Arts

Alden BigelowAlden Bigelow, a Lake Monticello author, discussed his work with members of the Friends of the Library on Wednesday (Sept. 7). A former ad executive who earned a master’s from the University of Virginia in law and history, Bigelow shared his writing with his audience.

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Sharon ArgoBy day, Sharon Argo is the executive assistant to the CEO of the University of Virginia’s Investment Management Company, but by night, she lets her artistic side take over as she creates one-of-a-kind pieces.

Her inspiration came from her mother, who was a self-taught artist, and her siblings who were artistic and creative in all types of media, including ceramics and drawing.

“My mother was a closet artist,” Argo laughed. “Everything she did was on-the-job training. She even taught herself piano. She had an ear for music and picked it up quickly.”

Like her mother, Argo is self-taught, which can be a challenging and fun journey of discovery. “It took me awhile to settle on a medium I liked,” she said.

 

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aya Saucedo snaps a photo with her now-missing camera. Naya Saucedo and Matt Wright quit their jobs and set off on a year-long backpacking jaunt around the world. But when they returned they discovered to their dismay that their priceless memories had been sold for $19.99.

Saucedo, 33, used her Canon Digital EOS Rebel T3i to take pictures of the adventures she and Wright, 30, had backpacking through Europe and Southeast Asia. But when they returned and started downsizing their belongings, a bag containing her camera was accidentally donated to the Good Will store on Heritage Dr. near Food Lion.

When the couple realized their mistake on July 31, they frantically called Good Will to see if the camera and its memory card was still there – but learned, to their horror, that the camera had been sold the day before.

Now they are desperately seeking the camera’s new owner. They will be glad to buy the camera back, Saucedo said, but what they really want is the camera’s memory card, which contains the photos.

“This mistaken donation of my camera means the photos of my dream-come-true trip are now with someone else,” Saucedo said. “I’ve waited years to have the experiences documented within its memory card. Imagine how devastating it was to learn that my camera and all of my memories were sold for $20. The camera itself is worth about $500 – yet that memory card is absolutely priceless!”

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Jason Abbott, artistFrom an early age Jason Abbott loved to draw. Like any child who craves drawing, he grabbed whatever pencil or pen was available and drew on scrap paper what he imagined. But one day when he was a child, he went out to lunch with his family while on a cross country trip in Germany.
“I remember the floor–to–ceiling windows and looking out at the huge mountains. I was so fixated on that scene I didn’t even care about my chocolate milk,” Abbott laughed. “But I just kept staring at it, watching the light behind it. It moved me so powerfully.”

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 Troy Weidenheimer Lake Monticello’s Troy Weidenheimer is a Renaissance man with a passion for writing, art and music.

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