November Featured Artist: Nan Mahone Wellborn

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November Featured Artist: Nan Mahone Wellborn

It's almost our favorite time of the month again: First Friday in Downtown Lexington! On Friday, November 4 from 5:00-7:30 we will be celebrating the work of Roanoke based artist Nan Mahone Wellborn. Nan's color palette and fluid painting style immediately attract attention and create an incredibly soothing aesthetic; I can't wait to see the new paintings she brings for the opening! 

Throughout her youth Nan practiced her talents by painting her mother's flower arrangements, which helped develop the artist's interest in observational painting of light's affect on color and nature. Now, as an established artist, Nan paints primarily plein air landscapes in the Blue Ridge Mountains, using oil as her medium. 

Wellborn's style "captures the immediacy of moment," and infuses traditional themes of reality with a unique, modern color palette to express an emotional interpretation of a sense of  place. Observing her surroundings creates the basis for Nan's work while focusing mainly on the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, through the marshes in South Carolina and all the way down to the Florida Keys. Nan credits Piet Mondrian's early landscapes, Pierre Bonnard, Nell Blaine, Fairfield Porter and Canadian artists, the Group of Seven, with continuously influencing her work. 

"My current work is a response to feelings and moods the constantly changing light creates in the landscape. I want to connect you with an evocative experience. I want you to feel as if you're in that place, at that time, to give you a heightened sense of the warmth, smells, textures, colors, and atmosphere I find in nature."

To see more of Nan Mahone Wellborn's work visit her personal website http://nanmahonewellborn.com or you can see what we already have at the gallery on her artist page on the Cabell Gallery website. Nan will be in the gallery for her opening on November 4, so please come by to  say hello, enjoy a cocktail and view her beautiful collection! 

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New Artist at the Gallery: Joanna Tyka

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New Artist at the Gallery: Joanna Tyka

I am so thrilled to have Joanna Tyka's art work at the gallery! I saw her business card sitting on the main desk a few weeks ago, and checked out her website then immediately fell in love with her style as well as her zest for life. Tyka's biography on her website describes a fiercely competitive, driven woman with a natural talent and skill to succeed in all of her endeavors. The "Tyka style" is truly identifiable and adds a new, unique aesthetic to the awesome collection at the Cabell Gallery. 

Joanna Tyka grew up in Warsaw, Poland where she developed a passion for music and art at a very young age. Winning her first art competition at age six, Tyka always had a competitive spirit and has been active in skiing, tennis, golf and sailing throughout her life. She cultivated her love of music by frequently attending the Warsaw Philharmonic as a child and all of these early influences continue to contribute to her artistic inspiration. 

Ms. Tyka graduated with honors from the Academy of Fine Arts, an ambition she had as a young child, and then exhibited her work at the prestigious Zacheta National Gallery of Art, a prestigious contemporary art museum located in Warsaw.

Joanna's family emigrated from Poland to Canada and then to France, but she settled in Hamburg, Germany where she could pursue her passion for sailing while continuing to develop her artistic career.  She also contributed her talents to design through graphics, fashion and tapestry. While in Hamburg, Tyka received the Altona Prize and exhibited her work in many museums. 

Seeking new environmental and cultural inspiration, Tyka moved to Miami where her dynamic whimsical aesthetic developed into the "Tyka style" with bright, tropical colors that were translated into themes of Latin America and the Caribbean. This identifiable, unique style led to the development of valuable relationships with fine art societies and galleries within the United States and also in Europe. 

Throughout her career, Tyka has been commissioned to paint pieces for several prominent musical societies and events and has also exhibited her work in shows throughout New York, San Francisco and Miami while also expanding her talents to furniture design. Additionally, Tyka's puppet productions, complete with self-designed stage and theater, have been shown in connection with Barnes and Noble, as well as the Greater Miami Opera. Always expanding her own education and expertise, Joanna also studied at the Gemological Institute of America in Santa Monica, California. 

In addition, Tyka spreads her passion for the arts through teaching and has taught art classes in Germany at the Anthroposofic Institute of Rudolf Steiner and the Volks Schools, in Miami and also in Richmond.

To see her art in person here in Lexington, stop by the gallery but to see her full array of themes visit her website: http://tykaart.com.  

