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Short Stories About Hand-Made Chairs by Elia Bizzarri

If you haven't had a chance to stop by Elia Bizzarri's shop in Hillsborough and meet him, this story might give you a feeling for one of things he enjoys about making and delivering his Windsor chairs. Here is what he has to say about his craft: With the delivery of each chair order, the customer gets a short, written story from me about…

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The Draw Knife by Elia Bizzarri

If there is one iconic tool of the chairmaker, it is the drawknife. In my youth, both Drew Langsner and John Alexander taught me its use. I had the drawknife licked, or so I thought. Several years later, 17-year-old Curtis Buchanan agreed for me spend a week in his Jonesborough, TN Windsor Chair Shop. Curtis effortlessly and without measurement whittled a complicated…

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The Start of Something Fresh for Spring

If you are looking for art that is fresh and special this spring, an event will be held soon that includes the work of three fresh OCAG artists: Cathy Kiffney, Luna Lee Ray, and Rebecca Neigher. Cathy Kiffney explains: "Four years ago I approached Luna Lee Ray with the idea of a small spring show. Although I did not know her…

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An Artistic Dialogue

Three OCAG artists are participating in an upcoming show at the Chapel Hill Gallery of Art on Franklin Street.  Here at what each says about their particular path while making their art... Eduardo Lapetina notes: "The steps I go through are unpremeditated and unplanned. I might apply two or three layers this way, and then as shapes and forms emerge, a…

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The Carrack Showcases Feminism

Center/Gallery thrived in the heyday of the Women’s Art Movement.  Most active from 1977 through 1984, it was the NC Triangle’s response to Feminist Art, a center for creative energy, public statement, and enthusiastic expression of women’s experience. Even though it no longer has a physical space, many of the group of supportive peers has kept the spirit of the space alive. It…

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Then and Now

Honoring the Past and Present Members of the Carrboro Branch Library Art Committee Over the past eighteen years the artist run Carrboro Branch Library's Arts Program has shown the work of over 1,750 local visual artists in over 60 exhibitions, won two Frances B. Reid Awards from the Friends of North Carolina Public Libraries, and won a national award from the…

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A Toast in Hand for Our 20th Anniversary

It is truly amazing:  2014 is the 20th year that Orange County has been offering its Open Studio Tour. As you have come to expect, you will find artwork and fine crafts in a wide array of mediums. Some of you will choose to visit artists that are already your favorites, while also visiting the studios of new members. To pique your interest, here are pictures…

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Collaborative Work: Digital Photography and Collage

An upcoming exhibit titled Beijing Impressions: A Multi-Media Collaboration combines multi-layered photographic imagery from Barbara Tyroler’s Beijing Impressions series with a brand new set of collaborative, hand made, paper collages by Sandy Milroy. Sandy reflects, " Our introduction to working together came when Barbara asked to come to my studio to see what I was doing in the area of collage making.…

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