Category Archives: Mountain South

The Story of Two Storytellers

The framing device for my next art project is a trip taken by two travelers, one a storyteller by nature, who is not normally a person of action, and one a person of action, who learns how to tell stories. … Continue reading

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The Pebble

This short essay is the best piece I’ve read on philosophy of art in some time.  Rivka Glachen’s contribution bears reading more than once, and I reproduce it below in full. Is the idea of ‘art for art’s sake’ the … Continue reading

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Summer Gloom

I have never understood why some people fight off doom and gloom by embracing all things bright and beautiful while others go even darker as a way to work it out. I, of course, am one of the latter. This … Continue reading

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Coloring community

2016 was the year of my first coloring calendar, “A Year Illuminated.” This was so much fun that I suspect I’ll do another one next year. I’ve finished coloring my own copy , and the experience was humbling.  Even though … Continue reading

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The Witching Hour

Here’s the URL for my latest exhibit: http://www.williamkingmuseum.org/panoramic-gallery-witches-and-wild-things-appalachian-heritage-and-beyond-by-lillian-trettin/ Here’s a PDF of a review that a friendly viewer posted on her blog: Lillian Trettin_art_Witches Wild Things review (please hit the “back” button after viewing PDF) And here’s how it came … Continue reading

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Toot

I don’t toot my horn too often, but I need to record this one so I can recall it on days when I feel like everything’s going wrong. I was awarded the Curator’s Award at the March Melee Art Bash … Continue reading

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Community Art Dos

Here’s a little follow-through on my plan to get involved in community art projects this month. I participated in a life drawing class, something I haven’t done in over 40 years. Not too much has changed, except instead of being … Continue reading

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My Brain on Tyvek

I recently finished a couple of new hangings, to get back into practice cutting tyvek. Once I start cutting, I have trouble stopping. This seems to have less to do with finishing a project than the sheer pleasure I get … Continue reading

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Dark Edges

Here’s the first in a new series of paper cuts inspired by the fiction of Edgar Allan Poe : “The Gold Bug” narrates in black tyvek, acrylic ink, and metallic spray paint, the story of a beach-combing member of the … Continue reading

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Blue Ridge Art Days

This was my summer for exhibiting in North Carolina, meaning I drove from our mountain home in Jonas Ridge to Hickory and to Chapel Hill for installations and a reception in late May and early June. To my relief, everything … Continue reading

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