Saturday, March 18, 2017

C O N T E M P O | a modern take on contemporary art


Gallery Flux cordially invites you to attend the Opening Reception for C O N T E M P O! 
Featuring NEW artwork by over 20 artists--don't miss the chance to come out and enjoy a variety of abstract art in different surface textures, colors, mediums, and sizes! We are excited to introduce new local and regional artists, many of whom are showing in Gallery Flux for the first time. The work is colorful, exciting, intriguing, emotional, unique and we can't wait to share it with you! 

At Gallery Flux, we say that giving the gift of fine art is the perfect way to fill a space with love and beauty, while adding a personal touch. Darren Starr, an influential American producer, director and writer for film and television (Sex and the City, anyone?) said, "I love the idea of modern art in a home that isn't totally modern. There's a certain energy that comes out of that juxtaposition." 
With C O N T E M P O, we offer an original selection of artwork to inspire you and, as always, are available to assist as you consider adding new work to your collection. 


Just a sampling of the artwork for  C O N T E M P O!

Many of you know our Opening Receptions are a blast, but if you haven't had the pleasure of attending, please mark your calendars for Thursday, April 6th from 5:30-8 p.m. As always, the night will feature incredible music, a superb appetizer spread, an open bar and the company of our phenomenal artists. Don't miss this extraordinary night! 

Opening Reception | Thursday, April 6th, 5:30-8 p.m.
Reception | Thursday, May 4th, 5:30-8 p.m.
Artist Talk featuring Cri Kars-Marshall | Sunday, May 7th, 1-2:30 p.m.

On exhibit April 6th - May 26th


Thursday, March 9, 2017











 

Opening Reception, March 2nd, Gallery Artist Show


What a wonderful evening we had showcasing the extraordinary artwork of our Gallery featured artists, such as Lisa Neher, Patte Ormsby, Linda Hollett-Bazouzi, Kathleen Walsh, Elizabeth Kinahan, Cri Kars-Marshall, and many more! 

We always have a great time at our opening receptions and this one was no exception! The gallery was filled to the brim with many familiar faces and it was a treat to welcome some new friends to our Gallery Flux family. Our guests enjoyed viewing the new artwork and meeting the artists in person. We were thrilled that so many found a special piece to add to their home. The highlight of the evening was the interactive artist talks, excerpts of each are below. It was inspiring to hear how passionate Nol felt about nature and how Linda took a simple concept, such as the sun setting and rising, and turned it into a magnificent series. 




The work you see here at Gallery Flux is based on a series of paintings I did as a 30 paintings-in-30-days challenge.  I wanted to work small, I wanted to work with on paper. I wanted to master that particular surface because it has some challenges, especially using a palette knife. This idea grew into working with the moon in the sky. I then decided to challenge myself by limiting my palette to really just different kinds of black and to see how much light and dark I could get from those blacks.  THIS idea I was inspired by the moon paintings that Childe Hassam and Edward Banister painted.  One used a medium value turquoise and gave us the feeling of midnight, of deep night; the other gave us the exact same feeling but used dark, brownish-greys. Both were seascapes. I wanted to see if I could push myself in that direction as well. I will continue on that journey: nocturnes.

