Conventional wisdom advises that habits are ingrained after 21 days of repetition. If that theory holds true, then the eat~play~shop local habit requires time and effort to develop. Each month I’ll share “21 Days” of some event, place or organization in the Triangle, enabling (and I mean that in the most positive sense possible) your inner Localista to come out and join us. This month it’s all about shopping at independent retailers, art galleries, craft fairs, coop and specialty markets, wine and bottle shops all around the Triangle.
You may not realize how many local artists live and work in the Triangle, unless of course you’ve attended one of our area’s open studio tours. We’ve reached that time of year when local artists open their home studios to patrons so we can see where and how their wares are skillfully made.
47th ANNUAL FALL POTTERY & GLASS FESTIVAL – OCT. 11 & 12
Creedmoor’s Cedar Creek Gallery hosts this annual arts festival, that includes pottery and glass blowing demonstrations, wood turning, kiln openings and firings, along with a plant sale at the onsite nursery. Cedar Creek Gallery is more akin to an artist collective because the art works sold at the gallery are created by the twelve artists that work at the studio. We’re invited to come out this final weekend of the festival, stroll the winding paths, lunch from a food truck and admire the pottery and blown glass pumpkin patch, which seems like a perfectly delightful way to spend a Fall weekend.
ORANGE COUNTY ARTISTS GUILD OPEN STUDIO TOUR – NOV. 1 & 2, 8 & 9
Now in its 20th year, the annual Orange County Artists Guild Open Tour Studio invites the public into artist studios all around Orange County. With 68 participating artists, it would be quite a challenge to fit them all in the one weekend – thank goodness there are two weekends! Download and review the tour brochure to plot your artsy course around Hillsborough, Chapel Hill & Carrboro and see works from the artists at two local galleries, Frank in Chapel Hill and Hillsborough Gallery of Arts in Hillsborough, October 28 through November 9.
DURHAM COUNTY POTTERY TOUR – NOV 8 & 9
There’s a new art tour in town this year. A group of 18 Durham potters invites us to see where the potters craft their works and allows us to inquire about the process. Of course we’re also welcome to purchase something unique as a gift or for ourselves. Visit the website for further information, including participating artists and a map. You can also view some of the artists’ works at Claymakers in Durham.
22nd ANNUAL CHATHAM STUDIO TOUR – DEC 6 & 7, 13 & 14
One of the oldest such tours in the state, Chatham County artists open their studios to the public the first two weekends of December. A map for the self-guided tour of more than 50 artist studios is available at the Chatham Artists Guild website, along with information about each artist’s work. Peruse the website thoroughly, then plot your artsy course through the Chatham County countryside.