Photographer Kathy Hornsby has recently delved into infrared photography, and WCAC is the beneficiary of her new vision. As she says, “The element of surprise draws me to the images made from infrared light. As humans, we don’t see the near infrared electromagnetic spectrum of light, but certain camera and lenses do. Using two digital cameras that I’ve had converted to “see” infrared light, the images I make are of absorbed light as opposed to reflected light that we typically see. I like the skin’s softness, the shadows details, and the powerful clouds that are revealed. Infrared challenges me to ‘see’ in a new and alternative way.”
Virginia artist Jan Southard divides her artistic attentions among several art forms, including painting, sculpture using various media, and illustration. Most recently Jan has studied hand-building porcelain sculpture, concentrating on small non-traditional figures and jewelry pieces. She has worked on illustrations for several books two of which have been published: “Ookie!” a children’s book written by Emily Stoll and collaborated with Valerie Johnson, illustrating Val’s e-book “Otters in the Attic.” Jan regularly shows her pastels and watercolors at the Nansemond Suffolk Academy Art Show and Sale in Suffolk, VA and has her work displayed in several area gift shops including Jester’s in Suffolk, Auntie M’s American Cottage in Yorktown, and Plum Crazy in Suffolk.
Felting is Valerie Johnson’s focus because it allows her to immerse herself in a medium that encompasses sculpture, painting, art, craft, costuming, and whimsy. She likes the challenge of working in different mediums and incorporating new ideas and concepts into her art. Valerie may begin a felted project that starts as a “painting”, evolves into a sculpture, and in the end is realized as a piece of costuming. She feels that these kinds of zigs and zags require a pretty good sense of humor, which leads to the whimsy often seen in her work. Valerie earned a B.S. degree in Landscape Architecture from Purdue University. She was a resident artist for two years at the Smithfield Cultural Art center, and has participated at various art shows in the tidewater area, and her work can be seen in shops in Yorktown, Suffolk, Smithfield, and online. Currently she is a juried Virginia Artisan with the Artisan Center of Virginia.
A special thanks to our Gold Sponsor: Chesapeake Bank.
Continuing with our overarching theme of revisiting traditional subject matters in 2016, our “Fall Colors” exhibit will feature WCAC member artists pushing their palettes in a fall-ward direction. The media will be multiple; the works engaging and diverse.
For Art’s Sake: We have traditionally held our fall fundraising events during the month of September. Due to Williamsburg’s busy Fall Arts Season, however, we are moving ours to November 6 in hopes of avoiding conflicts with other organizations’ events. We’re pretty excited about our plans and will be sending out the formal announcement with all of the details shortly. In the meantime, please hold the date open! We are moving away from the ArtSpeaks theme and format this year. Instead, we are planning a great party that will include a full sit down dinner, open wine and beer bars, lively danceable music, and art activities for your fun and pleasure. We’ll also feature a live auction with items like vacation stays, jewelry, special dinners, and other enticing things. We’re going back to Fords Colony Swim and Tennis Club because it’s big enough to hold everything we want to share with you that evening. More details will follow as we get closer to the time!
curating a creative community
We celebrate diversity, expression and honor all forms of creativity. We serve the community through educational and enrichment programs, our exhibitions and outreach. You’re invited to be entertained, challenged or just unwind with a visit, class or volunteer opportunity.