Artists

An Occasion for the Arts Artists

Each fall our goal is to bring fabulous art to Williamsburg, VA & connect you directly to inspiring artists from around the country. In 2017, An Occasion for the Arts will showcase the works of artists traveling from 21 US states, Israel & Canada.

To help plan your time at this premier event, select a category below to view the splendid talent from artists in that category who will be joining us this year.

Then on October 6-8, come to historic Williamsburg to purchase work from your favorite artists & enjoy all that An Occasion for the Arts has to offer!

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Artist's Name

2017 Award Winners

 Dimension: 2D

Award of Distinction

Elisabeth Bard
(Photography) Section: Green, G44

Andrew Mosedale

(Digital) Section: Green, G63

Phill Singer

(Painting) Section: Blue, B09


Award of Merit

C. W. Banfield .
(Photography) Section: Blue B03, 04

Jeanne Norton Hammett
(Graphics & Printmaking)
Section: Green G56

Pamela Patrick-White
(Painting)
Section: Green G12


Dimension: 3D

Award of Distinction

Gloria Armentrout
(Fiber) Section: Green, G18

Nancy Ryall

(Jewelry) Section: Orange, O54

Spencer Tinkham

(Wood) Section: Orange, O05


Award of Merit

Janet Gaddy Timothy Moran
(Ceramics) Section: Green, G60

Nicario Jimenez

(3-D Mixed Media) Section: Green, G43

Steven B. Levine

(Wood) Section: Orange, 45

Festival Tools

Maximizing your time @ the Occasion
Select a favorite category, specific artist, or location from the Artist Showcase search panel (above).

Click an artist's name to view samples of their work, biographical info, and click through to their website to learn more about their work and methods.

Note chosen artists' booth locations.

Use the Festival Map to locate artists' booths.

Check out our Festival Guide to plan your trip to Williamsburg.

Visit historic Williamsburg from October 6th to 8th, print the Festival Map from home, locate your favorite artists & purchase a piece of art to take home pieces you love!
Collecting Artwork
Popularity does not ensure that an artist's work will increase in value over the years. Spend time learning about art and individual artists instead of following the latest art trends or styles of the moment. While purchasing expensive pieces by already established artists is one method of collecting, it is certainly not the only way and, not necessarily, the most profitable way in the long run.

Buy what you love.

Make sure that you really love the artwork you buy and it will enhance your decor and add to your quality of life for years to come.

Be creative.

Think out of the box! Here's an opportunity to express yourself with items of jewelry, clothing or household items that are hand-crafted by skilled artists. There is no right way to collect art.

Ask Questions.

Our artists won't hesitate to answer whatever questions you may have!

