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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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!

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Select a Booth Section & scroll down to browse this year's artists.
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Carlton Abbott
O 01
Williamsburg, VA USA
3-D Mixed Media
I am inspired by my environment .... sky, land, sea, etc.
Local artist!
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Dave Bruner
O 02
Sarasota, FL USA
Graphics and Printmaking
wood engravings: I engrave my images onto end-grain maple blocks; I print my limited editions on 100% rag (acid-free) paper using an etching press.
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Gopal Kapoor
O 03
Greenville, NC USA
Jewelry
I make jewelry last 48 years I make woman Happy with my art jewelry I love what i do Art Art art thats my life
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Robert Stadnycki
O 04
Harrisburg, PA USA
Fiber
LOVE painting
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Spencer Tinkham
O 05
Norfolk, VA USA
Wood
I create wildlife sculptures entirely out of found materials that I gather from around the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. My pieces are mostly made out of wood, with some metal. I mix all of my paint from scratch and age it to compliment the natural weathering of the wood that I find. I am constantly inspired by the birds and fish around me as I spend time in the marsh searching for materials.
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Bryan Yung
O 06
Rockville, VA USA
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 and color of American paintings but this style did not have the realistic characteristics that I desired. I started experimenting with different painting techniques until I created a unique style. In order to accomplish this, I have branched out into a new format where I add metallic ore to paint for a vivid look & feel.
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Geoff Coe
O 07
Fort Myers, FL USA
Photography
Trained as a scientist, I have always used my camera to explore things I am curious about. When I retired from my IT career, I became fascinated by the birds I saw while kayaking. At first, I relied on help from my nephew (a birding prodigy as a teenager). When, some months later, he sent me a copy of "My First Golden Book of Birds," I realized I was on my own! Educating and entertaining the public is an important part of what I do and why I do it. Each customer receives a printed copy of "The Story of the Shot"--an essay that describes the photo techniques, the "shooting strategy," and an explanation of the bird's behavior and habitat--for each of their purchases.
1st time at AOFTA
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Obayana Ajanaku
O 08
Decatur, GA USA
Jewelry
I was inspired first by watching my grandmother quilt from old clothes and other childhood memories growing up in a small Texas town.
1st time at AOFTA
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Mary-Anne Collins
O 09
Raleigh, NC USA
3-D Mixed Media
Whimsical sculpture created with fabric, clay and acrylic.
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Charlie Tefft
O 10
Summerfield, NC USA
Ceramics
In the summer of 2003 a pair of Carolina Wrens took up residence in the rafters of my studio. I watched them raise two sets of babies over that summer. Day in and day out they would move upon the rafter calling down to me, always feeding their babies. It is instances like these that lead me to making my best work. The summer of Carolina wrens nestled into the depths of my mind, and over time I began to create work about that experience. Over the past 15 year I have continued to make work that explores animals that I have come in contact with. I am always looking for ways to make the surface or the actual pots seems as though they have captured a moment in time.
1st time at AOFTA
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Susan Owens
O 11
Roper, NC USA
Fiber
The beauty of nature is reflected in art. Artist, Susan Owens, hand paints crepe de chine silk scarves of environmental themes. Ms. Owens’ scarves are available at galleries and her on-line store (www.susanowensstudio.com). 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.
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Johnny Lung
O 12
Export, PA USA
Painting
inspiration is what I saw & go through in the past keep in my mind & display into my art when they become mature. my statement is The eye takes a journey of detail, witnessing its simple yet infinite dimensional effects.
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Minh Martin
O 13
Charlottesville , VA USA
Glass
Blown glass.
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Willard Olney
O 14
Wilmington, NC USA
Jewelry
I create cloisonné 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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Anthony Arkus
O 15
Galeton, PA USA
Metal
My goal is to create work that is not only functional but is beautiful high quality that pushes the viewer's beliefs in what steel can do.
1st time at AOFTA
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Mary Vessey
O 16
Staunton, VA USA
Painting
I am profoundly moved by the beauty of the Virginia rural landscape, and am especially touched by the activities of kids playing and animals doing what animals do....
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Greg Sandage
O 18
Lexington, VA USA
Jewelry
Influenced by both organic forms and abstract sculptural and architectural elements. Sense of movement and flow are important
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Laura Edwards
O 19
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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Clay Simpson
O 20
Louisville, KY USA
Fiber
I founded my leather studio on a simple idea. Like Grandpa's luggage and dad's time-tested belt, I believe that all leather goods should last a lifetime. Having been raised in a world where "genuine leather" goods have failed me time and time again, the elegant qualities of a truly premium, full-grain leather product captivated me from the get-go. Together, my partner and I work to create pieces that our customers can carry for life.
1st time at AOFTA
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Phillip Hall
O 21
New Smyrna Beach, FL USA
Jewelry
My inspiration comes from the need to create. I do not design from an interpretation of nature or the world around me. I have always thought about design in an abstract way with a good design having a rightness that feels correct. I am always looking for the new correct feeling and every week i come up with new designs.
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Janet Ford
O 22
Manassas, VA USA
Painting
My youth was spent on a small mid-western farm. The essence of my creativity is closely related to these earlier years. When I paint, I search to find this core within myself and relate it to my work. I hope my paintings speak to you and give you joy.
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John Hartung
O 23
Clearwater, FL USA
Photography
I look for personality in my photographs. I appreciate life of all kinds and mostly concentrate on creating images of animals great and small. My goal is to capture the moment when they share themselves and their soul.
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Dolores Fawkes
O 24
Ruther Glen, VA USA
Jewelry
I have always loved working with my hands. I started my art career late in life. In my 40’s I took a pottery class at a local art school and started on a whole new life journey. after 10 years of art shows as a potter, I took a class in metalsmithing. I loved it! That started my second “art career”. I have been making and selling jewelry for the past 15 years. I participate in shows from Idaho to NY.
