Meet the 2014 AOFTA Award-Winning Artists
Once the application deadline has passed, a panel of 5 jurors (listed below) will meet on site in Williamsburg to review applications. Jurors change annually and are chosen by the Artistic Director from past award-winning exhibitors and other outstanding working artists in the community. Applications will be reviewed by category and in order of date received. All applicants remain anonymous during the jury process. Samples of artwork, a booth image and a submitted artist statement will all be considered in the selection. Applications will be evaluated on these criteria:
- Creativity, original thought and intent, reaching beyond the expected,
- Consistency of style and professional presentation,
- Excellence in artistic craftsmanship,
- Strong overall concept
Marti Mocahbee (Ceramics)
I have enjoyed working with clay since I was a teenager. My pottery pieces are hand painted with layers of under glazes on Georgia red clay to give the excellent color and definition recognized at fine art festivals around the country. My love of clay and passion for history is uniquely combined in creating all my works. My biggest challenge is to complement form with design. I try to evoke images, feelings and ideas that reflect a connection to our past with a stylized contemporary touch. Classical shapes are blended together to create decorative and functional ceramics. Various influences are brought to the design process, including Native American, Greek, Celtic, Japanese and Egyptian.
Phillip Nolley (Glass)
My work has not evolved through meticulous planning but rather by intuitive, free-spirited play. This practice of free play lends itself to many surprises and disappointments that help maintain excitement within the structured framework needed to attain craftsmanship and technical excellence. I use new glass color applications and carving techniques, which produce active surface patterns that help generate a dynamic relationship between design and form. The random exposure of previously hidden color patterns created by the carving process also adds a layer of visual and tactile richness. My glass objects are either blown using traditional techniques or cast using pate de verre techniques. The surface carvings include cameo techniques such as wheel engraving, sandblasting and diamond point engraving.
Barbara Umbel (Jewelry)
I build one of a kind jewelry made out of sea urchins and shells. I am inspired by my natural surroundings - the shells I find on the beach are the origins of my designs. I aim to capture the feeling of movement of mythical sea creatures, whether they be swimming, plunging, or floating in the water. Once I finalize the arrangement, I fabricate the settings for the shells and stones out of gold sheets and wires, and I sculpt the “tentacles” by forging or hammering round sterling wires on an anvil to achieve a fluid sense of motion. Traditional blacksmithing techniques and hand tools are the foundation of my metals practice.
Faye Vander Veer (Painting)
I have been painting in oil since the age of ten when my Dad made my first easel. Inspired by the work of John Singer Sargent and the Impressionists, painting soon became my passion. For me, each painting is a journey into the soul - an opportunity to explore my own reactions to the color and light I observe in everyday life. I always have a camera with me and prefer to create paintings of people in the act of living their day-to-day lives. The camera comes in handy to capture that moment in time. I see the most ordinary occurrence and think how wonderful that would look as a painting, from the simplest act of a young girl walking with her father in Italy, to a girl riding her bicycle along the Seine in Paris; the world is a living canvas. Painting becomes a language I use to express my emotional response to what is before me and share my experience of the subject with others. As I create a painting, my memory takes me back, and I am transported to that moment, that day - and I am there.
Chuck Dubois (Advertising and Painting)
After a 21 year career in advertising, I moved to Williamsburg, VA. Though exposed to all creative media, my creative passion over the years has been in acrylic painting, and my work has been displayed at art shows and galleries throughout the country. I have been painting this country’s rural beauty a good part of my life. I have developed a fascination with landscapes and barns, painting numerous scenes from the Midwest to New England, and now coastal and low country scenes that reflect the beauty of the East Coast. My paintings reflect the desire to record some small part of the American landscape as it was once known, scenes so often viewed but rarely examined.
Artistic Director: Jury Coordinator
Leo Charette (Photography)
As an abstract photographer, I composed images directly from the environment around me, finding inspiration in subjects as common as: a glass, a feather, a slinky, or dusty chalk. Refractions, patterns, and color harmony intrigue me. Often my discovery evolve over many days as I use my camera to explore, observe and capture the remarkable natural designs and refractions I see. I notice the way it bends light, or I see an interesting pattern or the radiance of color in late afternoon light. At that moment, a door is ajar to a new discovery about this thing. When I display a still life image, I want people to experience a moment that sparks their imagination, as though perchance, they were viewing this very familiar thing for the very first time.