--Linda Hollett-Bazouzi

Gallery Flux - March 2, 2017


Thank you all for coming this evening; and I hope you survived the big blow relatively
unscathed. There was damage all along the Blue Ridge from Virginia to up-state South Carolina.
March winds will blow, but Mother Nature, Mom, seems to be sending us some wake-up calls.
We live in perilous times, difficult times, there is fear abroad in our land. Deportations;
harassments; vandalism; some trying to use the majesty of the law; some just cowardly, using the
dark of night. These are not alternate facts. These are real events taking place in real time. Dark
forces unleashed, given permission with a wink, wink and a nod, nod. They are not the country I
know, not the country I have grown up in, not the country I have spent my life working in.
I am half a Massachusetts Yankee and half a Norfolk Virginian with important French
overtones, my ancestry reaching back in both places to the 18th century. After graduating from
college with a degree in Modern European History, I became a teacher. I have been a teacher ever
since simply trading places where and how I taught. I was raised by artists, surrounded by art. It
was not a calling I could escape. So here I am. And here I am watching everything I have stood for
being torn down, belittled, denigrated, steam rolled over, humanity ignored by the current
administration. I expect openness, fairness, honesty, learning, equality, respect and support for
another who may be different.
What is an artist to do? I write and speak, I lead from my heart, and I try to make art.
Several weeks ago, I was invited to a Mosque. We shared our feelings and broke bread together.
They have a school, we are trying to find a date where the children may come to my studio to learn
and try and play. To reach across religions and cultures and to break bread. Do we not all want the
same things for our selves and our children? Clean air and water, nutritious food, a decent and
equitably paid job, fair housing, and friends….?
I teach reaching for our imaginations; I teach allowing our souls to soar; I teach creating
something out of an idea. If the stream is too broad to jump, I create a bridge in the middle. If the
move is too scary, I hold the learner guiltlessly in my arms. I reach for the person within. I lead
with my heart. I create a space where it is safe to fail. Along the way that involves drawing, then
thinking about the drawing, to be critical of the idea, to explore its creation. The area of endeavor
does not matter. Is that not the basis for all learning?
I am a blacksmith. I use the four sacred elements of earth, fire, wind and water to create
sculpture in ways that define a space within space. I believe in the need for solitude to allow time
for imagination and intuition to come forth. I decry the plethora of devices that separate us from
ourselves. Who are we? If we will not listen to ourselves in silence, we become the last voice we
heard. I listen to my dreams … the only way to enter my psyche. Many of my sculptures arrive
through dreams. I have learned to trust the process.
So… I have been a teacher for 58 years. I have been a smith for 45 years. I have gone from
house jewelry, craft shows, to architectural ironwork, and now to forged iron sculpture. I currently
serve as the smith for the National Cathedral. If you look closely at my work, you will find my
heart and soul within…..

-Nol Putnam


If you didn't make it out to the reception, please feel free to stop by the gallery when you are free to view this amazing new collection of work. Gallery Artist Show  will be on display until the end of March and we would love to see you and give you a personal tour. Another simple way to view the new show is by checking it out on our website. 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS for our new exhibit, C O N T E M P O opening April 6th. 

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Artist Spotlight 

David Camden 



After receiving his degree in ceramics from Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont in 1978, David Camden opened Camden Clayworks in Ashland, Virginia. In addition to apprenticing many students in his studio over the years, he has also taught pottery in the Richmond area, primarily at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond and has been involved in the many Artist in Residence programs at the local schools. He has been included in as many as fifty shows in the Virginia area and his works is in numerous private collections.






"Be the change you want to see in the world..." Mahatma Ghandi

My pieces are a representation of free form and organic contours. I work to create functional vessels as well as statement pieces. I use recycled mater
ials and environmentally friendly glazes. Much of what I create is influenced by my family and over 40 years of teaching. I've been teaching since 1978 in Richmond, VA for the Hand Work Shop, now referred to as the Visual Arts Center. I've shown my artwork for the last 30 years in New York, Chicago, and all over the country. I have sold wholesale, retail and given numerous workshops around the state of Virginia. I've won several best in show awards, including 2013's Occasion for the Arts. 

The concrete, repetitive nature of Raku, frees my imagination and provides many opportunities for happy accidents. While Stoneware and Porcelain pieces require more attention and discipline. More often than not many of my pieces are unintentional and I let the art speak to its viewers. Art can not be explained, nor can the emotions evoked by certain pieces. I encourage my students on a regular basis just to feel and create. Feel and create. Art for me comes from within and therefore stands out in my pieces. My pieces can be wild and my work can be representational, but generally my art is unknown. I want my art to be for the public. What they see is exactly what they are suppose to see.


Crazy about Camden's Ceramics? Check out more of his work at galleryflux.com

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Artist Spotlight 

Dan Michael 


Born in Virginia, and raised in Michigan, Dan Michael received his B.F.A. in Graphic Design in a joint program from Aquinas College and Kendall School of Design. After working as a graphic designer and illustrator for advertising agencies, Dan began painting full-time in 2008. Dan prefers pastel as a medium because of its directness. Pastels are simply pure pigment, the same pigments used in watercolor and oil paint, with just enough binder added to form it into a stick.




