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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.”

Michele Fletcher

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. 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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Yes, THAT Dick Fowlkes.

Dick Fowlkes

Dick Fowlkes

House Mountain Sunset - 9x12 - $340

House Mountain Sunset - 9x12 - $340

If you've ever met Dick Fowlkes, then you two are friends. He never seems to forget a person and he is the kind of guy who that you just instantly want to be around. When you meet him, I guarantee he will spend the first 5 minutes figuring out the “three degrees of Dick Fowlkes” in how he knows someone who knows you!

He has been extremely successful in his "day job" creating and selling ties through his company Peter-Blair Accessories based in Richmond, where he also has his men's clothing boutique Peter-Blair. But if you didn't know that Dick also is a very accomplished painter, well then, as they say, you don't know Dick.

Dick's known nationwide for his neckties, but his heart will always be here in Virginia. He lives in Richmond, but spends every moment he can at his weekend home in Brownsburg. With as much time as he spends here in Rockbridge County he really knows the mountains. He can forage for wild mushrooms and asparagus with the best of them!

Two Red Trees - 12x9 - $340

Two Red Trees - 12x9 - $340

Dick’s intimacy with the landscape really shows in his paintings. His fun, contemporary, whimsical style is mixed with the love he expresses when he paints. What you get is a treasure. It is art that isn't just about looking pretty over your couch, it's art that makes you feel. Perhaps that is why his art is so appealing to collectors, it's not something you can judge from first glance, rather, you'll find it unfolds its story over time.

Get to know him. It can be certain that if you have the chance to spend some time with Dick Fowlkes, you’ll want to hang out with the guy. If you have a chance to spend some time with his paintings, well, then you’ll want to know him.

Lee Chapel - 11x14 - $385

Lee Chapel - 11x14 - $385

Pink Line - 12x12 - $390

Pink Line - 12x12 - $390

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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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Tom Tartaglino "Rivers and Mountains: the Beauty of the Shenandoah Valley"

Occasionally, there is an artist that becomes such a part of the Cabell Gallery, that we wouldn't seem complete without his work. That's how we feel about Tom Tartaglino. He is an artist that we have represented for many years, but now through this highly anticipated solo show, we will get to see an entire collection of work that he put together just for us...and more importantly, for you.

Buena Vista from Above - 18”x61”

Buena Vista from Above - 18”x61”

In September of 2018 we will feature the works of artist Tom Tartaglino with his show "Rivers and Mountains : the Beauty of the Shenandoah Valley." His realism can be astounding, but what I like the most about his paintings is that I could look at it for years and every time see something I hadn't seen before. Come meet him and discuss his new collection. It's so fascinating to hear how much thought goes into each work (down to the handmade frames!) yet he makes it look so effortless.

Tom Tartaglino at work

Tom Tartaglino at work

“Headwater” etching - plate size 12”x12”

“Headwater” etching - plate size 12”x12”

Tom was born 1956 in Heidelburg, Germany, but he grew up in suburban Maryland, married, and moved to Palmyra, Virginia in 1979. There he bought a house in the country to raise vegetables and children before attending Virginia Commonwealth University, receiving a BFA in 1994. He has worked as an artist since.

"Although I am an art school graduate, my training and experience come from a lifetime love of painting. Art school gave me helpful hints. My inspiration for a work of art usually happens while observing a scene many times. The scene will draw me in and I start to see what it is I am attracted to. I will try to capture a psychological truth about my subject, which I see in plein aire impressionism, but I will be looking for subtleties that an impressionistic handling would miss. Through close observation, I concentrate on the details that make it realistic and truthful. When complete, it will be about something beyond the scene. It will have a depiction of a physical person or place, but carry a mood we all identify with."

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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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10 Tips for Buying Art

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10 Tips for Buying Art

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People come into the gallery every day and say “I don’t know anything about art.” First of all, it doesn’t matter, but second, yes you do. Unless you are spending hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars on collecting art, all you need to know is does it speak to you. If it moves you, then it is good. If it does not make you feel, then it is not for you and move on. Don’t settle for art that you have no connection with. You will be looking at this every day so it better feel like the real thing. Just like my mom used to say, “When you know, you’ll know.”

