Arts

Nancy ShafferThere is a distinction between fine art and decorative art, although recently that delineation has become somewhat outdated. While fine art focuses on drawing skills, decorative arts focus more on technique.

This is the only thing that separates the Painters at the Lake (PATL) from the Fluvanna Art Association (FAA). The groups have far more in common than one would suspect, however. Many members have crossed over and are learning different skills.

Art elites would look down their noses at decorative artists, dismissing their work as cultural folk art. Nowadays, the precise meaning of decorative art is less significant given that the confines of an elitist concept of fine art have been outmoded by the all-inclusive classification of visual art.

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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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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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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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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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