If you're planning to enjoy the 2nd Friday ArtWalk in Chapel Hill this Friday, Aug. 9, stop by Caffe Driade in Chapel Hill from 6 to 9 p.m. to see a small collection of paintings by Laura Oleniacz. Called "An Art Education," this exhibition includes a number of still life and landscape paintings inspired by workshops and classes taught by North Carolina's master artists. Please stop by this charming destination for some light hors d'oeuvres (while supplies last!) and to see some of Laura's new paintings, as well as some old favorites.
Presented in collaboration with Diamante Arts & Cultural Center
Opening Reception: Friday, August 9th
From 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
HERENCIA 2019 is a group blind juried show at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro, NC. This art exhibit celebrates the culture and heritage of artists in North Carolina that identify as Hispanic/Latino/Latinx. We are celebrating though the art of North Carolina Latino/Hispanic/Latinx artists including: Luis Ardila, Cornelio Campos, Gustavo De Los Rios, Socorro Hernandez-Hinek, Eduardo Lapetina, Peter Marin, Theresa P-Tan, Byron Fabian Tenesaca Guaman, Natalie Torres del Valle, and Natacha Sochat.
Exhibition runs August 1st-31st, 2019
Jade Wu is originally from Beijing, and by way of a few places around the world, has happily found her home in North Carolina. After studying at the Beijing Art Academy and with Taiwanese artist Hank Ma, she has since developed her own styles in oil and watercolor, emphasizing stillness in wildlife. Her work is primarily representational, with aesthetic influences from traditional Chinese painting, including the use of negative space, calligraphy, and minimalist compositions.
WomanCraft is happy to feature two of our shop consigners at this month’s 2nd Friday Artwalk celebration. Please come and meet:
Jennifer Strickland who fuses glass to create art pieces and jewelry. Also featured will be one of our newest consigners, Charisse Coleman, who creates wonderful botanical monoprints and mixed-media assemblages.
Jennifer’s fused glass starts with cut, crushed and powered glass that is combined and heated in a kiln to create a myriad of effects. Jennifer will be featuring her fused glass art as well as new jewelry pieces for this event.
Charisse makes direct contact botanical monoprints, also called eco prints to make mixed-media pieces, cards and framed art. She takes great joy in creating works rooted in color, composition, nature and pure image.
Join us at WomanCraft to meet these artists and learn more about them and their techniques. Enjoy the refreshments, too!
Please join us as we kick off our fall programming. Meet our instructors, learn more about their teaching style, watch demonstrations on the wheel, and more at Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation's Community Clay Studio. Come see what makes us a unique clay experience in Chapel Hill.
Join us at the 2nd Friday ArtWalk to view Sarah Jane Tart's current work, ranging from watercolor to acrylic paintings! Her most recent collection, Floral Mini Series, will be on display alongside her Fanciful Florals and Branching Out collections.
Sarah Jane Tart is a Durham-based artist and illustrator. She grew up in rural North Carolina, spending her childhood drawing and painting outside. She witnessed God's love in delicate flowers, rolling hillsides and winding creeks, which fostered her desire to explore and document everyday beauty.
Exhibit runs Aug. 1–31
AfterSchool Arts Immersion Residency with Ivan Liotchev
Opening Reception: Friday, July 12th
From 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
During this residency in April, students in grades K-5 took inspiration from the multi-faceted, non-linear nature of the internet to make mixed-media work using digital photography, drawing and collage.
“Every day we experimented, mainly using digital photography, furthering the previous day’s work. This led to each student creating a digital image at the end of the 10 days. For instance, we watched the students’ favorite YouTube videos projected on a screen and took weird photographs of them from different angles, experimenting with optical effects. We mixed it up by tossing ping-pong balls and taking photographs of the balls in motion.
Every day was a reworking of the previous day’s accomplishment, continually pushing images as far and inventively as we could.
Improvisation and play is key to this residency. We learned to let go of our expectations and embrace the unexpected. We thought about what it means to try to create something “new.” We even talked about why it’s important to create art in the first place!
Our goal was to recognize how play and experimentation are central to any creative endeavor. To let go of perceived mistakes and learn how to push them into something productive instead. To gain some awareness of the internet as a supertool for artists. And most of all, to have great amounts of fun while making stuff!” -Ivan Liotchev
Exhibition runs July 3rd-31st, 2019
Please join us for the 2nd Friday ArtWalk opening reception for artist Jason Blyskal.
