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October 2013

4th Annual Alamance Studio Tour Takes Place - Oct. 12 & 13, 2013

The 4th Annual Studio Tour of the Alamance County, NC, will be held in various locations around Alamance County on Oct 12, 10am-5pm & Oct. 13, 2013, from noon-5pm. The Tour is sponsored by the Alamance Artisans Guild and the Alamance County Arts Council.

On this weekend forty-nine painters at 26 venues, including quilters, potters, jewelers, fine woodworkers, fabric and mixed media artists, weavers, photographers and makers of both fused and stained glass will be on hand to show, sell, and discuss their work. All events including visits to studios are free and open to the public.

This is the fourth year that the Alamance Artisans Guild Studio Tour has been held to rave reviews from visitors and artists alike. The goal of the Tour has always been to showcase the many talents of fine artists and craftspeople throughout Alamance County and to make their work available and accessible to the public. It is an excellent chance for lovers of art and fine crafts and for those interested in the creative process to observe artists and artisans at work, and to see how their artistry enriches all our lives.

The studio listed as number one on the Tour map, is located north of Burlington, NC. Antje Shiflett’s studio will have floral and landscape paintings. At Glencoe Village (#2, #3), a charming historic mill town you’ll fine Recycled Folks of Ann Brownlee Hobgood; watercolorist, Lilla Harriman & Marlane Harriman; painter and fused-glass artist, Donny Bell; watercolorist and acrylic painter, Sharon Daggers; weaver, Lynn Pownell; and sculptor, Joyce Sandoval.

In Burlington you’ll find abstract and collage painter, Melissa Walker; and glass artist, Chris Burnside. At Steve Cann’s studio, potters Liz Barnard, Patty Boylan Donnelly and Juuliana Zunde will join Steve. Jonhathan Garner’s functional art is also in Burlington. And nearby in Elon, NC, is Jeff Clark and his home funishings and B.J. Eisel’s quilts.

One of the towns in Alamance County, Mebane, NC, has 19 artists on the tour! At Jill Troutman’s studio (#10) you’ll find painters Jill, Nancy Garrett and Loretta Park. Carolyn Bell (#11) will display her lovely florals and landscapes. At her studio she will also have artists Janae Lehto and her colored pencil artworks, Arianna Bara and her silver jewelry and photographer Lee Capps. Jude Lobe of Osprey Studios (#12) will be exhibiting oil paintings, cold wax & oil paintings, and enamels. Celine Meador, Celine Meador Studios, presents both representational and abstract art. Meador will be displaying with fabric artist Ali Givens, at ARCA (#15).

If your interest lies in pottery, why not visit Susan Kern at Falcon Lane Pottery (#13) to view wheel-thrown functional pottery. Potters Pamela Groben and Elizabeth Mize will also be at Falcon Lane Pottery.

Favorite Designs Studio (#14) where Larry Favorite creates ironwood boxes, vases, bowls and sculptures, will also be showing Melissa Favorites ironwood artworks and Anna Kurtz’ inlaid ironwood jewelry. At Martha Hamblin’s studio (#16) you will find Martha’s handbuilt pottery and also her luminous photography. Also at Hamblin’s studio displaying art quilts is Maureen Wartski. Her vivid hangings and quilts await you. See also glass artist Elizabeth Jones with her jewelry and pressed glass. Come, have fun, and enjoy Mebane’s wonderful art! And while you are here, visit the historic downtown on Clay Street with eateries, antique shops and more.

Other towns, like Saxapahaw, NC, and Graham, NC, will take you to studios located in the beautiful rural areas of the county. Larry Johnson’s art “Life in the Past Lane”, James Duxbury’s turned wood art, Coy Quakenbush’s southwestern art pottery, Walter Creech’s realism paintings and Jan Holloman’s Little Dog Pottery of functional and decorative pottery are all in Graham. Studios like Steve Durland’s (#22) where his art is displayed both outside hanging on banners and within his uniquely shaped yurt. In the same area is Cindy Biles sculptures (#23), Jean Kaplan’s weavings (#24), and O’Neal Jones’ studio (#25) , where he produces wood furniture and wall art is also on tour and you’ll see the machinery that helps produce the fine workmanship.

Other studios, like Pam Watts studio listed with a Liberty, NC, address is actually only a short drive through a beautiful country setting outside Burlington. There will be five artists, Pam Watts, Janyth Fredrickson, Beverly McAnulty, Christie Minchew and Pat Scheible there to greet you at studio (#26).

Enjoy a scenic tour of Alamance County,while visiting the diverse artistic community.

For further information or to download a brochure visit (http://AlamanceStudioTour.com/map.html).

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