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59effd24-cdcc-4703-9b7a-d267577f1f36July – September 2017

Kate Ladd at the Yoga Garden
184 East Street, Pittsboro, NC
Through August
Kate Ladd is showing nine paintings at the new Yoga Garden on East Street through the end of August. Look for the paintings in the reception lobby whenever the Yoga Garden is open. Come in and buy a painting and sign up for a class


Emma Skurnick teaches Duke University Doctors-in-Training
Emma Skurnick will be working with medical students at Duke University, teaching the doctors-in-training how to draw. Working in the anatomy lab, Emma and the students will explore the way that drawing can sharpen their powers of observation. Perhaps more importantly, drawing can also allow doctors to slow down and connect with their subjects, tapping into a different type of attention-giving.

Held throughout the semester, each class will be preceded by a discussion asking the students to think about their relationship to their own body, their thoughts about mortality, and the nature of healing. Students from Duke Divinity school will be joining the medical students, which should lead to some fascinating conversations.


Stacye Leanza Summer mini-classes & pop-ups continue!
Classes at the ArtsCenter
300-G East Main St., Carrboro, NC
Foreshortening Demystified
Mondays, Aug. 7 and 14, 6-9pm
This workshop hones in on the details that don’t get covered in the regular figure drawing class. A foreshortened pose is one where, for example, the model is pointing straight at you, or is seated and facing you. The arm or thigh is normally long and narrow, yet here it doesn’t look like that at all! Learn some tricks and techniques to understand what you are seeing, so you can draw the figure accurately. Click on the link for information or to register:

Fall semester at The ArtsCenter begins after Labor Day
The Fall class list will be posted in mid-August. Visit the link after mid-August for class information and registration!
Find your Artistic Voice, Section A
Mondays for 5 weeks, Sept. 11-Oct. 9, 11am-2pm
Mini-art-coaching sessions in a supportive group setting.
Printmaking: Monoprints & Collagraphs
Mondays for 6 weeks, Sept. 11-Oct. 16, 6:15-9:15pm
Wild & wooly, expressive & easy exploration into printmaking!

Exploring Color Part 1
Tuesdays for 3 weeks, Sept. 12-26, 6:15-9:15pm
Exploring Color Part 2
Tuesdays for 4 weeks, Oct. 3-24, 6:15-9:15pm
Learn the basics you need to know to mix any color you want in Part 1, and apply what you learned about color mixing to achieve some “special effects” in Part 2.

Please contact Stacye with any questions:


Shannon Bueker at The Joyful Jewel
44-A Hillsboro St., downtown Pittsboro, NC
Through September
Opening Reception September 3, 1-3pm
Shannon Bueker will be the Featured Artist for the month of September at the Joyful Jewel in Pittsboro. Her exhibit will be examples of her clay work–Clay for the Wall. Shannon rolls out a slab of clay, then draws and paints on it much like her paintings on paper and canvas.

There will be a reception First Sunday, September 3rd, 1 – 3pm


Reynold Maher and Julia Kennedy at Carolina Brewery
120 Lowes Drive, Suite 100, Pittsboro, NC
August 5 – October 6
Reception September 3, 3-5pm
Paintings by Reynold Maher and Julia Kennedy will be on display on the walls of the Carolina Brewery through October 6.

A reception will be held on Sunday, September 3, at the Carolina Brewery.

Michael Thompson at Page-Walker Arts and History Center
119 Ambassador Loop, Cary, NC
September 27 to November 9, 2017
Reception September 29, 6-8pm
Michael Thompson will exhibit turned wood bowls, vases, and more 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.

You are invited to come see some of the possibilities, and meet with Michael Thompson at the opening reception on September 29, from 6-8pm.

Beth Bale awarded Signature Status by the Watercolor Society of North Carolina
Beth Bale’s watercolor painting, “Chicks and Chickens”, has been juried into the 72nd annual exhibit of the Watercolor Society of North Carolina coming in October. With this latest acceptance, Beth will gain the Society’s “signature status”, conferred on artists who win two awards or have work accepted into three annual shows. Signature status members may use the initials “WSNC” after any water media painting, as a symbol of artistic accomplishment recognized by artists and art patrons.

Look for details of the WSNC upcoming show in the October newsletter!

CAG says goodbye to board member Matt Zigler and welcomes new board member Cathylee Mahin
Matt Zigler has moved away to pursue his artistic teaching goals and we will certainly miss him very much. In his 6 months with the Guild Board, Matt took on the significant responsibility of laying out the 2017 brochure design, including collecting and organizing all artists information for the brochure. We are so thankful for his efforts for the Guild, even after he knew he was moving away. Thank you, Matt!

The Board now welcomes our newest board member, Cathylee Mahin, with open arms. Cathylee heard of our upcoming vacancy on the Board and stepped up to fill Matt’s open position on the Board of Directors. She will be chairing the PR committee and helping the Studio Tour exhibition committee. Thank you, Cat, for your willingness to serve CAG in this way. We are very happy to have you!


It’s the 25th Anniversary of the Chatham Artists Guild! To celebrate, we are interviewing Guild artists who have been around for a long time!
As one of the Chatham Artists Guild’s founding members, Vidabeth Bensen has “been there’ and “done that.” And after 60 years of making art she is still doing “that.”

An accomplished Screen Printer, Vidabeth says she has been pulling ink thru original hand-cut stencils ever since her Brooklyn College days when she was asked to make posters for her actor friends in the drama department.

Japanese landscapes, Kabuki players, (more actors), and Nature have played a vital role in the evolution of Vidabeth’s imagery. While living on Okinawa in the 60s she found a Japanese calendar that inspired her to revisit printmaking. During her 27 years living and working in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East Vidabeth sketched and printed while raising a family, working as a graphic artist for USIS in Morocco and for the US Army in Germany… See more at our website: ChathamArtistsGuild/Vidabeth Interview