Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Jennifer Young | Art Talk

A Maine Experience

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Jennifer Young shared her excitement about her recent artist residency in Vinalhaven, ME. After being contacted to come and paint on Vinalhaven, the largest island off the mid-coast of Maine, she spent two weeks this past June soaking up and painting the local beauty. The island "is a place of rocky shorelines, dense forests of pine and spruce, swooping sea birds and quiet, secluded coves." The population is under 1,400 people and did not have street signs until 20 years ago. 

'Island Fog' | Oil on Linen | 8 x 10 inches
Jennifer spent her days exploring the rocky shorelines, setting up her "kit" and painting en plein air. During these excursions, Jennifer would lay down the light and shadow pattern before the weather changed. Fog was a constant part of the weather, but it didn't stop Jennifer. She states, "I enjoy the challenge of painting in fog, you have a small value range, and you have to tease out the details in a scene."

'Cliffside, Lane's Island' | Oil on Linen | 12 x 16 inches
Her favorite place to paint was Lane's Island, a 40-acre preserve managed by the Nature Conservancy with tide pools, rocky and pebble beaches and granite bluffs. Several old granite quarries are now swimming holes. During her time, the lupines, roses and wildflowers were blooming, which she captured in some of her pieces. The changeable weather with rolling fog, seal-sightings and the companionship of local waterfowl awakened her imagination. 

If you missed Jennifer's Artist Talk on September 10th, please watch the video here!

These beautiful pieces will be on display until September 30th, so please feel free to stop by and view the work if you are in the neighborhood. You can also shop online at your convenience at www.galleryflux.com
307B England St. Ashland, VA 23005 | 804.752.3540 | Tues. - Fri 11-5, Sat. 11-4

Friday, September 15, 2017

Reception | It All Comes Together | Matthew Scott Myers

Thank you to everyone who joined us last Thursday for our reception. It was an eventful night with an art talk by Matthew Scott Myers and a lively birthday celebration for our owner, Hugh Joyce! 

Scott gave an informative art talk providing insight into how he conceptualizes and creates his stunning pieces. He took questions and from our audience about specific works and pointed out small details that offered a different perspective. To watch the full talk, click here.

For example, when describing the following six pieces Scott explained that this is a special tree near his home. He painted one of the strong branches with a bright background color. He liked the way it looked and thought it would be interesting to try another one with another fun background color. That got the ball rolling and he ended up painting four more. Each painting is slightly different and it's fun to challenge yourself to find the subtle differences. 

There are only a couple more weeks to view this exhibit. Don't miss the chance to see the amazing pieces in It All Comes Together! You can also shop at your leisure on our website www.galleryflux.com. Also, check out this video to hear Scott's artist talk during the reception

307B England St., Ashland, VA 23005 | 804.752-3450 | Tues-Fri 11-5 & Sat 11-4