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Textile Artist Elaine O'Neil at the Visitor's Center

Textile artist Elaine O’Neil will be the featured artist at the Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Center, 501 W. Franklin Street, for 2ndFriday Artwalk on Friday, September 8th. The Visitors Center will serve refreshments and stay open from 6pm-9pm in support of this growing event in Chapel Hill and Carrboro.

Hillsborough resident, O’Neil, grew up in rural Maine, the great-granddaughter of a lighthouse keeper, granddaughter of a farmer, and daughter of an ardent seamstress.

She received a degree in textile design from the Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science, and has shown her work in galleries up and down the East Coast as well as in the mountains of North Carolina.

Elaine says of her work, “My artistic process begins with the simple, pure memories of my childhood. I strive to conjure up the essence of those good times and capture them through whimsy and color, stitching them together with a sense of humor and delight. Layer upon layer of fabric, stitched into place using a variety of colors and textures, brings the piece to life. In each piece I create, my hope is to evoke the kind of pleasure and delight of childhood, when life is simple, sweet, and full of endless possibilities.”