I’m so excited for our Friday opening of The Colors of Spring, the latest in our quarterly art shows. The opening happens Friday May 10, 2019 from 6-9pm at The Artisans Loft, the upstairs gallery space above the Staunton Antiques Center, 19 West Beverley Street in downtown Staunton.
This show is a really good one! It’s a beautiful mix of artists locals may know but who may be doing different work than you’re used to.
There are also some new artists, such as Bridget Hoerner, who I wanted to feature today in part to entice you about seeing some exciting new work. Her artwork is gorgeous, fun, and beautifully crafted.
Bridget Hoerner, Sculptor and Jewelry Maker
Bridget lives in Staunton and has been in the Shenandoah Valley since she was seven. That local upbringing makes her one of our hyper-local artists in our Virginia-focused art gallery.
In response to questions about her inspiration and process Bridget shared that,
Creating is my catharsis. Not only does it make me feel alive, it melts away the cares of the world.
When I’m not in my studio physically making something, I’m creating in my mind. Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night with new ideas I can’t wait to try!”
Working in metal as a self-taught artist, Bridget crafts unusual sculptures out of existing metal materials such as cutlery. She uses both unconventional tools as well as unconventional materials to get at the finished work she seeks to realize.
It all started when I bought a set of metal punch stamps at a local craft store because I thought they looked like something fun to experiment with. So I started stamping words on metal washers and making keychains. Then I decided to try to flatten silverware and try that out. I’ve never looked back. I’m constantly trying new things using new found objects.”
Bridget went into sculpture after challenging herself to do something different than jewelry. The results have been surprising, delightful, and extremely popular!
I buy watch parts for my creations at the Staunton Antique Center. I buy silverware all over the place. Mostly online, but often I find it in bins at goodwill or at a salvage shop I discovered. Friends often find it and bring it to me.”
In addition to the physical shapes and presence of her sculptural pieces, Bridget is drawn to the intersection of visual art and the written word.
I like to stamp words on my pieces as well at times because I think words are important. They can encourage, inspire, and lift someone up. If I can brighten one person’s day then my heart is happy.”
Your heart will be happy, too, when you join us on Friday for the festivities of this quarterly art opening. It happens from 6-9 and you can expect lively art and interaction, great people, food to snack on, and music to entertain you.
And if for some reason you can’t make it friday, well The Colors of Spring runs through July and the gallery is open seven days a week in downtown Staunton!
— Ann Cheeks, Curator, The Artisans Loft