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Cabell Gallery Receives "Best of Virginia 2019" Honor

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Cabell Gallery Receives "Best of Virginia 2019" Honor

Virginia Living magazine, a source for “celebrating all things Virginia” has distinguished Cabell Gallery of Virginia Art as one of the best art galleries in the Commonwealth. In a reader survey conducted in January 2019, 45,000 people voted in over 100 categories including Shopping, Food & Drink, Entertainment, and the Arts. The top three establishments in each category are featured in the magazine’s current May issue, Best of Virginia 2019. Lexington, Virginia businesses took many of the awards spanning multiple categories, including a second place honor for the Cabell Gallery of Virginia Art in the “Best Art Gallery” section.

Lexington, Virginia has much to offer visitors and residents alike. Not only are there award-winning restaurants, shops, and entertainment venues, but the scenery and location among the Blue Ridge Mountains is breathtaking. The beauty of the area is often captured by Virginia-native artists. The Cabell Gallery of Virginia Art has carefully curated works featuring the local and regional landscapes and cityscapes by these artists, which is no doubt one of the reasons they earned a “Best of Virginia 2019” award.

Come visit the gallery to see why they are named one of the best in the Commonwealth and take a piece of Lexington, Virginia home with you.

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Capturing the VMI spirit with Maria Reardon

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Capturing the VMI spirit with Maria Reardon

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Another school year is about to pass and once again there will be a new crop of eager VMI graduates ready to take over the world. This year is kind of special as Cabell’s son Jack graduates. He comes from a long line of VMI grads including his father, uncle, and both his grandfathers. But that is not that unusual with Virginia Military Institute. Tradition is a core value, it practically seeps from the imposing walls. It’s a feeling that you recognize as soon as you walk onto post, but it is not necessarily an easy thing to capture in a painting, unless, or course, you are Maria Reardon. Maria knows about VMI tradition. Her husband is a graduate (‘87) and her twin boys both graduated in 2014. It is with this familiarity that she is able to capture simple moments of life at VMI and allows you to truly feel the emotion of what it must be like to be there.

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Maria works in pastels and she loves being outdoors, immersed in the world, observing and experiencing everything going on around her. She's drawn to the unique and ever-changing relationships of form and color. She is intrigued by the unexpected combinations of light and color which characterize her work. If there is one thing people always remark to me is that her work has so much color, but she is able to do this while maintaining the realism of her subjects.

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Maria is a Virginia native and received her formal education from Virginia Commonwealth University earning a Bachelor’s of Fine Art in illustration. She lives in Richmond but has a getaway home in Goshen, here in the wilds of Rockbridge County. This love for Rockbridge County and Lexington also shows up in her work, her ability to capture the slices of life locally is as intimate and impressive as those she does of VMI.

The Cabell Gallery is proud to feature Maria Reardon’s work year round. True, many people seem to get sentimental around graduation time. But the thing about VMI tradition it is a lot more than one season. And the thing about Maria Reardon is she has the uncanny gift of the ability to capture it all.

Click here to see Maria’s available works.

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Two Artists - One View

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Two Artists - One View

I wish I could take credit for this compelling idea, but it was Michele Fletcher who brought the idea to us. Michele is a local photographer and a longtime friend of Cabell Gallery. Her work is remarkable, I will say that I have a piece or two adorning my own walls at home. But when she suggested this exhibit, we just couldn’t say “no.”

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Michele Fletcher

The idea was to get two different artists perspective on the same view. In fact, we would have a painter work directly from Michele’s photographs to create her own work. How fascinating to see a photograph and a painting of the same view! Michele enlisted her friend Tammy Hinkle, a well regarded artist out of Richmond, to take up the challenge.

How fascinating it was to see these works side-by-side.

Autumn Morning - Michele Fletcher

Autumn Morning - Michele Fletcher

Lee Chapel - Michele Fletcher

Lee Chapel - Michele Fletcher

Stonewall On Watch - Michele Fletcher

Stonewall On Watch - Michele Fletcher

Autumn Morning - Tammy Hinkle

Autumn Morning - Tammy Hinkle

Lee Chapel - Tammy Hinkle

Lee Chapel - Tammy Hinkle

Stonewall On Watch - Tammy Hinkle

Stonewall On Watch - Tammy Hinkle

The exhibit was in place throughout March 2019 and was extremely popular. I honestly can’t say that I’ve ever heard more “I heard about this from so-and-so and had to come see it.” Although Michele and Tammy were both guest artists at Cabell Gallery, we continue to get questions on their work. If you have any interest in owning a piece of either of these talented ladies’ art, just give us a ring or shoot us an email at Cabell Gallery and we will be happy to facilitate that for you.