If you still feel that you want more tips in buying art, here it is quite simply…

Top 10 Tips for Buying art

#1    Choose art from the heart

Choosing art doesn’t need to be rocket science nor do you need a degree in art history. If a work of art makes you smile, or moves you in some way then you have been inspired, making a spontaneous emotional connection. If you find an artwork that you can’t stop thinking about, chances are it is meant to be in your life. Sometimes you find art and sometimes art finds you. All you need is a love and appreciation of fine art and a desire to collect it. If you don’t feel it, don’t buy it. It’s that simple.

#2    Be confident

Buy art for yourself and because you love it, not because you think others will. Visitors come and go however you’ll live with that artwork every day. Have the confidence to express yourself with the art you choose. Don’t be scared to buy big and make a statement. Art is a great reflection of your own personality. Chances are if you are into it then people you love will be too.

#3    The right place for your art

You absolutely don’t have to buy art to fit a spot or a particular wall. If you move or redecorate then the painting you matched to the couch or choose for the position may not work anymore anyway. Speaking from experience, if you love it, there will always fond a perfect spot for it. Think about moving your art around your home. Swap your art around from wall to wall, room to room. That’s what we do all the time at the gallery. It’s a great way to reinvigorate your home and you’ll find art can look quite different once moved. Just experiment and you’ll soon be appreciating your collection all over again!

#4    Make artwork the star

At the Cabell Gallery the artists each frame their work themselves. But if you don’t like the frame just say so! Never let that be the reason you pass by a good piece. If your artwork needs framing, be sure to create an overall harmony with the piece itself. The frame should neither dominate nor under whelm. Well-considered, quality framing will add value to your overall investment. We are happy to help with suggestions.

#5    It’s OK to be eclectic

Creating a diverse art collection is inspiring and unpredictable. Why not pair an original vintage poster with an oil still life? Mix it up and make your own rules. You don’t just have one mood, neither should your collection. A home with one style of artwork can be predictable. Diversification is also great if you are considering art as a long term investment.

#6    Use good lighting

Position lamps, rotate down lights and track lights to highlight artwork and create an inviting atmosphere in your home. You will be amazed what a difference a simple repositioning of light makes. If renovating or building, talk to the architect and electrician about your art (or future art collection) and how to use lighting to display it to its greatest potential.

#7    Create your own artworks

Essentially art is human expression finding form, so give form to your actual life! Pin up your children’s drawings. Blow up an old photo and print it on canvas or wallpaper. Frame a series of postcards you find on your travels or give your toddler’s ceramic creation pride of place for all to enjoy. This mixed with your collected art tells the story of YOU. It’s about being real and feeling connected. Be creative - it doesn’t need to last a lifetime; but you can enjoy it for now.

#8    Give the gift of art

Giving art can be a perfect symbol of friendship, love or gratitude that will last a lifetime. Or be on the receiving end by asking family and friends to contribute towards an artwork you have selected to celebrate a special occasion. Don’t forget that we have gift certificates!

#9    Meet the artist

Meet the artist and hear their story, let that experience enrich your own connection. We have a different artist in every First Friday. Share the artists story with others, inspiring them to fall in love with art too. If its not possible to meet the artist, we would be happy to put you in touch with them as we believe understanding why it was created adds depth and furthers your knowledge and connection. Put simply, choose art from the heart. Fall in love with it, enjoy and cherish it. Talk about it with your friends. Tell them why you chose it and how it makes you feel. Art is a great way to start a conversation and connect to other people.

#10    Start your collecting today

There’s no better time to start collecting original art than now. It takes just one piece then you are on your way. Always keep it original and authentic. Buy a smaller original work if your budget is tight. Ask us about a payment plan if your heart is set on piece. And if you are concerned about whether it will look right in you home, let’s talk. We can often arrange for you to loan it out so you can take it home and see. And, of course, you always have 15 days to return it for any reason or no reason at all! But whatever you do, don’t be afraid to buy art. Imagine the collection you could have in 10 years from now if you start today!

 

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