Here are a few highlights from our current group show and Small Works Gallery in Arches Gallery.
The Associates exhibit in Building W-9 at the Workhouse Arts Center at the corner of Route 123 and Workhouse Way in Lorton, VA.
Here are a few highlights from our current group show and Small Works Gallery in Arches Gallery.
Arches Gallery is featuring the work of our 3 ceramicists in the front of the Gallery this month. Come view "Creative Procrastination" by Wendy Zaidman, Bettie Sperty and Marie Kennedy now through January 5th. Opening reception is next Saturday, Dec 14 from 6:00-9:00pm. Come on out for refreshments, raffle, people's choice voting, and to Meet the Artists!
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We are ready for the Holiday season! Spreading joy, good cheer & Peace! Don't forget our next Opening Reception will be in one week, Saturday, Dec 14 from 6:00-9:00pm. We hope to see you then. . . or our weekly hours at Wednesday-Saturday 11am to 6pm (except 2nd Saturdays we are open until 9pm) and Sundays from 12 noon to 5pm.
IMPORTANT: There are only 11 more shopping days before Christmas here at the Workhouse because we are always closed Mondays and Tuesdays. The last shopping day before Christmas will be Sunday, Dec 22.
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Announcing the People's Choice Awards for October!
Bettie Sperty took both FIRST and THIRD place with "Share the Wealth" and "First Born." Both are acrylic paintings with . other elements like foil. Her style is often whimsical and may be described as photo realist. The two winning works are part of her special exhibit this month, "Luminescence" which glistens with metallic "foil" leaf and in some cases with beads and gems. Both "First Born" and "Share the Wealth" rely on Bettie's expert ability to create a sense of three dimensions with paint on the canvas.
Marc Pachon's photograph on metal took SECOND place. “Pause” captures a split-second of rest for dancer/model Caitie Belle Yevoli, suspended for a moment "en pointe." This unusual position is impossible to hold for more than a second or two. The photograph has a pearl finish on a 20” x 30” acrylic single-run print.
Visit Arches Gallery, building W-9 at the Workhouse Arts Center until November 3rd to see Bettie Sperty's special exhibit “Luminescence.” There you will also find Marc Pachon's photography and the work of 20 other Workhouse Artists in our monthly Group Show.
Up-Coming! Our next Meet-the-Artists Opening Reception will be November 9th, from 6:00-9:00pm. Masha Egan, who is relatively new to our group, will be featured artist in November. Mark your Calendar!
There are two more weekends to see this month's art work at Arches Gallery. Here's a general shot of the gallery on installation day giving you a flavor of what's on view. Please come by until Sunday, Nov. 3rd to see this and all the rest - including Bettie Sperty's featured artist show, Luminescence.
This is a detail of Bettie Sperty's "First Born" currently on display in her show "Luminescence" through November 3rd at Arches Gallery. Come on out and see this and other amazing work this month!
If you didn't make it to Arches Gallery for our Opening Reception on Oct 12 do not despair! Bettie Sperty's amazing show, Luminescence, is up until Nov. 3rd. Please be sure to stop by! Two of her paintings took People's Choice awards that evening and ALL her work is worth seeing in person. Arches Gallery is open Wednesday thru Sunday 11am-6pm except on Sundays when it's open 12noon-5pm.
Finally, two paintings by our featured artist, Kathleen Best Gillmann, tied for Second Place People's Choice Awards: “From the Mountains to the Valleys” (oil) and “Stopping on the Journey” (acrylic).
Reflecting on her pieces, Kathleen shared that while vacationing in Colorado a few years back, her family stopped along the highway when she saw this valley and the surrounding mountains that are the subject of the first piece. Some scenes simply demand closer inspection! She intentionally borrowed a phrase from the popular song “God Bless America” for the title of this painting.
“Stopping on the Journey” is a place Kathleen has visited frequently because it is on the way to her family cottage where she spent her summers growing up. The title, “Stopping on the Journey,” describes what her family did when driving to the cottage. She’s seen this view under many weather conditions and various times of day and it never ceases to thrill her and bring back good memories.
View these two paintings and more in Ms. Gillmann’s special exhibit “Meaning in Place” in the front of Arches Gallery until Sunday, October 6th.
Originally from New England, award-winning artist Kathleen Best Gillmann has been a Workhouse artist since 2010. While growing up in Maine, she developed a profound respect for nature. Today, she celebrates her love of the outdoors through her contemporary landscapes filled with subtle and rich colors. Ms. Gillmann's work is held in private and corporate collections from Maine to Colorado. View more of her art online at her website at www.VeryBestFineArt.com and on Facebook at “Kathleen Best Gillmann – Very Best Fine Art.”
Oops! Sorry about that. Below is Keith's "Lithium" photography and here is "Home and Hearth," the First Place Winner. Thanks for stopping by virtually. To see this work and the work of the rest of the Arches Gallery Artists in person, please come by the Gallery this week until Sunday, October 6 (12noon-6pm). Our October shows will be ready for viewing a week from now on Wednesday, Oct 9. The Gallery is open Wednesdays-Sundays; Closed Mondays & Tuesdays.
