Hello Summer! Nothing fancy in these two posts which I am entitling 'Family Portraits'. Here are some pieces done of some of the animals we have been fortunate enough to care for over the years. I try to do a portrait of each one...we have quite a collection at this point. Below from left to right are Maho Bodine, Presley Phillips, Rhoda (the chicken) and Speckles (the cat). Love them all!!
Five members will be on display at the Waynesboro Library the month of May: Judith Ely, Carol Martin, Randy Baskerville, Matalie Deane, and Julia Kindred. Their paintings depict the theme, "Springtime"
Matalie Deane, Terry Coffey, Randy Baskerville, and Julia Kindred participated in the Historic Garden Week with McGuffey member and organizer, Karyn Smith - painting plein aire at Morven Farm, Chopping Bottom Farm, East Belmont Farm and Castle Hill Cidery. Clockwise: 2 paintings: East Belmont Barn & Flowers in the Garden by Matalie Deane; Chopping Bottom Farm by Terry Coffey; Chopping Bottom Farm by Randy Baskerville; Morven Farm's Redbuds by Julia Kindred.
Carol's art develops through manipulating materials. The interaction of lines or swashes of paint & painted paper or canvas scraps evolves through attention to the negative space. It is important that the process of creating leads her to a new discovery. Ralph Waldo Emerson gives her inspiration. Ralph Waldo Emerson: “We may climb into the thin and cold realm of pure geometry and lifeless science, or sink into that of sensation. Between these extremes is the equator of life, of thought, or spirit, or poetry—a narrow belt.” Carol has been a visual artist for 25 years, first as an illustrator & graphic designer, now as an educator & exhibiting artist. She has a BFA from JMU and MFA from Radford U. She teaches at the Arts Center in Orange.
“Art for me is a process of experimentation, discovery, design and color. My goal is to create art that is inspiring and a delight to the eye of the viewers. I create with a Mixed Media genre new to the Art World, i.d., using melted crayons and fabric paint. Shaving crayons onto a canvas, a household iron is used to melt, combine and shape the colors into a design. The side of the iron and the pointed end of the paint tube becomes my brush. Bright colors, along with a 3-D effect, and much action, culminate in a work of art”.
The pictures on display her are from Ms. Gondwe's "Zebra Series". "March of the Dancing Zebra Trees", 24" x 36" on canvas, received Best in Show at the Fluvanna County Art Association Annual Art Show in 2016. The two other photos are:
"The Dancing Zebra Tree", 12" x 18" which received First Place at the Fluvanna County Fair in 2015, and, "The Frolicking Zebra Tree", 20" x 30".
The "Fluvanna County Review" states that Gondwe is an artist to keep your eye on due to her unique style of painting". Currently you can see her paintings displayed at Random Row Brewery on Preston Avenue til end of March; Two paintings displayed with the BozArt Gallery at The Senior Center on Hillsdale Drive til the end of April; and in Palmyra, paintings at Angel's School of Music and Dance til mid-April; two paintings at the Fluvanna County Art Association Annual Show at the Fluvanna County Library.
Judith Ely's contemporary paintings and abstract landscapes are currently being shown at Roy Wheeler Realty, 404 8th St, downtown Charlottesville entitled "Places You May Know". A reception will be held on March 2, 5:00-7:00PM.
Having trained in the art of calligraphy and watercolor, over the years, I’ve added oil and acrylic to my repertoire of skills. My goal is to continually learn and evolve
in technique and self discovery through the medium. Capturing the light and connecting with the viewer is always the aim.
For the month of February, and as a member of BozART Fine Art Collective, I will be exhibiting works in acrylic texture and calligraphy on canvas at Random Row Brewery on Preston Avenue in Charlottesville, VA.
Terry M. Coffey www.terrymcoffey.com
Members with solo shows:
Kelly Oakes exhibits her newest portraits at McGuffey Art Center the Sarah B Smith Gallery. A reception will be on First Friday, Feb 2, 5-7 pm. The artist talk is Feb 18th at 2 pm.
Caroll Mallin continues to have a show entitled "American Icons" at the Art Box, Crozet thru January 31.
Sara Gondwe continues to have shows on the 3rd floor of Sentara MJ Hospital until Feb 5th and in the Quiet Room at JMRL Northside Branch until Feb 14th. She will have a solo exhibit at the Waynesboro Library through February.
Members, Matalie Deane, Anne Hopper and Julia Kindred are in the Piedmont Pastelists Art Show at Sentara MJH through March.