Arches Gallery Artists: People’s Choice Award Winners for May 2017 Exhibition

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The Arches Gallery Artists is pleased to announce the winners of the May 2017 People’s Choice Award for the current exhibition in their gallery in Building W9 at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton. We have 22 artists of varying artistic disciplines. The People’s Choice winners were chosen during the monthly Second Saturday Art Walk on May 13, 2017. An increased number of members had their work was selected for awards, with many “ties” for second and third place winners.

The works & others will be on exhibit through June 5, 2017 in Building W9. The Workhouse Arts Center is located at 9601 Ox Rd., Lorton, VA 22079. Gallery hours are Mon.-Fri: 11:00 a. m.-6:00 p. m.; Sun: 12:00-5:00 p. m.

Here is information about the winning artists and their work:

“Big Orange Fish” by John Hartt

John Hartt (1st Place) Artwork: “Orange Fish”

John Hartt is an artist who lives and works in Manassas. He works in oils and leans toward a bright, colorful palette with his subject matter ranging from whimsical to “just plain weird”. His goal is simple he says, “I want my work to make people smile.” His work can be seen at Arches Gallery at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton and online at jortt.com.

About the piece: “Big Orange Fish – Growing up on the south shore of Long Island in New York, I spent a lot of time wading in the muddy creeks that crept through my neighborhood. Although it was always an adventure, there was always the fear of those creatures swimming unseen around my feet. This is one of those unseen creatures.”

“Back Creek, Ebb Tide” by Kathleen Best Gillman

Kathleen Best Gillman (2nd Place tie) Artwork: “Back Creek, Ebb Tide” 

“Inundated (Intertidal 12)” by Kathleen Best Gillman

Artwork: “Inundated (Intertidal 12)”

Kathleen Best Gillmann’s painting grows from her frequent sojourns outdoors and from the sense of wonder she finds there.  She shares : “When I’m outside, the light, sky and water frequently excite my soul and imagination. People viewing my art work often say it creates a whole world they want to step into.  It gives me joy and deep satisfaction to hear this because then I know I have succeeded creating a world for others to enter and appreciate.” See more of Kathleen’s work at VeryBestFineArt.com at the Workhouse Arts Center and Gallery 75 at the Art League, Alexandria.

About the piece: What inspired me to create “Inundated (Intertidal, 12)” were the amazing clouds that day and the flooded salt marsh reflecting that sky.  This location on the Mousam River in Kennebunk, Maine, is less than a mile from the beach.  Here the flow of the river is reversed twice daily as high tide mingles with and pushes the river water back upstream.  Sometimes the intensity of the tide results in the brackish water overflowing the river banks and inundating the surrounding salt marsh as seen here.  I get much satisfaction painting water and its reflections. 

 In contrast, “Back Creek, Ebb Tide” shows the result of low tide on a smaller tributary of the Mousam River nearby.  The stream bed is wide due to the powerful tidal infiltration each day, but the flow of fresh water at low tide is not much more than a trickle.

“Fox in the Snow” by Kathy Naylor

 Kathy Naylor (2nd Place tie) Artwork: “Fox in the Snow”

Kathy Naylor paints primarily with pastels and oils.  She currently exhibits her work at Arches Gallery at The Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, Local 35 in Warrenton and Clevenger’s Corner Veterinary Care in Culpeper.

About the piece: Fox in the Snow is a 14×14 oil painting and was inspired by a photograph that a friend took one snowy day. See more of Kathy Naylor’s work at kathynaylor.com

“A Muppet ate my Baby” by John Hartt

John Hartt (3rd Place tie) Artwork: “A Muppet Ate My Baby”

John Hartt is an artist who lives and works in Manassas. He works in oils and leans toward a bright, colorful palette with his subject matter ranging from whimsical to “just plain weird”. His goal is simple he says, “I want my work to make people smile.” His work can be seen at Arches Gallery at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton and online at jortt.com.”

About the piece: A Muppet Ate My Baby – One of my creative techniques is “Start with a line, and see where it you.” This is a good example of that technique where I simply start drawing until I begin to see something come to life.

“Dream Catcher” by Nancy Hannans

Nancy Hannans (3rd Place tie) Artwork: “Dream Catcher”

Nancy Hannans is an artist who lives in southern Maryland.  She received her BFA from Boston University, College of Fine Arts, and MFA from Old Dominion University.  Hannans’s work pays homage to all of the wise women throughout the ages, our heroes, who have inspired us through their remarkable lives.  Celebrating and sharing the qualities these heroes possess – compassion, courage, strength, wisdom, and the pursuit of peace and joy – through her paintings, has become Hannans’ passion.  To see more of her work, please visit nancyhannans.com.

About the piece: “My painting, Dreamcatcher, reminds us to seek and hold dearly what is important to us, never letting go.”  

“Shoreline Birches” by Kathleen Best Gillman

 

Kathleen Best Gillman (3rd Place tie) Artwork: “Shoreline Birches”

Kathleen Best Gillmann’s painting grows from her frequent sojourns outdoors and from the sense of wonder she finds there.  She shares . . .”When I’m outside, the light, sky and water frequently excite my soul and imagination. People viewing my art work often say it creates a whole world they want to step into.  It gives me joy and deep satisfaction to hear this because then I know I have succeeded creating a world for others to enter and appreciate.” See more of Kathleen’s work at VeryBestFineArt.com at the Workhouse Arts Center and Gallery 75 at the Art League, Alexandria.”

About the piece: “Shoreline Birches” is an intimate view of vegetation growing along the shore of Rangeley Lake where my family has summered for years.  The painting was influenced by the Impressionist palette and brushwork, a treatment that echoes the relaxation and joy I find when up at the lake.

Karen Kozojet Ching (3rd Place tie) Artwork: “Time to Rest”

“Best Friends Forever” by Lydia Jechorek

Lydia Jechorek (guest artist from Springfield Art Guild) Artwork: “Best Friends Forever”

Lydia rediscovered the joy of painting when she retired and has taken classes with very talented local artists and workshops with nationally known artists. Art has provided her with the opportunity to meet and become friends with many wonderful artists. Lydia is an active member in the Northern Virginia art community, participating in art shows in the Washington, D.C. area.  In 2006, she became a member of the Springfield Art Guild (SAG) and is currently their Vice President and Membership person.  In 2007, Lydia joined the Loft Gallery, 313 Mill St. Occoquan, where she has had four solo shows. Her subject matter is usually somewhat eclectic and colorful.  She enjoys painting urban and rural settings as well as people doing everyday things. Some of her favorite subjects to paint are people looking at art in museums, people at the beach, and old cars she finds abandoned on the sides of roads.

You can find more information about the Workhouse Art Center at workhousearts.org. The gallery is located at 9518 Workhouse Rd, Lorton, Virginia 22079. More about the Arches Gallery Artists can be found at facebook.com/archesgalleryartists and archesgallery.weebly.com/.

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