Join us for the Day After Thanksgiving Art Affair! The gallery will be filled with 10 special vendors with fabulous finds under $50 in addition to our 75 artist studios. Enjoy an alternative Black Friday at Art Works starting at 12pm with plenty of cookies, cider, music, and holiday cheer all day long!

Vendor Information: We will have fused glass items, pottery, mugs, jewelry, natural holiday home decor, custom silhouettes on-site, small paintings, gift items, and more all handmade, all $50 and under!!

Featured Shows:

DISCORDANCE: A Play on Music by Liz Schafer Jane Sandelin Gallery. Louisiana painter Liz Schafer brings us her newest installment of musical genre mixed-media work.

"The Jazz Series is a visualization of jazz music. In creating jazz, improvisation is a definitive hallmark. Jazz improvisation is the personal expression of the improviser and of his or her own musical, spiritual, visual and emotional context. So how does one paint such an abstraction? It is an operation in the moment. One just follows the music, and of one follows the music one can go anywhere.Jazz music or jazz imagery is a conversation. The art form reflects the undulating rhythms, following the reflections in tone of speech, growing louder at times then becoming a mere whisper when needed along with the cadence or phrasing of the conversation. These visual jazz compositions mirror those conversations conducted by musicians through the manipulation of line, figure, tone, structure, color and rhythm. Each piece is an experiment exploring problems and in the truest sense an improvisation, allowing the art to progress extemporaneously on its own – taking shape and coming alive full of energy."

FRANKLY PRUSSIAN BLUE by Ernest J. Ranspach Skylight Gallery. "This exhibit is largely the result of work done since 2009. It is personal and in many ways a reaction to the restrictions imposed by site-specific sculpture commissions. FORM and CONTENT: First a brief description of how the forms come about, then a suggestion or two for getting at the content. The forms are stochastic, i.e. chance-generated at the beginning, using unconventional tools. Then several layers of discipline and influence are imposed during a lengthy and intermittent period. As many as ten works are kept going at the same time. Along the way some are dropped out and new ones are introduced. Some continue to develop and about one in seven makes it to the point where the piece of work and I agree that I will stop picking at it if it will stop making suggestions. Then it is framed and turned to the wall. As for content: The works with African Labels are the result of a close relationship with the Feinman collection of African sculpture at Lynn University. As for the content of the rest of the work the thinking had to do with the concept of mystery as it is related to science and terrorism, also an effort to balance energy and restraint. Finally, my images are as much influences by poetry and literature as they are by the visual arts. ' I am moved by the fancies that are curled about these images and cling. the notion of some infinitely gentle, infinitely suffering thing. ' - T.S. Eliot"

CASTING CALL: A Reinvention of Characters in My Life by Gail Butler Centre Gallery. Butler displays her whimsical, heart-felt portrait paintings.

NOCTURNES by Chris Semtner Corner Gallery. Semtner displays his rich oil paintings of women, heads, winding staircases, interiors and anything else his imagination conjures.

LANDSCAPES: SEE THE BEAUTY by Alexis Shockley "Nature's own masterpieces will never go away. If I am able to cast just a few of them in favorable light, and convince you, the viewer, to look at them again with greater appreciation and perhaps a fresh perspective, then I have succeeded as an artist.' Scott L. Christensen. After graduate school in 2009, I began teaching K-12 art. For three years I had the privilege of teaching all grades and experience levels. Over those years I recognized a desire to teach all ages and experience levels on a more intimate level, giving more attention to the details and skills needed to improve individual art skillfulness." - Centre Gallery

NOVEMBER ALL MEDIA SHOW Each month Art Works offers artists from all over to participate in a juried art show. Frederick Chiriboga will jury the show. Submissions are accepted from any artist and any medium. Call for Entries is on November 16th and 17th. See our Call For Entries page to learn more.