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Nickolai Walko
O 25
Virginia Beach, VA USA
Emerging Artist
Walko uses human touch to lay each piece of tape, cut out each design, and shape the metal into works of art. Inspired by traditional artists of the Renaissance and beyond, each piece was created in a nontraditional manner, ultimately unmasking the underlying beauty of the human form. This portrays the anatomical elements that make each of us alike.
1st time at AOFTA
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Pat Falk
O 26
Owatonna, MN USA
Glass
I am constantly inspired and challenged by the fluidity of glass.
1st time at AOFTA
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Lillian Forziat
O 27
Garden City, NY USA
Painting
I knew from a very young age that my calling was to be an artist, and the most spiritually peaceful time for me is when I'm creating a work of art. I am inspired by the beauty of everyday subjects in serene settings. My passion to discover and enjoy their special essences compels me to put brush to canvas in the hope uplifting my patrons and viewers, and to give them a moment of serenity in the course of their daily lives. Sharing what I see and feel with others is both challenge and delight.
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Katherine Maloney
O 28
Cologne, VA USA
Ceramics
The first seeds of inspiration for my ceramic art were sewn during childhood days of playing in the woods and observing small details of plants and animals on my family’s farm. Trained as a functional potter, I integrate animal figures into wheel thrown vessels, creating finished forms that display precious qualities. Certain aesthetic decisions in my current body of work are influenced by traveling in Tibetan China and Nepal. Where temples and domestic spaces were decorated with animal imagery and geometric patterns. In my own work, I seek to encourage observations of beauty and feelings of introspection, sculpting my animals as the storytellers.
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Ronna Katz
O 29
Albuquerque, NM USA
2-D Mixed Media
There are many symbols in my abstracts. This series depicts celebration i.e. painted groups of circles represent effervescence like champagne bubbles or celebratory party confetti or elevation like balloons.
1st time at AOFTA
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Megan Horan
O 30
West Chester, PA USA
Jewelry
Approximately 15 years ago, dissatisfied with the lack of unique jewelry options in her local area, this artist started creating her own jewelry and is primarily self-taught. Her jewelry is created using off loom bead weaving and bead embroidery techniques. Pieces are created by stitching glass seed beads together with needle and thread and by embroidering beads directly to material around stones, fossils, enameled metal and glass focal pieces. Each piece is created solely by this artist, and can take anywhere from 1 hour to more than 20 hours to complete.
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Matthew Leavell
O 31, 32
Foster, VA USA
Metal
My work is often colorful, whimsical, and eccentric. I try to access and promote states of mind with my work that are joyful and lifegiving.
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Eric Moore
O 33
Pomaria, SC USA
Sculpture
I carve stone & wood, then combine the two together along with other materials such as copper and brass.
1st time at AOFTA
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Nancy Ryall
O 34
Oxford, NC USA
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.
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Scott Swezy
O 35
Albuquerque, NM USA
Graphics and Printmaking
monotype - etching ink on paper, transferred via an etching press, edition of one
1st time at AOFTA
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Russell Turnage
O 36
Lanexa, VA USA
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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Ronald Lentz
O 37
Midlothian, VA USA
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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Galina Herndon
O 38
Roswell, GA USA
Painting
My art is a way to communicate. I use color, energy, and movement to connect emotionally to the viewer. I often paint with a sense of nostalgia, both personally and more broadly.
1st time at AOFTA
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Wendy Newman
O 39
Moab, UT USA
Jewelry
My colorful drawings and mid century designs are inspired mainly by artists of that period such as Miro and Calder. I research wallpaper, fabric, and furniture design, as well.
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Kathy Wooldridge
O 40
Newport News, VA USA
Glass
I have lived in the Tidewater area all my life and delight in translating the inspiration that it provides into original works of art in sand carved and stained glass. In addition to nature themed designs I also enjoy playing with line, color and pattern in abstract pieces. While glass is a challenging medium to work in the payoff is a finished piece that influences interior space in a way that other mediums can’t and that changes with the light of day, the dark of night and with each season.
Local artist!
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Joel Anderson
O 41
Lykens, PA USA
Photography
My photographs are taken from ongoing projects focused on telling a story: the personalities of animals including those rescued by sanctuaries, endangered old-growth forests, former slave dwellings still standing , and Home/land, a story about the world in rural central Pennsylvania where I grew up and now live. The slow method of film photography and darkroom printing suits my style of storytelling. I combine techniques I've used over the past twenty five years, starting with classic silver black and white printing and including aspects of the now-extinct dye transfer technique which I learned as a young printer, along with handpainting with sepia washes.
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Ruchi Gupta
O 42
Glen Allen, VA USA
Ceramics
Mythology, symbols, text, antiques, cultures and history intrigue me. I am drawn to the richness of color, texture and architecture.

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A. Cesar Nogueira
O 43
Ocala, FL USA
Sculpture
Same as above.
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Tate Hamilton
O 44
Denver, CO USA
Painting
I love the feel of oil paints as I am applying them to my canvas. The scenes I paint are mainly cityscapes. I paint in a painterly style. If you see my work you will understand what I mean by painterly. My goal is to continue learning and getting better as a painter. I continually change my work in subtle ways to draw the viewer in to the scene. Ultimately we are co-authors of my work. I start the painting and the viewer finishes it with their imagination.
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Steven B. Levine
O 45
Dayton, NJ USA
Wood
Crafting practical, functional products that are perceived as art is my self-imposed challenge. I am on a continuous hunt for interesting exotic species of wood or unusual variations of more common ones. To my mind, “flaws” of nature are points of interest. After I collect a natural piece of wood, I live with it sometimes for years until its potential becomes apparent. Its character controls its destiny by determining the finished product. In the end, I attempt to make art transcend the craft. In recent years I have developed a line of wood boxes that resemble realistic books, but open in various unexpected and surprising ways.
