As mentioned in yesterday's blog, each week I will be focusing on one of our three featured artists leading up to the Arts of Lexington Block Party on October 7 (5:00-7:30pm). This week the featured artist is Richmond based Curney Nuffer who will be participating in live plein air demonstrations during the party. 

Born in the Shenandoah Valley in 1951, Mr. Nuffer has a special talent for portraiture, still lifes and beautiful plein air landscapes. He began his education at East Tennessee University and then, after returning to Virginia and settling in Richmond, he began classes at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Studio School as well as at Virginia Commonwealth University. 

After graduating, Mr. Nuffer cultivated his talents with several artists whose influences are still visible within his work. Through classes taught by Richmond portrait artist Eloise Atkinson, Curney fostered his talents for portraiture. Even while viewing his portraits on the computer, the viewer gets a strong sense of personality. Each painting tells a story and is endearing, which encourages us to want to know the sitter personally.  

Later, Curney Nuffer developed his stylistic techniques while working with several artists trained in the esteemed Surikov Institute, established in Moscow, Russia in 1851. In addition, Mr. Nuffer, along with the Surikov artists, participated in "Intensive Painting from Life," a landscape painting course taught at the King Erekle International School of the Arts Summer Studies Program in the Republic of Georgia. The influence of Russian Realism from this education is prominent in Curney's plein air landscapes and still life paintings. 

Currently, Mr. Nuffer maintains a studio at The Fulton Hill Studio in Richmond while also teaching art classes. Additionally, Curney is known for his workshops abroad for artists who wish to develop their own plein air and still life talents while surrounded by the culturally rich European atmosphere. 

It will be such an awesome experience to watch such a highly trained plein air painter in his natural "studio" right here on Washington Street in Lexington! If you would like to check out more of Curney Nuffer's art before October 7th, please visit our website or his personal website