Husband-and-wife Jim and Rita Duxbury will have their wooden artwork on display and for sale at the Mebane Arts & Community Center in Mebane from November 11 through January 9.

Their functional, 3-D art, crafted on a wood lathe using local woods and exotic woods from around the world is unique and one-of-a-kind. The pieces include an exquisite hickory bowl on a walnut stand, pieces incorporating spiral illusions, wooden-stemmed wine glasses and other unique items.

Rita Zoccolante Duxbury is a Massachusetts native. She is a part-time librarian at Alamance Community College. A retired U.S. Naval Intelligence officer, she has traveled the world. With an appreciation for the beauty and qualities of wood, and with the mentoring of her husband, she has gone from sweeping sawdust to creating her own pieces.

"Each day is a new adventure and I approach life just that way, realizing that there are not enough hours in the day to learn, experiment, explore and create," she said. "Woodturning and teaching others the skill of turning has become a part of my focus — as it is my husband's life and much a part of our daily routine."

James N. "Jim" Duxbury is a perfectionist known for "thinking out of the box."  Known for his original designed kaleidoscopes, Jim doesn’t stop there with his craftsmanship. He continues to create both functional and artistic pieces that are truly one-of-a-kind.

"I pride myself in creating wooden items of beauty that also are designed to function well," he said. "My fascination with wood and wood grains, from the most exotic to the common native varieties, and my ability to employ the wood lathe and adapt tools, lead to experiments of new and exciting ideas. Prototypes abound. I admire creativity and have a keen appreciation for wood as a natural media."

Also on display at MACC is the artwork of Violet DeKnikker. She served and retired from the U. S. Air Force as an electronics technician where she installed, maintained and refurbished electronics equipment on a national and international basis.  During that time, she completed two master’s degrees and then utilized those degrees in management positions with Duke University and the University of North Carolina.  She applies her spare time now doing pen and ink drawings on various large (15” by 18”) and small (2 ¼” by 3 ½”) sized pieces, working on watercolor painting and doing mixed media artwork. 

Her interest in drawing opened the door for Silverpoint Drawing, a Renaissance Era form of drawing utilizing a piece of silver to draw with instead of a lead pencil. The unique characteristic with that artform is that there is no erasing. Now she makes art journals for Silverpoint artists and teaches Silverpoint Drawing.

Mebane Arts and Community Center is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more details on these exhibits, call 336-226-4495 or visit