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Barbara Umbel
O 46
Indian Harbour Beach, FL USA
Jewelry
We build one of a kind jewelry made out of sea urchins and shells. Inspiration is found in our natural surroundings - the shells we find on the beach are the origins of our designs. We aim to capture the feeling of movement of mythical sea creatures, whether they be swimming, plunging, or floating in the water. Once the arrangement is finalized, we fabricate the settings for the shells and stones out of gold sheets and wires, sculpting the “tentaclesâ€ù 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 our metals practice.
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Lorri Honeycutt
O 47
Sebastian, FL USA
Photography
My photos started with an accidental shot in 2003. People inspire me. I always have new ideas after spending a show talking with patrons.
1st time at AOFTA
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Trista Chapman
O 48
Fredericksburg, VA USA
Ceramics
I have always enjoyed the color and movement of modern art and was heavily exposed to it as a child. I love the texture, feel and physicality of working in clay with my hands. I enjoy the sculptures of Alexander Calder, many painters such as Kandinsky and Picaso.
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Richard Depaul
O 49, 50
Williamsburg, VA USA
Painting
My interest in architecture and history make Williamsburg inspiring. I admire the proportions and simplicity of little outbuildings usually hidden behind the "important" buildings. The lovely gardens also provide great subject matter. Also inspiring to me are scenes from Europe and the islands I have visited. Every place has its own special "something." One just has to be open to finding it.
Local artist!
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Lynn Harrisberger
O 51
Virginia Beach, VA USA
Jewelry
Since I was a child, I have been fascinated with rocks. I'm inspired by the stones themselves along with non-verbal communication, harmony, relationships, color, shape, texture, asymmetry and balance. Inspiration comes from everything and everywhere - from feelings and memories to nature and ancestry. Mining the beautiful Blue Moon Turquoise I use in many of my designs with the claim owners in Nevada makes the pieces even more special. Each piece of turquoise has it's own distinct personality just like humans. And that's pretty nifty!
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Brian Sykes
O 52
Charlotte, NC USA
Wood
woodturning /carving, different styles; segmented & one piece cons't, burl woods with embedded turquoise, hollow forms, wall tiles, small tables, lamps, all natural colors
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Kristen Dahms
O 53
Ballston Lake, NY USA
2-D Mixed Media
I am inspired by nature and the ocean. I paint these worlds in a whimsical style, with bright warm colors for a soft and inviting feel. I love texture, patterns, and hidden images with is the base of me art. "The more you look, the more you find"
1st time at AOFTA
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Christine Lush-Rodriguez
O 54
Fredericksburg, VA USA
Ceramics
Oceanic & plants are where the inspiration for my sculptures come from. Curiosity of historical clay techniques drives my experimentation with clay.
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Vonnie Whitworth
O 55
Virginia Beach, VA USA
Painting
I am truly inspired by so much in the world in which I live daily. It can be as simple as a ray of light fallen across an object or a person's face or it can be a complex still life. Beauty is everywhere!
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Ken Conger
O 56
Lanexa, VA USA
Photography
When you purchase a photograph from Ken Conger, you are buying more than a piece of photo paper with a wildlife image. You are buying thousands of hours of patience, often in adverse weather conditions, infested with insects, for that outstanding photo. You are buying years of determination for that unique photo circumstance as well as the instant of pure ecstasy when it does happen. You are not buying a photo, you are buying a piece of his heart, the passion of his soul and sharing his special lifetime experience.
Local artist!
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Julie Jerman-Melka
O 57
Calumet, MI USA
Jewelry
My inspiration is the natural beauty I am surrounded by in the remote and beautiful area where I live and maintain my studio in Michigan's Upper Peninsula along Lake Superior
1st time at AOFTA
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Brian Rayner
O 58
Charlottesville, VA USA
Wood
Artisan Craftsman seeking to make simple, flawless furniture. A sculptor enlivening and bringing Spirit to found wood pieces.
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Russell Yerkes
O 59
Tarboro, NC USA
Painting
creating imagery from a snorkel mask point of view, or in your face perspective, whereas there is no pheriphal vision. I like building up dramatic color and patterns to draw the viewer in, seeing the viewer react to the imagery as i like to work in the large format because the stylized imagery i have developed
1st time at AOFTA
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Jessica Ladd
O 60
Cookeville, TN USA
2-D Mixed Media
I focus on the old and forgotten versus the new, the past against the present, the reflection on the struggle and triumph of modern times. I find the interplay between light and darkness compelling. My strong point lies in a keen understanding of light, composition and design. The warmth and expression of my work is the juxtaposition it creates in the viewers eyes, mind and heart - a contrast of what is and isn’t there. The finished work is a commentary on thinking and seeing deeper; they are studies on seeing elements as pieces of a greater whole.
1st time at AOFTA
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Harry Jarman
O 61
Kernersville, NC USA
Painting
I have been painting for 45 years; 35 years full time. My wife and I have a love of collecting antique objects; I use many of these in my still lifes and love the idea of giving something a new and more contemporary look.I find that most buyers relate personally to these pieces. The changing seasons bring an infinite possibilities to every every landscapes, while the treasures we accrue on our journeys provide countless arrangements for a still life, whether it is an old beat up box or and old piece of glass. It is this variety that draws me to my easel and inspires me to create. Whether in my mind or on canvas, I am painting 24 hours a day.
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P Pete Steele
O 62
Indianapolis, IN USA
Jewelry
My work is inspired from many things, including all forms of music, nature, spirituality, and all forms of art. I am intrigued about combining inorganic with organic, old world techniques with modern techniques. In addition, the challenge of taking an idea and bringing it to fruition along with the joy on a buyer's face, inspire me. This results in no two pieces being exactly the same.
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Evan Reinheimer
O 63
Boca Raton, FL USA
Photography
I like to see the world from a unique vantage point. Using a kite to lift my camera allows me to do this by being able to view my subject from a perspective higher than being on the ground, but lower than aircraft can fly. The world is more interesting from a vantage point that is new and unfamiliar.
