Free art demos continue at Cedar Hill

Feb 19, 2014
A bowl made by Neal and Elesa Osman

Local artist Nick DePaolo will be holding an acrylic demonstration from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 20 at Cedar Hill Studio on Main Street, Waynesville.

DePaolo has been painting ever since he can remember and said he enjoys most all of the mediums. The last demo at Cedar Hill, he used oil and for February he will be painting with acrylic.

After attending the University of Illinois at Chicago, the Harrington Institute of Design and spending 16 years in the Navy as an illustrator and then teaching at the college level for another 16 years, he then focused on the medium of his choice.

Following his passion in Waynesville allowed him to express himself in oil, watercolor, acrylic, drawing and teaching.

"Teaching is an absolute joy for me," DePaolo said. "Waynesville truly has the potential to be a real destination for local artists. So many businesses are willing to display artist's  work which urges visitors to be more aware and appreciative of local art."

Visit him at Long Grove Art School or Dominick DePaolo on Face Book or email him at

Nancy Blevins will be holding a watercolor/silk dye painting demonstration from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 21 at Cedar Hill. Blevins 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.

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.

Patti Dutton will hold a fiber art demonstration from noon to 5 p.m. Feb. 25 at Cedar Hill Studio.

Marilyn Sullivan will hold a quilt art demonstration from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 26 at Cedar Hill.

Neal and Elesa Osman will hold a woodturning and artist demonstration from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 27 at Cedar Hill. They both attended meetings at the Carolina Mountain Woodturners at the Folk Art Center in Asheville to learn techniques from the master woodturners from all over the world. Retirement enabled them to develop a leisure time activity that they enjoy doing together.

"I feel the passion for art begins at birth beyond one's control. It is an obsession that through repetition develops into a talent later recognized by others.  One could answer, I've always been an artist," Elesa said.

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