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Clay Contemplations By Emily Jo Lees

Clay is a meditation and a joy.  Whether wedging clay, rolling it into slabs, or smoothing the texture left by my slab roller’s canvas, I feel connected to the earth. A major influence on my work is the aesthetic of ukiyo-e woodblock prints from nineteenth century Japan. The circles in my work are inspired by the harvest moon found in…

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Three OCAG Artists Interviewed on WCOM in Carrboro

Artists Mark Todd, Betsy Vaden and Linda Carmel of the Orange County Artists Guild joined Jackie Helvey and Valarie Schwartz on the West End Report on WCOM 103.5 FM, this Friday, Sept 9th, 2011. The program introduces you to the upcoming Orange County Open Studio Tour which is held on November 5-6 and November 12-13. The interviews with three OCAG members provide…

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The Impulse for Jewelry by Rebecca Neigher

As a jeweler, my work begins in varied ways. The first impulse could be a shape, a texture, a stone, a thought, a spiritual leading. During the process I remain open to new ideas and directions. In 1996 I moved to North Carolina. I live and work in the woods overlooking forest and meadow. My energy is directed inward first and…

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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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Oaxaca Art Journal Workshop: Capturing Your Experience

Oaxaca Art Journal Workshop: During Semana Santa–Holy Week, Thursday, March 29 – Thursday April 5, 2012 — 7 nights, 8 days   The art or visual journal is a creative way to bring impressions, ideas, emotional reactions, and imagery to paper.  It is a portable, spontaneous and compact approach to artistic expression.  This is a great resource for artists to…

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A Loom is Like a Piano by Trudy Thomson

Have you ever thought about the idea that a loom is a lot like a piano? Both create patterns and percussive sounds. If you play the piano well, you read a musical score -- the notation of notes on the treble or bass cleft -- to produce a sound that presents itself as melody and chords. With a woven presentation,…

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Work of Louise Francke to be Published

The work of Louise Francke is to be published in the Best of Worldwide Wildlife Artists (Kennedy Publishing in VA.) Here's what she has to say about one particular painting in this series: It is rare that I choose to keep one particular oil painting. This is my favorite! Carlos as Rembrandt's Oriental was the first painting in this series of 30+ works.…

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Two of Our Finest Talk at Frank Feb. 17

Judith Ernst and Alan Dehmer will be speaking about their work at the Frank gallery, in downtown Chapel hill on Thursday, Feb. 17 at 6:00 pm. Here's an excerpt from Judith's bio on the OCAG website: My ceramic work features forms and patterns from the natural world and provides a three-dimensional canvas...The vessel form allows for the possibility of working not just…

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Enamels and Enameling by Miriam Sagasti

“Enameling is a dying art”. I refused to believe it! I just came back from Austria, where I expected to see and maybe buy some pieces of the most beautiful enamel work, as I remember they had many years ago. I was greatly disappointed when I could not find one piece of traditional or modern enamel anywhere in Vienna or Salzburg.…

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