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Alamance Arts,

Sister Galleries

213 South Main Street, Graham, NC

roots. alamance

saturday, september 7 - saturday, october 19, 2019

ROOTS.Alamance presents three Alamance County artists and their art mediums of painting, ceramics and printmaking - Justin Holdren, Impressions – A Visual Journal, Curry Wilkinson, Studio to Home: A Transformation in Clay and Ely Urbanski, thank you.good bye.

 Justin Holdren, Impressions – A Visual Journal and Curry Wilkinson, Studio to Home: A Transformation in Clay will be on display and for sale in the Sister Galleries of Alamance Arts.

Justin Holdren had an interest in art from an early age and his parents encouraged his creative interests. Holdren began drawing as soon as he could hold a pencil and he started painting while in high school.  Upon completion of art school, he became partner in a graphic design firm and also began painting landscapes on location. His interests quickly moved from commercial design work to fine art painting. 

 Holdren’s oil and acrylic paintings are predominately impressionistic in style, although he does enjoy experimenting with other styles of painting. His main focus is landscapes with a contemporary twist, but he enjoys painting other subjects as well.  Inspiration for his paintings can come from the beauty in his home state of North Carolina, as well as scenes that he finds during frequent travel with his family.

Living in Snow Camp, NC with family, he enjoys painting on location as well as in the studio, a converted mill building in the historic Glencoe Mill Village in Burlington.   Holdren's work has appeared in juried and solo shows and can be found in private collections across the country.

"Many things inspire me, but I am especially fascinated with landscapes. Every time I step out the door and witness the beauty of nature, I am inspired to capture it on canvas. My primary goal in my work is to make people slow down and see the beauty in things we often take for granted. If someone can look at my work and escape the daily pressures of life for just a moment, then I've done my job. I hope people enjoy viewing my work as much as I enjoy creating it," states Holdren.



 A native of southern Alamance County, Curry Wilkinson began his appreciation of pottery at an early age.  “I have wanted to make pottery on a full-time basis ever since I saw my middle school art teacher create a piece of pottery out of a lump of clay on a wheel,” said Wilkinson.  “ I had the opportunity to take pottery classes in middle and high school.  In the summer of 2008, I had the opportunity to attend a weeklong workshop in Penland, NC with potter Mark Shapiro that focused on wood-firing and decoration and I was hooked,” he said. 

 Graduating from the University of Greensboro and working in the business-sector for several years, Wilkinson continued to yearn for the craft.  A traditional apprenticeship program through established North Carolina potters, Mark Hewitt and Joseph Sand as well as others has generated opportunities for apprentices to start pottery businesses of their own.  In 2014, at age 25, Wilkinson started throwing pottery full-time at Joseph Sand Pottery in Randleman, NC.

Four years later, having honed his style and technique, Wilkinson shares, “ I am proud to say that I recently built a large wood fired kiln in the southern part of Alamance County. Along with my wife, Sarah, I own and operate Curry Wilkinson Pottery in Burlington, NC.  This is our full-time jobs and we are happy to be bringing wood fired pottery, along with gas and electric fired, to our surrounding area.  We like to incorporate traditional historic Alamance County pottery styles in our decorating designs, while also giving the body of a pot a fresh look that is versatile in many homes.”

About the exhibit, Studio to Home: A Transformation in Clay and his works, Wilkinson says

“Each piece I make is carefully curated to represent a snapshot of the style and firing varieties of my work.  I strive to make piece that complement each other, which speaks to the versatility of pottery and of how one can manipulate styles and colors to nicely blend together and create a completed collection.  We make pottery that we want you to use every day and treat as a treasured heirloom.  This is a long journey for us, running a pottery business, and we feel lucky each customer who takes home a piece of our work will be with us on it.”


Alamance Arts,

SunTrust Gallery

213 South Main Street, Graham, NC

thank you.good bye, ely urbanski

saturday, september 7 - saturday, october 19, 2019

As a printmaker on paper and fabric, Ely Urbanski shares this exhibit’s beginnings, “In 2008 in Japan, having no access to etching presses or art studios, I started a series of monoprints on fabric that has pieces of clothes as matrices.  I started with my own clothes, then I asked donations from my friends.  Later, I would invite my exhibition visitors to bring their pieces.”

“While observing the printed results, I noticed the imprinted memories.  Feelings, emotions, experiences transferred to the prints: owners/users history marks.  I wanted to show these stories in some way, so in 2016 I started recording videos where the donors tell the stories behind the clothes.”

“The pieces of clothing are sometimes an excuse to start an interview or a talk.  Most stories I have recorded so far actually talk about relationships, life decisions, gratitude, good and bad times.”

