Art on the Square 2018: Artist Spotlight
The 55th annual Art on the Square is right around the corner. To recognize talented artists the JWCW introduces Artist Spotlight. In this series we’re sharing some of the artists background, artwork and what they're excited to showcase this year. A complete list of Artists can be found here.
Rosalyn Rego-Sharpe, Designs by Rego
Rosalyn Rego-Sharpe of Designs by Rego has participated in Art on the Square for 12 years and been in business for 38 years. Rosalyn's unique and one-of-a-kind jewelry is handmade in her North Carolina studio. Her nature-inspired bronze and sterling silver pieces are created by pouring waxes into a mold that are sometimes wire wrapped. The sand dollar and starfish are her most popular pieces. The Dogwood flower is also represented in many of her designs.
Chawn Lambert, Duchess of Sparkle
Chawn has been participating in Art on the Square for 2 years. She's a member of Self-Representing Artist in Jewelry Design (SRAJD), jewelry designers who create and sell their own jewelry. Chawn has been in business for 3 years, but has 25 years of experience in design. While living in Washington D.C. she spent her time visiting museums and decided to create art in the form of jewelry to share her love of classic art.
Ralph Patterson, Shots on Silver
Ralph has been participating in Art on the Square for 2 years and for the past 3 years, he’s been creating original black & white photographs, which are handmade in a wet darkroom. He recently added a new dimension to his photography, high-speed water drop collisions. Each image is unique and unexpected.
Victoria Horner, Victoria Horner Handbags
Before starting her own business 21 years ago, Victoria was a women’s wear dress designer at J. Crew in New York City. She also sold her dresses to Henri Bendel. This will be Victoria's tenth year participating in Art on the Square and is looking forward to sharing her spring and summer fabrics and styles.
Janice Arone, The Barn Swallow
Janice Arone is a potter and co-owner of The Barn Swallow in Charlottesville, Virginia. Janice studied sculpture at Virginia Commonwealth University and has been creating pots and vessels ever since. She is inspired by nature, plants, birds, animals and human form. "New environments are sources for ideas and influence everything from the shape of a spout, lip of a vessel and lid of a teapot, says Arone." She often incorporates handbuilding, working with clay by hand using only simple tools, not the pottery wheel.
Laura McGowan, Laura McGowan Fine Art
Laura is an oil painter living on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Most of her work is inspired by her natural surroundings and a lifetime spent observing the Atlantic Ocean in all seasons and moods. Laura began her career as an interior and graphic designer in New York and London then moved to Virginia and to be an art teacher. She left teaching a few years ago and became a full-time artist painting landscapes, seascapes and still lifes. She combines studio work with en plein air painting.
William Jenkins, Locust Farm Windsors
William Jenkins grew up in Virginia's Northern Neck and took his first woodworking class in high school, which became a hobby even when he went to school at Virginia Tech and served in the Air Force. After retiring as a commercial airline pilot in 2001, Jenkins took his first Windsor chair-making class at the Windsor Institute. Since the early 2000s, he has made over 500 chairs, some of which received nation-wide attention when they appeared in the television series John Adams after hearing from Tom Hank’s art director. In 2015, Jenkins was recognized by Early American Life magazine as one of the best Windsor chair craftsmen in the nation.
Sandra McCaslin, Alex's Attic
Based in Charolttle, North Carolina, Sandra McCaslin has been designing luxurious throw blankets for 13 years. Before designing, she was a high school teacher and a media specialist. “I love the way my one of a kind throw blankets add a pop of color and a smile to any room, I think of the throws as functional art, said McCaslin.” She will be displaying her new spring collection with blues and whites, including toiles and other historical fabric designs.
Alison Shriver, Alison Shriver Designs
Alison Shriver is a silhouette artist based in Maryland. Shriver studied graphic design and photography at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Growing up in New York into a family with a love for antiques and a collection of early family silhouettes, Alison was inspired to create a unique collection of silhouettes and collages. For the past 22 years, she’s created a collection of unique collages, combining antique ledger pages, stamps, wax seals, shells, an assortment of found and collected objects, juxtaposed with silhouette paper cuttings.Alison’s artwork is exhibited and sold in prestigious shows and in stores and museum shops throughout this country as well as in Europe.
Nancy Ross, Nancy Ross Pottery
Nancy has been participating in Art on the Square for over 5 years. Growth is a theme, both in her work and in the forms themselves. She's excited about displaying new forms abstractions of buds - spring growth.