 

 

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Artist Spotlight: Bonnie Mason

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Artist Spotlight: Bonnie Mason

A couple of weeks ago we received several paintings from one of the newest artists represented by the gallery, Bonnie Mason. Mason grew up in the beautiful mountains of Virginia where her family encouraged her early interest in painting and drawing. Bonnie's childhood adventures with her parents in the Blue Ridge Mountains included hiking, identifying animals tracks, plants and trees. This early influence is apparent in her plein air paintings, which evoke awe and appreciation of the Virginia landscape. In addition to her mountain landscapes, her portfolio also includes stunning seascapes, still lifes and "critters." 

Bonnie Mason obtained a B.A. Fine Art and now lives in Salem, Virginia. She participates in a plein air group that represents a variety of mediums and styles called The Double Line Painters of the Blue Ridge.

Stop by the gallery to see Bonnie's work, view her artist's page on our website or check out her personal website bmasonart.com.  

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2 Year Anniversary Celebration!!

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2 Year Anniversary Celebration!!

As I've previously mentioned, October marks The Cabell Gallery's 2 year anniversary and the gallery team is so excited to celebrate with everyone on the 7th! Our party will begin at 4:30 shortly before the Arts of Lexington Block Party. We'll be serving cake and one of Cabell's specialty cocktails, of course.   Although there is information about the gallery and the team on our website, I wanted to highlight what is new at the gallery and how it has been evolving over the past two years. 

Cabell Gorman began the gallery to celebrate "beauty, emotion and life through the work of the artists we represent" after recovering from the death of her son, Patrick. Cabell shared her passion for art with Patrick, who was also a gifted artist, and after a year hiatus from painting following her loss she was able to step into the studio and feel connected to his spirit though her own creative expression. Cabell displays her work in the gallery along with other artists that explore the beautiful world around us. While mainly featuring plein air landscape paintings and views of emblematic Lexington buildings, the gallery also offers immaculate sterling silver jewelry by local Lexington artist, Jennifer Letter, amazing glass pieces, pottery and truly unique furniture. Cabell has created an environment in which visitors can browse the gallery or even lounge in our comfy chairs without high pressure or a museum-like silence. The gallery team enjoys simply talking about the art and artists and getting to know the clients in order to create a relaxed experience that is catered to their specific interests. 

Since opening two years ago the gallery has expanded its hours to include Sundays and Mondays and hired a gallery assistant. 

The gallery also welcomed a new curator last fall, Susan Groves. Having beautiful art is important but displaying it in a way that enhances each piece is integral to the sale and client experience. I often hear visitors comment on how great the gallery looks as they browse our collection. I agree! Susan does a wonderful job of displaying the amazing pieces of art in engaging and interesting ways. When I asked about her curating method she said: 

"I try to make it feel comfortable. A place that you'd feel okay just hanging out. You should spend time with art to see what really speaks to you. I rearrange things a lot. Sometimes when you come in you are drawn to one particular piece and everything around it falls away, but then of you come in again and see things in a different arrangement, maybe a piece you hadn't noticed before shines through. Art is that way, it's like they say about love, you'll know it when you feel it. Except art is easier to keep. You can take it with you and have it always. "

The art displayed in the Cabell Gallery is certainly a celebration of life and beauty that reminds all of us to treasure the world around us. We look forward to many more years of providing a space for people to escape to when they just need their "art fix" or when they are looking to fill an empty space in their home! See you Friday! 

"Main Street Twilight" by Amy Donahue 

"Main Street Twilight" by Amy Donahue 

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Featured Artist: Susan Dull

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Featured Artist: Susan Dull

Don't forget that October 7, 2016 from 4:30-7:30 is the Cabell Gallery 2 year Birthday Celebration and also the Arts of Lexington Block Party (starting at 5:30). As mentioned in the previous two blogs, we will have three featured artists for the month of October, two of which will be doing live plein air painting demonstrations during the party. To get you excited for this awesome event, I'm focusing on each of the three artists leading up to it. This week I'm focusing on Richmond artist Susan Dull, who will be live painting along with Curney Nuffer (who was featured in last weeks blog). 

