Local nature and wildlife photographer Al Denelsbeck is featured at the Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitor’s Bureau for November’s 2nd Friday Artwalk. His focus is primarily on close-up and low-level perspectives, and the appeal of selective tableaux, often with a certain level of abstraction; he is delighted to produce an image from something that is right in front of everyone yet never noticed. Al also teaches photography within the Triangle, found through his site at http://www.wading-in.net/
The Visitors Center will be open for 2nd Friday Art walk on Friday, May 11th from 6pm-9pm. Live music by Allison Weiner, Mahalo Jazz, in the Visitors Center and art by Joan Vandermeer. Also featured will be the work of Linda Prager. http://www.frankisart.com/linda-prager/
Linda Prager has been working with clay since 1976. Initially, she focused on the wheel, but ultimately decided that hand building gave her the techniques needed to create the type of sculptural, yet functional pieces that she is most drawn to. She uses texture, color, and non-glazed surfaces to achieve her creative vision. She has begun to create purely sculptural pieces, a natural progression of her artistic journey. Since moving to North Carolina in 2010, Linda has studied at Penland, Cullowhwee Mountain Arts, and Claymakers and has attended ceramic conferences.
After Joan’s retirement from Duke Medical Center as a Clinical Nurse Specialist, she discovered a world of painting. Joan likes to paint on many surfaces and use textures to create depth and balance in the painting. Joan has exhibited her work widely. “I have had lots of patrons over the years, many repeat buyers, and while I am not a well-known painter, I am a painter who has had lots of luck. My work graces the halls of hospitals, clinics, law offices, Veterinary clinics and many homes throughout the USA, Canada and Europe. My work has been written about in many magazines and featured on their pages. One of my paintings "Spotty's Birthday Party" is part of a coloring book for patients at Duke Medical Center.” http://www.joanvandermeer.com/
Alison is an improvising musician. performing, teaching, facilitating, coaching. Creator/caretaker of mahaloArts. degrees and careers in architecture and music. Graduate of Music for People’s Musician and Leadership Program. Began life in NY, then NC, HI, FL, now back in the North Carolina community of Saxapahaw, a fabulous little place smack in between the Triangle and Triad regions, where music, the creative arts and sustainable living in general is vigorously intersecting. Just getting warmed up. Y’all come say hey, stay a spell. we’ll do our part to save the world.
Steve Hessler paints representational landscapes in traditional oils on stretched canvas and gessoed panels. Much of his work is painted plein air, although he also paints from sketches and photographs in his studio.
Hessler loves the simple vernacular cottages found in the local countryside and in Carrboro and the lines of handmade working boats. He hopes that his paintings will encourage the preservation of vernacular dwellings and handcrafted vessels.
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. My process begins by approaching each textile collage with a simple sketch. Then through snips and cuts, my scissors, like a painter’s brush,slowly reveal the image. 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.”
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.”