Jim’s #Giving Tuesday – Thank You!

Jim Tripp set up the #GivingTuesday fundraiser on Facebook to benefit the Robeson Art Guild, META pledged to match up to $8 million – now that’s dreaming big! As Jim said, “every dollar will go back into this organization’s programs. No salaries. Thank you all!”

The numbers are in, and Robeson Art Guild has received $1,225 from the Network for Good! Thank You to all who contributed!

As you can see from this month’s newsletter, the educational program has already begun with classes in Abstract Art, Pottery, and Watercolor. The Metamorphosis 1 Exhibition was well attended (at least until Covid-19!) and the new TIME OUT exhibition is slated for March!

Award Winner Announced!

People's Choice Award Lumber River Respite by Charlotte Thompson
Lumber River Respite by Charlotte Thompson

Congratulations to Charlotte Thompson, winner of the People’s Choice Award at the Metamorphosis 1 Exhibition! Charlotte won for her lovely oil Lumber River Respite. Thank you to all the artists who exhibited and to the viewers who voted for their favorites.

Abstract Class A Hit!

Bobbie Britt led the way with the first class of the 2022 season on January 18th at the Guild House. The class explored different ways of making techniques, helping her student find what works for them as an artist. She demonstrated an abstract painting and how she herself gets started on a new abstract painting. Such wonderful paintings resulted! Thank you, Bobbie, and your wonderful students!

Pottery Class, Off to a Great Start!

Jim Trip and his class had a wonderful time on February 8th at the Guild House. Each student created a basket from clay and Jim is now firing the baskets to bisque form. On February 15th the students will return to glaze and clear coat their creations, then return on February 18th to pick up their finished works.

Looking great!

Watercolor Class

Watercolor by Nila Chamberlain

Class: Watercolor
Instructor: Nila Chamberlain
When: February 24, March 10, and April 14, 2022, 7 pm to 9 pm
Where: Robeson Art Guild House, 109 W 9th Street, Lumberton, NC 28358
Fee: Free, Supplies provided
Level: Beginner and Intermediate
Capacity: Class Filled! Waitlist available.
Deadline: Please register by February 20, 2022

Nila Chamberlain will be teaching Adult Watercolor classes for beginning and intermediate students. There will be a 15-minute break during each class.

The class will begin with introductory demonstration of basic materials and demonstration of basic techniques by the instructor: review of types of paper used in watercolor; discussion of how transparent watercolor is and how it is applied; and a demo of brush technique for watercolor.

Students will receive basic watercolor kits and practice brush technique for transparent watercolor washes. Students will tape down watercolor paper on two boards in preparation of two separate washes to be used in the second hour. Students will do a sketch in pencil on prepared boards. Discuss methods to achieve perspective. Students will do a gradient wash on boards one and two.

Class 1: Introduction to Watercolor (February 24, 2022, 7:00-9:00 PM)

  • Introduction of instructor and students
  • Discussion of color wheel
  • Review of Principles of Design

Next class: Creating form and texture

Class 2: Creating Form and Texture (March 10, 2022, 7:00-9:00 PM)

  • Creating form and texture
  • Using resist in watercolor
  • Using salt and sand

Class 3, April14, 2022 (7:00-9:00 PM)

  • Looking at our work
  • How to “take out”
  • Using ink to draw into the watercolor
  • Using collage in watercolor (mixed media)
  • Review of matting and framing watercolor

All supplies will be furnished. No fees will be charged.

Class size is limited to 6, so early registration is recommended.  Once the class is filled a Waitlist will be created for any students who register online and are notified that they have a backorder place.

When you register, you will be required to give your email and phone number.

If you have a question, call me at 910-740-6300.

— Nila Chamberlain

Ferncroft Design Studio
See our portfolio at 

Telephone: 910-740-6300
Email:  Nila@FerncroftDesignStudio.com

Watercolor by Nila Chamberlain
Watercolor by Nila Chamberlain
Watercolor paintings
by Nila Chamberlain

Call for Entries!

The Robeson Art Guild is accepting entries for our upcoming exhibition: TIME OUT!

