Current News Letter

October- November 2017

It’s our 25th Anniversary! Come celebrate with us!
Pittsboro Roadhouse, 39 West St. Pittsboro
November 17th at 6pm

This December will be the Chatham Artists Guild 25th Annual Open Studio Tour. 25 Years of opening our hearts, minds, and studios to adventurous art lovers from all over.
To celebrate, we are having a party!

Come to the Pittsboro Roadhouse for stories, toasts, music, and dancing! The soulful, funky Zambamboogee will play for us, and may bring along some sultry, bluesy friends to play, too. You will be up on the dance floor in no time flat!

There will be light refreshments, and a cash bar. Tickets are $15. Your ticket purchase will help us achieve our mission of providing art opportunities to the people of Chatham County and beyond.

Thank you for supporting Chatham Co. artists over the past 25 years. We couldn’t do it without you!

Nature Journaling in the Garden with Jane Eckenrode

North Carolina Botanical Garden
100 Old Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill
Saturday, October 7th 1 – 4:30pm

Whether you are just getting started, want to add visual notes to a written journal, or simply enjoy drawing what you see, learn about portable drawing materials and techniques to take outdoors. Build confidence and improve your drawings though demonstrations and practice, then venture outdoors with your journal to observe diverse blooms, fruits, seeds, and pods at the Garden!

Go to and click on the yellow “Calendar & Registration” button for workshop information and online registration.

Visit to see more of Jane’s nature journal.

Michael Thompson at Page-Walker Arts and History Center

119 Ambassador Loop, Cary, NC
Through November 9

Michael Thompson’s turned wood bowls, vases, and more are on display in an exhibit titled “Beneath the Bark”.  The natural beauty of trees enhances our life every day. Beneath the bark of trees lies an unseen beauty that is revealed and enhanced by an expert artist/craftsman, through the process of woodturning. Come see some of the possibilities!

Rita Baldwin at The Nature Art Gallery
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
11 West Jones Street, Raleigh
November 1 to 26

Rita Baldwin’s solo show of paintings, “Nature’s Entrancement”, will be on display November 1 in The Nature Art Gallery, at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh.

There will be a gallery reception on Saturday, November 4 from 2-4 pm.

Jeff and Jon Clark at Christmas Carousel Holiday Gift Market
Jim Graham Building at the NC State Fairgrounds
1025 Blue Ridge Road, 
November 24, 25 and 26

Chatham Artists Guild Artists Jeff and Jon Clark will exhibit their wood turnings in the Christmas Carousel Holiday Gift Market of 2017 over the Thanksgiving weekend. The show is open on Friday and Saturday from 9 am – 6 pm, and on Sunday from 11 am-5 pm.

Visit for more information.

Coming in November: Find Your Muse at the ArtsCenter
Stacye Leanza will teach 2 classes
The ArtsCenter, 300-G East Main Street, Carrboro

This class is a good place to try stretching your wings in a supportive environment, with other brave souls who are devoting time to their artistic growth. Get individual guidance for your own projects, or do exercises provided to get your creative juices flowing, and access your powerful inner voice. Be prepared: you may grow in ways you didn’t expect!

Drawing the Portrait
Mondays: November 6 to December 18, seven weeks from 6:15 – 9:15pm

We’ll start with the structure of the head, neck, shoulders, and facial features. Then we’ll delve into the sublime & juicy stuff: expression! Including the subtle changes that can alter the expression entirely. Different races & age groups will be covered, so you can draw anyone on the planet.

Here’s the link for more info, or to sign up:

Please sign up for this class by 3.59pm on Wednesday, Nov. 1!

E-mail me with your questions:

To help commemorate our 25th Anniversary, here is an excerpt from another interview with a long time Studio Tour Participant!

If you want a taste of fearless creativity, make a point to visit Kate Ladd’s Blue Heron Studio during December’s Chatham Artists Studio Tour.

Kate’s studio is in her house and shines as an example of her boundless imagination. Kate, now 75 years old, is one of the earliest members of the Chatham Artists Guild, having joined the Guild just a couple years after its inception in 1992. Kate’s artwork benefits greatly from her early experience as a decorative artist working for interior designers, and then herself, designing and painting whimsical artworks on the walls, doors and furniture of her client’s homes all over Chatham County. These works can be seen in many public spaces as well, such as the washrooms in S & T Soda Shoppe in downtown Pittsboro.

Acrylic paint is her medium of choice. Over the past 50 years she has lived in many places from Boston to Santa Fe, New Mexico…[read more here: Kate Ladd blog]