Two of Keith Parks' photos took First and Second Place People's Choice Awards in September and are on view until this Sunday, Oct 6. So you still have time this week to see these prize winners. Leo St. Lois’ mixed media piece “I See Blue” (see previous post) tied for FIRST Place with Keith Parks’ photograph 'Home and Hearth'.
Keith Parks’ photograph “Home and Hearth” is part of an ongoing series of images using cut paper as the subject material and which explore abstract moods and motifs through a familiar material presented in an innovative way. Keith is especially fascinated with circles and curves, and feels paper is a wonderfully versatile and compliant material to create these shapes and color combinations for his images.
Keith's “Lithium” (photograph) was a SECOND place winner.
Keith Parks was born in Los Angeles, and grew up, got his schooling and spent a career as a graphic designer in Southern California. He has said that roughly 10 years ago, with his midlife artistic crisis in full bloom, he felt the time was right to take a stab at some purely personal artwork. After his retirement a few years ago and recent a relocation to the DC area, he's now looking for his "big break" in the art world. You can see more of his work at keithparks.gallery.
Fair warning! You have 5 days - thru Sunday, October 6 - to see September's show at Arches Gallery and our 5 People's Choice winners. The Gallery is open Wednesday to Sunday. Hours are 11am-6pm Wednesday thru Saturday and 12noon-5pm on Sunday. (We are always closed Mondays & Tuesdays.)
When we counted the votes, FIVE works were favorites among our visitors during September's Second Saturday Art Walk. We had TWO first places and THREE works tied for second place. I'll put together 3 posts of the 3 artist's whose work took these awards.
First, Leo St. Lois' "I see Blue" took a first place. Leo's mixed media piece “I See Blue” was inspired by the colors of the homes in the Tucson Barrios an area he would pass several times a week. This particular doorway had a lot of colors in the early afternoon and this was the final take on what he envisioned. Leo (look for his signature "Christopher" on this piece) is a photographer and digital artist, and his work can be found on Facebook at Leo St. Louis or Twitter at @photo1studio.
Two of our artists have work that juried into this show: Sandra McClelland Lewin and Kathleen Best Gillmann. It would be well worth your time to visit Creative Brush Gallery if you are in Manassas. Kathleen's painting "Laudholm Marsh" was awarded an Honorable Mention last evening.
Come on out tomorrow night 6-9 opening reception of Best of the Region!
Announcing the installation of Kathleen Best Gillmann's new show - Meaning in Place - at Arches Gallery! Yes, the paintings are up and ready for your inspection. Gallery hours are Wednesdays to Sundays.
The opening receptions are happening in about a week on September 14 & 15.
Why TWO receptions? Well, Saturday Sept 14 is our usual monthly "Art Walk" or opening reception from 6-9pm. It coincides with a super-big event on campus called Brewfest happening from 1-8pm. Learn more about Brewfest by checking out the Workhouse website http://www.workhousearts.org/event/brewfest/. If you like beer, wine, great food, bands and crowds you may be excited to come on Saturday.
On the other hand, If you prefer a quieter atmosphere and want to avoid the possibility of standing in line on Saturday, I recommend you come on SUNDAY. Brewfest is a ticketed event . . . though if you want only to see the art and don't care to taste the beers, you can get a FREE pass for access to the art galleries alone on Saturday.
Kathleen will be in Arches Gallery on Sunday ready to greet you from 12noon to 5pm. Additionally, Diane Sorenson will be performing on hammered dulcimer for part of the afternoon.
Thanks for stopping by & I look forward to seeing you soon! Kathleen
Workhouse Brewfest takes place September 14th, with more than 30 Virginia craft breweries, artisan distilleries, and Virginia wineries on tap! This unique event features live performances by some of the region’s most popular bands, unique food trucks, access to 12 air-conditioned art galleries and...
Final Weekend for our August show! So if you want to see this month's amazing art work please make time to come out to Arches Gallery this weekend.
AND, you may be interested to find out what works were especially popular with our visiting public this month.
Announcing our August People's choice winners:
Third place was a tie: Piu Mahapatra’s mixed media piece “Under the Virginia Sun” and Gene Moty’s oil painting “Lucy.”
Second place: Anne Hollis’ mixed media piece “Giant Flamingo.”
First place: Kathleen Best Gillmann’s acrylic painting “Beach Houses at Lord’s Point.” Ms. Gillmann's art will fill the front of Arches Gallery in September when she will be featured artist.
A few words about each winning piece:
The inspiration for "Beach Houses" occurred during the artist’s visit to Mother’s Beach in Kennebunk, Maine one bright morning. Photos Ms. Gillmann took guided her in re-creating the beauty she experienced that morning. Originally from New England, award-winning artist Kathleen Best Gillmann has been a Workhouse artist since 2010. While growing up in Maine, she developed a profound respect for nature. Today, she celebrates her love of the outdoors through her contemporary waterscapes and atmospheric landscapes filled with subtle and rich colors.