His goal is to create paintings filled with light, atmosphere and a variety of textures. Because of the inherent ability of pastel to reflect light, and its versatility of application and manipulation, Dan believes reaching his goal is far more attainable. This use of directness is shown throughout his latest works, which can be viewed on our most recent exhibition Colors of Home







One of Dan's pieces, Distractions, featured on exhibit January 5th-March 2017













Can't get enough of Dan's art? Browse on our website at Galleryflux.com! 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Artist Spotlight

Amy Donahue 




Amy studied at Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts, receiving her BA in Communication Arts. She now lives in Midlothian with her husband, Mark and family. She paints full-time both on location and in her home studio. While subject matter can vary, she is drawn to paint the light as it interacts with nature. Her artwork often includes a hint of man-made structures settled among the natural world – a house, a figure, even a pathway. This combination between man and natural world are shown throughout her latest works, which can be viewed on our most recent exhibition, Colors of Home. Amy’s paintings attempt to depict both man and land as equally subject to the effects of the sun’s light and earth’s atmosphere.




"Everywhere I travel scenes beg to be painted. Light and vivid color captivate me. Of course God creates the most vibrant and dynamic colors and patterns-even so, I enjoy paying homage to His designs by rendering 2D versions of what I see. I love to paint the details of what I see: the contrasts in the lights and darks and the vibrancy of the world."
- Amy Donahue 








One of Amy's pieces, Yellow Medley, featured on exhibit January 5th-March 2017.














Can't get enough of Amy's art? Browse on our website at Galleryflux.com! 

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Opening Reception, January 6th: Colors of Home


What a wonderful evening we had showcasing the extraordinary artwork of our three featured artists: Amy HR Donahue, Dan Michael and David Camden. We always have a great time at our opening receptions and this one was no exception! The gallery was filled to the brim with many familiar faces and it was a treat to welcome some new friends to our Gallery Flux family. Our guests enjoyed viewing the new artwork and meeting the artists in person. We were thrilled that so many found a special piece to add to their home.

The highlight of the evening was the interactive artist talks. Listening to each artist speak about their work, their process and what inspires them was a great way for our guests to get to know the story behind the pieces and learn more about Amy, Dan and David. It was fun to hear the artists describe how they captured a familiar local scene or landmark--in Amy and Dan's cases--and learning about the firing process and different glazes from David was enlightening. 


If you didn't make it out to the reception, please feel free to stop by the gallery when you are free to view this amazing new collection of work. Colors of Home will be on display until the end of February and we would love to see you and give you a personal tour. Another simple way to view the new show is by checking it out on our website here.


Tuesday - Friday 11am - 5 pm | Saturday 11am - 4 pm | Sunday noon - 4pm
*we are closed on Mondays

Thursday, December 15, 2016


 OPENING JANUARY 5th RECEPTION 


Kick start the holidays with our new Opening Reception, COLORS of HOME,  featuring NEW WORKS by artists Amy H R Donahue, Dan Michael, and David Camden from 5:30-8pm at Gallery Flux! 



My pieces are a representation of free from and organic contours. I work to create functional vessels as well as standard pieces. ~ David Cameron


If I am in the right spot at the right time, for a brief period of time, the ordinary can become extraordinary. It becomes illuminated, and that's what I strive to capture in my paintings. ~Dan Michael

Yet I am constantly compelled to study the patterns of light and color by capturing them on canvas and, in some small way, pay homage to their Creator ~Amy Donahue 



Throughout the year, the artists have used plein air sketches of local Ashland, Richmond and Hanover homes, streets and fields and paths through the woods to create the paintings for the show.  





