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Chatham Studio Tour artists receive national recognition

By Forrest C.Greenslade
Posted Friday, March 3, 2006

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Pittsboro, NC - Three Chatham Studio Tour artists have recently gained national acclaim.

Joel Hunnicut, a wood artist from Siler City, NC, has been named a finalist in the 2006 Niche Awards for the piece entitled "Lidded Urn in Wood": Turned category, by Niche Magazine.

Hunnicut is a wood turner who uses “segmented” construction as a primary design tool. This process involves the precise cutting of many small pieces of wood and then assembling them into a rough form, which then is turned to shape on a wood lathe. He often uses dyes and inks to transform these turned shapes into a rainbow of color. His work can be seen on his web site.

Less than two hundred pieces were chosen as finalists in this year’s competition from more than a thousand entries submitted by the nation’s most brilliant and innovative artists.

The Niche Awards program began in 1990 to recognize the outstanding creative achievements of American craft artists who produce work for craft galleries and retail stores. Judging is based on technical excellence, both in surface design and form, market viability and distinct quality of unique, original and creative thought. The awards program is sponsored by NICHE Magazine, the exclusive trade publication for North American retailers of American craft.

Chatham artists Gretchen Lothrop and Edwin White have been selected for a nationally known exhibition for their outstanding work.

Judges for the Sixth Annual Florida Outdoor Sculpture chose twenty pieces from one hundred and seven entries of fifty artists representing twenty-one states, Canada and Mexico. Of the twenty pieces selected, five are works by North Carolina artists, including by Lothrop and White, metal sculptors from the Chatham Studio Tour. The exhibition runs from March 2006 through February 2007, in Lakeland and Winter Haven, Florida.

White also has works placed in two major hotels—one last year in the Hilton Hotel, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and one last fall for the Hotel Preston in Nashville, TN. Examples of his work are exhibited on his web site.

The Chatham Studio Tour is one of the oldest in North Carolina, a highly respected prototype for other area studio tours. Established in 1992, participation in the tour has grown from 32 artists in its first year, to nearly 60 artists in 2005. The tour is an artist-run event of the Chatham Artists Guild. It is a high quality art venue where the public can experience the personal environments and creative processes of professional artists and the thrill of owning original art.

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