2021 Paint-a-Thon at Emily Eve Weinstein’s Chapel Hill carport.
Kaidy Lewis with completed coffee table
Kaidy Lewis with completed coffee table: Ode to de Kooning, 54” x 24” x 15”
Betsy Vaden with her completed ladderback chair
Betsy Vaden with her completed ladderback chair: Garden of Eden, 54” x 24” x15”
A montage of the 2021 Paint-a-Thon at Emily Eve Weinstein’s Chapel Hill carportKaidy Lewis with completed coffee tableBetsy Vaden with her completed ladderback chair

OCAG Artists Participate in a Paint-A-Thon by Emily Eve Weinstein

It was a normal paint-a-thon on a sunny day at my house in Chapel Hill. A couple talented friends, loyal neighbors, and artists from the Orange County Artists Guild (OCAG) came together to paint a variety of pieces to display during the upcoming Independent Animal Rescue (IAR) online auction. We worked under my carport to enliven chairs and other donated…

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