Second annual studio tour benefits historical society

Participating this year, are painters Peg Redd, Lindsay Nolting, John Hughes, Rob Browning, and Tom Tartaglino as well as textile artists, Ronald and Susan Salomon, pottery by Jan Crowther and iconographer Father Mefodii.

Each artist will contribute one artwork to the society. If sold, the proceeds of that specific work will go to the Endowment Fund as well as 10 percent from other works sold during the tour.

Several artists will be exhibiting in the village of Palmyra, including Rob Browning, John Hughes and Ronald and Susan Salomon at the Historical Society. Peg Redd will be exhibiting in Bremo Bluff.

John Hughes took instruction from professional artists in Philadelphia as a boy and then attended The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. His current work is a selection of river and wetland images that explore the interplay of color, light and form in motion. The series explores the boundary between the recognizable and abstract form. His paintings appear in corporate and private collections and in several publications.

Rob Browning, a Fluvanna County native, received his formal art education at Virginia Commonwealth University. His artwork is included in many public as well as private collections and has been used commercially by GE, ITT, American Airlines and Disney Enterprises.

Susan and Ronald Salomon have combined their respective interests in the fiber arts to develop their own knitting and woven patterns using a variety of fibers. Since the 1990s, Susan has created hats and sweater sets for babies while Ronald concentrated on scarves and shawls to complement her creations. He attended classes at the prestigious Parson’s School of Design. They experiment with color and embellish with beads, buttons and tassels. Susan knits one-of-a-kind adult sweaters and Ronald weaves intricately patterned baskets.

Peg Redd works in watercolor, pastel and oils. Redd’s work is inspired by modern masters Mattise and Chagall and bright, bold colors. A former art teacher, she has taught art in Richmond, Fluvanna and Albemarle schools for more than 20 years.

Lindsay Nolting studied art in Paris and art education at Goddard College, but has always maintained that a painter’s real education derives from hours of solitary practice. When one visits Nolting at her studio, one can appreciate her love of solitude. Nolting states, “Painting in Fluvanna for thirty-some years has been, for me, an investigation of being. Local landscape is merely the ostensible subject.”

Father Mefodii, a master iconographer, is a monk at the Skete of St. Maximos the Con-fessor, in the Prosopon School. He has held icon workshops in the U.S. and England.

Jan Crowther creates both wheel-thrown and hand built stoneware pieces in her Frog Moon Pottery studio. Her work is always evolving, pushing the limits of her skill and talents, challenging her while she enjoys the creative process. The result is in the fine details of her pieces and she believes that inspiration is everywhere. No artist could say it better than Crowther when she said, “Be aware, open your eyes and take a look.”

Tom Tartaglino is well known for his local landscapes, particularly the oil triptych of the two Pembroke Petit Bridges which hangs in the Fluvanna County Library. The Nichols Gallery Annex in Barboursville displays his paintings. A realist painter, Tartaglino seeks the reality within his subjects.

Artists’ studio tour

June 30, 10 a.m . – 5p.m.
Advance tickets: $16 each and may be purchased in person at Maggie’s House or by mail. On the day of the tour tickets will be available for $22 at all the exhibit locations.

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