Thursday, December 1 2022

A group of local artists plan to come together to showcase the artistic side of the community at the Alamance Artisans Art Extravaganza.

The event took a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, but is officially back this year, thanks to the hard work of the Alamance Craftsmen Guild and 31 local businesses.

The Alamance Artisans Art Extravaganza will showcase the work of 21 local artists for free while showcasing diversity through various artistic mediums.

Some of the art items that will be on display at the annual event will include ceramics, photography, fabric art, woodturning, jewelry and painting.

Jean Kaplan, president of the Alamance Artists Guild, first fell in love with art 50 years ago after taking a course. Kaplan later found textiles and clothing to be her favorite mediums.

“I do a lot of wearables,” Kaplan says. “One of my favorites was a long jacket that on a shorter person would be mid-hip, but on a longer person would be shorter.”

The annual event will take place on October 22 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and October 23 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. (October 2022).

Visitors can browse hundreds of art choices, watch artist demonstrations, and enter a raffle for distinctive works of art during the indoor event.

The Alamance Craftsmen’s Guild was established in 2007 as a way for local artists to network with each other. The objectives of the guild are to increase awareness of handmade objects and to facilitate networking between artisans

Curious creators, amateur artists and guests are welcome at their monthly meetings.

A work of art created by Pat Scheible, "Hand carved blue jay of uncertain age, lemonade box, map, violin brooch etc." (October 2022).

Deb Barnett, vice president of the Alamance Artists Guild, joined the organization about 15 years ago after moving to Alamance County.

“I was looking for a group of people I could join and this guild was an open and welcoming group of people,” Barnett said.

Barnett creates functional, handmade pieces of pottery and has enjoyed what the Guild has to offer him creatively.

“They are able to share their resources and expertise with us,” Barnett said. “They have programs that expand knowledge and welcome people from different fields and different levels of expertise.”

The two-day event will include a donated art raffle, artist demonstrations and a chance to meet local Alamance County artists.

The 2022 Alamance Artisans Art Extravaganza will take place October 22 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and October 23 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Vailtree Event Center, located at 1567 Bakatsias Lane, Haw River.

The Alamance Craftsmen’s Guild meets every third Tuesday of the month except August and December at 7:00 p.m. in the small dining hall of the Church of St. Comforter, located at 320 East Davis Street, Burlington.

For more information about the event and the guild, visit The show and artwork can also be viewed or brought in early at


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