"Building Blocks" features a collection of works centered around playfulness. Geometric shapes and vibrant colors intersect across multiple layers to create abstract representations of faces and structures reminiscent of 90's cartoons. Using mediums such as wood, mirror, and light, many of the pieces are intended to be interactive or functional in order to encourage viewers to play along and feel like a part of the ongoing creative process. By taking the time to get involved and consider how something abstract to one person can be many different things to another person, one can begin to understand how others see the world. This exhibition hopes to promote this form of unprejudiced play and evoke a sense of childhood wonderment for what possibilities lie in store.
Who knew that such whimsical and beautiful creations could be made with paper! Jamie Mastin is a master at working in this medium. She builds a variety of complex structures, mixing and matching colors and patterns of paper, adding texture with embossing, further dimension with inking, and sparkle and light through embellishments and LEDs. As our featured artist for July, Jamie is showing special summer themed items.
Come and meet her, watch her as she works (she’ll be doing live demos) and explore her world of colorful, creative display and gift boxes, pop-up cards, flowers, light boxes and more!
As always, light refreshments will be served.
It's 2nd Friday ArtWalk with Josh Zeldin's dynamic exhibit, The Illusion of Separation!
"I see abstract painting as a healing modality. It emphasizes feeling the sensations in your body rather than identifying with illusory thoughts of separation that are perpetuated by the ego. Abstract painting transcends concepts and forces the viewer to project onto the art if they want to perceive something conceptually meaningful. If these projections occur for you, I would invite you to observe them as a neutral witness and focus on how your body feels." -Josh Zeldin
Celebrating 20 Years of Puppetry Arts
Opening Reception: Friday, July 12th
From 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
For 2 decades this award winning troupe has been creating spectacles, manifesting dreams and inspiring audiences of all ages across the Triangle and the world.
Their work seeks to (re)connect people with the Earth and its’ creatures (including humans to each other), while deepening our empathy and capacity to feel. They strive to illuminate and reflect the beauty, wonder, and magic of the world, while also illustrating the complexities and paradoxes of humanity. All this toward justice, compassion, creativity, equity, sustainability, and peace.
Exhibition runs July 3rd-31st, 2019
Carrboro Town Hall’s "PRIDE" exhibition features a variety of work from local and regional artists whom identify in any area of the queer spectrum as well as non-queer artists’ work relevant to PRIDE ‘s theme. The exhibition is aimed at examining and celebrating the contributions of LGBTQ art and life in our community and is one of many events sponsored by the Town of Carrboro in celebration of Pride Month in June. To view a list of all Pride events, activities, and special offerings; visit https://www.townofcarrboro.org/.
Exhibition will be on display through June 2019.
Join us on this special 2nd Friday event as WomanCraft continues to celebrate Pride Month.
Our featured artisan for June, Douglas Odom, has added celebratory rainbow flair to her basketry and Seminole patchwork items for this event. The Seminoles of Southern Florida developed with own machine quilting technique to create beautiful patchwork pieces.
Douglas continues that tradition by using horizontal banks of colorful patchwork to create beautiful, utilitarian items. She sometimes incorporates her patchwork to create bases for her coiled baskets created form longleaf pine needles.
Come and meet Douglas and learn more about her work. And help us celebrate Pride Month at WomanCraft where All Are Welcome!
AfterSchool Arts Immersion Student Show
Opening Reception: Friday, June 14th
From 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The talented students in our AfterSchool Arts Immersion program are putting on an art show! The students were asked to reflect and create a piece inspired by a teaching artist or a new technique learned through the year. They are using this technique to explore and portray an emotion of their choice through their art. See their work (plus the work of some of the staff!) throughout the month of June.
Exhibition runs June 3rd-30th, 2019
Please join us for the 2nd Friday ArtWalk opening reception for artist Damien Mathis.
My Name is Damien Mathis. A Marine Combat Veteran, I’m contributing my perspective's creativity to the thought of possibilities. I want to help people overcome their anxieties of everyday problems, even if it is brief. There is a balance to our emotions and creativity. Both are unmeasured and often expressed. Becoming an artist has helped me to gain control of reflective judgement. The palette is self-rewarding. Battling the understandings of our daily problems, I feel we must engage our own imperfections. Do what you love, so people can love what you do.
Truth + Tamales
A yearlong community-based art project and social practice
art + conversation + tamales + neighbors
Opening Reception: Friday, June 14th
From 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony at 6:30 pm and a dance performance by Danza Azteca Tonantzyn de St. Thomas More at 6:45pm.
