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Alamance Arts

213 S. Main St, Graham, NC
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"Grape Season," Oil Painting by Laine Francis

Paintings That Tell Stories...

Thursday, January 25 – Saturday, March 10, 2018
Artful Gathering Opening Reception:  Friday, January 26, 6-8 p.m., hosted by friends of the artist (Denise & Allen Gant, Nancy & Clay Hemric, Anne & Jim Powell, Norma & Alan White)

Just a glance at the work of this artist and you know she sees beauty everywhere -whether the shadowed arches of a crumbling Italian bridge or the graceful tilt of a tulip stem.  Light, movement, and color infuse the canvas of every painting.

Though an artist by nature and eye, Francis has studied with notable painters such as C.W. Mundy, Lori Putnam, Scott Christensen, Alice Williams, Nancy Franke, Connie Winters, and Jill Steenhuis, She is a member of AIS, and WPSE. Her art has enjoyed increasing popularity in the past few years and she has painted several special commissions, which are displayed throughout the state and in private homes. 

A native of North Carolina, Francis received a BA from UNC-Chapel Hill.  She continues to enjoy traveling the world photographing the scenes that will be recreated in a unique expression of her soul, spirit, and discerning eye.  

Click HERE to visit the artist's website.

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SunTrust Gallery

"Freewheelin' Twenty-four," Print
by Barbara Rizza Mellin


Thursday, January 25 – Saturday, March 10, 2018

After relocating to North Carolina from Boston nine years ago and establishing a studio with a small press in her home, Mellin has focused on printmaking and “loves to experiment with elements of the printing process: plates, color, materials, composition and became intrigued with the idea that one very simple, small pattern could offer endless possibilities of design, much like a simple piece of material in a quilt.”

Using the definition of Freewheelin’ “to ride a bicycle with the pedals at rest, especially downhill or to act without concern for rules, conventions, or the consequences of one's actions”, she explains that “each work of art in this series is a collage of 4” x 4” photographic images of a 4” x 4” hand-pressed linoleum block print.  The pattern of the original lino-cut print is a quarter circle segment of a bicycle tire, consisting of straight lines (the spokes) and curved (tire/circle edge).   It is something known to most viewers, yet seems, in this fragmented form, to take on a life of its own.

“The possibilities of composition and design are endless. And that is the beauty and challenge of the series, and what I believe it a major part of its appeal. I have limited the collage components to four strong basic colors: red, yellow, blue and green. (Each color was originally hand printed.)  The added element of color offers yet another layer to the variation possibilities. Still, the limited palette (four colors only) does not overwhelm the basic concepts and theme of the series.” says Mellin.

Click HERE to visit the artist's website

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Paramount Theater


128 East Front Street, Burlington, NC

"Agglomeration-Phenomenon" Painting                 by Joe Rizzolo

joe rizzolo

friday february 9 - april 9, 2018 

Joe Rizzolo has been creating visual art in one form or another since he was a kid.  “It started with cartooning and sketching, turned into sculpture, briefly turned into art-bot design, and turned into painting over a period of years (mostly acrylics) - first with free-form, immediate abstracts, and then larger scale paintings that blend free-form with intentional composition.”

Before the Meditations and Revelations series, he had been working smaller-- both drawings and paintings, and wanted to experiment with working on a larger scale. So Rizzolo took some of his smaller works, cut them into frames as stand-alone pieces and glued them all over a canvas.

Rizzolo says, “I didn't have a plan really.  I started filling-in between the pieces with design, and eventually when I had filled-in enough space, I stepped back, and I noticed the canvas seemed to have turned into something. I found that the process of making these paintings was meditative for me.  They require attention to be very focused in the moment, without the necessity of language and without the necessity to name the imagery.  I like that the paintings themselves seem to call up a meditative state. What was revealed to me later was that there was a lot contained in the paintings:  The dualities of chaos and order; and of individuality and the collective.  I liked that there were two realms.  The realm of the individual small pieces, and the realm of the entity-- or collective-- and the paintings could be viewed that way.  The paintings seem to speak, overall, to the collective, or an emerging collective (hopefully).”

Click HERE to watch a video about the artist 

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Mebane Arts and Community Center

633 Corregidor Street, Mebane, NC

"Tangerines," Oil Painting by Judy Madren

Judy Madren

Thursday, January 11 – Monday, March 5, 2018

Judy Madren’s lifelong love of art began as a child with paint-by- number kits. She studied for years under the instruction of Florence Riddle and Betty Tyler. Madren is a versatile artist with experience in a variety of mediums, including acrylics, oils, pastels, pen and ink, and more recently – watercolors. Throughout the years her style has evolved from precision and replication to creating work that is driven by emotion and personal interpretation. Madren’s art encompasses a broad subject matter and her pieces have been displayed in many local galleries and establishments.

Her most recent passion has become painting with watercolors. “I love the transparency even though I still strive to use strong colors,” she says. Madren feels fortunate to have the opportunity to enforce her passion with various watercolor instructors in the area and beyond Alamance County. As a resident of Elon, she supports the local arts community and displays and sells her work in galleries and events.

The Mebane Arts and Community Center is open Mon-Fri 9 am - 5 pm

To purchase artwork from the Paramount Theater or the Mebane Arts and Community Center,
please call Alamance Arts at 336-226-4495 and we will gladly assist you.


For information on exhibiting in our galleries, please contact

Teresa Chandler, Visual Arts Director at