Growing up in a family with a history of artists in Northern and Central Virginia, Susan Dull's love for art was cultivated at a very young age. While in college at Randolph-Macon Women's College in Lynchburg, Virginia, Ms. Dull studied art history and literature and minored in photography. During her junior year of college Susan traveled to England where she studied with two prominent art historians, Linda Nochlin and John Kenworthy-Brown. 

Susan Dull's career in art began with thirty years as a photographer, specializing in dark room developing, which later led to an interest in oil painting. Beginning in 1990, Susan took painting and drawing classes at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Studio School and the Visual Arts Center. In 1992 she further developed her painting technique and knowledge of pigments, varnishes and glazes while studying under Emily Dashwood Naper at the Loughcrew School just outside of Dublin, Ireland. Back in the States, Susan continued her education through classes taught by the Director of Conservation at the National Gallery and well known landscape painter, Ross Merrill. 

Currently, Susan Dull primarily practices painting beautiful plein air landscapes and still lifes using oil on canvas. She participates in the Nimrod Hall Summer Arts Program in Bath County, Virginia and also studies in Richmond, Virginia with Curney Nuffer.

To check out more of Susan Dull's art before October 7, please visit www.cabellgallery.com or her personal website www.susandull.com

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Featured Artist: Curney Nuffer

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Featured Artist: Curney Nuffer

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 www.cabellgallery.com or his personal website www.curneynuffer.com.  

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Arts of Lexington Block Party with Live Plein Air Painting at the Cabell Gallery!

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Arts of Lexington Block Party with Live Plein Air Painting at the Cabell Gallery!

We are really excited for next month's block party on October 7 celebrating the arts of Lexington, Virginia! Located on Washington Street between Main and Jefferson, the block party will highlight the immense artistic culture that can be found in our beloved little town with live music from Greenhouse (thanks to the sponsorship of Southern Inn Restaurant and Dan Vance/Edward Jones), local weavers, potters, metal workers, and live painting. The galleries (The Nelson Gallery, Artists in Cahoots and Cabell Gallery) and merchants (Sunday's Child, Walkabout Outfitters, Wolf and Company Antiques, and Virginia Born and Bread) will all be open, in addition to paintings and sculpture on display outside. Children will also have the opportunity to express their creativity with several activities like clay work and sidewalk art. Local restaurants will be serving up some delicious food and of course, there will be fine wines from Rockbridge vineyards!   

At the Cabell Gallery, three artists will be featured: Richmond artists Curney Nuffer and Susan Dull, as well as, David Elsea, from Charles City. For an extra treat, both Curney and Susan will be doing live plein air paintings during the block party! 

Every Monday leading up to the block party our blog will provide everything you need to know about each artist, so make sure to check back! Tomorrow, September 19, Curney Nuffer will be featured. 

We look forward to seeing everyone on October 7 from 5-7:30! 

 

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Why Art?

In a modern world where our senses are constantly bombarded with sounds and images, why should we value art? As an art historian, I find myself regularly defending abstract paintings that people say, "my child could paint that!" But, "no," I reply, "your child can't do that because he is not experiencing the same conditions in the same context as that artist did!" 

I was told that most museum visitors spend an average of six seconds in front of a painting. For those that can't develop a story or don't know the history behind a piece of art, it is difficult to connect with the artist's idea and why it matters. If for no other reason, art matters because it gives us moments of escape from the daily hustle of our many responsibilities. Whether we connect with a piece in deep understanding or we simply like it as a "pretty picture," art provides us with a different perspective of the world around us. 

At The Cabell Gallery, we primarily sell plein air paintings and it is truly amazing how each artist imbues their work with love and emotion that we, as the viewer, can feel. We have several paintings of Rockbridge county landmarks like Lee Chapel, House and Jump Mountains but each one comes from a different perspective. Each artist has a different connection with their chosen location or subject and that reminds me of my own emotional connection and how it may differ from that of the artist. As a native Lexingtonian, I often take this town and its beautiful surroundings for granted, so for me, taking a moment to analyze these paintings provides me with a new appreciation through someone else's eyes.    

