Featuring encaustic and watercolor paintings by Carol Anne McErlean and 5 other new art shows. Free and open to the public Tues. - Sun., 12 pm - 6 pm. On display through July 19th, 2015.
TRANSITION: BEYOND THE WALL by Carol Anne McErlean
"I have been an artist since I could hold a brush. I have long held a fascination with trees, skies, architecture and dance. My varied collection of my phases in watercolor led to an archive that I now cut and reassemble into a new work, I finish off with beeswax and colored pigment and/or melted crayons. Each piece is unique in texture and color combining generally 3 or more watercolors, some of which date back to 1973.
This work is a transition from parts of my life and my art. I primarily work in watercolor and was feeling the need to explore new possibilities at the same time staying true to myself.
My new work is influenced by the changes in my life and the memories that have been gathering. As an artist I have always explored new mediums. There are sometimes those pieces in my archives that call to me, and I look at year after year and study the parts that were successful and how to improve. My work now reflects the metamorphism and incorporates all of me and my creative endeavors."
SILENT MUSIC by Robert Pfeifer
Photography for Robert Pfeifer has been about finding beauty and capturing life. All around us are places and things that we have a deep connection to and beauty that is waiting to be observed. Images speak in ways that words cannot. They can convey emotions and feelings instantly. A photograph can cause us to pause and savor those places and moments. A great photograph like well-composed music can stir the soul. The exhibit will be in the Centre Gallery, West.
DISTRACTION by Cathy Magill, M. W. Maynard, Ray Stinnette
This exhibit will be displayed in the Corner Gallery.
"The representational works in this show titled Distraction are by three local artists Ray Stinnette, Cathy Magill and M. W. Maynard. This is a snippet of their renditions on the lulls of Distraction.
We are hard wired to pay attention therefore we are hardwired to be distracted. Distraction provides a respite from the daily stresses of life. We send flowers to the grieving to lighten the darkness of the sorrows and loss. It also provides inspiration drawing the attention to things that may be optional, useful, entertaining. We take the long way home, drift down a country road and add the memories of apple blossoms, rolling hills to the reserves of our soul. We fall for love and lust over and over again to escape loneliness. We find inspiration, renewal and shelter in our distractions.
Cathy Magill: Creative influences have moved my work from traditional to the free spirited impulses of a childhood reclaimed. My eye's view is a camera to my mind which makes pathways to my hands in paint and wood. Possibilities overwhelm me yet I surrender to the glimmer of light and color.
M. W. Maynard: A self taught artist inspired by wandering travels, Caribbean roots and curiosity about everything.
Ray Stinnette: Ray Stinnette’s educational background is in printing, commercial illustration and he has a BS in Fine Arts. His signature style goes beyond the confines of the expected, exploring the light and dark."
A TOUCH OF ASIA by Minh-Chau Truong
Displayed in the Skylight Gallery. "Art is a form of public education in its own right. Through the lenses and by the brush, I would like to invite the viewers to have another look at the simple beauty of the moment in our daily life and in nature.” Minh-Chau Troung
Minh-Chau’s passion in photography came from her work in television production and painting during her adolescent years. Her travels give her more opportunities to capture the images of different aspects of life through the lenses. She has exhibited at the VMFA, Windmere Gallery, Uptown Gallery, Crossroads Art Center, Main Library and at various group shows and solo shows in and out of Richmond.
She has won First and Second Prizes for many of her photographs in the juried shows at Windmere Art Gallery and Uptown Gallery.
Watercolor on paper and on silk was her first experience with painting. Her interest in Asian art was the main motivation for her exploration of the Asian brush painting in the past few years. Besides photography and painting, Minh-Chau creates unique hand-built pieces of pottery for floral arrangements.
Minh-Chau is a member of the Metropolitan Richmond Artists Association, Lee Artists Association, Central Virginia Botanical Artists, Blue Heron Chapter of the Sum i-e Society of America and the Sum i-e Society, Inc.
FACE IT by Anne B. Burnley
Anne was a Soldier in the Virginia Army National Guard for more than two decades. As a Sergeant 1st Class, Public Affairs NCO and stationed at the Maneuver Training Center, Fort Pickett, Blackstone, Virginia from 1997 until 2011, she was assigned to photograph and write articles about members of the United States Armed Forces training for battle focused missions prior to deployment. In the studio she transition from military photojournalist to artist. This exhibit will be in the Centre Gallery, East.
JUNE ALL-MEDIA SHOW
Each month Art Works offers artists from all over to participate in a juried art show. WOLFGANG JASPER will jury the show. Submissions are accepted from any artist and any medium. Call for Entries is on June 19th and 20th, 2015 from 12pm - 6pm at Art Works.
About the Juror, Wolfgang Jasper:
When he is not in the portrait studio he is in his home studio painting, drawing or sculpting or spending time with his wife, Beth, and their two dogs, lovable Roscoe and energetic Chiisai."
All images are the property of the artists and may not be duplicated without permission. Contact Art Works, Inc. 804 291.1400 in Richmond, Virginia U.S.A. for more information or if you wish to seek permission for use of images.
Carol Anne McErlean
Heron by Minh-Chau Troung
Anne B. Burnley
1st Place All-Media Show: Savage Tunnel by Jeanne Minnix, 13x13 Oil and Cold Wax, $895
2nd Place All-Media Show: Remnants by A. Rust, 18x22 Intaglio, Watercolor, $200
3rd Place All-Media Show: Brooklyn by Janneke Kotte, 20x24 Photography, $150
Honorable Mention All-Media Show: Leaves in Shadow by Jim Basl, 15x15 Archival Pigment Print, Digital Media, $250
Honorable Mention All-Media Show: Circle Totem by Binford Harrell, 8.75"x56", Oil on Corrugated Board Assemblage, $850