“For this exhibition, I grouped the pieces of clothing (matrices) that are related to the theme: thank you.good bye.  Clothes that were owned by someone the donor was very grateful to.  Clothes owned by someone that passed away or that are no longer part of their lives.  Clothes that mark the moment the donors realized it was time to move on.”

thank you.good bye received the 2018 Central Piedmont Regional Artist Hub Program Project Grant with support from  North Carolina Arts Council and the partnering arts councils for which Urbanski continues to express her immense gratitude.

Born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil, Urbanski’s father was a photographer and her mother a dressmaker, influences seen in her works. With the main focus on printmaking, she studied at the University of São Paulo in Brazil.   Her studies developed a series of etchings, drypoints and mezzotints using the subway system of São Paulo as the main subject.

Since the 1990’s, she’s been working with art and art education and has had exhibitions in Brazil, Japan and the US as well as living globally.  After the earthquake of 2011 in Japan, she returned to Brazil to rebuild her life and met her future husband online.  Arriving in North Carolina in December 2013 and marrying in January 2014, Urbanski’s interaction with the local community  has been an important part of her creative process.  She is also a coach and helps artists to develop their projects and careers in The Triangle and Triad.

 Ely Urbanski and Curry Wilkinson are 2018 Recipients of the Central Piedmont Regional Artist Hub Program Project Gran with support from North Carolina Arts Council and the partnering arts councils.


Paramount Theater

128 East Front Street, Burlington, NC

The Magic of Light, alamance photography club

friday, october 4 - sunday, december 1, 2019

An Artful Gathering to meet the artists and celebrate their photography works  will be Saturday, October 19th from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the Paramount Theater.  The public is invited, and refreshments will be served.  The Exhibit’s photography works will be available for purchase.

Club members whose work will be exhibited include Darby Hocker, Sam Lynch, Berkley Hocker, Keith O’Leary, Jayne Tapia, N.C. Jacobus, Herbert House, John Reich, Scott Duvall, Hugh Comfort, George W. Siple, Dick Schenck, Don Myles, Meike Cryan, Mike King, Gene Lentz, Joanne Lentz, Dennis Pagano, Ray Mums, Bob Finley, John B. Kinney and Sandra Whi   tesell.

The Alamance Photography Club is a social organization of photography enthusiasts with a wide range of interests. They welcome all, novice to professional, as a place to show, share, promote and learn about all aspects of photography. 

The Club welcomes non-members to its monthly meetings which begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Gathering Place at Twin Lakes, the third Monday of each month. Interested parties may contact Mike King, mking0379@gmail.com or visit www.alamancephoto.com.

The Paramount Theater is open Monday - Saturday, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm and one hour prior to all Paramount Theater events and productions.


Mebane Arts and Community Center

633 Corregidor Street, Mebane, NC

New BEGINNINGS… Again, jill troutman

thursday, october 3 - saturday, october 19, 2019

An Artful Gathering to meet the artist and celebrate her paintings will be Thursday, October 3rd from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Mebane Arts and Community Center.  The public is invited, and refreshments will be served.  The Exhibit’s paintings will be available for purchase.

Mebane artist Jill Troutman’s  New BEGINNINGS… Again reflects her continued passion for painting and her pursuit for various painting mediums and styles.  With more than forty years of art, she continues to explore and present a unique color palette and style of original art.  This current collection presents paintings of acrylic and mixed media as well as traditional and contemporary design.  

 Brown paper grocery bags, tissue paper, hair pins, ketchup and mustard bottles and funnels used to change oil – artist Jill Troutman has utilized them all in her latest work.  Geometric shapes, stacked on top of each other, with primary colors and 3-D effect; moonscapes; waterfalls and 3-D bouquets are in the mix.

 “For 30 years, I painted flowers, flowers and more flowers.  I am eternally grateful for the business flowers brought me.  Through this exhibit, though, I am ‘building’ a flower through tissue paper.  So it’s art you can actually touch,” Troutman said.

 At age mid-forty, Troutman decided to quit her job in the beauty business and pursue art as a full-time career. She attended art schools in New York, France and Italy and then applied her marketing skills to become a successful artist. Her art is in major medical centers in North Carolina, along with private doctors’ and dentists’ offices, restaurants and private homes throughout the United States. She has licensed her images, which have been sold in Bloomingdales in New York City and national gift catalogs including Plow and Hearth and Lillian Vernon.  She has taught for many years and several of Troutman’s previous students have had celebrated art careers and continue to credit their successes as an artist and in the business area of art to her teachings and mentoring.

 “In the 40 years I’ve been doing this, I’ve evolved.  You have to evolve,” she said.  “My work has now changed drastically.  When you come to look at this art, I hope you’ll wonder, ‘who is this?’  It’s fresh and new.  At 81, that’s what I want to be – fresh and new.”

The Mebane Arts and Community Center is open Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 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 tchandler@alamancearts.org.