A Language Must be Found: Felicia Brooks & Leigh Anne Chambers (learn more here)
Leigh Anne Chambers
My interest and focus is in making art spontaneously, but with the conscious objective of self understanding and growth. Through the painting process I look to transform outward sensations and conditions into individual language, to borrow content from those forces, abstract their hidden powers and simply turn them into expressive discovery and play.
The exceptional world that Aggie Zed creates is operatic on a miniature scale. Her little characters may be human or animal, or some combination of the two, but they share the same tenderness, cautions, pains and paranoias as they confront the terms of life; fragile beings just trying to make it through. There is always, always Zed's wit and compassion baked into their deeply expressive porcelain faces.
The "Scrap Floats", Zed's larger mixed media constructions, give physical form to the covert psychological machinations it can often require to overcome and progress. In confronting her work, one is always torn between chuckling at one's own follies and trials, and feeling a guilty sense of bad manners for wanting to do so. Because, for certain, these characters know what we are thinking.
Using the latest technological imaging tools along with his deep background in graphic design and photographic illustration, the work of John Grant captivates the viewer and brings new attention to the beauty that lies within our daily reach. From the cover of Stephenie Meyer’s New Moon to the gallery walls at Kew Gardens, London, where he recently placed in two categories of the International Garden Photographer of the Year competition, Grant's work is found in many major collections, including The United States National Institute of Health, The United States Federal Reserve Board, the permanent collection of Capital One, and many other private collections.
Michelle Gagliano has been painting for over 25 years and has shown across the country, including solo exhibitions in Texas, Louisiana, California, and New Mexico. Her work is held in numerous private and corporate collections throughout the United States and Europe, including Texas, Amsterdam, London, Beverly Hills, New York, Paris, and Washington, DC. Gagliano was born in Jamestown, NY, and studied painting at North Texas State University with painter Vernon Fisher. She has a degree in painting from Plymouth State University (New Hampshire). She travels frequently between Texas, New York and Virginia.
Her body of work has, for quite a number of years, involved painting scenes of evanescent natural beauty, particularly of landscapes of trees in the foreground with a mysterious light often leading the viewer deep into the painting. Michelle draws much pleasure from the act of painting this work, and imagining the earth as having a radiant spirit just beyond human reach.
Ephraim Rubenstein, Richard Crozier, Warren Boeschenstein
Chroma's February-March show Books, being as buildings; Buildings, being as books presents three painters working with visual narratives on creation and obsolescence; metaphors in the development and eventual collapse of stories once made and structures once built.
Rick received his formal art training in New York at the National Academy of Design, the New York Academy (now known as the Graduate School for Figurative Art), and the Art Students League. He studied painting and drawing with a number of notable art instructors, including Robert Beverly Hale (anatomy), Ted Seth Jacobs (painting), Ron Sherr (painting), and Harvey Dinnerstein (painting). Subsequently he earned his Master of Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, where he was influenced by the sculptor Billy Lee.
Rick has shown his work in a number of venues nationally, including galleries in Chicago, Washington DC, and New York. He has received recognition for both his sculpture and painting. Recent awards have included grants from the Vogelstein Foundation (2009), Finalist in the Peer Gynt Konkurransen (2007), Outwin Boochever Portrait Finalist (2006), Bader Fund (2005), the George Sugarman Foundation (2005) and a fellowship from the Virginia Commission for the Arts (2005).
The artist lives in Charlottesville with his family. He teaches privately in his River Road studio and at Piedmont Virginia Community College. He also gives workshops through the Art League in Alexandria, VA, and Beverly Street Studios in Staunton, VA.
For nearly four decades Robert Strini has exhibited his work across the country in dozens of solo and group shows. His sculpture has been included in a number of corporate and museum collections including the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Initially studying ceramics with Peter Voulkos and James Melchert, Strini received his MFA in sculpture at U.C. Berkeley. In 1971 he was awarded a two-year Rome Prize, and subsequently two NEA grants. Robert Strini's teaching career includes stints at Rhode Island School of Design, U.C. Santa Cruz, and the Corcoran Museum School in Washington D.C.