1st time at AOFTA
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Yoram Gal
O 64
Old Jaffa, Tel aviv Israel
Painting
In Hamlet's words: “To hold a mirror up to nature": Paint as wide a range of modern life's rich diversity as I can, capturing fleeting moments of dramatic, comic and lyrical interactions between people. Juicifying the changing landscapes of our times on paper and canvas, stretching the styles of painting from realism to abstract, thro my own expressionism. Experimenting in dangerous non-comfort zones, striving to go beyond my previous piece into something I did not know before. Starting from scratch, daily, working at re-inventing my painting like a child. Having fun celebrating my decades on earth in the most colorful, joyful and intense way I can. Joie-de-vivre is my motto.
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Ralph Patterson
G 01
Photography
Black & white photography is about tones of gray that range from black to white. With the absents of color you can focus on the image before you. The challenge is finding the correct image that allows you to portray that emotion. A big part of the challenge, the creative side, is using the correct paper and combination of toners to give the correct feeling or mood to a particular image.
Local artist!
1st time at AOFTA
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Kate Kedenburg
G 02
Ceramics
Inspiration for my work comes from my lifelong love for and study of the ocean. Constantly drawn to the complexity and beauty of the oceanic environment, I trained as a marine biologist with the goal of positively impacting the relationship between humans and the sea. When I began my artistic journey, that mission became central to my work. I create what I do in an attempt to foster connection and increase interaction with the sea through art.
1st time at AOFTA
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Nataliya Strumila
G 03
Greensboro, NC USA
Jewelry
Mother Nature is my favorite teacher. I live in the National Parks with my children several month every year and I look up patterns of various flowers, berry clusters and tree branches. I photograph flowers and later mimic designs of petals and leaves in my studio in filigree technique. Micro sculpting using steel wires and semi-precious gems helps me create jewelry pieces that look very much like azalea flowers, willow tree branches, grape bunches. I found my peace of mind in the wilderness and I try to share it with customers by capturing Nature's beauty and creating flowers that wont wither away. I hope to inspire more people to hike in the woods and create their own timeless memories.
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Daniel Robbins
G 04
Richmond, VA USA
Emerging Artist
I paint figures, still-lives, and landscapes in oil on canvas.
1st time at AOFTA
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Donald Portschy
G 05
Greensboro, GA USA
Metal
Metal Wall Hangings with both realistic and abstract designs. Materials used are copper, brass, steel & cut nails. For added color and softness, stain glass, blown glass and patinas are incorporated.
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Bruce Easley
G 06
Seaford, VA USA
Drawing and Pastels
The natural world has always fascinated me and scrimshaw is a way to translate nature into an “old worldâ€ù art form. When working on these images, I enjoy the opportunities for creative diversity and often lose track of time while engaging in the small strokes required to render a scene. Capturing some of the activities of Chesapeake Bay Watermen is a way to use historical techniques to memorialize relatively modern marine activities.
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Amber Poole
G 07
Lexington, VA USA
Ceramics
My ceramic pieces are defined directly by my love for organic objects. Natural forms and creatures have always been integrated into my work. In the past I have focused on oceanic life forms, which will always have a place in my works. My current works explore tree forms. My goal is to create utilitarian pots for every day use, forms that focus primarily on functionality and the intimacy gained through personal use. I work with high fire stoneware clay, changing clays in response to the intended glaze finish for each piece. All works are bisque fired to cone 04 (1915°F) in an electric kiln and glaze fired to cone 10 (2355°F) in a natural gas downdraft reduction kiln. I work primarily withi
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Joyce Slate
G 08
Lakewood Ranch, FL USA
Jewelry
I’m inspired by found treasures. My eyes are always looking down when I go for a walk, sometimes to my own detriment! I love gleaning the seashore and often create thinking about tide pools or turning the otherwise overlooked finds into artwork.
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Ellen Pollock
G 09
Williamsburg, VA USA
Glass
As a biology major in college, I was always fascinated by ecology. These pieces focus on those moments that are often hidden to us due to their transience: an iguana basking in morning light or a luna moth in search of nectar. Each composition is meant to make us more mindful of the beauty that surrounds us.
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Dion Pollock
G 10
Williamsburg, VA USA
3-D Mixed Media
In 2011, my son and I attended a pen turning class at a local wood shop. What began as a way to spend time with my son has become the main outlet for my creativity. Over the past several years, I have begun experimenting with different materials to yield unique writing instruments. I hope to continue our family tradition of delivering a quality product that serves to exist not only as a writing instrument but also to lend beauty to an otherwise mundane object.
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Bryant White
G 11
Everett, PA USA
Painting
I have been an artist as long as I can remember. I realize how fortunate I am to have known what I wanted to do as a profession for most of my life. I have been interested in 18th Century American History for most of my life as well. These two passions are combined in my paintings. Reading first person accounts, diaries, journals, and publications of the 18th Century are what inspire me to create this artwork. The remarkable experiences of our ancestors are what I try to capture on canvas... The hardships, the joys, the lesser known stories that we can all learn from. I have visited all of the sites that I have painted, which gives me a great perspective on the lives of our forefathers.
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Pamela Patrick-White
G 12
Everett, PA USA
Painting
I am inspired by early American history and the stories told by the people who were there.With no photography available of the period,people rely on paintings to understand or "see" the past.
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Brent Mcguirt
G 14
Fairfield, VA USA
Photography
My love for the outdoors compels me to capture images that showcase its beauty.
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Lynn Burcher
G 15
Hillsborough, NC USA
Jewelry
The natural world has always been my primary source of inspiration. I have been attracted to different media over the years, but the subjects have almost always been plants and animals, particularly birds. I settled on jewelry as a means of expression because I enjoy the benefits of working on a small scale. I am currently transitioning to using more enamel than lampwork elements in my jewelry. My booth shot reflects a lampwork bead focus, but my display will include both techniques during this transition period.
