Laura Wooten: "Spirit of Place: Landscapes Real and Imagined" and Jennifer Esser: "When Time Abstracts Truth"
Jennifer Esser, Don't Fall in Love with the Way Things Used to Be
Tim O'Kane: One Intention in a Troubled World
The painter loved the world
with its conflicts of light and shadow,
desolation and beauty.
His was just one intention in a troubled world,
the intimacy growing like ivy
around the obstacles of doubt,
as he watched...
Tim O’Kane, excerpted from his poem Signature, 2008
Tim O'Kane has long been an observer and translator of the bounty and breadth of the world, from the smallest dapple of light on a surface, to the irregular, almost geological ridges of crumpled paper, to the pulsing volume in a human body or a stone.
This collection of works centers primarily around the wrapping of things; the concealing and swaddling of objects and messages within, and the carefully determined poesy of the wrapping materials themselves. Within every bundle there is an accompanying story about place and meaning, with a skin to protect or illuminate it.
It's June, and gardens are full and bursting with blooms, making it the primary month for this year's crop of birds to sortie out of their nests and begin their own lives. This group lark presents a number of artists who celebrate birds in their work. Who doesn't love a piece of art that includes a bird?
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.
Former resident artist and painter Michelle Gagliano will be collaborating with poet Stuart Gunter, and musician Butch Taylor on a unique exhibit that seeks to explore and execute an awareness of the vocabulary of place.
These three artists have drawn their inspiration from British author Robert MacFarlane’s book Landmarks, which celebrates the ancient language of the landscape.
As residents of the beautiful Virginia countryside, Gagliano, Taylor, and Gunter work in solidarity with MacFarlane's mission to preserve all of landscape’s rich descriptive botanical terms and original local vernacular. Much of that terminology, once critical to agrarian people's communication with each other is now vestigial. These artists re-introduce it into our consciousness each in their own medium. Lighthouse Studio is also involved in the creation of a video component in the gallery.
Blake Hurt has long been fascinated by the deconstruction of the portrait in order to re-order it with artifacts and symbols that describe the accomplishments and interests of his subjects. He doesn't choose to portray highly renowned individuals, but rather people who have made some significant impact in our local community, or on a more autobiographical level in his own life.
Officially opening with a Sunday Artist Reception on August 13th, at 3:00 PM. However the work will be up for First Friday with somewhat unpredictable summer hours. Call 434 806-9667
Hurt is showing two bodies of work in the two separate galleries. In the PCA Gallery his large scale Steampunk Ink Collages are featured. While in Chroma, Hurt is presenting his new series of outrageously coronated watercolor portraits "August Persons".
Please join us for an Open House Reception at York Place Thursday, January 26th, 5:00 - 7:00 PM 112 West Main St. Suites 9 & 10 with a presentation of Richard Crozier's paintings for those who missed our one-day book launch. Dick Crozier will be there signing copies of Repository of Missing Places: Paintings of Lost and Kept Charlottesville, featuring essays by Richard Guy Wilson, Steve Thompson, Laura Knott & Justin Sarafin.
Manger Scene: Niche Installations and Paintings by Pam Black, Virginia Van Horne, Lester Van Winkle, Russ Warren & Aggie Zed
Manger Scene considers the tradition of animals gathered in the creche, and substitutes them for the traditional human figures
Sculpture by Alan Binstock and Paintings by Kathleen Markowitz
Fridays and Saturdays, 1pm to 6pm and by appointment.
The Art of Sherrie Hunt
Fridays and Saturdays, 1pm to 6pm and by appointment.
Floating Worlds: The Art of Sherrie Hunt
Two themes are represented in this show with the common thread of floating imagery. I have immense passion for nature and the well-being of our planet from the tiniest of creatures and flora to the oceans and forest. The beauty and mystery of nature feeds my soul and awakens my creative spirit endlessly and at the same time, on a daily basis, I am reminded of it’s fragility for I am an advocate of species in jeopardy.
As I paint or create photographic images I pull up the visuals in my mind of the twisting vines, soft velvety petals, undulating foliage, familiar and foreign shapes and colors or perhaps the beauty and spirt of a bird. These images pass through a filter of my imagination and then float out into my art so to speak.
Most of my pieces are laced with metaphors, some obvious, some not so obvious, of our connection with nature and the fragility of our planet. The wings of a bird or petal of a flower not being fully painted would be examples of metaphors for the threat of extinction.
The intelligent hawk is the seer of the future - the harbinger for the environment of our endangered planet in my paintings.
I desire to put beauty with an element of mystery out in the world with my work to engage the viewer and at the same time an underlying quiet message of the importance of cherishing our planet.
The second theme in the show is work over the years inspired by tiny Chinese puppet heads I continually return to for inspiration. The photo-based mixed media pieces perhaps will stir the viewers imagination and connect with them on an emotional level as will the more recently photographic collage prints.
John Randall Younger and Elizabeth Crawford paint in a manner that resides somewhere between Naturalism and Magical Realism. Their perfect skills with craftsmanship, their fascination for the extraordinary moments of daily domestic life, and their tendencies to subtly alter light and surface transform the familiar into the uncommon.
First Friday Reception, September 2nd, 5pm to 7pm