Last weekend, I spent a fabulous morning on yet another art tour – the Media Preview of the very first Fearrington Village Artist Open Studio Tour! I was invited by Leslie Palmer (lesliepalmerfineart.com), one of the Fearrington Artists, who opened my eyes, broadened my blog boundaries, and made me an enthusiastic devotee of this very special Art Destination. Now, I’ve known of the Belties (but not the Beltie Goats!) and the Inn, built by R.B. Fitch, is legendary – and perhaps I ran across a recipe by one of the Chefs… but how I missed the fact that the entire development is an Art Destination was the prize of this Pittsboro puzzle! Fearrington background: Fearrington Village as an Art Destination is the vision of Artist Studios at Fearrington Village, the artists’ group. Leslie described to me how, when she was developing the ASFV Marketing plan, she learned it is “very unusual for an artists’ group to have one but we do and it is actually working!” Following is the list of Fearrington Artists as I was introduced to them by Leslie that day – all of whom I would love to stay connected to when they are part of Salons or other shows. And, Reynold, I need that cookie recipe!!
- Forrest Greenslade (#2 on the ASFV map) – Highly stylized organic sculptures and paintings, derived from a life-long love of nature any mythology (and an AirBnB!)*
- Vietta Maher (#3) – Playful Things, Kinetic sculptures and Reynold Ed Maher (#4) – Mixed-media, acrylic, oil pastel and watercolor pencil
- Horty Jacobs (#13) – Enchanting necklaces to appeal to every taste: chic, elegant, bold, whimsical, extravagant (previous life as photographer of ‘old things forgotten’)
- Vidabeth Bensen (#15) – Hand-screened original prints, cards, calendars and T-shirts
- Murry Handler (#19) – contemporary acrylics, bold ink-brush prints ( illustrator background).
I will be presenting these artist in the following pairs. The images are taken from the ASFV brochure:
Voices: Forrest Greenslade’s sculptures and paintings from nature (professional voice) and Reynold Maher’s mixed media paintings (reflections from his inner voice).
Kinetic*: Vietta Maher’s sculptures (fish, movement, ballerinas) and Horty Jacob’s necklaces (fishing lures and inherent but personal kinetics)
*alternate title: “Insights” – Vietta’s seeing everything in everything; Horty’s “seeing beauty in the faded, cracked, rusted surfaces transformed by the relentless power of time and elements” in her photography.
Strikings: Vidabeth Bensen’s printed and Murry Handler’s applied patterns – (duo-tri color themes)
Let us begin – and Thank You for coming along! Look for my next blogs of my favorites pieces from these ASFV artists above (Voices, Kinetic and Stroke) in the next coming weeks.
Thank you’s and final thoughts … Our tour took roughly 3 hours to cover all six – please read the bios and preview the art online to plan your trip accordingly. I do not feel I spent enough time with these artists simply due to other demands on my time – perhaps I’ll make reservations at The Artists’ Garret at Fearrington to catch up with the others on another tour next visit! Personal note from Leslie: “I must mention that there are 20 artists opening their studios.. I have heard from several artists who are disappointed that you were not able to visit theirs.. You are welcome to come back anytime! “ Thank you so much for this introduction to the artists of the Art Studios at Fearrington Village and this wonderful Art Destination, Leslie – we’ll be back! Thank you as always for accompanying me, Evelyn – always a joy and usually an adventure!! -rj Randi Jean Veiberg Editor, ArtBlogTriangle.com