Emily Eve Weinstein Studio/Gallery
501 Landerwood Lane, Chapel Hill, NC
DIRECTIONS: Off of Ephesus Church Road
HOURS: Both weekends or by appointment 364 days a year
PHONE: 919-942-2607 or 919-360-6980
When I was about three, I determined that my favorite subject was the family cat. A few decades later it is the same, with the addition, however, of landscapes, mixed media, recycled materials, and large projects featuring books and murals.
Originally from New York, I spent five formative years in Europe, two in Greece, then three years divided between Paris for art school and England for my first year of college. At Virginia Common-wealth University I got a BFA, then migrated to Upstate NY where I was hired as a resident artist in the schools painting murals. When the grant ended, I bought a van and traveled through the US and Canada, painting the unwinding scenery. Settling in Durham in 1982, I originated two businesses, Pet & People Portraiture and Murals-by-Many. I also wrote my first manuscript.
Many years & art adventures later, a publisher asked if I could envision turning my moon painting series into a book. Thus Moon Book, a collection of 72 full-moon paintings with the diary. I kept. Cat Book I developed a style of monoprint portraits of my feline subjects, along with their life stories. Dog Book was created with more classically rendered oil portraits along with a short biography of each animal. Saving Magic Places consists of inter-views concerning an amazing tale of victory, heavily illustrated with portraits and landscapes of the Piedmont area.
In 2010 I discovered the joy of making handmade books; so began my 25-Year Book Project in which I make only 50 copies of each year's 6"x6" book. The first volume, 2009-'10, highlights my crazy homemade wedding with its tribute to recycled material. Volume II is about the A to Z of creating a mural in a perfect bound book with individually painted covers. Volume III is a triptych which covers the subject of a) Travel b) Flowers and c) Pets and fits into a faux painted sleeve, re-formatted from a cereal box. The 25-year Handmade Book Series is only sold through my home gallery.
I joined Womancraft in 2010, where for five delightful hours I get to hang out in an ever-changing space with lively, perceptive, artistic women and the occasional guy. In November I take part in the Orange County Artist Guild Tour.
Seven days a week.... my landscape painting can be found at Womancraft at the Shops at Eastgate and at NC Craft Gallery in Carrboro, along with original art work from my books, three of the commercially published books, wood portrait cut-outs, greeting cards, and Bad Brushes Turned into Good Cats. I foster two or three cats at a time who need real homes and often feature rescues in my art work.
This spring I will be teaching Plein Air painting through the Art Center in Carrboro.