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Brad Holman
G 16
Beattyville, KY USA
Metal
Steel has the ability to hold up the tallest buildings or recreate the most delicate flower. For a large part of my life I machined it to perform tasks in an industrial setting. Even then I could see the beauty of steel in its grain when the cutting feed and speeds were perfect. Leaving that career led me back to working with steel in a different manner. While hand forging can never replicate the extreme precision of machining it does impart more of the maker’s character, style, and even hammer shape and style. The only limitation is the maker’s skill and creativity. The desire to challenge both is what drives me to continue to push my boundaries in both aspects.
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Barry Jeter
G 17
Finleyville , PA USA
Painting
Influenced early on by the likes of Andrew Wyeth and Sargent as well as Winslow Homer and Hopper Barry, over the years has blended this styles into his own, creating calming and winsome landscapes as well as other subject matter. Hailing originally from Southern West Virginia he now resides south of Pittsburgh, Pa enjoying that rural location. "Many of my paintings are inspired by memories of my grandfathers farm situated on the Greenbrier River in WV. I rarely incorporate people in my paintings as I like for my viewers to get an intimate view of the scene as I saw it, usually alone. I feel it an honor to capture these fleeting images in time."
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John Gunther
G 18
Abingdon, VA USA
Fiber
50 years of weaving dyed and painted materials. I use a variety of color and texture applications to create work from abstract to representational, landscapes and natural imagery. A lifetime of travel and living in nature inspires most of my work.
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Mark Poole
G 19, 20
Hagerstown, MD USA
Ceramics
My inspiration to create art comes from my surroundings; nature that surrounds us, buildings that shelter us,and my family that inspire me to do better. I am a full-time functional potter and a raku potter. I am fortunate enough to be able to create pure artwork(raku) and also create functional artwork that people can enjoy using everyday.
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Marek Majewski
G 21
Cape Coral, FL USA
Jewelry
My main inspiration is to deliver elegant and modern jewelry based on unique design and show how beautiful amber can be. I am very much influence by Eastern Europe designs since originally I came from that region.
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Brett Hay
G 22
Huntingtown, MD USA
Glass
As an emerging artist, most of my inspiration comes from nature and the world around me. The concentric rings of murrine glass reminds me of the beauty nature has to offer, compared to the rigid lines of the strip cut method which I find reminiscent of man made structures.
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Ed Obermeyer
G 23
Virginia Beach, VA USA
Painting
My paintings reflect my love for the oceans and the earth through immersive journeys around the world and the exploration of different cultures and their art forms. These experiences and my personal vision are transformed into linear pattern paintings made with pinstripe brushes. I have spent many years surfing and gardening and this series expresses my passion for these two subjects.
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Curtis Jenney
G 24
Sculpture
Growing up in the hills of Connecticut I developed a keen appreciation for natural surroundings and I have tried to capture this element in my work. Combining the natural design of leaves and flowing water I attempt to emulate what I saw in those beautiful hills. As in nature each leaf has its own variation in shape and texture by hand crafting "leaf fossils' in a natural mixture of clay, granite dust, glass fibers, 2 curatives without any resins . Each of my leaves are signed and dated.
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Hallie Bertling
G 25
Greenville, SC USA
2-D Mixed Media
detailed paintings in vibrant gouache, the faerie tale feet series illuminates favorite books, fairy tales, and plays to let viewers step into the stories for themselves.  the backgrounds of these story-inspired watercolour paintings are riddled with icons from the original (often centuries-old) tales, and the shoes (definite reflections of character personality & telling posture!) reveal what it might be like to live in another's adventure. everyone has memories attached to story, and what better way to re-live them than through colorful, conversational art for the reading home.
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Lee Hazelgrove
G 26
Richmond, VA USA
Ceramics
For 30 years my work has been an outward expression of an internal journey. In the studio I find a contemplative place of solace...a place to focus, find presence and of course create an outward tangible object which reflects that search. At best I hope that my vessels create a sense of calm, quiet, and contemplation.
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J D Davison
G 27
Upper Arlington, OH USA
Jewelry
Lab Partners is a jewelry studio masterminded by two total geeks; JD Shipengrover and JD Davison. They have been working on traditional jewelry together for over 20 years. They love experimenting with new techniques - like laser cutters and 3D printers and merging them with old school processes like lost wax casting and traditional hand, saw, and soldering jewelry fabrication. They also like to mix science and nature themes into their work. Many of their current designs are based on microscopic or magnified illustrations of sea and plant life.
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Cam Chapman
G 28
Weston, FL USA
Photography
I create fine art photographic portraits of East Coast Lighthouses.
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Kirk Miller
G 29
North Palm Beach, FL USA
Glass
Fusing art and science is my inspiration. As a retired high school science teacher for almost 30 years, I approach glass the same way i approached teaching. Hands on controlled experimentation. I am self taught and continually strive to create new and unique kiln formed art.
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Courtney Tomchik
G 30
Clemmons, NC USA
Sculpture
Nature influences and inspires my work with the organic shapes and color along with texture.
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Apryl Altman
G 31
Williamsburg, VA USA
Painting
I enjoy painting what I consider the wow factor -The images that catch my eye and cause me to pause in my busy day. It may be the way light and shadow fall over the subject or perhaps the subject itself. Color, texture, and the story I can tell are all important to me. I also feel strongly about incorporating paintings of many sizes and price ranges in my inventory to make my art affordable to a large audience. Everyone should own a piece of original art!
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Enid Kate O'rourke
G 32
Manakin Sabot, VA USA
Fiber
I draw my inspiration and design sense from having sewn from a young age and over 40 years of craftsmanship and design.
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Dennis Belcher
G 33
Hampstead, NC USA
Wood
I relish the unique. In my work that has led me to solve the challange of taking the flaws of wood and making that curse into a centerpiece of unique, one of a kind pieces.