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Why is Julia Lesnichy so popular?

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Julia Lesnichy is one of the best selling artists at Cabell Gallery and it is easy to see why. Arriving here from Russia a decade ago, she wanted to give her son the opportunity at an American education. Her family settled in beautiful Crozet Virginia. Already quite an accomplished painter in Russia, she found herself surrounded by breathtaking inspiration. Her work with both pastels and oils was quickly embraced by the new audience in the United States. Her sweeping views of the Blue Ridge, painted plein air, were snapped up by collectors, and Julia has done nothing but grow and grow her fanbase since.

Julia was born in Leningrad, raised in Moscow, and throughout her life in Russia, was a "city" girl. Perhaps this is why she is so drawn to nature. She is captivated by the colors shes sees depending on the time of the day and season and resorts to oils and pastels to capture these fleeting moments. She often finishes her plein air paintings in her studio in Crozet, which is located in the quiet rural area in Virginia. Julia says that she literally lives in the woods, among the trees, with the tree tops hovering above the house. These trees have always served as a great resource of inspiration when they turn scarlet, bright yellow and glowing orange in the fall.
Julia captures more than the colors of those moments, but she captures the moment, the moment in time with all the sights and smells and emotions. Each time you look at one of her works, you are transported not just to the place, but to the feeling. This is undoubtedly one of the reasons that Julia's work is so popular.

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M. Stephen Doherty. You have heard his name, now see his art!

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The Cabell Gallery is especially excited to be able to bring you the work of an old friend, Steve Doherty. Does the name sound familiar? If you have read about art in the past 30 years you have probably read his work. Steve has been in the center of American art and artists for decades. His story goes like this...He majored in art at Knox College in Galesburg, IL and graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa. He then earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in printmaking from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY; taught art in public schools, a community college, and at Knox; worked in the marketing department of a company that manufactured screen printing art supplies; and then moved to a suburb of New York City.

For 31 years, he was the editor of American Artist magazine and launched three other art magazines: Watercolor, Drawing, and Workshop. In 2011, he became Editor-in-Chief of PleinAir magazine and moved to the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. He continues to edit PleinAir, participate in plein air events, judge art shows, teach workshops, exhibit paintings, and give lectures. I hesitate to say that Steve "wrote the book" on painting...but he kinda did! He has recently had a book published, "The Art of Plein Air Painting: An Essential Guide to Materials, Concepts, and Techniques for Painting Outdoors."

Stephen will be the featured artist for August with his opening reception (coinciding with the First Friday Art Walk) from 5:00-7:30pm on Friday August 3rd at the Cabell Gallery in downtown Lexington. Everyone is invited! If you aren't able to join us on 8/3, make sure you come by the gallery at some point in August. His work will be featured through the end of the month.

 

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July's Artist - Tanya Broderick

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Tanya Broderick is truly interesting. She was born in Russia and moved to Ukraine where she earned her master's degree in geophysics engineering. She worked in Kiev as a fashion designer for several years creating custom knit–works for a select group of clients. After meeting her now-husband, John, Tanya and her daughter, Masha, moved to Charlottesville, Virginia. This alone would make for an interesting life, but there is more.

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In 2010 she started painting and with no formal training began to produce these astounding works of art. It's almost a modern folk art style but the fine detail is just incredible. Maybe it's the engineer in her that helps her reproduce nature and architecture with such precision. It would be very easy for one so skilled in accuracy to turn out a cold blue-print like reproduction. Tanya does not. The artist side of her takes the details and puts them in a painting filled with warmth and admiration. If you have the opportunity to come see her collection in July, don't miss it.

Appreciation and respect is what I see when Tanya shows me what she sees through her eyes. Whether it is a bird, a building, an animal, or one of her favorite subjects, the American flag, she fills it with that same emotion. Yes, her detail is beyond impressive, but her appreciation for what she's painting comes through so strong, you can't help but smile.    

See Tanya's work on our website cabellgallery.com                        

 

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Sally Lawson - new to Cabell Gallery

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As our featured artist for June, this will be Sally Lawson's first appearance at the Cabell Gallery. One look at her bright colors, appealing texture and whimsical landscapes and you'll see why she has her own solo show this month. Her paintings bring joy!

