Saturday, May 20, 2017

Meditation Workshop with Monica Rao


Monica led participants in a powerful guided meditation and energy healing session. Participants learned how to bring their awareness into the present moment by tuning into their bodies.



Ultimately, Monica aimed to help our attendees alleviate themselves of stress, anxiety and illness, so they could find their inner gifts and bliss.

We were honored to host this event and heard quite a bit of positive feedback from our attendees. Stay in touch with us to learn more about future workshops with Monica.







Monica Rao, MSA has been a meditator for more than twenty years. Originally trained in Mumbai India, Monica has a private practice in which she works as a meditation coach/life coach and an intuitive energy healer. 

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Art Talk: Cri Kars-Marshall

Mycelium: Mushroom's Gift to Artists

Sunday, May 7, 2017



Cri Kars-Marshall shared her excitement about an uncommon medium for some of her recent art—a primordial substance with novel uses. Mycelium, the underground network of thread-like fungal cells of mushrooms, is lately attracting attention not just of scientists and engineers impressed with its flexible practical uses. Mycelium is also of growing interest to a range of American and European artists working in sculpture, photography, textiles, leather, architecture, wood, interior design, and even abstract painting.

Samples from recent experiments with mycelium

Because I've stumbled across something new, the potential uses of mycelium. I'm convinced it's something we'll hear more about in the coming decades. Some people call it the plastic of the future. And I think all of us, especially artists, may want to know about this. For some time now I've been interested in hunting for wild mushrooms. We've just had morel mushroom season, and it was a great year for finding lots of them. When in August last I saw in my neighbors yard, a huge growth of oyster mushrooms I got excited. I asked if I could take some pictures and take a small piece home. This started a wonderful afternoon of taking pictures with my Iphone; I first held them up to the sun, and then took them inside, and setup a lamp in my studio to take more images. At the end of the day I realized that the mushrooms wouldn't last for very long in my studio, and I cooked them up for dinner; but I also decided to learn more about how to grow them, so I wouldn't have to wait for another season to make more photos. I didn't realize that this decision would include a whole new discovery about using mushroom mycelium as an art medium.
Guests handling samples and asking questions about Cri's process


Take a look at this video to hear Cri's full talk.  

Friday, May 5, 2017

C O N T E M P O: Reception Recap

Despite the rain last night, our reception was a lively one! We welcomed a handful of featured artists, their friends and family, plus our loyal supporters. We appreciate each and every one of you for making the effort to see this fantastic show. 

C O N T E M P O features over 20 artists with abstract works in an array of surface textures, colors, mediums, and different sizes! The work is a fresh introduction to Spring and showcases new talent that will stop you in your tracks. 

There is something special about abstract art in that it speaks to each individual in a different way, telling a story that may not be explainable. Abstract art uses a visual language of shape, form, color and line to create a composition which may exist with a degree of independence from visual references in the world.

Julie Burleigh
Cefalu`
Oil & Cold Wax24 x 30 inches
$800
Charles SthreshleyLotexSteel, glass40 x 30 x 21 inchesCALL FOR PRICE
Bob Worthy
Summer Crop
Oil and Cold Wax on Panel
8 x 10 inches
$175
Cri Kars-Marshall
Underwater Jumble
Bisqued Stoneware & Marble-Dust Cement
13 x 11 x 14 inches
$620
Laura Goetz
Thistle
Acrylic Multimedia
16 x 20 inches
$575
Monica Rao
Royal Falls
Acrylic on Canvas
36 x 24 inches
$1,000
Patte Ormsby
Filter; Polygon
Spray Enamel, Composition Gold Leaf, Patina
40 x 40 inches
$5,400 



If you haven't had a chance to see this beautiful work, please feel free to stop by and see us! Or check out the full body of work HERE.

Participating Artists
Meredith Bond, Julie Burleigh, Jessica Cannon, Karen Ching, Laura Goetz, Kathleen Hall, Sarah Hurst, Sue Jachimiec, Cri Kars-Marshall, Emma Knight, Carol Meese, Lisa Neher, Patte Ormsby, Janie Pinney, Estelle Porter, Nol, Putnam, Monica Rao, Lynda Ray, Karthika Solai, Charles Sthreshley, Ronald J. Walton, Deborah Weiss, Laura E. Williams, Kathleen Willingham, and Bob Worthy

Friday, April 7, 2017



Opening Reception, April 6th- C O N T E M P O

What a wonderful evening we had showcasing the extraordinary artwork of over 20 local and regional artists, many of whom showed there work at Gallery Flux for the first time!





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. People enjoyed a variety of abstract art in different surface textures, colors, mediums, and sizes. The work was colorful, exciting, intriguing, emotional, and unique! 

Make sure you join us for our next opening reception in May featuring an artist talk!

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

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. CONTEMPO will be on display until the end of MAY 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

Saturday, March 25, 2017

See 'Colors of Home' before it's too late!


There is just a few days left to view... 

Colors of Home 


Come see our beautiful exhibit, Colors of Home, before it's too late! The exhibit features the works of local artists Dan Michael, David Camden, and Amy H.R. Donahue and will be on exhibit until March 31st.  The peaceful pastels of Dan Michael, Lively oil paintings of Amy Donahue, and and captivating ceramics of David Camden make perfect addition to any home or office. 




Get lost in the soothing sunsets and rushing waters of Dan Michael's nature scenes. These exquisite pastels are accented by one-of-a-kind handmade wooden frames and protected underneath museum quality glass.



David Camden's vases, bowls, and containers make stunning centerpieces and fabulous gifts. Add color and texture to any room with his crackled Raku pieces and illuminate your home with his original copper lamps.
Copper Lamp
 Textured and Crackled Copper | 16 x 8.5 in  

   Amy Donahue 
Explore the vibrant colors and familiar settings of Amy Donahue's breathtaking oil paintings. Capture the attention of friends and family by hanging her showstopping pieces in your home or make their day by giving them the gift of Amy's original art!

Don't have time to visit Gallery Flux before the show ends?
Browse and buy online at galleryflux.com!

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! 

Participating Artists


Meredith Bond, Julie Burleigh, Jessica Cannon, Karen Ching, Laura Goetz, Kathleen Hall, Sarah Hurst, Sue Jachimiec, Cri Kars-Marshall, Emma Knight, Carol Meese, Lisa Neher, Patte Ormsby, Janie Pinney, Estelle Porter, Monica Rao, Lynda Ray, Karthika Solai, Charles Sthreshley, Ronald J. Walton, Deborah Weiss, Laura E. Williams, Kathleen Willingham, and Bob Worthy


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!