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Joan Michlin
G 34
Sarasota, FL USA
Jewelry
Sarasota-based artist and goldsmith Joan Michlin has been creating her unique designs for over three decades . Her work, which has been referred to as "wearable sculpture," creates and produces more than 150 new designs per year, both limited production and one-of-a-kind. Her collections of modern, deco-inspired pieces in mixed golds (yellow, rose, and white), diamonds, and semi-precious stones have been exhibited in museums worldwide. Michlin collaborates with her husband, Skip Ennis, on both the design and fabrication of each piece. "As artists, we channel our experiences and interaction with our environment into our works, We try to express our fascination with light, energy, and powerf
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Ken Smith
G 35, 36
Castle Rock, CO USA
Photography
My photography is a form of storytelling, leading viewers through images in a narrative process built upon suggestions, connections, and impressions. As an artist, I create visual metaphors that shape the emotional experience, opening up a dialogue between my images and the viewer.
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Karen Trimble
G 37
Baltimore, MD USA
Painting
I love painting beautiful things in a beautiful way. People respond to art that relates to them emotionally be it subject, color, light, mood, or memories. when someone takes home one of my paintings I feel that a part of myself has been welcomed into their lives. We have a forever connection.
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Megan Gillis
G 38
Pittsburgh, PA USA
Jewelry
My love of flowers, and nature is often reflected in my work.
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David Souza
G 39
Gilbertsville, PA USA
Wood
My work is inspired by the nature I observe every day. I use Organic forms and the pleasing curves found on the human body to inspire my creations. As a wood artist, I use natural edges, stressed timbers, and bark inclusions to reveal the unique aspects of every piece of wood. I present my contemporary turnings as art, in a traditionally craft medium.
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Teresa Bowen
G 40
New Smyrna Beach, FL USA
Ceramics
I enjoy making functional pottery so that my customers have pleasure in the everyday use of my work. I have always gotten satisfaction from making things with my hands and clay is a wonderful material to work with.
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Dave Delacruz
G 41
Tampa, FL USA
Painting
I live in Florida and am inspired by the oceans and boats!
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Elginia Mccrary
G 42
Chesapeake, VA USA
2-D Mixed Media
Humans have a need to create. Through art one can intrigue the mind, dazzle the senses, stir emotions and share a part of ones self with others. There is more than one way of expressing emotions and segments of time in ones life. Art is a channel from the artist to the viewer and this channel can be comprised of many creative techniques.”
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Nicario Jimenez
G 43
Naples, FL USA
3-D Mixed Media
My compositions depicts historical, political and everyday events.
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Kathy Fitzgerald
G 44
Oak Island, NC USA
Fiber
There's nothing more exciting to me than taking some hanks of yarn and turning them into cloth, and the cloth into functional products. Almost every single time I take something off the loom, it feels like a miracle.
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Sean Huntington
G 45
Olean, NY USA
Painting
Nemophilist : Ne*moph"i*list, n. One who is fond of forest or forest scenery; a haunter of the woods. My work is a mixture of my obsessive interest in nature and my inborn need to create art. The texture of lichens on tree bark, the way branches curve and mingle among one another, the repetition of line in a grove of aspen or spruce; these are some of the things that fill my mind and come out in my paintings. The woods are home to me, and in this sense my work is autobiographical.
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David Julian
G 46
Westminster, CO USA
Photography
The work of National Geographic photographers has been my inspiration since early childhood. I hope by photographing the beauty of the world around us that I will inspire in the viewer happiness, peace and tranquility.
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Jean Havet
G 47
San Francisco, CA USA
Jewelry
Our aim is to create lasting, classic styles of bracelets that the customers will wear forever. We do not show museum pieces. Each piece is fabricated individually by hand, and by us.
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Eleanor Cox
G 48
Midlothian, VA USA
Painting
Landscape, seascapes and gardens are often my inspiration.. The process of painting en plein air, composing on the spot, and being inspired by nature is very appealing. I love color and light and almost always am influenced by that.
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Charlotte Munning
G 49
Greensboro, NC USA
Ceramics
With clay, if you can dream a shape or form, you can build it. You can carve the clay, while it is still wet and create wonderful textures and designs, enhancing the final form. Nature is my inspiration, its colors, textures and organic forms. With raku, you combine the earth, wind and fire. This takes all of my work back to it inspiration!
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Sarah Collier
G 50
Wilmington, NC USA
2-D Mixed Media
Growing up in a culture dominated by media, I was often taken by the graphic design of the 50's and 60's and it's use of bold color and exaggerated images. Many of the themes of my art are tongue in cheek references to the importance of "decorum and propriety" that seemed to be so important in the world I grew up in. Often times my images are familiar yet changed. I like to place common subject matter in unusual situations and create a story around it. Mixed media work allows me to use many different materials and sources to spark a dialogue with the viewers and hopefully they incorporate their own "story" for each piece.
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David Heller
G 51
Charlottesville, VA USA
Wood
I create elegant classical furniture. Shape and function are graceful and appropriate. Woods and finishes are rich and polished. I use solid woods, veneers, brass and fine cloth and traditional construction techniques to evoke heirloom quality and feel. Marquetry is used to embellish surfaces and personalize pieces. I make marquetry pictures and clocks to enliven living spaces. I also create decorated woodenware from this same place. They are “too pretty to use” but are meant to function for decades, and look good all the while.
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Curtis Krueger
G 52
Wilmington, NC USA
Photography
Some of the earliest memories I have are of my father and me drawing at the dining room table. I was told our television broke down when I was in kindergarten and my parents, although they could afford to repair it decided not to. I place much of my current fascination with the art-world with their encouragement and direct participation. The lack of television as entertainment is another. I love to climb trees, wade into lakes and streams. I respect alligators, don’t like snakes but I am more comfortable being in their environment than spending time around politicians, talking heads or religious zealots.
