Celebrating the Life of a Beloved Cary Artist

Earlier this year, artists in Cary NC lost one of our own to cancer. Besides creating her own unique abstract art, Ella Tracey Williams was involved in many aspects of the Cary arts scene, from helping organize the Western Wake Artists Studio Tour, to volunteering at the Cary Arts Center.

Throughout December, Ella and her work will be celebrated at The Village Art Circle, with a retrospective exhibition of her paintings and collages. The event kicks off with a reception and silent auction to benefit the American Cancer Society.

“Beyond the Curtain”

Opening Reception & Silent Auction
Sunday Dec 4th, 1 - 4 pm
Village Art Circle,
Ashworth Village, 200 S. Academy St.,
Cary NC 27511

Show closes December 30th

Ella in her studio

Ella in her studio

Ella's art was undoubtedly eclectic. She had a passion for texture, and would use any medium, and often found objects, to convey what she wanted to say in her work. Here are some of her pieces.

Ella was a tiny person but after a few minutes chatting with her, you knew that she had a spine of steel. But what I remember most fondly about her was how quick she was with her impish smile and kind words. She is very much missed.

Relationships as in living describe the life lived, so in art, relationships of space, form, line, color and values describe the context and language in each piece of art.
— Ella Williams

Art Fair at Cary's St. Paul's Episcopal This Saturday

The Holiday Art & Craft Fair at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Cary, NC will be my last show of 2016! In addition to unique gifts, there will be live music from the Bells of St. Paul's bellringers and strolling carolers, homemade baked goodies and food trucks. Proceeds of raffles, bake and book sales go to various outreach ministries.  Show hours  are:

Saturday, November 12th, 10 – 4
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
221 Union Street, Cary, NC 27511

As I sit down to write this post, I realize with a shock that I've not done any work in my studio since the Atalaya Festival at the end of September!  October brought Hurricane Matthew, a visit from my family evacuating Charleston SC only to have Matthew follow them to Cary, and  training for and working early voting. Felting and painting had to take a back seat!

Nuno felted silk chiffon shawl | Deborah Younglao
Nuno felted silk chiffon shawl | Deborah Younglao

This funky statement piece is one of my previous nuno felted shawls... I'm happy to say that it was sold at Atalaya :-)

This large shawl features merino wool fiber, silk fiber, silk fabric, nylon yarn and my own hand spun silk yarn, felted onto a base of silk gauze. I started with all white materials and painted the finished shawl with blue and grey dyes after felting. If you know my work, you know that I love dangly things - and there's no shortage of fabric, wool and yarn dreads hanging off this piece!

Here's a closeup of some of the fun textures in this shawl, caused by uneven shrinkage of the fibers and fabrics during the felting process ~ 

Some of the other scarves and shawls I'll have at the show ~


Hope to see you at St. Paul's this Saturday- come support your local artists and outreach ministries!

Almost Time for Atalaya Festival, Sept 23-25

The last weekend in September sees thousands of art enthusiasts flock to Huntington Beach State Park in Murrell's Inlet SC, for the Atalaya Arts & Crafts Festival. The show of over 100 artists is held in the beautiful courtyard of Atalaya Castle, and in the historic building itself. Local Southern 'Low Country' food and entertainment complete the picture.

Show Hours are -
Friday Sept. 23: 12 - 6 p.m.
Saturday Sept. 24: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday Sept. 25:10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

I'll be inside the Castle in one of the southeast facing rooms (beach side), R26B.

Booths in the courtyard at Atalaya

I've been working mostly on wet felted and nuno felted scarves and shawls - here are some of my new creations.

My favorite! The base merino wool of this shawl is such a beautiful periwinkle blue. I embellished it with purple, pink and burgundy silk fabric, silk fibers and different types of yarn. Although there's a lot going on in this piece, it's very thin, light and flexible.


Sunset colors in this asymmetrical piece. There are holes at one end and 'dreads' at the other end for threading through the holes and tying. Merino wool and wool yarn.

Another asymmetrical collar scarf with holes and dreads for tying. Merino wool and silk fibers.

This frothy creation has a base of super sheer silk organza, hand painted in pale burgundy. Stylized wool and silk flowers and leaves snake their way along its length.

Neutral colors in this one. Blue-grey and white merino leaves, enhanced with silk and champagne colored yak fibers, are felted onto silk chiffon.


As usual. felting creates very interesting and organic textures!


In addition to the festival, if you're a birder, Huntington Beach State Park is home to multitudes of birds. You may treated to sights like this as you cross the lagoon on the way to the Castle!

Getting Ready for Seawall Art Show this weekend

August 27 - 28 are the dates for Seawall Art Show in Portsmouth, VA - a new show for me. Booths are set up along High St., in the waterfront area of Portsmouth. So far the weather forecast looks good!

The Village Art & Craft Fair in Asheville a couple of weeks ago was quite successful, in spite of booming thunderstorms that crashed through on Sunday afternoon. But the "problem" with having a good show, is that there's a lot of stock to be replenished! So I've been chained to my studio, felting wool onto silk chiffon to create nuno felted scarves and shawls.

I've been having a bit of a love affair with a black-white-grey color palette lately - here are some of the results! These are merino wool and various yarns felted onto chiffon.

Well... I couldn't resist a bit of color after all... on this next scarf the black wool is embellished with multicolored yarn and silk fibers.

Show Hours for the Seawall Art Show are:
Saturday: 10 am - 6 pm
Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm

If you're in the Portsmouth area, do stop by! I'm in booth #31.


Asheville's Village Art & Craft Fair is This Weekend!

Asheville, NC - One of my favorite places. This coming weekend, August 6th and 7th, is the Village Art and Craft Fair in historic Biltmore Village. This is the show's 44th year and is one of the more popular shows in the southeast. Whenever shoppers come into my booth, I ask them where they're from, and they really do come from all over!

The show takes place on the beautiful grounds of the Cathedral of All Souls (which is worth a visit in itself!). Show hours are Saturday, 10 - 7 and Sunday 12 - 5.

I've been busy painting and felting scarves for the show - here are a few of my new nuno felted pieces.

These two scarves - more like shawls, really - started with a base of very sheer silk chiffon, onto which I felted merino wool and silk fibers. Including the dangles, these shawls measure about 15" x 70"-80"  a nice, generous size.

Sometimes you don't need a whole lot of scarf, you just want a smaller accent piece! These narrower scarves are still enough to keep you warm and provide a good shot of style! They are only about 7" wide.

In spite of the wool, these nuno felted scarves are very lightweight and can be worn almost year round.

Come visit beautiful Ashevillle - you'll find me in Booth #13 at the show - see the maps below!