Weaving (literally) a personal narrative

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By Page Leggett No detail is too small to escape the attention of fiber artist Kathie Roig. “As a young girl, I remember finding patterns in the quilt my grandmother made,” she says. “I still pay attention to detail and pattern.” As a kid, she was always making things – “from clothes for my dolls, …

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Channeling struggles into art

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By Page Leggett There’s an intriguing duality in HNin Nie’s paintings. Underneath the rainbow colors, the whimsy and happy-cartoony feel, there’s something deeper. “Usually there is a narrative under the layers of bright colors,” she says. Her new series, Post Feels, is an exploratory study of human emotions. Her character, Negative Nancy, is a stand-in …

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Art can have a purpose

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By Page Leggett Art for art’s sake is a perfectly good maxim, but Rebecca Lipps believes art can also be useful. Practical, even. “When a person uses a handcrafted piece of art,” she says, “the person builds a strong connection with it.” Art isn’t just a lofty ideal for Rebecca. It’s also utterly earthbound. Not …

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A sense of time and place

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By Page Leggett “If I were any good at math, I’d probably be an architect,” Sonja Langford says. You can likely detect her love of architecture in the art. Sonja’s work explores themes of space, home and the past. Born in St. Augustine, Florida and raised all over, she enjoys both “travel and finding home …

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Seeing the forest and the trees

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By Page Leggett If Cheryl Johnson’s art seems to have a spiritual quality, there’s a reason behind that. Her studio ritual, before she begins painting, never varies: Pray, breathe, dream. The Abstract Expressionist who began work as an artist in 1969 is a painter, photographer and sculptor. Her work – in oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, …

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