JUSTICE AS A HUMAN CREATION by Alvaro Ibanez - Inspired by his teacher, David Manzur, and artists DaVinci, Dali, and Van Gogh, Ibanez espresses his love of life and beauty through a broad range of realism to surrealism, a few inches to many feet, and with themes running the gamut of human experience and going beyond into the realm of myth. His work tells of his dreams and the sources of his inspiration. Recurring imagery range from women to the powerful, mythical unicorn. Ibanez has built a retreat center for artists and the Sunrise Studio Gallery.
"When I signed a contract for this show, I had a much different collection in mind. It was a happy one, so of course it was different. On July 12, 2009, it changed completely when my first born son was shot. Here somehow I mirror some of my emotions. Disbelief, pain, anger …all of them. Our life was cut short; a prosperous and humble man was no more. I now introduce him to you all so he will live on with everyone he touched by his life and his departure from it. Art has been with me since I was born. It is a reflection of my life; my creations tell the history of a regular man with a purpose, thankful for existing, favored and grateful to be myself. The poor person is not the one who is out of money. It is the dependent. The people are fed up with social engineering scheme; we want a prosperous country like the one I came to. It is known that in Florida there are warnings that read “Do not look intensely at anyone because if that person feels threatened and carries a legal gun, they can kill you and it will be justifiable by the law.” My show is dedicated to my son, and modifies this law. Florida law murdered my son."
SCENIC BYWAYS by Virginia Godfrey - Godfrey brings us here serene Landscape oil paintings. Centre Gallery East
MOMENTS IN A STORY by Johanna Stoneking. Photography and mixed media installations by Stoneking will be on display in the Skylight Gallery.
Bill’s Alzheimer’s Story art installation shows the life story of Bill Stoneking, my father-in-law, who was effected with Alzheimer’s disease. Diagnosed in February, 2009, the doctor confirmed what the family had feared. We missed the early warning signs for over four years. Like so many families we wrote off his forgetful behavior as getting old. Our denial delayed the doctor prescribing the correct medication which would have allowed Bill to be lucid a few more years.
PART I: THE FORGOTTEN YEARS
These photographs were found in a dusty box at the bottom of a closet. Years ago Bill and I had talked about who was whom, where the people had lived and the stories behind them. In 2009 Bill couldn’t remember any of them. I took the box, hoping for the day when he would remember them. Unhappily, the memories were lost forever.
At the time I made this section Bill could remember some people in the photographs, but not others. His memory loss reminded me of static on an old telephone connection during a storm. Sometimes everything is clear while at other times the connection is broken. The photographs fade towards the bottom as those were completely forgotten memories.
PART II: COMING UNRAVELED
This part tells Bill’s story from his birth through his military service in the Navy. Bill spoke fondly of his childhood while living in the country. While his high school years taught him the value of hard work, his Navy Pacific tour taught him about different cultures.
I used the rope to represent Bill’s family ties and the ropes used in the Navy. The side stitching is reminiscent of a loop stitch used to mend clothes, plus the stitch used in the original ships’ sails.
PART III: THE RED AND WHITE YEARS
I used the red and white satin ribbons to signify Bridgeport High School’s colors. The satin ribbons reminded me of high school proms, pompoms, and cheerleaders’ hair ribbons. Red and white colors were found throughout Bill’s house; red and white shirts, red and white sweaters, red and white hats, red and white scarves, red gloves, red and white coats, and a red and white doormat. The overlays, colored strings and the geometric symbols show math problems used in Bill’s classes.
PART IV: DISCONNECTED
Bill designed a computer program for a school attendance program in the 1980s. Nonetheless he never became computer savvy in later years. Even so I saw Bill’s Alzheimer’s disease comparable to a computer virus which had infected his mind. The dissected computer parts represent the endless research for a cure. Hopefully that day will come soon. For Bill that will be too late as he no longer recognized anyone. Bill died July 10, 2010 from complications related to Alzheimer’s disease.
FIVE MILE RADIUS by Sheilah Beville. Centre Gallery.
Five Mile Radius is a series of oil and acrylic paintings derived from the Hanover County landscape. Each image is within a five mile radius from her home as the crow flies. Some of the images she’s captured are on her commute to and from work, others she has seen during the mundane necessary tasks of daily life; doctor’s appointments, shopping etc. The images that attract her have a formalist quality. She’s interested in the relationship between the lines and shapes of objects within the confines of a compositional space. She’s also interested in how these places and objects document the community’s journey from rural farm land to suburban neighborhoods and strip malls.
Her process is to photograph the scene, preferably during the dramatic light of dawn or dusk, and use these photographs as reference. The painting process then takes on a life of its own, demanding the addition and elimination of elements as well as changes in color and texture. Ultimately it’s the hands-on meditative process in constructing each piece that keeps her working.
Sheilah BeVille is a local artist and arts educator. She has been teaching art for thirty years at Lee-Davis High School in Hanover County where she is Chair of the Fine and Performing Arts Department. She exhibits regularly in the Annual Hanover County Teacher Exhibit, the Central Region Art Educators Exhibition and the Montpelier Juried Art Exhibition. She also participates in the All Media Gallery Shows at Art Works.
OCTOBER ALL MEDIA SHOW Juried by Christine Gray. (Gray is associate painting professor at VCU. She creates surreal oil paintings and objects.) Artists may submit up to 3 pieces on October 15th and 16th. See our Call for Entries page for more information.
Stowe, Vermont by Virginia Godfrey 12x24, Oil, $450
1st Place: My Inner Self by Dorothy Ellis. 24x36 Monotype, $350
2nd Place: Untitled by Robert Saltonstall. Oil Diptych 35x45/ea. $1,600
3rd Place: Rock and Creeper Charles Arnold . 40x30 Oil, $750
Honorable Mention: In the Studio by Marge Bucher 16x20 Watercolor, $350