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Strikings – applied patterns and theme

Notes from my Artist Studios of Fearrington Village preview tour…


Vidabeth Bensen

Original hand-pulled screen prints
— cards, calendars, t-shirts and framable prints

[#15 on the ASFV studio tour map]

(c) Vidabeth Bensen

(c) Vidabeth Bensen

    Of all the art techniques I have tried, I have to say print-making is probably the most difficult to pull off, second only to etching.  Vidabeth has triumphed over the process of enacting the multiple steps of designing the print, preparing the screen(s) and then inking and pulling in such a way there is no perceived effort evident.

   Vidabeth gave a mini tutorial on making the screens and shared her long teaching career outside the US, and her collections. Her discussion of the process and all she puts into it -as well as the prints’ blossoming from her experiences in Europe, Asia and the Middle East- leaves me in awe to know the finished prints are a just single pieces of paper.   

    I chose this image to highlight here for two important reasons. It displays multiples of the Chinese character for “Art” and, as I didn’t take the opportunity to buy a t-shirt she sells of this marking, this post is a great way to remember the image. The ink and background colors in this piece, as well as the texture of the paper it is on make it very conducive to a happy patch of bamboo.



Murry Handler

Award winning contemporary acrylics, bold ink-brush prints, diverse styles

[#19 on the ASFV studio tour map]

(c) Murry Handler

(c) Murry Handler

    I am presenting this partial image of one of the many paintings I fell in love with of Murry’s. This piece is both painting and illustration, both static and full of movement. As is Murry’s history. He began as tight-lined, deadline-oriented Illustrator and is now a free flowing, mistake forgiving artist wielding a dream brush. 

   I love the movement Murry’s splatters have as well as the clean-lined pine cones and needles. I also love the pine cones being the only objects with color, almost reminding me of the drapes Mom had years ago – this painting makes me smile with a bit of wistfulness.

   Over all, I believe Murry when he mentions how his paintings “take shape while [he is] semi-asleep.” The muscle memory he stored up after the years as an illustrator must allow him to jump past any pause of how to represent his thoughts- even if it is just a mere suggestion of an object. One can accept his brush shows him the way.



Artist Studios of Fearrington Village Studio Tour 2015

I hope you are able to make it out to the First Ever Artists’ Studio at Fearrington Village —Please share your favorite Triangle artist in the comment section and perhaps I will introduce them here as well!

Fearrington, the first of the first

Artist Studios at Fearrington Village Open Studio Tour

Artist Studios at Fearrington Village Open Studio Tour APRIL 11 & 12 2015

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!!  Smile

  • 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).



Forrest Greenslade – forrest@organicforrestry.com

Reynold Ed Maher – ermaher@nc.rr.com

Kinetic*: Vietta Maher’s sculptures (fish, movement, ballerinas) and Horty Jacob’s necklaces (fishing lures and inherent but personal kinetics)

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Vietta Maher – vietta.maher@gmail.com Horty Jacobs – horty@nc.rr.com

*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)

VBenson MHand
Vidabeth Bensen – houseoflifeprints.com Murry Handler – mhand59333@embarqmail.com

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


I have been lucky to know some of the great artists and teachers in the Triangle area. Some are professional teachers of art, some are professional artists that teach their craft, and some are the art objects themselves!

…Every person interested in local art from the Triangle area should get to know these folks and their art! Do you have an inspirational artwork or artist in your life you’d like to add to the discussion? Share with us in the comment section.

Over the next few weeks I’ll be focusing these posts on the art and artists nearest me and then move concentrically through the Triangle as my “sightings and lightings” lead.