Artists demonstrate their craft at Cedar Hill

Jan 29, 2014
Nancy's Blevins silk painting artwork.

Local artists will continue to offer free demonstrations for the public at Cedar Hill Studio on Main Street Waynesville through the winter months.

Scott Bradley will be giving an oil and acrylic demonstration from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 30 at Cedar Hill followed by a watercolor/silk dye painting demo by Nancy Blevins from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 31.

Blevins (Nan) is a Haywood County native who loves these mountains and their natural surroundings along with the plants and animals in them.  Each is an inspiration for painting and therefore favorite subjects.

She graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with a degree in zoology. Her art education began 35 years ago with Belgian artist Judith Hue teaching her silk dye painting. Silk painting is a unique process of applying dyes to stretched silk with brushes.

In developing the process, Blevins has included gel medium and acrylic ink resulting in brightly colored, nearly iridescent images. Silk painting can be used for wall art and wearables such as scarves. The effect of watercolor is similar to that of dye on silk and is a natural companion in technique.

Blevins studied with Florida artist Pat Weaver to further refine her basics of design, composition, and color theory. She has both taught and attended many workshops from which she strives to bring home a “pearl of wisdom." The manner in which she strings these pearls of inspiration has developed her unique style into what it is today.

“I believe God gives all of us various gifts and talents. The more I use my will to develop these gifts, the more God’s power is developed in me. This is joy for me and I hope that comes through every piece of art I create,” she said.

Her work has been shown through various venues including The Biltmore Estate, Gallery 86, Waynesville Artists’ Co-op, and is currently in Cedar Hill Studio, Main Street, Waynesville.

George Kinney will be giving a stained glass demo from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 4.

"I have chosen stained glass as my medium for expression because I have always found stained glass windows to be relaxing and tranquil," he said. "As different light hits the glass at various times in the day, it is fascinating to me how the artwork changes. Not only do colors change, but bevels, jewels, nuggets and mirrored pieces can create an entirely different piece of art."

Kinney enjoys the process of creating an original window — from choosing the frame, designing the window to complement the frame and the room in which it will hang and the manual part of selecting and cutting the glass, foiling and then soldering the glass, and applying the finishing touches.

His work is influenced by architecture, textures, geometry and contrasts. He seldom does works with wildlife, people or landscape; preferring instead classical and contemporary stained glass window or door designs and variations.


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