Andy specializes in watercolor painting. He has a broad range of subjects, but all his paintings are contemporary realism. He first draws and then uses washes to get the rich color. Andy has been in business for 39 years and based in Pennsylvania. This year will be his 12th time participating in Art on the Square. Andy was the recipient of 1st place in 1981 and honorable mention in 1982.
Ken Conger, Ken Conger Photography
Ken's interest in photography began as a child and built his first darkroom in high school. After studying wildlife management, he began working as a Virginia State Game Warden and stayed in conservation enforcement for over 30 years. After retiring in 2008, he went to Alaska and worked as a park ranger at Denali National Park. Ken's interest in wildlife protection carried over to his passion for wildlife photography. Ken's images have been published in well-known publications such as USA Today and BBC. All his wildlife photos of animals are taken in their natural environment. Ken has been in business for 10 years and is based in Lanexa, Virginia.
Melissa Dent, Melissa Dent Jewelry
Melissa has traveled the world to learn how people from different cultures create wearable art. Her jewelry and process is unique. She regularly uses soldering and fusing metal together with an acetylene torch. She also uses forging techniques to add texture and shape to a piece of jewelry. She uses Sterling Silver, 14kt gold, brass, copper, and mixed metals. Some of the precious faceted gemstones she uses are Diamond, Ruby, Emerald, Tanzanite and Alexanderite. The semi-precious gemstones are Topaz, Garnet, Amethyst, Citrine, and Peridot. She also does custom work. “Whatever the job, I love the challenge of making new, and remaking old jewelry.” My interest is to create wearable art that creates joy for the person purchasing my work and joy for those that view it.” Melissa has been participating in Art on the Square for 3 years and been in business for 35 years.
Paula’s background is functional pottery. “Clay forms are the signature of time, leaving traces, images, impressions of man and culture for present and future visual exploration.” She draws inspiration from her surroundings of the mountains, changing seasons and will travel by horseback through fields and forests. Clay gives her a tangible medium to translate flashes of images or fragments of sensation into vessels that are functional sculpture. “My pieces reveal the force of wind, the rhythm of falling rain, the warmth of the sun, and the fluidity of time, as I see them in nature. “Her home studio is on the Monticello Artisans Trail. Paula has been participating in Art on the Square for 4 years and business for over 38 years. She’s based in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Lynn is an award-winning artist who continues to be inspired by the beauty and the mystery she finds in the ancient canyons and turquoise-laden hills of Nevada. Over 10 years ago, she met and became friends with the claim owner of several notable Nevada turquoise mines and returns to Nevada every year to reconnect with her friends and to mine and collect the turquoise she uses in her work with the claim owners. Lynn is the recipient of the 2015 NICHE award in silver and stones, and 2017 NICHE award finalist in fine jewelry along with numerous other awards. She’s excited to showcase her Blue Moon Turquoise Bracelets that convert into necklaces and her statement rings. Lynn has been in business since 2003 and is based in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
As an international jazz musician, Richard sang at folk arts and his attention directed to the visual arts and in 1989 he founded the Philadelphia Handmade Paper Company / World Art Project. In 2009, he established “ebru richsilk designs and “Create Your Own Silk Scarf” turning his focus to silk fabric marbling. Participants create beautiful, high quality, wearable art. The program provides the demonstration and historical significance of the 15th century art of ebru / Turkish Marbling. He’ll have 52 colors to choose from at Art on the Square. Richard has been in business for over 30 years.
Annette started painting in her 40's after taking a local art class. She’ll be showcasing new floral encaustics that are melted through and lit on fire during the process. Annette has been in business for 2 years.
Carlos is a native Belizean silversmith and influenced by his Mayan surroundings. All of his unique silver jewelry is handcrafted and original. His signature pieces are made of conch shell, which are brought in by local fisherman. He also features the distinctive conch spiral, which are embedded with gemstone. Carlos has been in business for 15 years and is based in Maryland.
Tom Wachs, Tom Wachs Photography
Tom became interested with photography while serving in the U.S. Air Force. Throughout his career, photography allowed him to combine his love for travel and outdoors. In 1985 he devoted full-time photography. “Watching weather patterns, keeping track of moon phases and the rising and setting locations and astronomical events are all part of the adventure.” He has worked for or published work with National Park Service, AAA, Walt Disney Publications, The Smithsonian Institute and The Washington Post among others. He’s excited to showcase his sequence image of the August 21, 2017 Total Solar Eclipse. Tom has been in business for 35 years and is based in Washington D.C.