Truth + Tamales features a large-scale, collaborative, temporary public artwork built on site at The ArtsCenter by over 100 local community members and artist Mary Carter Taub in 2018 and 2019. The temporary public artwork, comprised of safety orange plastic construction fence and brightly colored vinyl ribbon, is on exhibit in the Nicholson Gallery from June 3 – 28, 2019.
Truth + Tamales is an art and social practice that strives to be a change agent for a more inclusive culture in Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Orange County. Through traditional tamale making and contemporary art making, Truth + Tamales is on a mission to strengthen relationships, build community and bridge cultural gaps by practicing a “stranger to neighbor model.” Over one year during monthly meet-ups, community members socialized, learned to cook tamales with local tamaleras, shared truths, and collectively built the public artwork on exhibit at The ArtsCenter.
The partners for this bilingual (Spanish/ English) project are Mary Carter Taub (public artist), Barbie Garayúa Tudryn (counselor) and José Nambo (teacher). Truth + Tamales is a grass roots initiative that receives support from The ArtsCenter, FPG Bilingüe School and El Centro Hispano. This project is supported by the NC Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources. Participation in Truth + Tamales was free and open to public.
Truth + Tamales on Instagram @truthandtamales
Join Liz for this 2nd Friday ArtWalk reception and enjoy her beautiful still life oil paintings! Her series "We Are All Connected", uses still life to act as powerful metaphors, and proceeds benefit the Texas Civil Rights Project. We are very happy to display her exhibit the entire month of June!
“I started painting six years ago, a retirement project. I had taken a drawing class here at the Arts Center in which one student was using pastels. I fell in love, with the rich colors, the softness, the immediacy.
I enjoyed the learning process: how to create depth using linear and atmospheric perspective, using light and dark values to show three dimensions, creating mood and drama by expressing the play of light on trees, building, people.
I’ve tried portraits and still lifes but most enjoy landscapes, urban and rural. Capturing the loveliness of nature and intricacy of architecture is a joy.
I have learned so much from other artists, most especially my two teachers Herb Slapo and Kim Werfel. Kim constantly encourages and challenges me.
I am feeling my way towards a personal style, a sort of soft-edged realism I suppose, and building confidence. I have always loved looking at art. I never expected, this late in my life, to be creating it.”
— Tim Williams
With an impassioned eye and a background as a certified medical illustrator, Marie Rossettie meticulously portrays the human body - inside and out. Using a wide variety of media, from carbon dusting to encaustics to Photoshop, her work maintains a common thread of near-photographic precision suffused with a heartfelt appreciation for the quirks and flaws that make us each unique. Marie cleanly and accurately recreates the goriest of scenes for medical journals, magazines, surgical how-tos, patient education, and legal cases.
For her series "Friends Making Funny Faces," Marie intentionally veered from the severity of her professional work in both form and function. These portraits capture her subjects at their silliest using cheap and simple materials - brushes, ink, newsprint, wallpaper paste - to convey a sense of immediacy, intimacy, and fleeting fun. Though the process revels in its rawness Marie's attention to detail and patience remains, evidenced by the glint of an eye, the strands of hair, the patterns on tongues. In collection, these portraits provide a glimpse of humanity every bit as informative and true as her medical illustrations.
Marie’s work will be on display at 109 East Franklin Street (the old Ackland Art Museum Store) throughout the weekend. All are welcome to an opening reception on Friday, May 10 from 6:00-9:00. The artist herself will hold a talk and demonstration on Saturday, May 11 at 3:00.
Laurie Hinzman White creates atmospheric, spontaneous images with unique and vibrant color palettes. Reoccurring shapes present themselves in distinct abstract compositions. Her work is created from cut paper stencils and ink applied to a smooth printing plate and run through a printing press. Each print is one-of-a-kind and not part of a numbered series.
Please join the Art Therapy Institute as we celebrate and honor another great year of working with refugees and immigrants in our local schools, resettlement agencies, and health centers. This art show will feature artwork and stories by over 200 refugee and immigrant women and children living in Orange, Durham, & Guilford Counties, from over 31 countries worldwide.
Our Gallery is honored to feature local Chapel Hill textile artist, Elaine O'Neil, the entire month of May!! Come check out her amazing exhibit & meet her this 2nd Friday for ArtWalk! Chapel Hill and NC themed originals, prints, notecards, & magnets make fantastic gifts for Moms & Grads!!!
“In film, there are two ways of including human beings. One is depicting human beings. Another is to create a film form which, in itself, has all the qualities of being human: tenderness, observation, fear, relaxation, the sense of stepping into the world and pulling back, expansion, contraction, changing, softening, tenderness of heart. The first is a form of theater and the latter is a form of poetry.”
