Arts

Painting by Linda Bethke, First place winnerUnlike the annual judged show in the spring where one person judges the entire show, the Fluvanna Art Association has its People’s Choice Award Show in the fall, where the public decides the three best in each category.

This year the reception and judging took place on Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Fluvanna County Library. There were 54 entries and a variety of mediums. New this year was a category called the small wall, which featured works smaller than five by seven inches.

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Artist Susan Lang in her studioArtists master their skills not only by learning techniques but practicing them. Artist Susan Lang believes in principle. Her inquisitiveness and drive has helped her to become a stronger artist. Lang, president of the Fluvanna Art Association (FAA), is one of those rare people who has become successful in life because of her voracious curiosity.  It has served her well throughout her life in her work and in her painting.

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Hollett-Bazouzi demonstrates painting technique.Fluvanna Art Association (FAA) members couldn’t have asked for a more perfect fall day at the Thistle Gate Vineyard on Oct.14 to learn from successful landscape and plein air artist, Linda Hollett-Bazouzi.

Hollett-Bazouzi discussed her approach to painting outdoors, demonstrating what she sees and how she translates it to her canvas. Hollett-Bazouzi has been painting for 11 years. In that time she learned what it takes to be successful at what she does. Rather than resting on past accomplishments, she continues to explore and seek out challenges to make her a stronger artist.

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Mary Owen's flower exhibit at VMFAFork Union resident Mary Owen was one of over 50 artists who participated in Fine Arts and Flowers, a biannual event at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond that highlights floral designers throughout Virginia. This year’s event took place Oct. 20-23.

The idea behind Fine Arts and Flowers is to feature floral designers whose unique interpretations of  flowers and foliage flatter the museum’s collection of fine art. The museum selects its participants from garden clubs in the Virginia Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc. and the Garden Club of Virginia.

A few members from the Fluvanna Art Association (FAA) took a trip to the museum and were amazed by the floral creations. For them it was seeing art at a different level. FAA President Susan Lang thought Owen’s arrangement was the best and Nancy Quantock said she was impressed with what she saw.
Of the 12 exhibits in past years, Owen has participated in eight.

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Bill SnowAt a recent meeting of the Fluvanna Art Association (FAA) Sept. 9, colorist Bill Snow discussed his flawless work in an informative demonstration.

“I’m not here to tell you to paint like me,” said Snow. A former graphic designer, he returned to painting after retiring. “I’m a relatively deliberate painter I use a wet-on-wet technique and dry brush. Some areas of a painting may take me an hour, others may take several hours.”

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