Jan was born on a Ohio farm surrounded by beautiful flowers and bountiful gardens. Jan's array of artwork includes still life filled with flowers, antiques and lace; each one invokes different musical moods as the floral forms conduct their own song. A Virginia resident since 1971, she studied art education at Ohio State University and it led to the medium of watercolor. Since her career began 27 years ago, Jan has established a reputation for her excellent handling of the medium with special interest taken to beautiful color development. Jan's work has been published, in watercolor painting and artist books.
Jan ford is a member of the Virginia Watercolor Society and the Potomac Valley Watercolorists; she is an associate member of the Southern Watercolor Society, The American Watercolor Society and the National Watercolor Society. As a well-known instructor, Jan taught watercolor workshops, was featured in various books, won various awards and images have been selected for art licensing.
Hawksbill Pottery produces a unique collection of handcrafted stoneware. Each piece is embossed with original designs and hand painted with lead free glaze. Unlike earthenware, stoneware has been fired to 2300 degrees fahrenheit vitrifying the clay to create a strong and durable finished product.
The Supraner's have been professional ceramic artists since 1989. After relocating to the Shenandoah Valley, they established the Hawksbill Pottery taking the name Hawksbill from the local mountain and creek where our first studio was located. They're currently based in Charlottesville, VA.
Constance has been in business for 20 years. She's excited to showcase her coastal art line of fur, fin and feather subjects at Art on the Square.
Bob works with silver and gold-plated and raw copper wire to create bonsai-sized tree sculptures that are 100% wire and represent his unique and stylized versions of Oak, Willow, Windblown, Aspen and Pine tress. Bob primarily uses repurposed slate tiles that have been layered as well as natural stones for tree bases. Bob is a Williamsburg resident and has been in business for 5 years.
After graduation from Randolph-Macon Woman's College in 1971, Elizabeth lived in Boston for four years. One night she went to a pottery class, which lead to a career change. A few years later, she moved back to Virginia to share a Crozet pottery studio with Nan Rothwell. "I make art that I want you to pick up. I want you to lift the lid of the casserole, hold the mug, feel how the pitcher balances. I want my pots to add beauty and grace to your everyday routines." Elizabeth has been in business for 43 years and is based in Toano, Virginia.
Joy is a metalsmith and her work reflects her love for the ocean. Her mermaid jewelry is handmade with precious metals with genuine gemstones. She uses Argentium sterling silver, 14k gold, mokume metal and precious and semi-precious genuine stones. Her mermaid jewelry is all original, each cut individually out of sterling silver of gold sheet with wire soldered on for hair. Joy has been in business for 30 years and lives in New Jersey.
Carrie is a self-taught artist and paints with a palette knife. She worked as a reporter at newspapers across the country for 25 years before she started painting in 2006. She took a drawing class and a beginning oil painting class. She eventually became a full-time painter. Carrie and her husband moved from New York to the Eastern Shore. "Here, life is quiet, and sweet, and cheap. The sky is big, the wind is strong, and the landscapes are broad and inviting." She loves painting landscapes, cows, people, flowers, dogs and farms.
Paul is a fine art photographer inspired by nature. "From the evolving light of an ocean sunrise, the serenity of a mountain vista, or the solitude of a quiet woodland, I find rejuvenation and a sense of connection." His goal is to create the images I "see" in my head and with my "heart", as opposed to with my "eyes" alone. He's excited to showcase a series of minimalist works created with old vintage camera lenses. Paul has been in business for 24 years.
Bill and Roberta make artisan jewelry with their own lampwork beads, fused glass, recycled bottle glass, silver and other precious metals and stones. The use of the word “mystic” reflects the magic of the creative process - forming an idea and the joy of watching the vision come to life. The avenues of self-expression possible melting glass at the torch, or in a kiln, and combining it with the malleable properties of metal, are seemingly endless. They're members of the Society of North American Goldsmiths, International Society of Glass Beadmakers (ISGB), Rehoboth Art League, Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen., The Manly's have been in business for 7 years.
Flower gardens provide an endless source of inspiration for Linda's art. She uses wool fiber to translate the world into hand felted artwork and unique home furnishings. Her farm in rural Pennsylvania has a huge wooden barn, which shelters her small herd of alpacas and incorporates their fiber in her felt. Linda extracts dye from plants to color the natural wool fiber that is her medium. She's developed a method for creating wool tiles and panels with a smooth "finished" edge all around. Her method involves both dry and wet felting techniques, all done by hand. The only specialized tool she uses is a barbed felting needle. It is used to tack the design in place prior to wet felting. The soft tactile quality of wool fiber coupled with the subtle palette achieved from natural dyeing gives her work a unique aesthetic and allows her to express my view of nature in a harmonious and organic way. Linda has been in business for 20 years and lives in Pennsylvania.