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Amy Fletcher
G 53
Hillsborough, NC USA
Painting
Inspired by music, I work in acrylic or oil with cold wax to increase luminosity and build color layers within the paintings. I play with sgraffito and etching to create depth and texture within each
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Inna Schoeler
G 54
Orlando, FL USA
Fiber
Each shawl, jacket and accessory is one-of-a-kind. My vision is to hand create lovely and unique garments that meet your highest sense of fashion and appreciation of color and texture. Instead of using canvas and paintings to express my skill, i have preferred the rich feeling of texture and volume that can be given by delicate and sophisticated materials.
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Roberta Manly
G 55
Centreville , VA USA
Jewelry
We make handcrafted jewelry with flameworked and fused glass, enamel, silver, copper, and semi-precious stones. Flameworked glass is a medium increasingly appearing in our work. We value the gorgeous color palate of opaque, transparent and reactive glass available today, as well as its decorative and sculptural possibilities. The avenues of self-expression possible melting glass at the torch, or in a kiln, and combining it with the malleable properties of metal, are seemingly endless. We also have some fun with bottle glass, and appreciate its eco-friendly aspects and simple beauty.
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Jeanne Norton Hammett
G 56
Saint Inigoes, MD USA
Graphics and Printmaking
I live in rural southern Maryland and am surrounded by views of water on a daily basis. Most of my images are of the Chesapeake Bay and it’s environs. It is hard not to be affected by the beauty I see all around me.
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Dave Bazzel
G 57, 58
Lititz, PA USA
Photography
Classic realism photography offered in color and infrared B&W. All prints are printed onto traditional silver based photo paper and can be provided in framed and matted options.
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Mary May
G 59
Raleigh, NC USA
Jewelry
As a classically trained musician, I hear balance, harmony, rhythm, and texture in nature. Through my jewelry, I strive to create a wearable visual representation of those expressions.
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Elizabeth Krome
G 60
Toano, VA USA
Ceramics
I relate to clay primarily through touch. Sitting at the wheel, I love the feeling of the clay changing shape in my hands. Working in both porcelain and stoneware clays, I enjoy their differing personalities. The robust strength of stoneware emboldens me, and the qualities of light and translucency in porcelain thrill me. The lure of clay lies in its responsiveness and malleability – a malleability that fire freezes into permanence. The chance to change a shapeless lump of earth into a form with grace and beauty is fresh each time I sit down at the wheel.
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Raymond Mancini Ii
G 61
West Long Branch, NJ USA
2-D Mixed Media
Each collage typically evolves from a thought, a vision, memory of a time and place, history, spirituality. Often allows pieces of these varied materials to guide my creative flow,,,, which depict iconic locales throughout the world, dance and music, and nautical imagery, religion narratives, symbols, traditions and other themes.
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Allison Glancey
G 62
Pittsburgh, PA USA
Graphics and Printmaking
Mostly inspired by the natural world and its color riots, shapes and textures, we love to create clean, modern, fresh and accessible artwork by combining forms and color and shapes. For us, the act of making art is a profound act of positive addition, as making pieces that make us happy is nice and fun. But, making pieces that make our collectors happy is a way to add joy to the world in some small way. We feel a strong kinship to the Mid-Century Modern belief that good design and art should be available to every person, for every home. We are firmly rooted in the DIY & Handmade movements and embrace the traditions of modern craft in every day life.
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Clare Spooner
G 63
New York, NY USA
Emerging Artist
The tension and beauty found in nature provides the energetic inspiration needed for my work: the turning point where one object becomes another, the twist of an arm, the conversation between two objects in a still life. There is immense beauty all around, if only I avail myself to it, and I feel a duty to record it.
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Ryan Eure
G 64
Gloucester , VA USA
Jewelry
My love of jewelry and the inspiration to create jewelry starts out from my fascination for gemology and natural gemstones. Being a gem collector, I found it to be my passion and duty to create wearable works of art that capture the natural essence of each gem or cabochon while at the same time reflecting personality and a unique sense of creativity. My designs are inspired by mixing aspects of native cultures and ancient civilizations, while also hinting post modern and art deco qualities. My goal is to mix the old with the new to create work that is truly one of a kind.
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Stewart Rein
G 65
Summerdale, AL USA
Photography
I am a wanderer, discoverer, and obsessed traveler, who along with my wife spend much of our time on the road. When I see something beautiful, I want to share and photography is my method of choice. I let the scene speak for itself. There's little Photoshop or any other program could do to improve the real deal.
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Lanny Pelletier
G 66
Cape Carteret, NC USA
Ceramics
wheelthrown stoneware pottery and hand made additions
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Ashley Lewis
G 67
Richmond, VA USA
Drawing and Pastels
I am a graphite artist making images of flora and fauna to sell as original pieces as well as prints and stationary. Nature and all of its emotion are what inspire my work.
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Lindsey Tull
G 68
Painting
I have always loved art and painting since I was little. It is a way to capture all the colors and beauty I see in the landscape and record it on canvas for others to enjoy. I love to travel and see new places, always finding more inspiration for more paintings.
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Jinsong Kim
B 02
Seagrove, NC USA
Ceramics
The philosophy of ying and yang inspire what we do. The balance in this world between light and dark, positive and negitive is what pottery is about. The outer surface and inner shape must be in balance to create our work.
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C. W. Banfield
B 03, 04
Howell, MI USA
Photography
I came to landscape photography after many years and 16,000 miles of long distance hiking. Covering thousands of miles alone and at a walking pace inspires a profound appreciation of the natural world and invites contemplation. Seeking a creative outlet that embodied those values, I turned to large format photography. I enjoy the deliberate and labor intensive aspects of the process. Because it is a methodical and entirely manual endeavor, it forces me to slow down – to a mental walking pace – and create an image worthy of my subject. My intent is not merely to capture a moment, but to evoke feelings and promote an emotional connection to the subject.
