Such a flurry, such a flurry — it seems like we just launched our holiday show and here we are again with another brand new show, the late winter/early spring art show Art From Our Heart, which opens this Friday, February 14th, at 6pm, and runs through April.
This is really a show to get excited about. Our guest curator, Brigid Hughes shared that,
What I find most exciting about Art From Our Heart, is that in addition to returning artists showing brand new pieces, there are a diverse number of new artists that have chosen to exhibit their artwork at The Artisans Loft.
We’re excited to include a junior in high school, a social worker who does art therapy, a woodworker who handcrafts exquisite pieces of furniture, an artist who makes bowls, plates and sculptures from recycled editions of our local News Leader, and a pyrographer who burns decorative marks into wood using the controlled application of a heated object.
There’s a diversity of mediums as well — acrylic, oil, collage, mixed media, watercolor, pen & ink, photography, pyrography, woodworking, basalt, soapstone, and recycled newspaper, among others. All of it has been put together to give you, our art patrons, an exciting sense of space and community in the four galleries comprising The Artisans Loft.
But how about a little taste of what you can see? I have three artists I’d like to introduce you to (in no particular order) whose work is included in this show.
The first is Tammi Sheeren, a Norfolk, Virginia native who was mentored by collage artist Barbara Quackenbush. Sheeren currently works in collage and mixed media.
“I love watching creative discoveries appear on the canvas,” she said, “they just seem to be a moment away from happening and then they magically appear.”
Sheeren’s process is about, “…the joy of having a conversation with a painting, which can be interpreted through color, thought, texture and movement for me. I arrange movement using small pieces of realism while building layers of color, objects and texture to capture the interest and lure the viewer closer in a tandem experience that becomes a mirror of interest.”
Born in Blace, Serbia, Ivan and his wife had dreams 14 years ago of moving to Virginia. Their dream came true, choosing Waynesboro as their home. And we’re so glad for it!
Ivan’s primary media is acrylic and oil painting, where he experiments with a variety of colors, and techniques in order to express his creative impulse.
“I show life stories through paintings. Oils and acrylics are favorite medias. High textures, bright colors and contrast make my paintings more interesting. I am trying to make interesting pieces of art that will be interesting all the time. I like to utilize dynamic movement on the canvas. My idea is to make paintings that will be different every day depending on the angle you’re viewing it in, the weather, lights, mood…”
He’s delighted to show at The Artisans Loft saying that it’s a “place that respects me and my work, a place with good people and good friends. My point is to show my work and to share my stories with others. I am inspired by family, life, love…”
A junior at Staunton High School, Aiyana Court first got interested in art at an early age where, she says, “the concept of being able to create something beautiful out of nothing was just amazing to me.”
Court is also drawn to art and artists as a lifestyle, or sub culture, where the diversity and variety of people, styles, and ideas moves her deeply.
“This will be my first exhibit and I am beyond excited! The idea that people could appreciate my art the way I appreciate other artists’ work is baffling to me, and fills me with nothing but happiness.”
“Since I’m still fairly young, most of these artists feel like role models or inspirations, yet there my art is hanging along theirs; It’s crazy!”
About her process Court says, “I lose myself entirely in the piece and it’s only when I step back do I feel true pride or admiration for my work: that feeling of completion is everything.”
Valentine’s Day Opening
Again, our opening is this Friday. The theme, Art From Our Heart, should not be taken as confined to the world of romantic love at all — it is the big picture of love — not just for lovers and couples, but for the love and friendship of each other, of community, of old and young, of the heart of kindness.
As usual we’ll kick off events at 6pm with nibbles and spirits, music and fun, friends and artists, and the main event — all this great art to see!
Our resident DJ is Joshua Boden, Assistant Curator of the Artisans Loft. He’ll be spinning an eclectic mix of crowd-pleasing tunes to stoke the happy mood with a grooving vibe! Come check it out and yes, feel free to dance!
But the 14th is just the beginning. You can come back and see this art through April and we hope you will. We’re open seven days a week right in the heart of downtown Staunton.