2023 marks the 29th year for the Orange County Artists Guild’s Annual Open Studio Tour. During the first two weekends in November, more than 100 artists located throughout Orange County will be participating in this juried event and opening their studios to visitors. OCAG’s Open Studio Tour is a rare opportunity for art lovers from Orange County and beyond to meet artists in their places of work, to view and purchase art directly from the artists, and in many instances to watch as artists demonstrate how they create their pieces. Studio Tour brochures and maps to the participants’ studios are available at the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts and other area locations or on the Guild website: http://www.ocagnc.org
Many of the artists on the 2023 tour will have work in the OCAG Preview Exhibit at the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts, from October 24th through November 12th. The preview show is a wonderful opportunity for a first look at the work on the tour and can help you plan your tour route.
Five members of the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts will be among those participating in this year’s tour: Catharine Carter, Eduardo Lapetina, Jason Smith, Nancy Smith and Pringle Teetor.
Catharine Carter’s studio is located at 705 Kensington Drive in Chapel Hill, #61 on the tour map. Catharine creates photo-based images which are at once playful, fantastical, and serious, exploring visual stories and dreams with universal themes.
Eduardo Lapetina’s studio is 318 North Estes Drive, Chapel Hill, at #67 on the tour map. This is his 14th year participating on the tour. Lapetina will show new abstract paintings with vibrant colors and in various sizes, including some very large pieces.
Jason Smith creates abstract metal sculptures in steel and copper using both fabricated and reclaimed material. Jason’s studio is #3 on the map at 1709 NC HWY 86 North, in Hillsborough. His sculpture has an emphasis on the abstract and is often Asian inspired.
Nancy Smith’s studio is #45, at 201 Morningside Drive, in Carrboro. She will have intriguing contemporary mixed media paintings of figures, animals and nature.
Glass artist Pringle Teetor will be on the tour for the 12th year. She’ll be showing again at Ali Given’s home studio, (#15) located at 3611 Mijos Lane in Chapel Hill. Pringle’s blown glass and Ali Given’s textile art complement each other perfectly. There will be plenty of colorful work to see.
An opening reception for the exhibit will be held on Friday, October 27th from 6-9pm at the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts, located in the Mercantile Building at 121 North Churton Street in historic downtown Hillsborough, North Carolina. For more information visit the Gallery website: www.HillsboroughGallery.com.
About the Gallery
The Hillsborough Gallery of Arts is owned and operated by 21 local artists and represents these established artists exhibiting contemporary fine art and fine craft. The Gallery’s offerings include watercolor, acrylic and oil paintings, sculpture, ceramics, photography, digital art, photomontage, jewelry, glass, metals, encaustic, enamel, and handcrafted furniture. Hours: Monday – Saturday 10-6, Sunday 12-4.
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