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Spring Sublime – Artist Pop-up Show

This May OCAG hosts a show at FRANK’s Outreach Gallery in University Place located at 201 S. Estes Drive, Chapel Hill. This generous space provides us with an opportunity to show many samples of the participating artists’ work. You’ll find a range of mediums on display…paintings, photography, ceramics, pottery, textiles and other works of unique craft materials. Styles range from…

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Pine Island Hunting Lodge

When in Botanical Doubt, Don’t Ask by Nancy Smith

In May, I attended a weekend retreat sponsored by Pine Island Audubon Sanctuary to sketch and paint native plants of the Outer Banks of NC. I was one of a small group of eighteen participants along with 3 experts: a naturalist, a botanist, and a botanical illustrator. We stayed in an historic hunting lodge built in 1913 that was gracious…

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Windy Dog Town Painting

Paintings from Camp Nimrod, by Joan Vandermeer

In the mountains of Millboro Springs, Virginia is an artists' and writers' resort area that has been a creative refuge for many years. Originally built in 1783 as a stagecoach stop, Camp Nimrod/Nimrod Hall has been a summer resort for people from all over the world since the 1930's. There are seven buildings consisting of the main house that acts as…

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Louise Nerys And Fred Painting Outside Under A Pavilion

Plein Air Observations by Nerys Levy

On Friday, April 14, four OCAG artists met at Blackwood Farm Park (off Highway 86) for a plein air painting session. The farmhouse, out buildings, and large barn are in a state of arrested decay, but it is surrounded by 152 acres of picturesque rolling farmland punctuated by magnificent trees. This is indeed a landscape artist's paradise. To describe this adventure,…

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Documenting the Experience by David Taylor

Over the years, I have enjoyed documenting experiences by painting my own renditions of various local activities. Recently viewed at a HARC Cooperative Pop-Up show on Franklin Street, the painting -- Citizens -- is the last in a series of nine paintings of various Moral Mondays protests in the spring of 2013 in Raleigh. The paintings were based on photographs by my…

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12 Stages of a Collaborative Painting by Shelly Hehenberger

For the past few years, I have been making collaborative mixed media paintings with another artist, Luna Lee Ray. Our process involves trading pieces back and forth continuously until we feel that the image is complete. The collaborative process is always an exciting one, especially when the layers of a piece begin to build and bring a piece to life!…

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What I Did on My Summer Vacation by Linda Passman

My favorite subject to draw is the human figure in motion. For example, dancers, people moving in natural ways, the figure at rest (leaning, slumping, or sleeping.) I begin drawing by focusing on my subject, catching the action of the pose quickly, while barely looking down at my paper. I then go on to add details later if there is time. This summer I…

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Art Meets Life by Bernice Koff

My art life and previous life are coming together in a delightful way. I have been asked to teach classes on painting and collage through the OLLI program at Duke. Long before I picked up a paintbrush to make art, I trained and taught high school English (my first job was in Cary, a town barely on the map in 1966).…

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