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Meet some of the artists that will be featured at the Ripples & Reflections Art Show this Sunday, August 7th! Get learn more and get tickets Here
I learned the craft of stained glass in the 1980’s, when we lived in the San Francisco Bay Area. At that time, it was a hobby but when we moved to Portugal in 1995, it became my business. I have had many people help me along the way while I learned the business of art.
Several years ago, when I moved to the Harrisonburg area I built the largest studio I could afford. It is decorated with wonderful creations as well as a huge selection of art glass. It is home to two kilns, one of which I have had for almost 40 years! I often say that “the glass talks to me”. I am so fortunate to be able to work with glass and indulge my creativity.
I paint intuitively. I make a mark and respond to that mark or color with another and another. Some of those initial marks get lost in the layering of paint and collage. Space shifts back and forth and the light changes and changes again. Recently in my studio, trees kept showing up in my compositions. I started to fall in love with the repetition of verticals along the constant of the horizon and the light that I imagined pouring through the negative space gave me hope. This treescape, “Time Stood Still” was created specifically for this exhibition. I love living in Virginia because of the turn of the seasons, it gives a sweet rhythm to life and at the same time creates a consistency that feels like nothing really changes.
Florimonte has exhibited her pieces in national shows and in solo, juried, and group shows in Washington, DC, Virginia, Maryland and in New York. Her work has been published in magazines and is in private collections in the US and internationally.
At age 16, I designed my first ring from the red wax coating on Gouda cheese and cast it in silver. I was hooked! My journey in metal has evolved over the years to include forging iron, larger scale casting, etching, forming metal over stakes and anvils, welding, soldering, construction, and more.
Creating relationships and contrasts between natural elements has been a recurring theme in my work. I love the intensity of Australian Aboriginal Art and have been inspired by the instinctual blending of visions, history, and sense of place. My goal with my work is to express motion and energy – and provide a visual feast!!
When designing I like to incorporate unusual textures and materials with metals to compliment the beauty of each; copper and art glass, bronze and marble, handmade paper with gold, silver, and gems. All of my pieces are one of a kind. Currently I am a member of OASIS Fine Art & Craft and am also concentrating on commissioned jewelry and sculpture, (collaborating with clients melding their vision and mine, is one of my real joys).
Ellen was awarded a Bachelor of Fine Arts, VCU, with a metal major and ceramics minor. She is the past owner of Papillon Custom Jewelry in Old Town Petersburg,VA and Cobb Lane, Birmingham, AL , has taught jewelry at the Univ of Alabama, LFCC -VA, and has exhibited her work in the US and Germany.
In studying ceramics and working in clay for more than 20 years, I have always been fascinated by the complex problem of integrating three essential elements of ceramic design: form, surface, and function. My forms are wheel thrown, always with the user in mind considering weight, balance and how comfortable it is to hold. The surfaces are then treated as a blank canvas. With a background in painting, I like to spray my glazes to allow for soft transitions between colors. Then I often integrate stenciled graphics or layered brush marks.
What I love about creating functional pieces of art is the vision of their usefulness. The idea of the viewer or user having a relationship with the piece that speaks to their love of food and drink whether pouring, serving or sipping. While I am creating my work, I am very concerned with its function giving it a reason to not simply be hidden behind a cabinet. At the same time, I wish to elevate the experience of everyday to something extraordinary.
Kary Haun has taught art, sculpture and ceramics for more than fifteen years. She has worked professionally as a potter, and as a designer. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from East Carolina University.
Currently, Kary is working exclusively in Porcelain, and firing in oxidation to 2200°F in her Log House Studio in Woodstock, VA and works part time in the County Tourism Department promoting the community she loves.
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After throwing pots for some years, Kathy gave her wheel away to concentrate on hand-building, which she finds freer and more gratifying. Nature is the driving theme in Kahoka clay work. She uses numerous natural materials, such as leaves, pine needles, and chunks of wood in its creation.
Penelope retired from Veterinary Medicine in 2016 after practicing for 33 years. She is now focusing her energies on her gifts for hospitality, painting, felting and cooking. Her interests are eclectic. She finds joy in trying different styles, techniques and media when she stumbles across them.
