Arts

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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Leslie TruexLeslie Truex, a former social worker, is now a freelance writer who writes non-fiction articles and books. But under the pen name Jenna Harte, Truex writes mysteries and romance.
As a young girl Truex dabbled in fan fiction. Later, as an adult, she tried her hand at original fiction. But when a small writer’s group started in Fluvanna about eight years ago, Truex joined to study the craft of writing and getting published. Her first fiction, a mystery-romance called Deadly Valentine kicked off a series in 2012 which made the semi-finals in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award in 2013. Add a comment

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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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