About the Juror Frederick Chiriboga:

"A resident of Virginia for the past thirty-five years, Frederick Chiriboga was born in a remote mining town in Nevada. He grew up in Ecuador and Colombia until returning to the U.S. to attend Wayne State University in Detroit. Chiriboga's imagery, while not at home in the mainstream of Latin American art, is nevertheless bright with Latin color and culture. His work reveals the detachment and observant eye of a visitor and conveys the traveler's sense of alienation as he realizes he is not in his own world. This mood of alienation, which can be sensed in his large output of paintings and three-dimensional work, is delivered with passion and intellect, but peppered with a wry and subtle sense of humor. Good trickster that he is, Chiriboga shares his wit and vision, but with a wink."

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Juror's Remarks:

"There was a lot to see and enjoy in choosing works for this exhibition. I tend togive first impressions a lot of weight, and feel that good art requires a good eye--but of equal importance-- good hands because craftsmanship cannot be dismissedas something necessary but tedious having to do with frames and glue.I admire beautiful things that are well-made. And unless we're talking about postage-stamps, art should have appeal from across the room.

First Prize went to Guerin Wolf for "What's in there?". This painting is unusualin several ways, the most obvious being the point of view fromthe floor of this restaurant or bar--- as though seen through the eyes of a cat. Light pours in through the window in a liquid way, adding a sense of mystery. The painterly density and colors definitely will catch your attention from across the room.

Second Prize went to Terry Smith for "Medusa's Revenge" which could have been subtitled "If looks could kill". This cool painting has appropriately rendered eyes and snaky hair, and also displays irony in that the seemingly innocent look conceals shoulder to boot.

Third Prize went to Bitsenko Valeriya for "Newborn". Again, this is a painting that works from across the room, but has something to offer at close range. The gestural twisting figure in the center is full of energy, and of course makes sense as an allusion to birth, with the blood-like red adding to this effect.

Honorable Mention went to Nicole Kaczinski for "Recovery". It's hard to walk by this painting without paying attention to it. The green hue of the skin and the mysterious, slightly hurt gaze also make me pause and wonder what she could be recovering from. Mystery is good. There were so many excellent photographs submitted that we decided to award a separate

First Prize for photography, and that went to Robert Henshaw-Suder for Swift Creek Reservoir". On first looking at this elegant photograph one is tempted to think "but this has been done before", yet the light and composition in this piece put it in a special category of photographs that superficially seem easy to pull off, but are anything but. Mr. Henshaw's other submissions may be of recognizable subjects, but again, the perspective and light make me feel I'm looking at something alien.

Debora Kozura's photographs are rich in tone and texture in a different way than Robert Winne's work, which also succeeds with unmistakeable tone and texture. His work may not represent figurative imagery and thus may be called "abstract", but I find very little that is abstract in these beautiful paintings. Brandon Walker's sculpture "Hollow Strings" is darkly humorous (and well-made) and certainly made me think of the hard plight of musicians, especially those brave enough to try playing in the street. Margaret Bucher's "The Alley" is a lively composition of yet another subject that is too often dismissed as being easy to do. This show is full of funny and mysterious surprises. Randy Morrison's "Carmen Miranda" is all color and humor; Richard Sommers "Keys to Salvation" is elegant and powerful in a tribal way. And it's hard to keep one's hands off Tom Lowe's carvings. Gail Litton may well be one happy lady but she knows how to use composition and color to succeed in portraying real people. I just need to add this final disclaimer note: it may be a small world we live in, but I am not acquainted with any of the prize recipients in this show."

-Frederick Chiriboga, 11/20/2012



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All-Media Show Prize Winners:

1st Place: What's in There by Guerin Wolf 24x36 Oil Pastel, $900

2nd Place: Medusa's Revenge by Terry Lynn Smith 18x24 Oil $650

3rd Place: Newborn by Valeriya Bytsenko 20x30 Oil on Canvas, $450

Photography Award: Swift Creek Reservoir by Robert J. Henshaw-Suder 16x20 Photography $250

Honorable Mention: Hollow Strings by Brandon Walker: 22x64 Plaster/Mixed Media, $10,000

Honorable Mention: Recovery by Nicole Kaczynski 16x22 Oil $400



Nov.-Dec. '12