She loves the light and shapes found in the scenery of the Shenandoah Valley, the beseeching spirit seen in the eyes of animals, dance and France….especially southern France. You will see these recurring themes in her work.
As a former landscape designer and certified arborist wood speaks to me. Each kind of wood has unique character that I use to fulfill my design goals.
Ideas come before any materials are selected. Materials are more the items of substance of commerce than the content of art. That said, I have selected to use chainsaws as my tool of choice. They are about as democratic a tool as I can imagine. They are associated with cheap and shallow ideas of art.
I like conundrums, complexities and objects or events that can be artifacts of those things. The relationship of audience to artist as experienced through art is a constant telegraph to the future. Yes the brain is the most erotic organ. Let’s celebrate that. Candy for the brain.
Live carving someone’s image, trying to capture a bit of their soul in wood requires trust and attention. This performance art is about trusting yourself in a cage with a guy who has a chainsaw and giving in to being your honest self.
Diane is a self-taught artist, who works in oil, acrylic, graphite, and cold wax. Her work includes abstracts, as well as landscapes, structures, and individual subjects on interesting backgrounds; and most recently, of oyster shells, feathers, nests, and flowers. Diane Gould has a history of serving on arts councils in Dahlonega, GA, as well as Shenandoah County, VA. She lives and paints in Woodstock, VA.
Bahir Al Badry
Bahir Al Badry is an Iraqi artist, currently living in Harrisonburg, Va. He started his career as an artist in 1979., while working as a marine engineer. His overseas travels have been an inspiration for his art and he has explored themes of justice, freedom and existence. In his work, he utilizes elements of totem art and focuses on humanity, peace, love and freedom – elements of life that he feels he was deprived of in Iraq. He also focuses on current issues, such as climate change.
Through art he expresses a need to resolve the issues of mankind, while also exploring the cultural aspects of his birthplace and of ancient Mesopotamia, a culture which he believes is heavily engraved in his identity.
Helen Jean Smith
Helen resides in Lantz Mill, Shenandoah Co., VA. She is well known for her whimsical depictions of small towns in Virginia and beyond. Most of her paintings are done on a commission basis. Among her clients are the National Park Service, First Bank, Shenandoah Memorial Hospital, Mary Matalin and James Carville, Susan and Sandy Berger, Oliver and Betsy North, Senator and Mrs. Charles Robb, Al and Margarette Smith and Congressman and Mrs. Frank Wolfe.
Andrea grew up in Banyoles, a small city in Catalonia, Spain. She graduated from University of Girona with a License in Art History and a Masters in Communication and Art Criticism. She has curated and organized art shows, including benefit shows and auctions, through Tint XXI gallery and Taller Joan de Palau, the same studio where she studied painting as a child.
Her artistic style favors abstracted landscapes, with an emphasis on texture, fields of color, and experimental techniques. She works primarily with acrylics, and is currently working in encaustic and mixed media. Her work is collected in Europe, Australia, and the US. She is in the process of moving to the Shenandoah Valley.
I am a botanical and nature artist, forever inspired by the natural world and found objects around me, creating contemporary compositions from life or personal references. I use a style of isolating a subject(s) against a white/neutral or diffused background to enhance a subject’s beauty, detail and form and to encourage curiosity, awareness and connection. Working mainly in watercolor, I enjoy exploring other media as well.
I have no formal art training, but art has always been a part of my life. I retired several years ago as an attorney/healthcare law educator and finally had the time to focus on my art. Prior to retiring, I dabbled in watercolors and metal work. After my retirement, I discovered acrylics and began painting. Shortly thereafter, I added ceramics. I currently focus on large scale acrylic paintings and ceramics. I find both to be satisfying, emotionally and psychologically. My work is dynamic. It is movement, color and energy. I want my work to emote; to make the viewer FEEL.
My studio is in a barn on our farm a short walk to the North Fork. My husband, Mark, and I spent many wonderful days raising our children on the river- floating, paddling, swimming and enjoying all that the Shenandoah could offer. Although the children are grown and gone, Mark and I still walk to the river nearly every day and I never tire of the beauty we find. A heartfelt thank you to the Friends of The North Fork for protecting something so precious.