Made in North Carolina Holiday Art Extravaganza


Beautiful fine art and handcrafted items by local North Carolina artists. Exceptional quality at affordable prices. All artworks are one-of-a-kind expressions of the artists’ creative spirit

MEBANE, N.C.Oct. 29, 2016 — Celebrate art at a lively, fun art sale of local artists’ artworks in a plethora of mediums and let the holiday spirit begin. You will find wonderful fine art and handcrafted items. There will be jewelry, paintings in oil, acrylic and cold wax & oil, encaustics, enamels, collage, sculptures, metal work, pottery, photography, ornaments, stocking stuffers and delicious chocolates.

All artworks are one-of-a-kind expressions of the artists’ creative spirit. Come celebrate local art and enjoy appetizers by caterer Mickie Reitzel and live music by Rod & Marilyn Fox.

Along with Jill Troutman, artists showcased include Martha Hamblin, Milton Hall, Jude Lobe, Loretta Partin, Susan Patton, and Charly Windsor.

Jill TROUTMAN is a classically taught artist. At 45, Troutman decided to pursue an art career. She quit her job when she was top in her field and attended art schools in New York, France and Italy then applied her marketing skills to being a successful artist.

Jill’s art is in every major medical center in North Carolina, private doctors’ and dentists’ offices and legions of private homes throughout the United States. She has licensed her images, which have been sold in Bloomingdales in NYC and national gift catalogs including Plow and Hearth and Lillian Vernon.


Martha HAMBLIN works in photography, hand-built pottery and mixed-media. While much of her photography has been documentary in style, she delights in looking at and representing the world through abstract, altered and creative images. Recent photo work has been largely imaged-based mixed media. She says, “Using mixed media stretches me creatively and allows for expanded interpretation of a subject or an experience.”

Hamblin’s pottery arose in her search of a more tactile creative experience which she has developed through hand-building pottery. Her pottery utilizes different textures and a relaxed approach to making clay pieces.

Milton HALL’s works of paper-mache sculptures of musical instruments combines two of his joys of life, art and music. He also sculpts decorative and fanciful objects and animals. He taught high school visual art in the Alamance-Burlington Schools and drawing and illustration at Alamance Community College. He continues teaching art in his home studio.

Jude LOBE works in oil, cold wax & oil, encaustic and enamel. All of her works are inspired by nature’s unrelenting qualities of rejuvenation and renewal. Lobe turned to Cold Wax & Oil, because it allowed her to show a history of a painting. The process is one of addition and subtraction, adding layer after layer of texture and color, then scratching, scraping and removing parts of layers to reveal what is beneath. As she explains, “It is symobolic of our lives in which we are a compilation of the bits and pieces of the experiences we have traveled.” sa122

Loretta PARTIN fell in love with painting 14 years ago after taking painting lessons from Jill Troutman, who became her friend and mentor. “I paint for fun and relaxation and can get lost in time when working on a painting.” Partin paints abstracts, people, landscapes and still life and enjoys adding texture and dimension with modeling paste, paper or anything else found around her house. She’s displayed paintings at many local venues including the Friday Center in Chapel Hill and the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro.
Susan PATTON’S  journey in the art world began with pottery many years ago. Patton graduated from Elon University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, major in art, concentration in ceramics. “Things have a way of happening in the journey of life. I didn’t lose interest in pottery but circumstances prevented me from continuing. However, there was a natural progression through my interest in art, to become involved in watercolor painting.”

Charly WINDSOR’S acrylic artwork captures the beauty of wildlife and nature.  “I breathe life into my works, such as beautiful owls and darling dogs, with each brush stroke.”  Windsor moved to Mebane in 2011 from Duffield, Virgina, and was completely blown away at the amazing art the area had to offer.  “I finally feel as if I have found my place in the world.  Art has always been my favorite method of unwinding by simply getting lost in the creative flow.”

Celebrate local art and discover the best unique Holiday gifts for you and your loved ones.

The Holiday Art Extravaganza filled with Art, Music, Food and Fun, is held at Jill Troutman’s beautiful home and art gallery at 1089 Foxcliff Drive, Mebane, NC 27302.

Rod and Marilyn Fox, two of the founders of the Alamance Jazz Band, will be playing jazz daily. Mickie Reitzel will cater the event.

A raffle will be held to benefit the Allied Churches of Alamance County Food Pantry. Last year we raised $2000.

The Holiday show sets up an area for a Raffle of art donated by the participating artists with the proceeds going to the Allied Churches of Alamance County Food Pantry. Director Val Aubert and Mebane’s mayor, Glendale Stephenson,  supervise the drawing. Tickets are $5.00 for three chances for an original piece of art.

There will be seven chosen winners, one for each artist’s donated work of art. Come join the fun. Everyone is invited. Find directions here:,+Burli…

• Wheel-chair accessible
• Free parking

Jill Troutman