Joanna Athey: Mixed Media
Jewell Hellems: Watercolor
Suzanne Ravgiala: Painted Furniture / Fabric Art
August 3 thru August 27
Opening Reception, Saturday, August 3rd, 5-7 p.m.
Sponsored by the Washington Street Artists’ Cooperative
WSAC / AHA Fire Hall Gallery
108 N. George Street
Charles Town, WV
Joanna Athey – As a charter member of the Potomac River Artist Guild, Athey has exhibited widely in juried exhibitions and in group shows in the WV-MD-VA tri-state area. She has studied with noted regional watercolorists Elizabeth Smith, Robin Young and Joe Mayer, and with artists from across the U.S., and in Canada and England. Athey takes an “experimental” approach in her works, which have developed from watercolor to acrylics, ink, and collage. Athey’s captivating compositions move in delightful and colorful ways between realism and abstraction. Athey is a member of the Washington Street Artists’ Cooperative in Charles Town, WV. Joanna Athey can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-728-6767.
Jewell Hellems – Watercolor and Realism have been the primary interests for Hellems over the past 15 years. She unabashedly “loves color” and her palette can move from bold and vibrant, to muted and lyrical. Recently, Hellems has been painting on the new Yupo synthetic art paper, and is exploring the many “surprises” it presents for incorporating abstraction. Hellems launched into painting as she studied with regional artists Elizabeth Smith and Robin young. Hellems exhibits with the Potomac River Artist Guild, the Washington Street Artists’ Cooperative, and the Arts and Humanities Alliance (AHA) of Jefferson County. Jewel Hellems can be contacted at email@example.com or 304-725-4477.
Suzanne Ravgiala – After working in the sign business for thirty five years with customers such as the National Capitol Building, Smithsonian Institute 1876 Exhibit, National Park Service Preservation Department, Kennedy Center, and Sangamore Hill, Ravgiala is putting her talent to different uses. She uses found furniture as a base for applying unique painting and decorating skills. Often she cuts tiles or plates up and places the pieces artistically on to the furniture, sometimes with a theme such as wine or fruit. She exhibits at the Washington Street Artists’ Coop in the visitor center in Charles Town West Virginia. Ravgiala won Craftsman of the Year award for her historic stenciling on St. John’s Church in Elllicott City, MD. Suzanne Ravgiala he can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-728-6798. More of her work can be viewed at www.mauxfaux.weebly.com