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Congratulations Camp Mont Shenandoah 90 years and still going strong

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Congratulations Camp Mont Shenandoah 90 years and still going strong

Painting by Curney Nuffer available at Cabell Gallery

This summer, Camp Mont Shenandoah celebrates its 90th year.  Recently listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Virginia Landmarks Register, it is the oldest private residential camp in continuous operation in the state.  “Significantly, this turn-of-the-century camp is among the few places that created outdoor experiences solely for young women, and to this day the place has retained its architectural heritage and its picturesque setting,” said Julie Langan, Director of Virginia’s Department of Historic Resources Director.

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It's the End of the World As We Know It, But I Feel Fine...

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It's the End of the World As We Know It, But I Feel Fine...

<Painting : Foggy Day in Virginia by Julia Lesnichy (available at Cabell Gallery)>

The world is going to hell in a hand basket! At least it seems like it if you listen to TV, or Radio, or Social Media. Our bridges are crumbling, our glaciers are melting, no one can get a job, college cost more, aging people have less.  If _________ becomes president I’m moving to Canada! It is all pretty stressful. I guess I could just take a Xanax and keep doing what I’m doing, but I have a better idea. Art.

You know, at one time I thought of art as just something to collect, maybe it reminded me of a certain trip, maybe it was cool and I wanted others to see it, or maybe it even matched my couch. Those are all completely acceptable reasons to have art, by the way. But then I discovered not just collecting art, but spending TIME with art. 

Sometimes here at the Cabell Gallery, we will get a student that wanders in from the W&L Law School and says, “I’m not here to buy anything, is it alright if I just look at the art? I just had an exam and I need to decompress.” I love that. What a great purpose that art gets to serve, not just to bring joy…but to bring peace. 

I like to spend time with art. I like trees. I like rivers. I like fields. There are some wonderful paintings of fields here at Cabell Gallery that I can just get lost in, that I can look at and imagine what the wind sounds like as I’m walking through them. Sometimes people say, “Oh I don’t have any more room in my house for art,” (there is no such thing btw) but I will say, “What about your office?” The office is where you could REALLY use a tree, or a river, or a field to get lost in for a few minutes. Try it. When I find myself immersed in a painting of the Blue Ridge Mountains, I may not know all the answers to the world's problems, but I know this; there is no way I’m moving to Canada.

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A Love Letter to Lexington in the Snow

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A Love Letter to Lexington in the Snow

<photo credit: Gail MacLeod>

Lexington in the snow…you are one of the most beautiful sites I have ever seen.  I love the way the snow clings to your brickwork on your old buildings and caps your iron railings like frosting.  You have always been charming, but in the snow you are somehow magical. 
I’m not naive, I know not everyone appreciates you like I do. I know some people say, “Oh the snow looks nice, but I don’t want to go OUT in it. It’s too much hassle.” Really?? They must not remember what it was like to be a kid and play in the show for hours.  So I get some snow on my boots, no big deal.  It’s worth this to be with you when you are so beautiful.
I know there are some who say, “I can’t go DOWNTOWN in the snow, there is no place to park.” These people don’t know that it’s the perfect time to discover downtown Lexington.  So you might not be able to park right in front of where you are going; Lexington is meant to be walked. I have wandered through your downtown, Lexington, and I always find something unexpected. I moved here in 1983 and often I see things that I didn’t know about (or forgot about?) when I walk your streets.
I hope others love you like I do, Lexington. I hope that they appreciate your restaurants, and shops, and quirks. I hope they love walking down West Washington and seeing all the art at the Cabell Gallery and Artists in Cahoots, and the Nelson Gallery. There are so many places a person can find in Downtown Lexington where people show off their talents. For such a small town, I could spend a whole weekend just walking your streets…and yes, even in the snow! People can pop in to the Lexington Coffee Shop for a coffee or hot chocolate, or maybe into Sweet Treats for one of their juicy hamburgers or warm sandwiches. And if they are from out of town they can stay right downtown at the Georges or the R. E. Lee.
Lexington, I’ve never known anyone who visits you that doesn’t fall in love. I hope that more people appreciate all that you have to offer…especially in the snow.

 

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Why emerging artists?

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Why emerging artists?

