LETTING GO by Colin McGlynn Jane Sandelin Gallery. Colin McGlynn lives, works, and paints in Richmond Virginia. He studied and spent time in Paris and in Europe's museums, which influences the things he enjoys and creates.
"When Colin was 15, he stood before his classmates and announced that he was leaving to attend a nearby school for the blind. He had been diagnosed with a rare form of Toxoplasmosis resulting in corneal deterioration and, ultimately, complete loss of sight. Despite the doctors' best efforts, Colin was reduced to living under heavy medication. This new permanent shift lead to a deep reevaluation of what is important. It opened the door to a deeper view on life, relationships, and the impermanence and beauty of it all.
Then, without warning or explanation, Colin began seeing light and movement, and began seeing once again. With his sight fully restored, he went on to finish High School, study at Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL, and in Paris. He spent days and weeks at the Louvre and MoMA, absorbing inspiration from the likes of Chagall, Monet, Degas and Gerard Richter. Dividing his time between Europe and New York, Colin added filmmaking to the mix and served as writer/producer/director on shorts and a feature that is currently in post-production. Miraculous as his recovery was, Colin has remained ever aware that the disease could return at any time, just as mysteriously as it disappeared. So he paints -- scenes of whimsical love, heart-ache, and, most recently, the idea to Keep Dreaming and moving forward."
RUST WORLD by Danny Trent An award winning and prolific painter, Danny Trent presents large paintings inspired by rust in the Centre Gallery. "My work is a history of self-reflective creative activity. Painting should be about a record of influences that help shape the discourse of art. My paintings are a culmination of these influences. For these paintings, I chose "rust" as the subject matter with a range of varying perspectives. Rust, like art, is in a constant state of change. The process of applying paint marks has always been the thrust of what interests me the most in creating a painting. That these marks coalesce into what becomes the final visual product can be very arresting. I consider my paintings of the "rust world" to be representational abstractions." -Danny Trent
SLIPPING OFF INTO THE MEADOW by Terry Lynn Smith Centre Gallery. New paintings by Resident Artist Terry Lynn Smith will be on display this month. Smith is known for her award winning Eyes of the Soul portraits and figurative work both real and imaginary.
"Terry is a figurative painter residing in Colonial Heights, Virginia. Fusing hyper-realism with beauty, youth, eccentric hairstyles, and fashion, she captures pure emotion, rendering timeless, soulful portraits. Each unique portrait is full of passion and vibrant colors, creating highly refined, personal, stylized works. They accent her mastery of technique with meticulous attention to detail and texture. She builds mystery and narrative in her evocative portraits through the expressiveness in their eyes as she captures a reflection of her own imperfections. Her distorted figurative realism evokes mystery and wonder in the viewer. Terry discovered her distinct style and fondness to paint after her long battle of surgeries followed by several painful illnesses. Expressing her mood and soul on canvas became her passion as she mastered the art of oil painting. Conquering her own disabilities, she shared her triumphant work with the United Kingdom on her 2011 exhibition in Whitstable, England".
SIGHT ALIGNMENT: At Ease with Pixels and Painting by Anne B. Burnley Recent works by Anne B. Burnley will be presented in the Skylight Gallery.
MARCH ALL MEDIA SHOW Each month Art Works offers artists from all over to participate in a juried art show. CHRIS SEMTNER will jury the show. Submissions are accepted from any artist and any medium. Call for Entries is on March 15th and 16th 12-6pm. See our Call For Entries page to learn more.
"Internationally exhibited artist Chris Semtner has served as author, co-author, or editor of eight books and recently appeared in the BBC 4 documentary Edgar Allan Poe: Love, Death, and Women. He has curated museum exhibits on Poe in the comics, Poe’s mysterious death, the real women behind Poe’s poetry, and Poe in the movies. The New York Times called the exhibit he curated for the Library of Virginia, Poe: Man, Myth, or Monster, “provocative” and “a playful, robust exhibit.” Semtner’s paintings have entered numerous public and private collections, and his photography has appeared in The Washington Post, the Daily Telegraph, and many other publications. In the past year, his works have been displayed at the Science Museum of Virginia and Viktor Wynd Fine Art in London. His most recent book Edgar Allan Poe’s Richmond: The Raven in the River City has been nominated for a Virginia Literary Award."
Escape by Chris Semtner, Acrylic
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Keep Dreaming by Colin McGlynn 36x48, $2,495 Framed
Andy Kaufman's Car Door Rust painting by Danny Trent
1st Place All-Media Show: Untitled by Will Hicks 24x36 Oil on Canvas $1,200
2nd Place All-Media Show: Medusa de Muertos 18x24 Acrylic, $350
3rd Place All-Media Show: Untitled by Mel Talley. 29x36 Pigment Giclee Print, $800
Honorable Mention: The Climb by Linda Garver. 72x48 Oil on Canvas, $699
Honorable Mention: Bumble Bunny by Mary Tibbs. 14x14 Mixed Media $135
Honorable Mention: Green Tree Frog by Joseph B. Cobb, Jr. 4"x8" Photography, $90