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25th Annual Chatham Studio Tour, first two weekends in December!

Opening Reception at Chatham Mills
480 Hillsborough St, Pittsboro
Friday, December 1, 7 – 9pm

The 2017 Chatham Artists Guild Studio Tour takes place the first two weekends in December! Visit artists in their studios the next two Saturdays from 10am to 5pm, and Sundays from 12pm to 5pm.

Start the Studio Tour at the Opening Reception at Chatham Mills on Friday, from 7 – 9pm. See artwork by every Studio Tour artist and pick up a Tour brochure! The reception is free and open to the public.

Please carpool to the opening, if possible, to make parking a lot easier!

Visit the Chatham Artists Guild website for more information:
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Northwood High School Jazz at Studio Tour Opening Reception

This year we have a special treat! The Northwood High School Jazz ensemble will play during the Opening Reception. Come hear the jazz ensemble play, then view the fine artwork by students from Chatham County Schools that fills Chatham Mill’s hallways!

Jim Aiken at Carolina Brewery
120 Lowes Drive, Suite 100, Pittsboro, NC
November 25 to 1st week of January

Paintings in oil and acrylic by Jim Aiken are on view at the Carolina Brewery & Grill, from November 25 to early January. The thirteen paintings are a selection from several years of work depicting nature scenes and lighthearted portraits, including images of people, cityscapes, and even a whimsical still life.

Visit Jim at his studio during Studio Tour to see more of this collection of paintings!

Vidabeth Bensen 2018 Calendar and Tea Towel prints

Vidabeth’s 2018 calendar tea towel and 2018 calendar will be available during Studio Tour, along with new T-shirts, cards, and framed and unframed prints. Visit Vidabeth in her studio, #13 on the Tour!

Jeff and Jon Clark at Christmas Holiday Shoppe 2017
St Thomas More Friends and Family Hall
940 Carmichael St., Chapel Hill, NC

Guild Artists Jeff and Jon Clark will show wood crafts in the Christmas Holiday Shoppe at the St. Thomas More Friends and Family Hall in Chapel Hill. Their collection includes fine bowls, platters, cutting boards, pens, kitchen tools, rolling pins, lamps, shaving kits, ikebana flower arrangers, and many other items that make wonderful holiday season gifts!

Stacye Leanza teaches Winter Semester Classes

Stacye has a Winter Holiday Gift Certificate Offer in progress. If a special person in your life is hungry for some in-depth private art lessons or other creative art experiences, please visit Stacye’s website at for an offer of Gift Certificates at 5 lessons for the price of 4! Gift Certificates for single lessons are also available. Offer ends on Dec. 21. Please email Stacye with your questions at

Stacye’s Winter Class offerings at The ArtsCenter
300-G East Main St., Carrboro
Classes will be posted on the ArtsCenter website after December 1, Please visit to search for registration and class information in December! Contact Stacye for more information about classes at

Figure Life Drawing
Mondays Jan. 8 to Feb.19, seven weeks from 6:15 – 9:15pm

Heighten your visual awareness with tools and exercises designed to access the creative (right) side of the brain. We will draw from the model, focusing on process (skill-building) more than product. This is a high-energy class! It will help you loosen up as your drawing skills improve. Demos, lots of practice, and individual guidance are provided. Ideal for beginners, as well as practicing professionals. Limited to 12 students.
Please register for this class by Jan. 3rd at 4 PM!

Find Your Artistic Voice
Section A: Mondays January 15 to February 12, five weeks from 11am – 2pm

This on-going class offers tools & techniques to help you find a clear path to your creative source. Warm-ups and exercises are designed to by-pass your inner critic, encourage artistic exploration, and increase confidence in your authentic self-expression. If you are at the beginning of your art-making journey or need guidance in taking the next big leap, this class is for you.
Please register for Sec. A by Jan. 10th at 4 PM!

Here’s another in our series of artist interviews celebrating our 25th Anniversary.
One could call Lara O’Keefe a second generation Guild member, as she studied pottery with long time guild member Mark Hewitt. Here’s an excerpt of her story.

Lara O’Keefe has a “clay personality” or so she was told early on in her career. To be more specific Lara is earthy, warm, and has a rich common sense about her. When speaking to what excites her, she says it is extremely satisfying to look up and see racks full of pots at the end of a day of throwing.

“The first few – you never get it right. Like anything in life, you have to do it a thousand times, ten thousand times, to make something look effortless.”

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