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DATE: 2-21-02


HCC Instructors Exhibit Artwork in State Show

Two HCC continuing education instructors have found their art in demand by the State Community College System. Margaret W. Binder, an HCC quilting instructor, and Cliff Hannah, a woodcarving instructor, both had works of art selected for exhibit at a yearlong show in Raleigh. The exhibit highlights creative art from students, faculty and staff of the state’s 59 community colleges.

Binder’s entry, "Fall in the Mountains", is a colorful quilt featuring appliqued leaves and a nine-patch square on point. She says that it took her about one and a half years to piece and complete the quilt, but that it took her over ten years of collecting fall colored fabrics before she had the right blend of lights and darks to produce her stunning quilt. Binder has been quilting for over 15 years.

Hannah’s entry is a woodcarving of the beloved children’s storybook character, Peter Rabbit. He said that it took him 2 years to complete the carving, which has already won him international recognition with a first-place title in 1991. Hannah has been woodcarving for the past 40 years. According to him, anyone can become a woodcarver—you don’t have to be an artist, just have a sense of curvature and be able to follow the grain of the wood. Hannah also teaches floral design as well as woodcarving.

H. Martin Lancaster, President of the North Carolina Community College System, selected "Fall in the Mountains" and "Peter Rabbit" to be part of his 2002 exhibit at the Caswell Building in Raleigh. The exhibit runs through the end of February 2003.

For more information about quilting classes, woodcarving instruction or any of HCC’s continuing education community service programs, call (828) 627-4667. Visit HCC at www.haywood.cc.nc.us on the Internet.

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Haywood Community College’s chosen artists, Cliff Hannah (left) and Margaret W. Binder (right) stand in front of Binder’s nine-patch quilt. Hannah is holding his prize-winning sculpture of Peter Rabbit.