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      Elizabeth Howard



      Opening Reception for May Shows, Friday, May 3, 5:30-8 p.m.


      April 30 – June 2
      Bob Anderson and Scott F. Smith

      An exhibition of drawings and photographs made by two artists who share a reverence for the sublime beauty and majesty of trees.

      Scott F. Smith
      Artist Statement:

      Photography is my passion; it is the way that I embrace my world and it has been for more than fifty years.  I never tire of using photography to study light. In addition, the possibility of transforming the literal world into a suggestion of something more is an aspect of this medium that continuously feeds my sense of wonder and delight.

      Much of my work has been studio-based constructed imagery but I also frequently venture out into the natural world to find my subjects — and inspiration.  Spending time in nature allows me to engage with the ephemerality of light, and it opens my eyes to new patterns and textures.

      A particular interest has been an abiding fascination with trees. I have been photographing them for years and never cease to be amazed by their infinite variety and sublime beauty. The photographs in this exhibition are drawn from a lifelong journey of engaging — with profound gratitude— the majesty of trees.

      Artist Talk with Bob Anderson and Scott F. Smith
      Saturday, May 4
      2 – 3:00 pm

      Please join Bob Anderson and Scott Smith for a talk about their exhibit, Treelines.

      Bob Anderson, Tule Tree, pen and ink
      Top Row – Left to right: 
      Everest Koester, Me and My Scraps, Graphite, collage and mixed media


      April 30 – June 2
      Joe Sheridan
      A Chair for All Reasons

      In the artist’s words:
      As an artist, I am captivated by the ability of visual language to convey intricate emotions and ideas without the use of words. My current body of work reflects this fascination, as I explore the complexities of this language through the layering of various artistic marks, lines, textures, texts, and repeated imagery.

      At the heart of my work lies the use of chairs and other utilitarian objects as symbols. These objects, while seemingly mundane, carry with them a wealth of cultural, societal, and personal significance. Through their repetition, I seek to create a sense of rhythm and pattern, inviting viewers to consider the deeper meanings and associations that these objects hold.

      Ultimately, my goal as an artist is to create works that are both visually compelling and intellectually stimulating, inviting viewers to engage with the world in new and unexpected ways. By exploring the intricacies of visual language and the power of objects as symbols, I hope to encourage a deeper understanding of the human experience and the myriad ways in which we communicate our thoughts, feelings, and ideas.

      Joe Sheridan, Such Things or Not, pencil and charcoal


      April 30 – June 2
      All High School Show

      A group exhibition featuring artwork from students in Charlottesville area High Schools.

      Participating schools: Albemarle High School AHS, Charlottesville High School CHS, Monticello High School MHS, Renaissance School RS, St. Anne’s-Belfield STAB Tandem Friends School TFS, and Western Albemarle High School WAHS.

      Top Row – left to right:
      Everest Koester, Me and My Scraps, Graphite, collage and mixed media, detail
      David Beling, Hand with Bird, mixed media, detail
      Bottom Row – left to right:
      Aspen Kofler, When Life Gives You Lemons, , acrylic, detail
      Alexa Pratt, Vase, ceramic
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