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Making Room for Art
Margaret Zircher

Looking for space to be creative?  To exercise your brain?  To just have fun?  The Carolina Meadows Art Room is the place for you! Throughout the year, we have art classes for beginners and beyond.  Recently, our classes included framing and matting, drawing, and pastel painting. In on-going five-week sessions, Chapel Hill artist Luna Lee Ray offers watercolor instruction for intermediate and advanced students on Thursday mornings.

But that’s not all. If you happen by the Art Room on Tuesday mornings at 10:00 o’clock, you’ll find quilters working on their projects. Sewing machines, irons, books and tools—even fabrics—are available.  We have ample space for cutting and layering quilts.  A large light table makes tracing patterns easy.

Twice a month, you may want to join Eva Mogensen, a local professional artist, who offers jewelry making classes and workshops. Eva also helps with design or redesign of jewelry that is broken or inherited. Or you can leave jewelry with her for repairs.

Is rug hooking your “thing?” The Piedmont Rug Hookers Guild meets in the Art Room on most 3rd Saturdays. These artsy folks dye their own fabrics, cut wool fabric into strips, and buy or draw their patterns. The group includes four teachers.  Bring your own supplies, or come to a meeting and find out what you need to get started.  

What else? In the Art Room you’ll find a professional mat cutter and complete framing supplies, a substantial library of art books (techniques as well as art history), and sturdy drafting tables. Some brushes, paints, canvases, and frames have been donated for residents to use. Our website, MeadowLife, makes it easy for residents to keep up with what’s happening in the Art Room. Just log into the site and locate our Art Guild webpage in the Activities section. Email works too. Contact me at Check it out!

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