From 21 US States, Israel & Canada

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Select a Booth Section & scroll down to browse this year's artists.
Orange: Stretches along Duke of Glouchester Street from Richmond Road to South Henry Street.  Map It
Carlton Abbott
O 01
Williamsburg, VA
2-D Mixed Media
People often ask me where my studio is and I tell them it is in my head. I am inspired by the beautiful places I have been and the other artists I have known.
Local artist!
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Dave Bruner
O 02
Sarasota, FL
Graphics and Printmaking
Through my art I hope to share my perception of the beauty and mystery of the visual world.
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Zbigniew Chojnacki
O 03
Philadelphia, PA
Jewelry
One of a kind sterling silver jewelry with with semi precious our precious stones. What is the inspirational yourself
1st time at AOFTA
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Robert Stadnycki
O 04
Harrisburg, PA
Fiber
My clothing is printed and painted from my original paintings
1st time at AOFTA
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Spencer Tinkham
O 05
Norfolk, VA
Wood
My creativity and artistic energy stems from the interaction that I have with wildlife, and materials that I pick up along the shores of the Chesapeake Bay. I create stylized sculptures that capture a memory of mine, out in the marsh. My pieces are made out of mostly wood and some metals. A few examples of the materials that I have sculpted are old telephone poles, fishing pier planks, tree branches, and barn beams. I mix my oil paints from scratch, using raw pigment powders. I then age the paints to tie the various materials together.
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Bryan Yung
O 06
Rockville, VA
Painting
Although I started my career as a strict conformist to Chinese-style paintings, I was unsatisfied with the lack of depth. On the other hand, I enjoyed the vibrancy of American paintings. I started experimenting with a different techniques until I created a unique style.
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Antanas Ulevicius
O 07
Saint Petersburg, FL
Sculpture
My works are hand-built from stoneware and porcelain, slip-decorated and glazed fired at 2200 F
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Debbie Noiseux
O 08
West Norriton, PA
Jewelry
I love stones and working with the color. Quite often I use a variety in a single piece... kinda like painting with solids, and then designing around them.
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Amber Poole
O 10
Lexington, VA
Ceramics
I create high fire stoneware ceramics using wheel thrown, slab building, and hand building techniques. I use rutile and copper red glazes and finish each piece with oxide paints and slip tail designs
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Susan Owens
O 11
Roper, NC
Fiber
I create one-of-a-kind hand painted silk scarves. The beauty of nature and color are my inspiration. Silk painting is a little like pottery. There are multiple steps to the finished product and the artist runs the risk of damaging the piece at each one.These uniquely designed scarves are great accessories to a blouse or jacket or to complement your little black dress. They are also the perfect gift when you're looking for something special that you cannot find anywhere else.
1st time at AOFTA
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Johnny Lung
O 12
Export, PA
Painting
I believe inspiration is things what I touched & saw before, which mixed together in my mind until one day become mature start to come out
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Minh Martin
O 13
Charlottesville , VA
Glass
I believe the objects we surround ourselves with should engage our affection and inform our collective values.
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Willard Olney
O 14
Wilmington, NC
Jewelry
I create cloisonne enameling, a process in which colored glass is ground and fused to fine silver at 1500 degrees. Thin wires are fired into the piece to separate the colors and create the design.
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Kim Eubank
O 15
Richmond, VA
Metal
We are influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright, Hundertwasser and Jasper Johns to name a few. And that mortgage thing:)
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Zl Feng
O 16
Radford, VA
Painting
I find inspiration for my watercolors in the countryside of the New River valley and my living surround area of Southwest Virginia.
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Greg Sandage
O 18
Lexington, VA
Jewelry
Influenced by both natures organic forms and abstract,architectural design elements. Sense of movement and flow are important
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Paul Willsea
O 19
Naples, NY
Glass
i chose the other path and that has made all the difference.
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Ed Obermeyer
O 20
Painting
Traveling to foreign countries on surf explorations provides me with a wide variety of subject matter to transform reality into patterned landscapes and seascapes that are realistic and abstract at the same time.
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Phillip Hall
O 21
New Smyrna Beach, FL
Jewelry
I have been making abstract art jewelry for over thirty years. I do what I do from a compulsion that has never wavered and where I approach each day as a day of discovery. Most days I learn something about technique or design that I didn't know before.
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Janet Ford
O 22
Manassas, VA
Painting
When I paint, I search for inspiration within myself. When I connect with my life experiences, I am satisfied with the creative direction my work has taken.
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Katrin Wolf
O 24
Monticello, FL
Jewelry
