We’re excited to welcome one new gallery and seven new artist studios to this year’s Fall Art Tour!
Thornton River Art opened in mid-2020 in Sperryville, VA and is owned by three local artists, Patricia Brennan, Heidi Morf, and Martin Woodard. The gallery features an eclectic collection of local art including fine art, stained glass, mosaics, pottery, weaving, jewelry, metal art, woodworking, and more. It showcases thoughtful and creative gifts to heirloom quality art.
Located right on Main Street across from Before and After Coffeehouse, this gallery might be small but it’s full of an amazing selection of local fine art and crafts.
Jennifer Babcock is an artist, dreamer, thinker, and observer whose creative inspiration springs from her deep connection to the past, the poetry of day-to-day life, and the challenge of being a parent to nine highly individual children. Character and personality are what attract Babcock to her subjects, whether people or household objects, such as the chairs that people live with. In addition to her painting, she is is a photographer, maker of hand-bound books, and a furniture restorer.
Ann Baumgardner shares paintings inspired by scenes that have inspired her over the past months. Each painting represents something special to the artist, whether it be a simple plum on her kitchen counter, the view from her front porch, or the Coronavirus-induced sense of loneliness, fear, and grief for world suffering.
Tim Carrington lives in Washington D.C. and Washington, Virginia. His paintings focus on the experience of landscape — observed, internalized, and inhabited. His landscape paintings, executed in oil, usually begin in plein air and are refined and completed in the studio. Figures placed in landscapes are derived from models, photographs, or characters in master paintings, including some from panels in the Sistine Chapel. When people — in paintings or in life — inhabit a landscape they temporarily alter the surroundings, as they, in turn, internalize certain characteristics of the environment. He is interested in the ways people inhabit and are inhabited by a particular landscape. Meanwhile, unpeopled landscapes generously offer themselves up, at no charge, for observation, appreciation, and memory.
While Carol Felix has experimented with calligraphy, both wood and clay sculpture, oil painting, and mural design, she is happiest working at her easel with acrylic paints. She loves the depth of rich, vibrant color and tangible, energetic brush strokes and fine detail that can be achieved with this medium. Felix chooses realism in her technique and style, and yet, there are always some quaint, slightly interpretive liberties taken with perspective that allow her to give her art her own, specific … point of view.
Jason Goldman‘s focus is mainly turned wooden objects ranging from burial urns to salad bowls. He also enjoys making several functional art pieces like furniture to hand-carved eating utensils, and wants people to see and use his work while gaining an appreciation for the natural beauty all around us. Goldman says man has no debt older or deeper than that which he owes to trees and their wood.
See more of Goldman’s work on Instagram.
Carole Pivarnik works abstractly, exploring the layers and intersections that occur within and between natural and human-made environments. Satellite and microscopic imagery, maps, landscapes, digital and organic networks, and the forces that impact environments are her primary inspirations. She mainly works in acrylic on canvas or board, and in gouache on paper. In both cases, Pivarnik’s process is to create many layers of rich color augmented by complex lines and patterns. She uses brushes and other tools, water dripped through wet paint, and sometimes just her hands to apply paint and make marks that build up a “history” in the work.
Cheryl Reisler sculptures reflect her personal journey. In practice, she often steps back and reflects on its shape, color, and texture connecting her with a thought, emotion, a place, or person. Reisler uses both traditional and found materials that enhance the visual effect of the work. Many of the found objects are from jewelry boxes, junk drawers, and forgotten bobbles that she has rediscovered with childlike enthusiasm. Reisler’s figurative work is three-dimensional, tactile, and meant to be viewed and touched from different angles and perspectives. The composition of color, shape, and texture excites and inspires her.
See more of Reisler’s work on her website.