Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Artist Spotlight: Dan Bartges

A full-time artist since 1996, Dan Bartges paints primarily in oils. He has been featured in national and regional exhibitions. His landscapes, still lifes and portraits have been acquired by a number of private and corporate collections including; Marriott, Federal Reserve Bank, Markel, ClubCorp, Owens & Minor, Lockheed Martin, Performance Food Group, Media General and Capital One. He has lectured on art and color at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and other venues. Bartges holds degrees from Hampden-Sydney College (VA) and the University of Richmond (VA) and has studied under several prominent artists, at the Modlin School of Art (U. of Richmond) and the Studio School of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. A native of Florida, he and his family reside in Virginia. When not painting, he enjoys tennis, squash and bicycling.

Dan  Bartges - Early Morning on Yowell Rd.
Early Morning on Yowell Rd. | Oil on Canvas
11 x 14 inches | $545
Dan  Bartges - Island Soccer
Island Soccer | Watercolor
22 x 30 inches | $1975

Dan  Bartges - View of Richmond from Rockets Landing
View of Richmond from Rockets Landing| Oil on Canvas
11  x 14 inches | $550

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Artist Spotlight: Kathleen Walsh

Artist Spotlight 

Kathleen Walsh

Kathleen Walsh lives and paints the mid Atlantic. Plein air is her passion, oil her medium. On the off season she works in large abstracted mixed media, focusing on landscape and central Africa, just to keep it interesting. What can be gleaned in the work of an artist, specifically the art of Kathleen Walsh? What can one find in her renditions of American farmlands, riverbanks, morning mists? Of African coastlines, deserts and grasslands that make her work uniquely hers? A sense of home, perhaps. Of her art, she paraphrases Joseph Conrad, “My work is not to edify or console, to improve or encourage, but simply to get down on canvas some sense of the wonder of life, of its unfathomable romance and mystery. I paint that you might see, a little, of what I see.”

 Walsh’s journey into art came later in life. Raised the oldest of 9 children in rural New England, earning one’s keep was serious business. Like most of her sisters she studied nursing, returning to university mid 80’s to study psychotherapy. Her first insight into serious art came in Warsaw, Poland. In Poland in the 70’s the arts were the people’s stronghold against Communism. Then Director of the Polish Radio and Television Orchestra and Choir in Krak√≥w, Antoni Wit, commented, “When we come together to play, we create an island of beauty in an otherwise hostile land.” That comment made an impression. Art was more than a sheet of music or a colorful canvas; art was a powerful means of expression. Art was a voice. 

It was not until the 90’s that Walsh began a to consider her own art. In Geneva, Switzerland, life threw an unexpected punch. She was unable to obtain a work permit, then broke her leg. With few options, she took part time work teaching and consulting, and began studying with local artists eventually finding Janis Pozzie-Johnson. Working with Pozzie-Johnson she found a passion for art, an energy that holds to this day. 

Back in the States Walsh continued studies at the Art League School of Alexandria, Virginia, periodically seeking out master artists such as Johnny Johnson and Makoto Fujimura. In 2006 she opened a studio at Libertytown Arts Workshop, a converted plumbing supply store. A major point of development was her introduction to plein air work. An outdoor person by nature, there was no turning back. Three seasons of the year she paints plein air. Welcomed by townspeople, she paints at nearby farms, in private gardens, on riverfronts, mountain properties and street corners. In the winter she moves to the studio, working on larger, more abstracted images and wrestling with scale, color and form.

 In 2008, she returned to Africa where she had previously lived for 7 years working and raising a family. This time she carried a sketchbook and paints, and while on assignment made quick studies of the place and its people. Far from the tourist path, she sought out local artists, meeting and sharing ideas about texture, shape and symbols. In the village of Safane, Burkina Faso, a group of weavers and dyers gathered to talk with her about family, cotton growing, indigo and the stories woven in to their cloths. “I came to Africa to paint landscapes,” she wrote, “but the figure caught my eye; the grace of the women, the flow of their garments. The figure became my landscape.” 

Back in her studio Walsh works these sketches in to large mixed media abstracts, using acrylic, graphite, oil pastel, on both canvas and board. A strong supporter of the Art in Embassy Program, Walsh has loaned paintings to Quito, Manila, Accra, Manila (again), Addis Ababa and Reykjavik. Of this work and her overseas experience she writes, “Living overseas changes a person, it changed me. I see more. And what I see is Beauty, in both landscape and people. In the end, I believe that people are more alike than different, more connected than not, more common in their hopes than we might know. Art gives expression to that commonality. It is a venue for conversations unspoken, as if you and I shake hands and say hello, then go along our way the better for having met."

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Artist Spotlight: Elizabeth Kinahan

Elizabeth Kinahan is a representational oil painter depicting the flora and fauna of the American west. Through passionately rendered images, she exposes the soul of each subject, and reflected within it, the soul of mankind. The work thereby creates an implied narrative, with animal as storyteller, and where man is at once hero and villain. Elizabeth received her Bachelor of Fine Art degree from the College of Saint Elizabeth in 2004. Her artwork has been exhibited extensively throughout the southwest and the east coast, and can be found in numerous collections across the United States, Australia and the Middle East. She is a co-owner of Studio & Gallery, in downtown Durango, Colorado, and works to support efforts to rescue and protect both wild and domesticated animals.

Elizabeth  Kinahan - Sunny
Sunny | Oil on Canvas
10 x 10 inches | $575 

Elizabeth  Kinahan - Sellers_ Holsteins
Sellers' Holsteins | Oil on Canvas
12 x 24 inches | $900
Elizabeth  Kinahan - Louisa
Louisa | Oil on Canvas
10 x 10 inches | $575 

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

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!

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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.