Saturday, December 10, 2016

5th Annual Miniature Show Opening Reception 


Thursday December 1st marked the opening night of Gallery Flux's 5th Annual Miniature Show featuring over 35 artists with artwork sized 8x8 or smaller and under $400. It was a wonderful evening with a fabulous crowd! 
We had a blast showcasing so many talented individuals and learning more about their artistic process. With over 35 artists and a wide range of mediums, there is something for everyone! These "mini" pieces make wonderful gifts and are a great addition to your existing collection. Please be sure to come down to Gallery Flux before December 31st to see this exciting and innovative new show or check out the work from the comfort of your own home via our website

FEATURED ARTISTS:



Joseph Burrough, David Camden, Amy H R Donahue, Alice Anne Ellis, Louise Ellis, Jenna Guthrie, Elaine Hahn, Kim Hall, Linda Hollett-Bazouzi, Sue Jachimiec, Kelly Johnston, Stephanie Joyce, Elizabeth Kinahan, Emma Knight, Brett LaGue, Dan Michael, Jeanne Minnix, Suzanne G. Morris, Meredith Spencer Mullins, Bonnie Nelms, Mary Pedini, Christopher S. Phillips, Estelle Porter, Lorelle Rau, Lynda Ray, Maria Reardon, Helene Roberts, Mary Shira, Renee W. Stramel, Mel Titus, Kathleen Walsh, Kathleen Willingham, Deborah Weiss, Dennis Winston, Kenneth Winter, & Jennifer Young.


Friday, November 25, 2016

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND, IT'S THE 

5TH ANNUAL MINIATURE SHOW! 


Give the special gift of art to your friends and family or add to your personal collection. This year, "the Mini Show" features 35+ artists who created original works and exquisite handmade pottery and jewelry. This your chance to collect artwork from your favorite local artist and check work from first-time Gallery Flux contributors. 

We would love to see you at our Opening Reception! Please mark your calendars for December 1st and join us from 5:30-8 PM as we kick-off the "Mini" show and celebrate the holiday season! The show will run through the end of December, but don't miss your chance to get first dibs on your favorite artwork! 

Featured Artists:

Joseph Burrough, David Camden, Amy H R Donahue, Alice Anne Ellis, Louise Ellis, Jenna Guthrie, Elaine Hahn, Kim Hall, Linda Hollett-Bazouzi, Sue Jachimiec, Kelly Johnston, Stephanie Joyce, Elizabeth Kinahan, Emma Knight, Brett LaGue, Dan Michael, Jeanne Minnix, Suzanne G. Morris, Meredith Spencer Mullins, Bonnie Nelms, Mary Pedini, Christopher S. Phillips, Estelle Porter, Lorelle Rau, Lynda Ray, Maria Reardon, Helene Roberts, Mary Shira, Renee W. Stramel, Mel Titus, Kathleen Walsh, Kathleen Willingham, Deborah Weiss, Dennis Winston, Kenneth Winter, & Jennifer Young

"Christmas is the spirit of giving without a though of getting. It is happiness because we see joy in people. It is forgetting self and finding time for others. It is discarding the meaningless and stressing the true values." 
Thomas S. Monson









Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Artist Spotlight 

Susan Newbold 

Susan Newbold's painting and prints are her response to nature as a metaphor for life's Organic flow. Through a vocabulary both representational and abstract, she illustrates the vibrant path of valleys, oceans, fields, and rocks. Mark making celebrates the repetition of life process, while line and color invite the view into its variety. In combing monoprints with drawing, painting and other mixed media, she signals the infinite design of the natural landscape. Her intentions to render the joy of creation through the spirit of these elements. 

The Artist received a BA in studio Art from Principia College and a MFA in Visual Art from Vermont College. Her final project, an artist book, was acquired by the Chicago Institute of Art. She is also a graduate of the Post Bac Program of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA. She has been awarded four fellowships to work in France by the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the MD Institute of Art. Additional residencies have been at the New Pacific Studios in New Zealand and the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay, ME. 



"The Flow of life wit its many complex passages is my concern. Obstacles, openings, beginnings, endings, detours, and rapids are some of the aspects of the movement which I strive to depict. My vocabulary to express this life journey is mark making with ink, graphite, paint, printmaking and collage. This process causes me to be both obsessive and free/gestural (not unlike to practice of yoga) and the final results always cathartic."
-Susan Newbold 
Can't get enough of Susan's art? Browse in bed at Galleryflux.com!