I have been artistic since a young age, drawing & painting my entire life. Inspired by many of the masters, Lalique, Mucha, Klimt & many others, as well as by nature & her beautiful gemstones, I enjoy the process of bringing my pieces to life as wearable art. With the fabrication of the metals, expressing my fascination with light & color, I mix disparate elements with simple elegance, thus creating pieces as talisman as well as personal adornment.
1st time at AOFTA
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Victor Edwards
O 25, 26
Monticello, FL
Wood
I started designing and exhibiting my furniture at art festivals 41 years ago,the compliments I receive keep my going
1st time at AOFTA
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Trista Chapman
O 27
Fredericksburg, VA
Ceramics
As a child I was introduced to modern art through paintings, sculpture, clay and also surrounded by creative people to include my parents. I love the work of Picasso, Kandinsky, Alexander Calder, to name a few.
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Lillian Forziat
O 28
Garden City, NY
Painting
I am inspired by the beauty of everyday subjects in serene settings. Sharing what I see and feel with others is a delight.
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Megan Horan
O 29
West Chester, PA
Jewelry
Jewelry is made using off loom bead weaving & bead embroidery techniques.Pieces are created by stitching beads together with needle & thread or stitching beads directly to material in bead embroidery.
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Matthew Leavell
O 31, 32
Foster, VA
Sculpture
I am motivated by the significance of obtaining materials that society has cast away and regarded as useless, and through inspiration and hard work creating objects of lasting beauty through them.
1st time at AOFTA
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Barbara Umbel
O 33
Indian Harbour Beach, FL
Jewelry
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.
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Russell Turnage
O 34
Lanexa, VA
Ceramics
After making functional pots for 40 years, I have returned to the inspirations of my youth: the fish, fossils and flora of the local marine environment.
Local artist!
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Laura Edwards
O 35
Purcellville , VA
Painting
I like to describe my paintings as, "color driven atmospheric abstractions". All of my paintings are intuitive; having no concrete reference, but they evoke a familiar image. There seems to be a realistic image coming from the abstract painting; a painting within the painting. The paintings create an illusion; the painting you see and the one you imagine.
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Ronald Lentz
O 36
Midlothian, VA
Wood
Since my twenties, I‰'ve been enamored with fine woodworking, cruising two parallel paths of appreciation. A career in architecture exposed me to world class architectural woodwork and woods from around the globe, while my ‰offline‰ hobby satisfied my passion to experiment, explore and push this medium. From childhood I‰'ve been working with my hands, as an extension of my mind-just as my eyes ears, and nose. They tell the principles of physics: mass, dimension and motion. My work is intended to not only be seen, but touched as well. When my eyes and hands are satisfied, my work is done.
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Gopal Kapoor
O 37
Greenville, NC
Jewelry
Love making Jewelry and making woman happy with my art
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John Dorish
O 38
New York, NY
Graphics and Printmaking
Living and working in the city is a constant source of inspiration for me. There is a continual influx of inspiration from museums and art galleries as well.
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Kathy Wooldridge
O 39
Newport News, VA
Glass
I love light. I love the effect that light has on a piece of glass, the many moods that can be expressed throughout the day and the seasons as that light changes and how that transmitted light can enhance an environment. I am inspired by many things, some that drive me to work in the abstract and some that drive me to be more representational. I have never been able to abandon one in favor of the other. A strong sense of movement blended with delicate details is the underlying structure that is found in all of my work. While glass is a medium that presents many challenges the dynamic quality of a finished piece gives me a sense of satisfaction that other media cannot.
Local artist!
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Richard Toft
O 40
Accomac, VA
Painting
The creation of a painting or drawing is a meditation allowing me to stay in a timeless moment. When I am working, I find myself apart from the distraction of the past and the uncertainty of the future. It is an island of silence. My hope is to have the viewer enter this world.
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Robert Copeland
O 41
Chattanooga, TN
Photography
It's all about the light and the play of light and shadow within the image. All images are from a single film or digital file.
1st time at AOFTA
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Diana Christiansen
O 42
Gainesville, FL
Jewelry
I have always created things... My Mother said she felt my fingers constantly moving in her womb. I have pursued many mediums but always come back to jewelry. I am inspired by architecture, music, textiles and sculpture. I can make small sculptures that women can wear everyday.
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Richard Depaul
O 43, 44
Williamsburg, VA
Painting
I‰Ûªve had a lifelong love of drawing and painting. Over the years I developed an interest in history and architecture and a passion for travel. Williamsburg and favorite travel destinations inspire much of my work. My Williamsburg work pays homage to the architects, historians and craftsmen who have recreated colonial times in Williamsburg. My works from Europe, the Caribbean, Canada and within the US combine fond personal memories with an attempt to showcase interesting architecture or perhaps just a very pleasant scene. I hope my work gives the viewer the feeling that they would like to be there.
Local artist!
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Steven B. Levine
