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Alamance Arts

213 S. Main St, Graham, NC

christmas at the captain white house

friday, november 17 - monday, December 24, 2018

hours: Monday - Saturday, 9:00 am - 6:00 pm. Thursdays open late until 8 pm

Experience an Artful Gathering of Gifts with Christmas at Captain White’s.  Alamance Arts presents a collection of Artisan gifts featuring pottery, glass, sculpture, wood, jewelry and original artwork of over 125 local, regional, national and international artists and artisans.  Displayed in the rooms and wide hallways of the historic 1870’s Captain White House, the artisan works and festive holiday decorations create an artful and traditional Southern exhibition of gifts for giving and for the home.

Select the perfect feather bow tie by Brackish Original Feather Bow Ties, handcrafted in Charleston, SC or “be a part of the art” with an original handbag by Rhode Island designer Kent Stetson who has made bags for collectors throughout the world. Savor the flavors of Savannah Bee Company honey, Virginia Diner nuts and Louis Sherry chocolates. Discover the unique and colorful pottery of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico with DaNisha Sculpture or Finch Berry Soaps from Florida, created with natural ingredients, embellished with herbs and flowers for a decadent appearance and a lush gentle lather.

Hoping to find a locally made gift by a North Carolina painter, potter, woodworker or glass blower?  In addition to the talented artists of Alamance County, artists in this show represent numerous potters from the clay-rich Seagrove area and the North Carolina mountains in and around Asheville.  Nationally recognized glass working in the Penland/Toe River area of North Carolina have extraordinary works of art available for sale.

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Paramount Theater

128 East Front Street, Burlington, NC

Kathy alderman & elaine pelkey-herrick

thursday, october 25 - sunday, december 16, 2018

Kathy Alderman is originally from Alamance County, NC though spent half her youth living by the shore on Oak Island. Memories of her life by the sea inspire her art ever as much as the beautiful hills and valleys of her current home in rural North Carolina.

The need to create has always been a driving force in her life. As an avid photographer, many of her paintings are derived from her award winning photography. She says, “Mother Nature always provides a beautiful vignette for her lens.”  That by sharing her creations she hopes her art can “take you somewhere, evoke a pleasant memory or just bring a sense of peace.” 

Alderman is a member of Alamance Artisans Guild, Triangle Visual Artists, Alamance Arts and Burlington Artists League.

A resident of Burlington, Elaine Pelkey-Herrick started painting with oils at sixteen living in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina. Being a self taught artist she has earned the respect of many of her peers. Elaine’s favorite subjects relate to landscapes, seascapes, flowers, pet portraits, wildlife and abstracts. She uses acrylic paints to create a variety of styles, such as, surrealism, impressionism and mixed media.  Several pieces in this exhibit are from a collection titled “Women of the World”.  The artwork reflects expressions of women from different cultures.

Over a period of fifty years, her artwork has been shown in galleries, juried shows, open member events, art festivals, and numerous art venues. She was Artist of the Month five years in a row at the Moses Cone Hospital Art Gallery in Greensboro. Elaine is a member of Burlington Artists League and Alamance Artisans Guild.

This show at the Paramount Theater reflects the friendship of Alderman and Pelkey-Herrick as they have painted, travelled and laughed together for over ten years.

The works of Kathy Alderman and Elaine Pelkey-Herrick will be on exhibit at the Paramount Theater, October 25 through December 16, 2018. They may be viewed from noon until 3:00pm, Monday through Saturday and prior to all Paramount Theater events and productions.


Mebane Arts and Community Center

633 Corregidor Street, Mebane, NC

Life in pieces: lauri daughtry and julie rachlin

thursday, october 18 - monday, december 10, 2018

Lauri Daughtry is a public high school art educator by day and runs a private art studio by night.  Art permeates her daily life, from sunup to sundown.  Daughtry is passionate about giving back to her surrounding community of Mebane, NC where she lives and works.  Daughtry’s career is devoted to supporting independent artists and assisting development of students through service and contribution to the arts in as any way possible.  She has taught art in Mebane since 2005, currently instructing students in drawing, painting and pottery at Eastern Alamance High School.  A highly proactive Mebane resident, Daughtry is involved with “Downtown Destination” among other creative grassroots projects, integral to the effort of drawing awareness to the burgeoning community of artisans n the small Southern town.  Daughtry has recently assisted other artist in creating a local community art mural, along with concepting and presenting multiple pop-up events in the area to bring art and people together in the community.  She has also founded a local arts society whose members gather regularly to share ideas, socialize and dialogue.