So you want to own original art. Fantastic! Owning art and starting a small collection not only adds a lot of personality to your space, but is often one of the most fun and rewarding investments you can make.  When considering art, look closely at emerging artists. These are the artists that are just getting their careers going. You won’t find them in a lot of galleries; most likely they are marketing themselves or going to art fairs. But if you don’t have the time to hit every art fair in Virginia…the Cabell Gallery of Fine Art is the perfect place for you. We specialize in emerging artists from Virginia. In general, their work is more affordable then well established artists because they don’t have a “name” yet. But this doesn’t mean their art isn’t good. It just means they haven’t been noticed by the “right” people in the art world…yet. 


Buying an emerging artist could get you in on the ground floor of something that will be worth a lot more someday, but remember, that is not why you should buy. Buy what you like, not what is on trend. Buy art because you are drawn to it, and because you will enjoy it being a part of your home. Living with art you love will enhance your everyday life! Smaller and affordable work is the easiest way to start a collection. This could mean a smaller piece by an established artist, a work on paper, or a piece from an emerging artist. There is fantastic art available in everyone’s price range. Stop by the Cabell Gallery to see dozens of artists from this region who make all sorts of works that might connect with you. You can always check out the website, too, www.cabellgallery.com.

 

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6 Tips For Buying Art

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6 Tips For Buying Art

It’s easy to feel intimidated by acquiring art, but there is absolutely no need to. It’s not necessary to be well versed in art or artists to know what you like. And that is what building an art collection should be about; surrounding yourself with pieces that you like and make you feel something. What you gravitate to may not be what someone else does. It’s a personal experience, and there are no rules. There are, however, tips! Think about these 6 things next time you are buying art:

1. Love it: Buy what you love, not just what “matches the couch.” Art should evoke an emotion in you, embrace what moves you as you build your art collection.

2. Optimal Acquisition: Buy the best piece or pieces your budget will allow. These are investments that you are going to have forever.

3. Push your Boundaries: If you tend to like a particular style or genre, perhaps you find that you already have those pieces in your collection, explore! Open your mind to something new.

4. Mix it Up: Don’t be afraid to mix it up. Your collection can be diverse: comprised of pieces of varying styles and genres. Your art can reflect your many moods.

5. Trust: Work with a gallery you know and trust. The gallery should have the experience to guide you through the process of acquiring art. You will also benefit from their long standing relationships with the artists they represent.

6. An Experience to Enjoy: Buying art is an experience to revel in. It should never be stressful. Venture into this process of experiencing, selecting and ultimately buying with enthusiasm!

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HOUSE MOUNTAIN AFFAIR

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HOUSE MOUNTAIN AFFAIR

House Mountain. It’s as much a part of the Lexington landscape as W&L or VMI. Maybe more…it’s been there longer. But something about that mountain seems to stay in Rockbridge County residents’ minds, and in their hearts. Perhaps Harry Hathaway Warner said it best when he said he’d been “having an affair with House Mountain…stretching over 60 years.” In fact, he wrote a book about it and you can own a copy yourself while helping to raise money to benefit House Mountain.

The book is called House Mountain Affair: A Personal Journal and Pictorial Study of the Signature Landmark of Lexington, Virginia, by Harry Hathaway Warner.

And this Friday, December 4th from 5:00pm to 7:30pm, Cabell Gallery welcomes local author Harry Hathaway Warner for a book signing, reception, and an exhibition of Virginia landscapes artwork. 

All proceeds from book sales will go to the Rockbridge Area Conservation Council to aid in their mission of protecting Rockbridge County’s natural treasures, including House Mountain. Those who purchase a book will also receive a voucher for a 10% discount on one Cabell Gallery item valid for 60 days following the event.   

It’s nice to support local authors and to have your money go to a deserving cause. But there is something magical about House Mountain, and to read Mr. Warner’s book makes you see that others, past and present, know that too. To own the book makes you feel as if you own a piece of the mountain itself. The way he invites you into his heart and hopes and dreams is so intimate. And yes, you get lots of beautiful pictures and maps and historical context, but Mr. Warner also shows you a piece of himself, the piece that has spent all these years in a House Mountain Affair.

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Harry Hathaway Warner Author "House Mountain Affair" Book signing Dec 4. 5-7:30

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Harry Hathaway Warner Author "House Mountain Affair" Book signing Dec 4. 5-7:30

 

“I have had an ‘affair” with House Mountain, Lexington’s (and Rockbridge County’s) monolithic natural sculpture, stretching over sixty years, and in the latter half of that time I have dreamed of paying homage to it.”