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I'll let Sally use her own words, "I am drawn to many different subjects, but the common thread between them is color!! I use bright colors in my paintings and I find great satisfaction in the joy it brings my clients and me. I love the richness of oils and often paint with a heavily loaded brush or palette knife for texture. I find it stimulating to experiment with different styles and techniques, but, again, my colors remain the common thread. Many of my paintings are of the landscape. I am constantly amazed at the beauty and intricacy of God's creation."

I think what draws me to Sally's work is that I can see her influences, be it the colorfield work of Wolf Kahn, or Vincent van Gogh's playfulness, or just a nod to the old Dutch masters' style in her mysterious skies. She can take these influences add her own touch of realism and make something completely her own. I love her different sides (I mean we all have different moods, right?) But the common thread you will find in her work is the color. The joyful color! With her many moods, I bet something she has will touch you. And if you take it home, it can bring happiness for a lifetime! 

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Presenting Linda Hollett-Bazouzi  August guest artist. Opening Aug. 7, 5:00-7:30

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Presenting Linda Hollett-Bazouzi August guest artist. Opening Aug. 7, 5:00-7:30

Linda Hollett-Bazouzi

Look, look, look...
It used to be the first written words we learned: "Look, Dick, look." See, Jane, see."

Do you ever look behind you...above you, below you, to your left or right? How many breath-taking sunsets have you missed because you were driving east in the evening, or you were too busy thinking about work to see the moon setting in the morning? Have you ever wished you had your camera with you to capture that moment, or—and this is the big one—never appreciated a view until a building went up in front of it, or a bulldozer plowed it under? I try to capture those moments, those views, before they disappear. Even more, I try to capture the feeling associated with those views. My work is not about just documentation; it is about passage.

Alla prima, au premier coup—all at once, first strike. My best work has always been about this. Whether outside or in the studio, once I’ve completed my thought process, I work until the painting is done. Because of how I paint, it is very difficult to go back and finish later. My preliminary plans include not just composition, but where I will stop and start. I use a painting knife almost exclusively, and that lays the paint onto the surface very differently than a brush. Once the paint has begun to harden, I can’t push and pull the paint around, scratch and scrub, build and obliterate. The texture becomes too busy, too disruptive to my thought process. The immediacy of application mirrors the urgency I often feel.

In the studio I may work12 hours uninterrupted on a large canvas—capturing that same sense of urgency I feel when working in the field. My work en plein air is fueled not only by constantly changing light and weather, but also by the locations I choose. I am drawn to areas that we see but don’t notice, that seem unimportant—until development or destruction comes. This results in my work being done in a series, expressing change over time, real or imagined, within myself or in the location.

Tick tock, tick tock...

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"Nimrod Hall: A place for artists to create without the distraction of everyday life."

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"Nimrod Hall: A place for artists to create without the distraction of everyday life."

Cabell Gallery cproudly presents...
The Nimrod Hall Instructors

We are pleased to welcome these 13 instructors from Nimrod Hall as our featured artists for June:

     
                     Mary Holland            
Sara Linda Poly

        Purnell Pettyjohn      
Susannah Raine Haddad

     Rosalie Day White    
Curney Nuffer

              Anne Walker             
Jessie Coles

             Andras Bality            
Diego Sanchez

            Jane Joyner              
 Laura Loe                   

Fielding Archer
Join us on June 5th from 5:00pm to 7:30pm
 for a welcome reception.

 

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Introducing Curney Nuffer: Our Artist of the Month for February

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Introducing Curney Nuffer: Our Artist of the Month for February

On February 6th, during the Lexington Gallery Walk, Curney Nuffer will be doing a live demonstration of a still life oil painting. The event itself runs from 5pm until around 7pm, and Curney's demonstration will begin at 6pm. What will make this event unique, is Curney's single use of the palette knife to create the painting.

After this event, Curney's paintings will remain on "show" through the month of February. Bring out your partners, bring out your friends... and enjoy a winter evening out surrounded by incredible art.

A bit about Curney Nuffer...

Curney Nuffer was born in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia in 1951. He was educated at East Tennessee University and later relocated to Richmond where he began his art education initially through the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Studio School and Virginia Commonwealth University.

His studio is located at The Fulton Hill Studios in Richmond and he also teaches classes locally. His art workshops in England, Italy and Portugal are popular travel-and-paint experiences for artists who want to enjoy plein air as well as still life painting in an art-rich environment.

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