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Brian Bortz
B 05
Durham, NC USA
Wood
I'm inspired by nature and working with materials that are natural and visually unique. I enjoy the progression of creating something from basic and remarkable raw materials that is unique, usually functional, and beautiful: the process of “makingâ€ù is in my blood.
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Alison Thomas
B 06
Louisa, VA USA
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 recording of the scene. 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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Alyssa Ligmont
B 07
North Lauderdale, FL USA
Ceramics
I create my functional pottery to perform flawlessly at the purpose for which it is intended. I painstakingly consider every surface and detail. Take notice of how each piece feels when you hold it in your hands; particularly the subtle diversities in form, the variety of surface textures and colors attainable only through handmade ceramic work. I strive to create pieces that are contemporary, referencing nature and all her beauty, full of color, and most importantly fun to use every day. With daily use an important relationship develops with each piece giving a sense of comfort and companionship to it's owner. Everyone has a favorite mug or bowl for example.
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Carolyn Currie
B 08
New Milford, CT USA
Painting
My desire is to share my love for the color and Light that surrounds us and to create a mood and sense of peace that comes when we see an inspiring sky, feel and hear marsh life or sit on the shore mesmerized by the wave action. Some of my paintings are inspired and done plein air. Other times I wil record and sketch for the studio .
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Dennis Stuart
B 09
New Milford, CT USA
Painting
inspired from my travels with my motor home along the Atlantic coast at State Parks and wildlife preserves each year.
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Joanne Tew
B 10
Annapolis, MD USA
2-D Mixed Media
My inspiration comes from the technique of reverse painting on glass, a love of light, color and painting, have challenged me to create a new form of glass painting. Using the fluidity of oil paint and the transparency of glass to fabricate paintings that can hang in windows, capturing the sunlight when backlit ,giving a stain glass effect. When front lit in the evening, the opacity of the paint changes the image to that of a classic canvas painting. Removal of paint with rubber tools, adds a more defined demention to the paintings as well.
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Phill Singer
B 11
New Britain, PA USA
Painting
I like to see something new every time I look at a painting. That’s why in each painting I create, I strive for beauty, yet hope the audience also finds it challenging, bold, smart, funny, and imaginative. When you find the ‘unexpected’ in a piece of art, that makes it worth taking home. The inspiration for my images comes from a mashup of the imagery we are bombarded with everyday. Hopefully skill and craft are not part of a bygone era. I hope my paintings can still connect to todays audience.
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Colleen Williams
B 12
Ceramics
My notion of pattern-mixing and palette had been transformed by a visit to India and seeing images of exquisitely embellished and adorned women performing daily routine tasks. I am captured by both cultural reference and the individual woman's taste. My forms are made from hand-colored porcelain slabs; layers of colored porcelain slips are applied on top of one another and water-etched using a shellac resist which is drawn onto the form with patterns associated with femininity. I further enhance and accentuate the decorative pattern with underglaze embellishment and clear glaze while the body of the form remains unglazed and "naked".
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Chuck Dubois
B 13
Williamsburg, VA USA
Painting
I want to create scenes that brings back memories to you, I want you to feel that you are part of the painting and whether walking through a field or are standing near the barn I painted, it should bring back an emotion you've had in the past.
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Paula Brown-Steedly
B 14
Charlottesville, VA USA
Ceramics
The works capture the timeless appeal-the fleeting nature of this life, this place, & this time. My work is grounded in real life & is a response to the enduring tenacity of life.
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Deborah Hildinger
B 15
New Smyrna Beach, FL USA
3-D Mixed Media
I find working with mixed media of this type an intuitive process, as no two are alike. Each piece offers its own voice for inspiration.
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Eugene Smith
B 16
Winchester, VA USA
Painting
I paint on 140lb hotpress paper. I let the water coexist with the paint. Techniques used are wet on wet & drybrush. My Asian work is inspired by using bamboo brushes in an eastern and western style.
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David Sandidge
B 17
Clermont, FL USA
Glass
In this medium of glass, personal expression can be infinitely diverse. I reveal myself with humor, satire, sarcasm, dark foreboding, happiness, and perhaps every personal emotion that my heart, mind, and soul may have experienced from one day to the next. In all of my work I strive to compliment with beauty. For because this gift was given to me by God, it deserves nothing less.
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Paul Mcclain
B 18
Painting
My paintings are one of a kind reactions to sights and objects, natural and man made. They are an emotional response to the world around me.
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Ronda Borberg-Shulenburg
B 19
Newport News, VA USA
Ceramics
Busting out of a grey cubicle farm many years ago, inspired me to experiment with clay and colors. Many layers of colored clay are applied to thin slabs of white clay. I carve designs in the slab, roll it thinner and cut it into shapes to form my pottery. Clear glaze makes the colors pop. There are no subtle political statements, no hidden meanings, or 25 cent words to describe my work. I make colorful pottery and fish for the halibut because I cod.
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Karen Maugans
B 20
Asheville, NC USA
Photography
The still life paintings of 17th century European & Dutch painters are the inspiration of my current work. Much like Italian painter Caravaggio, my still life work is produced "nocturne", with high contrast highlights and deep shadows. Caravaggio also inspired me in the liberal use empty space in my images. My work also uses similar very targeted & controlled lighting. Dutch painter Willem Claesz Heda’s use of the reflective qualities of metal dining vessels has also inspired my current work. In “Lemon Portraitâ€ù I use a silver pitcher to create a distorted reflection of the main subject matter, which carries the colors & highlights into the otherwise shadowed depths of the composition.
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Rob Seltzer
B 22, 23
Leonardtown, MD USA
Wood
To serve the master carpenter, Jesus Christ. To follow in His footsteps as a craftsman, and to help people better their homes with personalized furniture.
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Eric Sauvageau
B 23
3-D Mixed Media
The constant motion of the universe inspires my work, as you can see in the implementation of an ever increasing array of media.
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