Although versatile and constantly exploring a variety of mediums, Lauri Daughtry always gravitates back to the process of assemblage and collage.  The tactility, freshness, and playful loose nature of its practice is supremely satisfying to the artist.  Daughtry enjoys using and uniting so many mediums at once, which in her words reflects most strongly her own personality.  Daughtry explores themes of life, nature, juxtaposition and dichotomies, acknowledging and often relinquishing control to the life force a work itself possesses.   Daughtry’s surfaces are composed of countless layers of transparent acrylic, watercolor, torn papers, gesso, vintage items, and fragments of meaningful found objects.  Gathering her materials near and far, Daughtry enjoys experimenting with the dichotomy of color schemes, transparent to opaque, transient to present, stillness to movement, and tranquility to kinetic – ultimately creating a living cohesive narrative from parts.  Her latest paintings including Larger than Life Magnolia, Hibiscus, and Peonies are a mixed media series on canvas capturing colossal elegance and essence of the artist’s departed mother.  Daughtry presents elegantly handwritten papers and short stories by her mother Donna, including one particular short story written during high school about finding love in Paris.  A closer look reveals shreds of hymns, tatting, lace, and other objects within.  Other collage compositions, such as Well Played, boldly exude their own thematic visual narrative that the viewer can interpret as their very own.

Daughtry mentions her affinity for watercolor when discussing her practice, greatly enjoying the freedom of working wet-on-wet, embracing the unpredictable outcome and fluidity of the medium.  She is unafraid of the paint’s willful nature, often using dyes on fabric to create batik with watercolor characteristics.  Since discovering the Indonesian technique of traditional batik in recent years, Daughtry has fallen in love with the entire process.  She treats the fabric as a canvas, working from light to dark, layering hot wax and applying deeper color dyes incrementally using traditional tools of the medium.  Daughtry finds her batik style lends itself best to depictions of undulating forms in nature, sea life, and motion.  The artist captures moments suspended in both time and water – an exaggerated and beautifully dramatic still from the striding tentacles of an octopus or jellyfish, as most popularly featured in her compositions.  Daughtry’s “painterly” approach to batik, is an attempt to create a sense of visual tension with the bold use of color and wax resists.  The most rewarding part of this laborious process is in the final reveal, pulling away the last layer of wax leaving a robust and truly stunning image.  Although time consuming, the artist never tires of this process.  The final piece are treasures to Daughtry, never to be replicated.

Julie Rachlin is an elementary art educator and has just celebrated 20 years with the state of NC. She is a native of Randolph County and describes herself growing up as a stubborn, feisty red-headed preacher’s kid. This self-identification would end up being an integral part of her artwork. She lives in Graham, NC and works for Alamance County Schools. She is a wife and mother of two teenage boys. Her career has been dedicated to serving young children from pre-k to 5th grade, as well as being part of exceptional children’s education.

The current medium Rachlin works in is collage. She is drawn to images from everyday life. People are what interest her and the intricacies of human relationships. Her collages represent expressionistic “snapshots” of life: brief moments of time, captured forever with bits of paper and glue. Rachlin explores themes of motherhood, domesticity, family and the power in a moment as seen in Gone Fishing or Mama Zombie.  She also really enjoys parody, a seen in Rachlin Gothic and Arnolfini Portrait 2018.  The physical piecing of collage reminds her of her childhood churches. She always admired the stained-glass windows and the stories they portrayed.

Rachlin’s first love was fabric. She taught herself to sew at a very young age She sewed dolls, clothes, gifts for people, and anything she could get her hands on. Quilting became a favorite medium and she loved to take patterns and recreate, alter or change them. In middle school, her art teacher exposed her to weaving, which soon become another passion.

When she began college at NCSU, she minored and concentrated on the fibers area of studio art and learned to weave on large floor looms as well as smaller looms. She learned the art of tapestry, printmaking, screen printing, crochet, knitting and dying fabrics by hand. Hand dying was a game changer. She loved the colors you could get and most of her works were made with hand dyed cotton yarn or hand dyed cotton fabric. Semester long independent studies gave her an outlet with which to explore her fiber arts more fully and create large pieces.

Rachlin’s love for all things handmade has been such a part of her life that she cannot imagine being without it. She collages when she has time, or when an idea really screams to come out. Her collages initially started as sketches for larger quilted pieces that no longer were logistically and time wise possible.

Art has to sometimes take a back burner to her busy life, but she manages to draw or write in her sketchbook every day. She began keeping sketchbooks in high school, and a few years ago really honed in on visual journaling. Her closets are filled with many thoughts, sketches, writings, and poems: memories collected and stored in black bound journals decorated with odds and ends.

The Mebane Arts and Community Center is open Monday - Friday, 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