According to Ms. Hollis, "Giant Flamingo" was a tremendously fun piece to make; from “engineering” how to create the 3D upper body to the loose feathers over the back. Cardboard and papier-mâché create the head and neck. A variety of magazine and scrapbook paper were used for the feathers.
Ms. Mahapatra stated, that in her inspiration for “Under the Virginia Sun”: “Nowhere in this world, is the sun warmer than your own homeland! Nowhere on this earth, has the soil a fragrance to intoxicate you to slumber. And a woman like me, who came back one early spring morning in Virginia after seven long years, the wild dry blossoms and luscious, green tomatillos were like the hope of the sweet warmth which only the soil can promise. It is wonderful to be back home! ”
Mr. Moty’s painting “Lucy” is one in a series of six pieces inspired by people in his life and presented in a vibrant crisp clean minimalist style. Using only the primary colors, “Lucy” is a composite of his daughter and two sisters when they were all kids. His inspiration is drawn from a blending of the Bauhaus and De Stijl movements along with his life experiences.
Don't miss our latest show! This is from our Opening Reception on Saturday evening. We have openings MONTHLY on every 2nd Saturday from 6-9pm. These openings are advertised as "Second Saturday Art Walks" Workhouse Arts Center The current show, "Artist's Choice" will be up through Labor Day weekend. The Gallery is open Wednesday through Sundays and is located in building 9 #WorkhouseArtsCenter
Kathleen Best Gillmann included "Beach Houses at Lord's Point" in this month's group show, "Artist's Choice" because this painting is especially popular with her audience, has received two awards in the past, and is one of her personal favorites.
Additionally, in anticipation of her solo show coming in September she shares the following: "I am drawn to the landscape because I love being outdoors. I was drawn to this particular scene because it's where I grew up. I have memories of going to this beach with my mother, brother and other friends on the last day of school when I was in elementary school. It was a celebration of the end of the school year and the beginning of summer. And this was the view at one end of the beach where we had a picnic lunch that year. In September, I will put together a show called "Meaning in Place." For me, each location I choose to paint gets painted for a reason. The reason is this: places for me often have special memories associated with them or special meaning. And in conversation I have discovered people are often drawn to my work because they find it carries meaning for them, too. One visitor to the gallery shared, "Oh, that small painting of yours reminds me of home." "Where is home?" I inquired. "Ireland," came the response. Then I shared that the painting was a view of a meadow not far from my home in Kennebunk, Maine. Yet, how fascinating that for this person it reminded them of their home! So, landscapes carry meaning for many people."
If you like "Beach Houses" there are giclée prints available in several sizes at the Gallery and Workhouse Gift Shop.
Don't miss it! Today is our Opening Reception for "Artist's Choice" in Arches Gallery, building w9, Workhouse Arts Center. Two abstract works you can see in person today include "Heat Wave" by Carol Mather and "Deja Vu" by Karen Hutchison.
Technique is important in Karen’s work. She “started with acrylic paint and added various layers of paste to create texture. The final layer reflects selected acrylic paint colors to soften the design but allowed the texture to come through.”
Carol shares about "Heat Wave" . . . "For me, it is a powerful piece that expresses the feeling of nature in summer. It was created using a palette knife."
Another Advanced View from our current group show, "Artist's Choice." This is Bettie Sperty's acrylic painting and she explains:
“This painting represents my win over “the silent killer,” ovarian cancer. It was inspired by my journey through the surgery, chemo, and recovery. The lake is the navel, the river represents my scar from the surgery. Ultimately, when it was all over, the painting celebrates my renewed appreciation for life.
More broadly, this painting represents women, Earth, nature and living things. It suggests that there’s more then what you first see – in an art work, in life, and in people.
I chose this painting for this month’s exhibit because I like it - plain and simple. It's also a powerful expression of my life journey."
Our August group Show is up! So, technically this is not a "Sneak Peek" so I'll call it an Advance View . . . this is Katharine Owens' work in paper and paint, "An American Side Street" now on view in Arches Gallery and generating quite a bit of interest from our visitors.
Mark your calendars please: THIS Saturday is Second Saturday Art Walk at the Workhouse. Expect fun, food & drink, an art raffle and the opportunity to vote for your favorite art work - it's all happening Sat., August 10 from 6:00-9:00pm
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Photographer Rick Reda shares . . . “Overshooting the Runway” is an image of a brown pelican landing on the edge of a cove at Bartolome Island in the Galapagos. I chose this piece for the “Artist’s Choice” exhibit because it captured this amazing bird in flight in a unique setting."
The exhibit is now on display. Opening Reception is THIS Saturday, 6:00-9:00pm during our regular monthly 2nd Saturday Art Walk at the Workhouse Arts Center. Come on out to Arches Gallery soon!
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