Chatham County ArtBrake artist tour on April 26-27

Pittsboro, NC – Artists will open their studio doors for the third annual ArtBrake during the last weekend of April 2014. Ride through the woodsy vistas and scenic beauty of Chatham County, NC and discover one of its richest resources – the artists.  Enjoy the art of eleven dedicated, locally and regionally known artists. In five easy stops, visitors can view unique artistry for sale. Behind every piece of art is an artist’s story. Meet the artists and experience the process of creating art in a wide spectrum of styles and  media. Delight in finding that perfect, original piece of art, a treasured gift for yourself or that special someone.

This free, self-guided tour will be Saturday and Sunday (April 26 and 27) from 10am-5pm.  The artists’ studios are all found within a 3 mile radius in northeastern Chatham County. Enjoy talking with the artists, learning where they get their inspiration from, and seeing demos of some of their techniques.

The artists include:

Linda Anderson – oils and watercolors

Christie Minchew – 2-D and 3-D mixed fiber art.

Chuck Minchew – wood furnishings.

Dick Seed – canes, sculpture and murals in wood.

Darren Powers – whimsical ceramic and metal sculpture.

Carol Kroll – 2-D and 3-D gourd/mixed media sculpture, functional art and gourd jewelry.

Tamera Cooke – copper and aluminum jewelry, steel wall art and photography.

Louise Bippart Hobbs – beaded necklaces.

Diane DeBardeleben Pettus – paintings and drawings.

Regina Bridgman – stained glass.

Jim Bridgman – jewelry and walking sticks from wood and found objects in nature.

The variety of art forms is broad and unusual in a group this small. With only five studio galleries to visit there is ample time to inspect the art pieces on display, as well as to getting to know each artist.

Information and maps will be available at local shops and eateries or can be downloaded from   (or call 919-942-0297).