Eleanor specializes in watercolors that feature color and light in the landscape and garden. Her work focuses on Virginia, but she has traveled abroad every year for the past 25 years to paint en plein air in England, Ireland, France and Italy. She has won numerous awards and her is in many private and corporate collections including Forbes, Capital One, James River Corporation. Eleanor has been in business for over 40 years.
Tony Embrey, Manmade Textiles
Tony is a studio artist living in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Over the past few years, he’s been pursuing his interest in arts and crafts. His most recent project has been fiber, creating art-to-wear clothing. His wearables are all designed and handwoven by him. He’s excited to showcase his new “hug” cowls using a woven Shibori technique, a Japanese dyeing technique that typically involves folding, twisting or bunching cloth and binding it, then dyeing it in indigo.
Lisa Zolandz, Lisa Zolandz Pottery
Lisa combines her passion for science and art with crystalline glaze. Her work starts on the potters wheel and is primarily made of porcelain. The crystals grow in the glaze while the piece is heated in the kiln. “It seems like magic but it is science, says Zolandz.” Careful manipulation of the glaze formula and firing temperatures allow her to create different colors and patterns to the crystal growth. She’ll have decorative vases and functional pieces like mugs with her black and gold glaze.
Louisa Powell, Carbon Rendered
Washington D.C. based artist, Louisa spends her time creating charcoal drawings and abstract installation work. “From the navigation loops of the internet, to the neural networks of our brains, all that exists can be explored in terms of the physical relationship of parts to greater wholes, says Powell.” She is intrigued by how extreme lights and darks put on paper depict something we recognize. She explores the visual cues, which cause us to distinguish between abstraction and representation. On her website she has drawings of D.C. architecture, national parks and musicians.
Diana Papazian, Diana Papazian Jewelry
Originally from Armenia, Diana now lives in Arlington, Virginia combining her love of painting and sculpting to create wearable art from mixed metals and gemstones. Her pieces range from modern, minimalist pieces to classic pearls with a twist. Her husband creates pieces featuring torch-fired copper, which is then sealed to preserve it. Her jewelry is on display at Covet in Arlington and at the Byrne Gallery in Middleburg, VA. As an alumni of W&M, she’s excited to return to the area.
Cindy Snow, CinTinque
Husband and wife, James Young and Cindy Snow create unique jewelry using authentic, antique metal pieces and links, handmade enameled copper, upcycled findings, vintage watch pieces, resin and fused glass items, as well as natural stone and crystal beads. They have fun with pieces like coins and beer caps to create fun jewelry. They’ve also recently started making leather purses.
Cindy Liebel, Cindy Liebel Jewelry
Cindy is a metalsmith and creator of Cindy Liebel Jewelry. She studied photography and fine arts in college and started making jewelry in 2007 and established Cindy Liebel Jewelry in 2014. Her jewelry is designed and hand-fabricated using recycled sterling silver, in her backyard home studio. Her collections offer various finishes to include 14K gold-filled and bronze metal elements. “There is nothing more exciting than manipulating metal into something so intriguing and delicately simple.” Her jewelry can be found in galleries and boutiques across the US, Canada, Europe and Asia, as well as online.
Laura DeNardo, Laura DeNardo Photography
Laura is a fine art black and white photographer located in Baltimore City, Maryland. A native of Pennsylvania, she studied at Slippery Rock University as well as Pittsburg Institute of Art among other photography and media workshops. She uses traditional films papers and hand develops photographs in a wet darkroom making each photograph a unique piece of art. “In an instant, through the lends of my camera and a fragment of exposure, I’m able to make real and visible in what some may only sense or even dismiss, says DeNardo.” Her work is nationally and internationally known and showcased in several collections across the country including Northrop Grumman Corporation, Crate & Barrel and Ethan Allen. She recently visited Cuba and will be showcasing photographs from her trip at Art on the Square.
Kate Loomis, Kate Loomis
Kate is a metal clay artisan based in Virginia. After pursuing a career in engineering, she began taking classes at the Visual Arts Center in Richmond and found her passion working with metal clay. All her work is produced using metal clay, composed of 90% powdered metal and 10% organic binder. She shapes, molds and carves the clay as a sculptor and during firing the binder burns off and the metal and metal particles fuse together.