O 45
Dayton, NJ
Wood
Using precision joinery and dramatic exotic hardwoods, I create faux books that are actually functional boxes. Each book has a unique hidden mechanism that allows access to a secret compartment.
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Alison Thomas
O 46
Louisa, VA
Digital
My images are based on photographs and then digitally manipulated using Photoshop and various filters to give a vision of the essence of a scene rather than an exact recoding of the scene.Has a neighbor ever remarked upon your gardenÕs beauty and your response was Òit needs to be weededÓ or ÒI should have chosen different flowers for that spotÓ. Do you have a tendency to look upon a beautiful scene and only see the flaws? My work stimulates the viewer to explore more deeply the way beauty is seen and experienced by removing much of the detail and leaving only the essence. In doing so I not only show you a scene but I also draw your eye to the larger facets that can get lost in an ordinary photograph. I encourage you to look upon the graceful arch of a single stem, the shape of a barely discernible mountain in the distance, the form in a pile of rocks.
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A. Cesar Nogueira
O 47
Ocala, FL
Sculpture
Feathered wildlife from natural gemstones inlaid & carved using lapidary wet blades, diamond hand tools & special adhesives specifically developed for the medium (Faberg̩/Idar-Oberstein techniques).
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Lynn Harrisberger
O 48
Virginia Beach, VA
Jewelry
Inspired by the beauty and mystery of the ancient canyons and Turquoise laden hills of Nevada. I'm both grateful and honored to be one of the few to mine the beautiful Blue Moon Turquoise, White Buffalo and Broken Arrow Variscite I use in my work with the claim owner. Being involved in this process, prospecting, mining, collecting and witnessing these rocks turn into gemstones has given me deeper meaning, and connection with gorgeous treasures found within the earth - that in turn others will connect to in their own way.The color, shape and form of these stones dictate the direction of each piece I create. I simply allow their stories to unfold through me to create meaningful pieces that will speak to someone's heart.
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Tate Hamilton
O 50
Denver, CO
Painting
There are elements to painting, such as value, shape, line, texture, etc. I use these elements to describe a scene. I paint on gallery wrapped canvas and use a 5 color palette.
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Jake Johnson
O 51
Waynesboro, VA
Ceramics
Much of my work is inspired by nature. I try to give my work a sense of energy and life.
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Brian Sykes
O 52
Charlotte, NC
Wood
Art, quite literally saved my life, it gave me the purpose and direction to recover from a bad time in my life. The thrill of creating keeps me inspired from the moment I wake up to the moment I go to bed. I draw inspiration from everyone and everything around me.
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Lisa Aronzon
O 53
Broadway, VA
Glass
My love of glass blowing is only rivaled by my love of drawing and painting. For me glass blowing is an ‰"Art sport", it combines the physicality of sport with the aesthetic choices in art.The figure and the landscape are at the heart of my work. When working with molten glass on a blowpipe, the figure emerges in my sense of proportion. Shape metamorphoses from thick to thin, vessel relates to body. In glass, pure saturated color mixes with luminous light. The interplay of the color and three-dimensional form poses a lifelong challenge to me as an artist.
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Nancy Ryall
O 54
Oxford, NC
Jewelry
My jewelry concepts convey pure form and clean lines which stem from architectural and geometric shapes. Echoing Northern European minimalism, I strive to produce work that is original, yet timeless; jewelry for the modern woman.
1st time at AOFTA
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Vonnie Whitworth
O 55
Virginia Beach, VA
Painting
I am inspired everyday by the beauty that surrounds me. I have an extension of objects that I have collected over the years. I use fresh flowers, fruit, glass, silver and fabrics to create large still lifes. My subjects vary as I find there is simple beauty all around me. My work is my life
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Ken Conger
O 56
Lanexa, VA
Photography
There is nothing else that can replace the satisfaction I receive from being in the outdoors, photographing wildlife and sharing images with others to hopefully enhance their appreciation of our natural world. My photography goal is to capture a unique, intimate wildlife moment which will stir emotions and motivate one to consider protection and conservation.
Local artist!
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Brian Rayner
O 57
Charlottesville, VA
Wood
Artisan craftsman seeking to make flawless furn.A Sculptor seeking to enliven and bring Spirit to found wood pieces.
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Courtney Peterson
O 58
Lincoln Univ., PA
Jewelry
We have long been interested in the patterns of the Natural World. Our eyes seem to love repetitive lines. We get excited to see the effects of sun filtering through trees; the lines of a cat's face; stone placements in a wall. Our way to indulge in this delight is to work it out in metal. So, this is why we love what we do.
1st time at AOFTA
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Brian Murphy
O 60
Newport News, VA
Painting
Capturing the light and temperature of a landscape. Exploring different parts of the world and capturing them on canvas.
Local artist!
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Anne Wooster
O 61
Waldoboro, ME
Graphics and Printmaking
I love color and form. My background was in photography and painting. Monotypes combine the best of both mediums.
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Pete Steele
O 62
Indianapolis, IN
Jewelry