― Nathaniel Dorsky
“In my solo show, A Few More Hours After This, in Nicholson Gallery at The ArtsCenter, in Carborro, NC, I am examining the fertile space between my painting practice and video practice. In this show, I hope to translate the ephemeralities of visual and bodily experience into precise expressions of paintings and video.
In Rosalind Krauss’s famous essay Sculpture in the Expanded Field, published in 1979 she made a precise diagram of the structural parameters of sculpture, architecture, and landscape art she tried to clarify what these Sculptural practices were, what they were not, and what they could become if logically combined.
In A Few More Hours After This, I considers two main ideas. In the first I investigate the medium-specific and phenomenological differences between a painting’s connection to time and video’s existence as time. One is a kind of physical, more immediate experience of time. The other is a larger, slower, more geological expression of time. One is frozen in a moment and the other can loop endlessly. I am also considering the material qualities of each practice and how each interact and reinforce the fragility of human emotion in relation to time, love, and loss.”
― Joy Meyer
A Few More Hours After This will run May 6 – May 30, 2019 at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro, NC. Opening reception will be part of the Second Friday Art Walk, May 10 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.
J. Meyer is a visual artist and an arts educator. Meyer’s contemporary practice spans painting, experimental video, installation, and zine making. Meyer’s work creates connections between the history of painting, phenomenology, and feminist theory to explore the metaphysics of human emotion. Meyer was also a founding member of the all-female, artist collective, Subverbal Collective which was active 2016-2018.
Meyer holds an MFA in Studio Arts from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Previously, she graduated with Distinction from University of Virginia and holds a BA in Studio Art and Art History. She is also a member of the honor society Phi Beta Kappa.
Meyer is an internationally exhibited artist having shown at the CICA Museum in South Korea, Kamloops Art Gallery, in British Columbia, at Universitet i Oslo, Norway, Vilnius Academy of Arts, Lithuania and Ideas Block LT, Lithuania.
Regionally her work has been at The Mint Museum, The Ackland Art Museum, CAM, The Carrack, and LUMP projects in North Carolina. In Virginia, at The Garage, The Bridge PAI, WTVF/Radio IQ Gallery, New City Arts, Art Works Gallery, The IX Building, and Ruffin Gallery at University of Virginia.
Her work has also appeared at The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center in Covington, Kentucky, Red Ink Studios in San Francisco, and at LACDA in Los Angeles.
More information can be found online at www.jjmeyer.org or on Instagram @joy__meyer
Inspiration comes from all directions at WomanCraft! These two artisans have joined forces for the 2nd Friday Artwalk in May to display pottery by Frumet Raskin-Miller (LateBloomerPottery) that is inspired by quilting patterns and techniques. Dottie Fiddleman will feature her work as well – works of art made with fabric, thread and a lot of creativity!
LateBloomerPottery creates functional pottery using the potter's wheel, handbuilding and a combination of the two. For this ArtWalk, the focus has been on creating pottery that reflect the aesthetic of quilting. The pieces are embellished with patterns and textures created by pushing handmade stamps into soft clay in order to create the feel of fabrics stitched together. Some of the pieces were decorated using a "pin wheel", a tool used by quilters while marking fabrics prior to cutting out pieces.
Dottie Fiddleman will share through live demonstrations how her creations come together and discuss the techniques in her craft that inspires others. So join us for an evening of fun and creativity!
New, large, "1 of 1" photographic prints, framed with great care, and a little gimmicky. The majority of the pictures are spared digital effects, but are clearly more influenced by abstract expressionism than the canon of photography.
2nd Friday ArtWalk: "Sacred Wasteland: Selected Works by the MFA Class of 2019" at Ackland Art Museum
Explore "Sacred Wasteland: Selected Works by the MFA Class of 2019" during the Ackland’s extended 2nd Friday ArtWalk hours (10 AM – 9 PM).
6:30 PM | Performance: when they become us.
when they become us. is a collaborative, socially-engaged performance event co-organized by Jonh Blanco, ShaLeigh Dance Works, and the Ackland Art Museum as part of Sacred Wasteland: Selected Works by the MFA Class of 2019. Held outdoors adjacent to the Ackland Art Museum’s entrance, it is a performance that invites audience, community, and dancers to become participants in creating authentic group movement that examines the concepts of undocumented, transitional, irregular, displaced, migrating, refugee, illegal, and unlawful vessels and bodies.
Immediately Following | Artist Q&A
Following when they become us., stay for a Q&A with participating artists led by guest curator William Paul Thomas.