This exhibition will be held at the Robeson Art Guild House located at 109 W9th St., Lumberton, NC 28358 from March 7- April 1, 2022. 


  • All artists in Robeson County age 12 and up
  • All mediums are welcome

TIME OUT focuses on creative response to Covid 19.  In the almost three years that we have been experiencing Covid 19, many of us have been living with depression and/or anxiety and have found ourselves unable to align with goals and peaceful living. Often, we have juggled family, health, debt and happiness with little satisfaction. We have become blocked creatives; and many have chosen to make major changes in their goals and in their life. 

The goal of TIME OUT is the creative response to being hobbled by Covid. It is the visible expression of “Stop the world. . ..   I want to get off.”  Let us see what you have to say. What did you do while you were forced to stay home? How did you survive in your own, unique circumstances?  Three years is a long time!


  • Entries can weigh no more than 50 pounds and cannot exceed 5 ft in any direction.
  • Two dimensional entries must be ready to hang safely.
  • Three-dimensional work must have its own display column, table, or other safe display device.

All mediums are welcome.  


  • Entries are due at the Guild House on March 7 from 10:00 AM-12:00 noon and from 4:00-6:00 PM   
  • Entry forms and tape will be furnished on site.
  •  Opening reception is March 17th 6-8 PM.  This will be in conjunction with our first General Membership Meeting.

Insurance:  All work will be insured by RAG and each artist will be asked to determine insurance value in keeping with range of previously sold work.  

Judge: Sandy Stratil


  • First Place:  $200
  • Second Place $100
  • People’s Choice $50
  • Honorable Mention (3)

Nila Chamberlain 

Executive Director
Robeson Art Guild
109 West 9th street
P. O. Box 437
Lumberton, N C 28358
(910) 674-3006

Creativity During Time Out

In recent years, many people have been experiencing depression and anxiety.  We have found ourselves unable to align with goals and peaceful living.  With the expansion of technology, we have been encouraged to want more and we have become addicted to working harder and longer in order to have more. We multi-task and juggle family, health, debt, and happiness often with little feeling of satisfaction.

The past three years have been especially difficult as we have been hobbled by Covid.  We have become workaholics and perfectionists and blocked creatives.  Our upcoming exhibit, TIME OUT, opening at the Robeson Art Guild on March 17, focuses on creative response to Covid.    

It was Margaret Young who wrote:

“Often people attempt to live their lives backwards:  they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want so that they will be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse.  You must be who you really are, then, do what you need to do, in order to have what you want.” (SIMPLE ABUNDANCE, Sarah Ban Breathnach)

In this first article for RAG, the Robeson Art Guild newsletter, I want to include photos of the CHAPEL OF SIMPLE ABUNDANCE, located at Ferncroft Estate near Fairmont, NC.  This chapel was constructed of more than 8,000 various types of common bottles donated by individuals, organizations, and businesses. . . mostly wine bottles but also olive oil bottles, and beer bottles, and other unusual and lovely bottles that would have otherwise crowded the waste dump sites.  The CHAPEL OF SIMPLE ABUNDANCE required approximately two years of construction work by Nila and Lionel Chamberlain and was completed during the stressful days of Covid. It was constructed next to the Barfield Cemetery, a pre-Civil War Cemetery whose eldest resident is Neil Barfield, born in 1798.  

The CHAPEL OF SIMPLE ABUNDANCE is a space that allows visitors to think, to breathe and to discover more about themselves and life itself.   It reminds us that what we perceive as negative often is, in fact, positive when we refocus, and free our minds and choose a creative path.  The CHAPEL OF SIMPLE ABUNDANCE is a visual statement of what we did during the TIME OUT. We offer it as a part of the current TIME OUT EXHIBITION at the Guild House.  It is the Chamberlains’ creative response to being hobbled by Covid and refusing to be creatively blocked. 

We hope you will enjoy seeing the photos and that you will honor us later with a visit once Covid is controlled. Also, mark your calendar to attend TIME OUT, opening March 17 at the Guild House; and remember, as Maya Angelou wrote: 

“You can’t use up creativity.  The more you use, the more you have.”  

Nila Chamberlain


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