RECENT WORK BY DELMUS G. PHELPS Jane Sandelin Gallery. Using traditional techniques of the Old Masters, rich oil colors, strong composition, and skillful brushwork, Delmus Phelps produces paintings of universal appeal. Delmus studied under the tutelage of the late Howard Coleman and at the studios of the Lynchburg Art Club while serving in the United States Air Force. He continued his art studies through the University of Maryland. Self study has included a particular interest in the sharp-focus realism of Ken Davies.Delmus uses a 17th Century Flemish Master technique as taught by Alexei Antonov, a Classical Russian Master. It is this optical mixture of seven layers that gives Delmus's paintings a particular freshness. As you can see in the museums, this technique has passed the test of time, which will allow the patron to enjoy the paintings for generations to come.
THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE by Chris Semtner Centre Gallery West. "Semtner’s delicately rendered, mostly small-scale acrylic paintings on wood present a dark, mysterious, and dangerous world populated by victims of their own fears and desires. His paintings have long displayed affinities with the themes and aesthetics of writers including Baudelaire, Kafka, Lautremont, and Poe, but Semtner’s beautifully lyrical works simultaneously call to mind such disparate visual sources as Art Nouveau, Dutch genre painting, and ‘sixties horror movie posters.
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."
RISING SPIRIT by Linda Barnett Centre Gallery East.
NEW BEGINNINGS by Susan Cary Corner Gallery. This body of work “ New Beginnings” transpired for many reasons. I decided a new way to begin each painting would be an interesting confrontation. I prepared the canvases with black gesso, painting the figure as a negative. The subject of my paintings, figures in the landscape, has developed over time. I have always enjoyed the challenge of drawing the figure. Horses, cows, chickens, and dogs have all been subjects since my move 10 years ago to rural Virginia.
The landscapes I have painted from on sight sketches, or memories from walks, and car rides around my home. When painting landscapes, the colors come to the canvas, as do the colors of the seasons. These paintings were all completed when Spring fever was setting in after the long, cold winter. Spring colors were added to the cold, grey tones of winter. I have always loved and embraced each season, but the first hint of spring is always my favorite.
I used mixed media of acrylic, acrylic mediums, charcoal, oil stick, and oil pastels to make these works. Each piece takes on a life of its own as I layered and scrape off the paints and the drawing mediums until I achieve the perfect balance of line, color, and texture in the compositions.
RELIGIOUS ART: FABRIC COLLAGES by Beverly- Beverly graduated from RPI in 1964 earning a Bachelor of Fine Art. She pays homage to her instructors Mr. Bevilaqua for design and Mr. Hilton for lettering and much more. In 1980 she returned to take more classes. Her paintings are religious art and based everyday people, places and things. She believes religious art can be found in the art of children.
EARTH DAY RECYCLED ART SHOW - Once again Art Works will be sponsoring the Recycled Art Show. All entries should be made from mixed-media and found objects. Call for Entries will be at Art Works on the first and second weekends in April (Saturday 4/6, Sunday 4/7, Saturday 4/13, Sunday 4/14). Bring up to 3 pieces of artwork made out of recycled material to Art Works. The exhibit will be on display April 20th and 21st.
Earth Day Recycle Show entries:
Mary Pearce Gail Butler
Donna Jacobi Johanna Stoneking
Johanna Stoneking Emma Lou Martin
Emma Lou Martin Donna Jacobi
APRIL ALL MEDIA SHOW Each month Art Works offers artists from all over to participate in a juried art show. Mim Golub and Chuck Scalin will jury the show. Submissions are accepted from any artist and any medium. Call for Entries is on Friday, 4/19 and SUNDAY, 4/21 12-6pm. See our Call For Entries page to learn more.
All images are the property of the artists and may not be duplicated without permission. Contact Art Works, Inc. 804 291.1400 in Richmond, Virginia U.S.A. for more information or if you wish to seek permission for use of images.
Escape by Chris Semtner, Acrylic
Embrace by Linda Barnett
Mixed Media Painting by Susan Cary
My World by Beverly, Acrylic, Fabric, Collage on Wood, $300
1st Place People's Choice: River City Lines by Emma Lou Martin Mixed Media $250
2nd Place People's Choice: Untitled by Donna Jacobi Mixed Recycled Materials $150
3rd Place People's Choice: Thunderbird '59 by Mary Pearce Mixed Media $95
1st Place: Twilight at Byrd Park by Jim Smither 20x26 Watercolor $960
1st Place: Boboli Gardens - Florence, Italy by Jim Smither 22x36 Watercolor, $1,480
2nd Place Untitled I & II by Vincenzo Lupinetti 18x14/ea, Archival Ink Photography, $245/ea
3rd Place: Seahorse by Morton Lancaster, 7x10x21 Wood, $12,000
Honorable Mention: Self-Portrait by Sarah Walker 24x36 Oil $1,250
Honorable Mention: Untitled by Mel Talley 29x36 Archival Ink Photography, $800