Jim Henry's paintings are usually essentially inscrutable. That is the proposition. Whether as large scale paintings, or more intimate works on paper that pose as prints, the formal structure, the oxygenated atmosphere and the richness of surface generally hold supremacy over any particulars of subject matter. Still something is usually fathomable in the gathering and evaporating fumes of the scenes Henry offers. It's really left to the viewer to make decisions about what they can make of them. In the midst of the riddle of each work - and Henry usually provides the name of a thing within - is that single floating object to set our compasses by.
J.M. Henry, Rhythm XI
J.M. Henry, Tropic
J.M. Henry, Dark Landscape
Millicent Young was born in New York City in 1958 and attended Dalton School, Wesleyan University, and University of Virginia. Two years after receiving her MFA from James Madison University in 1997 she received a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Professional Fellowship Award.
Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Her work has been recognized by curators and directors from the Whitney Museum, the Guggenheim Museum, the International Sculpture Center, the Hirshhorn Museum, Grand Rapids Art Museum, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Merida, Mexico. Young’s work received a top award at the 2005 Biennale of Contemporary Art in Florence, Italy and in the 2009 biennale at Chianciano, Italy. She resides in Albemarle County, Virginia.
Chuxin Zhang specializes in Asian painting techniques with a contemporary slant, and technical approach. Of Chinese descent, she spent several years in S. Korea. She currently resides in Singapore. Chuxin practices a number of other art forms in addition to painting and calligraphy. She has studied under a master of Chinese painting, but does photography as well and has incorporated that medium into her newest work. Zhang also studied and performs traditional Chinese dance, and tea ceremony, she designs tattoo graphics, and is a poet and singer songwriter (sometimes composing under the pen name Caelyn). All of which inform her visual artistic direction.
Chuxin Zhang, Air & Water series
Chuxin Zhang, Seeing the Sea & A Simple Life
My art is grounded in a love and appreciation of rural life and the work is an expression of those feelings, hopes and fondest memories. I am attracted to everyday subjects that affect the quality of the vast sky, moving water, rustling trees, and the quiet of meadows. and this has been my focus recently.
I am captivated by how light plays on the subject, as well as the ever changing shadows, colors, and shapes that occur as the day progresses. The intent is to create a sense of peace, serenity and resolve for both myself and the viewer.
I work with a limited color palette of 4-6 oil paints. Multiple layers of paint are applied to canvas and allowed to dry between each application, creating a depth of richness and atmospheric intensity.
Listening to the sounds of nature, experiencing the changing light of day, and seeing all the beauty that surrounds us helps me continue to evolve and enjoy this magnificent world, experiencing it through art.
Jeanette Cohen pursued a degree at the University of Missouri before studying painting independently under Charles Kello, Anne McNalley, James Warwick Jones and Karen Blair. She has exhibited her paintings in private galleries and in solo, group and juried shows throughout the east coast.
Nina Ozbey's work is about spontaneity, about opening herself up to the unexpected. In this ongoing series of non-objective paintings, she relinquishes subject matter to explore composition, color and line, blending elements of design with intuition. The process of putting paint onto canvas or paper, and the choices that unfold as each work builds and evolves are Ozbey's main interest. As Ozbey explains, Working off the first brushstroke, which often that dictates the rest of the work, I take pleasure in making marks, observing how each stroke relates to and energizes the next. The paintings are records of my brushes’ actions, webs of gestures that I hope embrace something raw and unseen.Ozbey's paintings tend to reveal the season they were painted in as the ambient light and surroundings slip into and influence the consciousness of her work.
Nina Ozbey began her studies at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK, later receiving her Masters of Education at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. She has taught art throughout her career, while studying independently to advance her own artistic direction and skills. Ozbey is a fellow at the VCCA and has participated in art residencies at Hambige in Georgia as well. Her work has been curated into numerous exhibitions nationwide, and is included in the Emily Couric Cancer Center, University of Virginia Hospital, and Martha Jefferson Hospital collections in Charlottesville, Va., as well as private collections in Florida, New York, North Carolina, Texas, and Virginia, as well as England and Turkey.