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Art Exhibits

StaceyEvansPuzzledLandscapeNO4Friday Opening Reception,StaceyEvans PuzzledLandscapeNO1
December 6, 2013,
5:30-7:30pm
A FREE evening of art and wine

WriterHouse is proud to present the work of local artist, Stacey Evans for the month of December.

Evans is a landscape photographer. Her work focuses on capturing the great American landscape while in motion. In the past, she has used the train to facilitate this type of work.

She writes, "Photographing stillness while in motion forces me to give up some control-and that thrills me as an artist. It defied much of what I had been taught about landscape photography."

As her work has evolved, she now constructs depictions concentrating on the juxtaposition between familiar and unfamiliar places, creating her own landscape by blending printmaking techniques with photography.

The Friday opening reception is FREE and open to the public. Refreshments courtesy of DuCard Vineyards. The exhibit will remain on display through December 29th.

Janet Pearlman

 

 

WriterHouse is proud to present the work of local artist Janet Pearlman for the month of February. Influenced by Matisse, Pearlman uses blocks of color to create layered works where shapes and forms slowly emerge onto the painting's surface.

She wrote, "Layer after layer is laid down in paint and charcoal. As the piece proceeds, lessons about living reveal themselves, surprising, vivid and deeply felt. The painting becomes a moment to moment adventure: color, image, emotion, at once stimulating and soothing, a reach for harmony".

 

The exhibit will remain on display through February 28th.

Laura Richards-1Friday Opening Reception,
January 3, 2014,
5:30-7:30pm
A FREE evening of art and wine

WriterHouse is proud to present the work of local artist, Lee Alter and her students for the month of January.

This exhibition comprised of watercolor pieces demonstrates a belief in an inner landscape. Each work attempts to capture the essence of the flower, the person or the scenery painted. Carl Jung believed in a collective unconscious where the mind collects and organizes personal experiences in a similar way for each member of a particular species. But while an image can be as universal or “collectively known” as a flower, it can also be interpreted in a wide variety of different ways by an individual upon a canvas.   

 The First Friday opening reception is FREE and open to the public. Refreshments courtesy of DuCard Vineyards. The exhibit will remain on display through January 31st.

StaceyEvansPuzzledLandscapeNO4Friday Opening Reception,StaceyEvans PuzzledLandscapeNO1
December 6, 2013,
5:30-7:30pm
A FREE evening of art and wine

WriterHouse is proud to present the work of local artist, Stacey Evans for the month of December.

Evans is a landscape photographer. Her work focuses on capturing the great American landscape while in motion. In the past, she has used the train to facilitate this type of work.

She writes, "Photographing stillness while in motion forces me to give up some control-and that thrills me as an artist. It defied much of what I had been taught about landscape photography."

As her work has evolved, she now constructs depictions concentrating on the juxtaposition between familiar and unfamiliar places, creating her own landscape by blending printmaking techniques with photography.

The Friday opening reception is FREE and open to the public. Refreshments courtesy of DuCard Vineyards. The exhibit will remain on display through December 29th.

Warren Craghead2b

Friday Opening Reception,Craghead1
April 4, 2014,
5:30-7:30pm
A FREE evening of art and wine

WriterHouse is proud to present the work of local artist Warren Craghead for the month of April.

Mixing images and words, pictures and poetry, Craghead constantly sketches as a way to explore his everyday experiences. He is also interested in the idea of 3D drawing: folding, cutting, and gluing as a way to build books, origami, and freestanding paper sculptures. His new book, We Are Waiting In A Forest, which is created from drawings inspired by images of the battles in Ukraine, will debut at this exhibition.

Read more: Art Exhibit: We Are Waiting In A Forest by Warren Craghead

Blake HurtFirst Friday Opening Reception, November 1, 2013 5:30-7:30 PM

The First Friday opening reception is FREE and open to the public. Refreshments courtesy of DuCard Vineyards. Exhibition will remain on display through November 30th.

Local artist Blake Hurt's work has transformed over his career from what he coined "ink collages" to watercolors exploring form and style. Hurt's "Ink Collages" are complex photographic drawings manipulated through computer programming. A portrait of a real estate lawyer might be infused with floor plans of a home mingled with the deconstructed surface of his face. A Greek scholar might have the stories of Orion the huntsman dancing over his lips. What is within a person makes its way visibly out through this unique process.

