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.


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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.














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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.


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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 
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Friday, November 18, 2016

Artist Spotlight 

Heidi Lewis Coleman 

Heidi Lewis Coleman is an abstract artist whose work reflects an ongoing exploration into the aesthetics of using language in art.  While most conceptual artists incorporate text into their work as a means of analyzing popular culture or for making political and social commentary, Coleman’s work focuses on developing text as a visual design element.  

The artist creates mixed media pieces and steel sculpture which incorporate her own automatic, abstract writing.  Originally, her invented languages were painted on paper, cut out and then applied to a painted canvas.  As the work has evolved,  Coleman has continued to develop new characters by deconstructing and reconstructing her original text, creating languages which are visually richer and more complex.  More recently, She has extended this process by incorporating “Mandalas” into her art, circular forms which were originally used by the Hindus and Buddhists as focal points for meditation.

Coleman studied art at Parsons and the New York School of Design in New York City.  She is a juried member of the National Association of Women Artists, the Women’s Caucus for Art and the Silvermine Guild of Artists.  Coleman is an award winning artist who has exhibited widely in galleries and museums across the country.

"My work reflects an ongoing exploration into the aesthetics of using language in art. While most conceptual artists incorporate text into their work as a means of analyzing popular culture or for making political and social commentary, I am more intrigued with developing text as a visual design element. I am particularly inspired by Asian art and have studied the intricate calligraphy used to decorate ancient scrolls and screens. The columns of simple, yet elegant characters may express specific meanings, but a viewer is not required to understand that meaning in order to appreciate the grace and integrity of the artwork.

I create mixed media pieces and steel sculptures which incorporate my own automatic, abstract writing. Originally, my invented languages were painted on paper, cut out and then applied to a painted canvas. As the work has evolved, I’ve continued to develop new characters by deconstructing and reconstructing my original text, creating languages which are visually richer and more complex. More recently, I have extended this process by incorporating “Mandalas” into my art, circular forms which were originally used by the Hindus and Buddhists as focal points for meditation.

For me, the languages have an ancient, almost mystical quality. I believe that because my artwork communicates in the abstract, individual viewers are not forced to translate it specifically, allowing them to connect with the energy of each piece in ways that are personal and unique."
-Heidi Lewis Coleman 

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Saturday, October 29, 2016

Artist Spotlight

Stephanie Joyce 

Stephanie Joyce is an artist/yogi originally from Virginia. Her mother was and artist and her family lived on a farm along a river far from the closest city. Their fun was what they made within themselves. 

Stephanie moved to New York and earned her BFA from Parsons. She began her Career as a stylist's assistant at Vogue Magazine. Later, she worked as a designer and colorist for companies such as Calvin Klein, Banana Republic and Michael Katz Studio. 

She later Moved to London, and studied painting at Central Saint Martins University of the Arts. It was here that Stephanie dedicated herself to painting. She has since exhibited her work in New York, along the East Coast, and in Europe at such galleries as Farum Gallery, Denmark, New Century Artists, NY, Silvermine Arts Center, CT and Lockwood Matthews Museum, CT.

Having discovered yoga as a way to more fully open up to the creative process , Stephanie decided to travel to India to deepen her practice. She studied in Rishikesh with Ghurmukh where she received her KRI certification as a kundalini yoga instructor. Stephanie began combining art and yoga as a way to nurture the soul and find inner peace. She has led workshops at yoga studios, festivals, international outreach programs, homeless shelters, universities, and retreats. She no lives along the Rippowam River, a constant source of inspiration for her life's work. She strive to bring out the artist in all and to dive deep. 




"Nature has been manipulated through a range of materials, all of which have been transformed and re-purposed so that they transcend definitions and traditions. The outcome is an art experience, which enters a mystical realm where ritual, genealogy and anthropological roots are explored. 
The Cycle of life is presented in these works, the ephemeral to the ethereal. The juxtaposition of organic form with the tranquility of an evening landscape bridges the worlds of the rooted to the transcended. 
Images are drawn from sketchbooks, plant materials run through the printing press, the river that flowed in front of my childhood home, an old botany book rescued from a house moments away from being demolished, pieces of the landscape collected. 
My paintings are layered with veils of color to evoke the mystery and harmony of nature. Ancient symbols emerge from the subtle realms and intertwine with meadow grasses and flowing streams."
-Stephanie Joyce       
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