Her inspiration comes from her travels and elements of land and sea. She carries a two-part silicone molding kit that allows her to take impressions of rocks, leaves, and shells. Kate has been in business for 3 years and is originally from Richmond, Virginia.
Jennifer Brower, MoonflowerJewelry
Jennifer named her business after the moonflower plant, which only opens at night. She planted it in her garden and says the scent and beauty inspire her. “Creating jewelry is truly a creative process beginning with a spool of silver and ending with a polished piece of jewelry.” I utilize wire working, metalsmithing, and chainmaille techniques for my pieces.”
She uses traditional and argentium sterling silver, sterling silver or fine silver. Argentium is a sterling silver that consists of at least 92.5 percent pure silver. Unlike traditional Sterling Silver, which has 7.5 percent copper, argentium has a small amount of Germanium added. This Germanium is what gives argentium it’s highly tarnish resistant qualities.
Her jewelry is created with hand-woven gold and sterling silver in designs that merge both the traditional and contemporary for a unique one-of-a-kind look. I am thrilled to highlight my new Moonflower and Vine collection, which consists of several neck pieces and coordinating earrings. Jennifer has been in business for 12 years and is based in Kimberton, Pennsylvania.
Lisa DuFiore, Lisa DuFiore
Lisa studied studio art at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania and began her career as a professional airbrush artist. Last year she joined d’Art Center as a new resident artist. She will be expanding her works in printmaking and charcoal drawing as well as experimenting with new mediums. Her inspiration comes from fictional literature, music and films.
“I love creating art that people can relate to, said DuFiore.” My goal is to get the viewer to be able to get lost in the narrative and be able to make their own story from my artwork.” Her lithographs are her favorite pieces, so I’m excited to have all of them in the show. Lisa has been in business for 3 years and is based in Norfolk, Virginia.
Jennifer Lehr, LehrWare Crafts
Jennifer is an artist working with clay and canvas. Her floorcloths are hand painted and designed one at a time. Floorcloths are used just like a modern throw rug, durable and easy to clean. Prior to Linoleum, they were made from the spent sails of old time sailing vessels. She will have a few nautical themed pieces at the show. Jennifer has been in business for 7 years and is based in Pennsylvania.
Mary is a sewer and uses yarn from a mill in South Carolina and the yarn was dyed in North Carolina. Her pieces are all unique and soft and silky. Mary has been in business for 15 years.
Kelly Johnson, Kelly Johnson
Kelly is a self -taught artist and studied at University of Louisville’s Allen Hite Institute. Her art is rooted in growth, depicting everyday life. It speaks of what has been lost and hasn’t yet been found, paying homage to that journey. Giving a voice to each story through colors, tones and texture. Her art reflects everyday life, nature and people. Whether the subject is life or the people who live it, there is a story to be told. She interpret the experiences that influence those stories and reveal the beauty and strength while paying homage to the journey. Kelly has been in business for 2 years and based in Richmond, Virginia.
Jewel Tumas, Delectable Hills Farm
Jewel has been a traditional hand weaver for over 25 years. She has heritage in Scotland and her ancestors were also involved with fiber crafts. Jewel uses local materials and raises some of her own materials such as wool, flax and willow. All of her products are created on her handlooms using natural fibers of cotton, linen or wool. She weaves hand-woven rag rugs, sofa throws, pillows, towels and table linens such as runners and placemats.In addition to hand-woven products, Delectable Hills Farm also sells handmade goat milk soap from rich goat’s milk using natural and essential oils.
Jane is a painter and has been in business for 25 years. Her art is a source of comfort and gives me a sense of belonging in the world. It’s also exciting to work with the transparency of watercolors and try to make an idea come to life. She’s excited to showcase all her jellyfish.
David Blanchard, David Blanchard
David studied painting and printmaking at Virginia Commonwealth University. The subject matter of his paintings is his flock. Sheep are his current muse because of their proximity and universal imagery. “They are amusing, peaceful, needy, wandering – so relatable, says Blanchard.” David has been in business for 15 years and lives in Highland County.
Debra is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology and the University of Delaware. She began designing jewelry 20 years ago when she began collecting gemstones from around the globe while traveling and working within the textile industry. Her company name of "Bello Tesoro" meaning beautiful treasures in Italian, perfectly fits her jewelry's old world style and feminine details. Her work is sold at fine craft shows and trunk shows across the United States. Debra has been in business for 25 years and is excited to showcase her vintage inspired filigree style gemstone rings.