- Harry Hathaway Warner

The Book:

House Mountain Affair

A Personal Journal and Pictorial Study of the Signature Landmark of Lexington, Virginia

By Harry Hathaway Warner

Join us on Friday, December 4th from 5:00pm to 7:30pm at the Cabell Gallery to welcome local author Harry Hathaway Warner for a book signing, reception, and an exhibition of Virginia landscapes artwork. 

All proceeds from book sales will go to the Rockbridge Area Conservation Council to aid in their mission of protecting Rockbridge County’s natural treasures, including House Mountain. Those who purchase a book will also receive a voucher for a 10% discount on one Cabell Gallery item valid for 60 days following the event.   

We look forward to seeing you!

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Nationally known Artist, Christopher Wynn Presented By Cabell Gallery

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Nationally known Artist, Christopher Wynn Presented By Cabell Gallery

Join Cabell Gallery November 6 for the show opening

Christopher majored in fine art at the University of Washington, Seattle, and the University of California Berkeley, where he graduated with a B.S.. Further art studies include Otis Parsons art institute and Santa Monica JC, and Foothill JC in Los Altos, CA.

After graduating, he worked for years as an art director and creative director for numerous corporations and advertising agencies on the West Coast. In 1992 he began wynncreative.com and produced artwork and campaigns for many of Silicon Valley's largest and most successful companies.

In 2005 and 2006, Christopher circumvented the globe solo for seven months to paint watercolors plein aire in over 24 countries.

Currently, his watercolors are represented by a number of art galleries and art venues on the East and West Coast, and in and around Richmond, Virginia in particular

Christopher has won well over 65 National and International Awards for both his design and fine art. 

The artist is a member of numerous professional organizations, including:

A Signature member of the Southern Watercolor Society, Baltimore Watercolor Society, the Virginia Watercolor Society, the Philadelphia Watercolor Society, the Alabama Watercolor, Missouri Watercolor Society, The American Artists Professional League, NYC and in 2015, the Georgia Watercolor Society.

Further memberships in:

National Watercolor Society
American Watercolor Society
Transparent Watercolor Society of America
Watercolor West
Bon Air Artists Association

 

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See it...Like it...Buy it : The Art Collectors Mantra

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See it...Like it...Buy it : The Art Collectors Mantra

You walked away. That one-of-a-kind piece of art you adored has walked out the door with someone else.  Dejected, you stand in front of the blank space where it used to reside still eagerly grasping your checkbook, wishing and hoping that somehow you might be reunited.  We have all been in this situation before and felt that horrible sinking feeling of losing something that you would have cherished.  As a gallery curator, I see this happen more often than you might think.  A client walks in the door and their eyes lock onto one piece. They spend the next few minutes walking around the gallery halfheartedly looking, while glancing over their shoulder for another glimpse of THE piece they are in love with.  That same client walks out the door with those all important questions running through their minds: Is this in my budget? Where will I put this? Do I really feel this strongly about that piece?  A few days later they come back in, I meet them at the door and see the eagerness in their eyes. “I’m ready to buy that piece,” they say.  “I’m sorry, it sold.” I reluctantly tell them.  “Is there any way…Does the artist…I can’t believe it, I loved that piece.”  

The Mantra:

See it, Like it, Buy it.  These deceptively simple words were told to me by dear family members who had felt this despair more than once before.  Right about now, you might be scoffing and thinking that’s too easy, just see it, like it, and buy it, yeah right. What about my budget? My color scheme? Etc. Etc.  Well, I would say that I once agreed with you, but have since seen the beauty in such a mantra.  Of course the logistics must be thought about, they are important, but what I have found to be equally important is that a piece of art gives you an emotional reaction. You intuitively feel a connection to it, it reminds you of something or someone in your past, or reveals a new feeling or emotion you didn’t know was hidden inside you, or perhaps you just like it. These feelings and emotions deserve a voice in the decision making process.  Think about your budget, but also think about how this piece of art might change your life, your daily routine, or make you smile at just the right moment.  Trust your intuition, don't over think it, and whatever you do, don’t walk out the door without it!  See it, Like it, Buy it.  

Happy hunting my friends!

 

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