Read more: Art Exhibit: “Blake Hurt: Automatopoeia”

Nina Ozbey2Nina Ozbey3Friday October 4th, 2013
5:30-7:30 pm

WriterHouse is proud to present the work of local artist Nina Ozbey for the month of October.

Ozbey's work is about spontaneity, about opening herself up to the unexpected.  Reminiscent of other abstract expressionists before her, Ozbey abandons subject matter for mark making and her paintings evolve subtlety with each brush stroke.

In my ongoing series of non-objective paintings, I let go of subject matter to explore composition, color and line, blending elements of design with intuition. The paintings are records of my brushes’ actions, webs of gestures that I hope embrace something raw and unseen," Ozbey writes.

The First Friday opening reception is FREE and open to the public. Refreshments are courtesy of DuCard Vineyards. The exhibit will remain on display through October 27th.

Nancy Jane Dodge art TrioNancy Jane Dodge artFirst Friday Opening Reception,
July 5, 2013, 5:30-7:30 pm
A FREE evening of art and wine

WriterHouse is proud to present the oil paintings of Nancy Jane Dodge for the month of July. Dodge truly embodies the idea that even the smallest things possess an amazing, unique beauty. She works plein air, searching meticulously for plants that capture her attention and then zooms in on those few, enlarging them on her canvases or masonite. "By using stylized abstractions of native plant life and their surroundings, I am able to bring forth the unique beauty I see in nature to the viewer. I love to hike so my inspirations come directly from what I encounter on these ventures," she stated. Dodge calls into question issues of conservation and preservation and the need for restoration of Virginia's wetlands and the danger they are in. Her paintings prompt the viewer to think about their surroundings and perhaps on some level demand that once in a while one really should stop and smell the roses.

The First Friday opening reception is FREE and open to the public. Refreshments are courtesy of DuCard Vineyards. The exhibit will remain on display through July 27th.

Laura Bell artFirst Friday Opening Reception,
June 7, 2013, 5:30-7:30 pm
A FREE evening of art and wine

WriterHouse is proud to present the oil paintings of Laura Bell for the month of June. While Bell's eclectic pieces range in color and composition, her themes are universal. Through her huge canvases, she seeks to explore issues relating to the finite and infinite, the importance of self-reflection, and the appreciation which stems from understanding. All of the pieces represent a different stage in these thought processes. "Art is what occurs for me when there are no concrete answers to be found. It is a way of going slightly beyond rationality, in hopes of understanding what you cannot immediately think," she states. This exhibition embodies the necessary, and sometimes enjoyable, acrobatics of thought necessary for making a leap of understanding. The First Friday opening reception is FREE and open to the public. Refreshments are courtesy of DuCard Vineyards. The exhibit will remain on display through June 29th.

Nym Pedersen artFriday Opening Reception,
May 3, 2013, 5:30-7:30pm
A FREE evening of art and wine

WriterHouse is proud to present the collages, oil paintings, and drawings of Nym Pedersen for the month of May.

Pedersen draws inspiration from the great jazz masters of the past. Using this approach and working in both paint and multimedia, he transforms an introspective journey into abstract works that are ethereal yet honest visual expressions. His art is both original and universal, touching all who experience it.

He states, "Making paintings and sculpture is a great joy, and in our twisted times feels like a privilege too. I keep in mind the approach of many great jazz musicians when applied to visual art: paint what you feel. And keep it free. And my best instructions these days come from my boys, who are my greatest joy: Paint like a child."

The First Friday opening reception is FREE and open to the public. Refreshments are courtesy of DuCard Vineyards. The exhibit will remain on display through June 1st.

Friday Closing Reception,
September 27, 2013, 7:00pm
A FREE evening of art, wine, and poetry

WriterHouse is proud to present the photographs and poems of Mike Heivly for the month of September.

Mike Heivly's work is about connections to our past and how those connections can inform the present. Through his semi-documentary photographs, Heivly goes back to his roots taking pictures of the countryside in Ireland recording the landscape and those he met along the way through his poetry. His short, pithy poems are created from conversations had during his travels and then infused with his own imagination. Their brief length does not indicate a lightness of spirit; his writing confronts death and loss of hope all the while in front of a background consisting of lush green rolling hills and bright blue shining seas.

Heivly shows the places that his ancestors walked and, where they died. While his work deals with serious, macabre topics, they are not without hope. Heivly is alive. And in that way, his ancestors live on.

The Friday closing reception is FREE and open to the public. Refreshments are courtesy of DuCard Vineyards. Please join us for a night of art and a poetry reading by the artist.

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