Artist Of The Month: Christine Long

“Autumn Paints the River II”

Story by Cristina Virsida of Cary Visual Art. Artist of the month is edited by Leslie Huffman.

Cary, NC – Like a great many local triangle artists, Christine Long’s journey into art has been a winding one, with many stops and starts along the way. Read more

Artist Of The Month: Tim Lee

Story by Guest Columnist Cristina Virsida of Cary Visual Art.

Cary, NC – Today, in partnership with Cary Visual Art, we debut Artist of the Month. 

Tim Lee comes from a background in illustration. His work has been called surreal Americana and was recently featured at the Cary Art Ball. Read more

Magical Art Tour Starts Friday

Artist Wendy Musser’s “Back Side of A Barn” in pastels.

Cary, NC- The Western Wake Studio Tour has a sneak preview planned. This Friday, October 28, during a reception at the Cary Arts Center works form all the tour’s artists will be on display. The exhibit will remain up until the tour is over November 13. Read more

Great Art, Great Food, Cookbook Signing

"Hot Roots" painting by Winnie Ferguson and included in the cookbook, "Patette to Patate"

Cary, NC – CaryCitizen is always interested in new collaborations and this one is unique: a cookbook created using the art and recipes from members of the Cary Gallery of Artists. Read more

Call for Painters & Sculptors: $4000 in Prize Money

Story from staff reports. Photo by Hal Goodtree.

Cary, NC – The Fine Arts League of Cary (FALC) is seeking entries for its 2011 Juried Painting and Sculpture Exhibitions. Show awards total over $4000. Read more

Cary Artist Nancy Hughes Miller Featured in NCMA Auction

Story from staff reports. Images courtesy of Nancy Hughes Miller.

Cary, NC – Cary artist Nancy Hughes Miller will have three works featured in the North Carolina Museum of Art Auction on May 21, 2011. Read more

Celebrating 5 Years Where Artists Meet in Cary

Cary Gallery of Artists, located at 200 S. Academy St, in downtown Cary

Cary, NC- A few years ago, Ralph Ashworth wondered aloud: “Wouldn’t it be nice if Cary had a co-op gallery?” He had seen co-op galleries on his travels and thought the concept made sense in the growing community he called home. Read more

Arts: Studio 123

Artists Susan Hecht and Janet Harrell own Studio 123 in downtown Apex.

Apex, NC- One of the things I like best about working for CaryCitizen is that I can tell stories about local people you might not otherwise meet.

One such story is that of my Cary artist-neighbor Susan Hecht and her studio partner Janet Harrell who own Studio 123 on Salem Street in downtown Apex.  Janet owned one of the first art galleries on Salem Street when she opened in 2001.

Susan Hecht with one of her beach scene paintings, a favorite subject.

Doing What They Love, Loving What They Do

Susan found Janet quite by accident one day. While driving around in downtown Apex she saw an “Artist Space Available” sign in the window of a gallery.

Newly unemployed after catering at the Glass Onion had closed, Susan decided to call Janet on a whim. The two have been great friends ever since.

Their studio was originally a much smaller space with the actual address 123 Salem, but one year ago they outgrew that space and moved down the road to 117 Salem with a larger area for their art classes.

Janet Harrell

Janet, a Wake County art teacher for 30 years, has been teaching art to children all her life.

A native of the area, she attended Meredith College and holds an art degree. She started teaching in the studio a few years back and currently holds 5 afternoon classes a week.

Her medium is acrylics and she primarily paints landscapes.  She also is offering a new series featuring vintage photos that she transforms into colorful impressionistic dream-like versions of the past.

Happily, the studio keeps getting stronger and enabled her to retire from public school teaching to create art full time this past December.

Susan Hecht

Susan began her career as a graphic designer, and has always been drawn to creative fields including stints as a caterer. When she took a furniture painting class years ago, she got hooked on painting and hasn’t stopped since.

She continues to take artist workshops and states that she “has gotten to be a better painter by teaching”.  Her students are adults whom she primarily teaches during the mornings freeing her up to paint during the afternoons.

Currently she has paintings at several galleries in Charleston, Greensboro, Bald Head Island and Atlantic Beach.  From her art, I could see her love of the beach as a subject – making it a natural fit for these galleries.

Visit Studio 123

It’s great fun to stop by the studio and feel the creative vibe. After all, that’s part of the charm of supporting local artists.

Studio 123
117 Salem St.
Apex, NC