Join us from 6p-9p on the Second Saturday of each month to discover all the Workhouse Arts Center has to offer. Whether it’s your first visit or your hundredth, the Second Saturday Art Walk is the perfect time to meet nearly 100 Resident and Associate Artists, creating art in the studios or exhibiting in our 12 campus galleries. Enjoy thrilling performances of dance, cabaret, comedy, big band, jazz, and theater. Indulge in classes in the art of mixology or cuisines from around the globe. Experience art exhibitions in nine galleries of the region’s finest sculpture, painting, glass, ceramics, and fiber art works.
This month’s Second Saturday Art Walk features:
W-5: Phoebe Twichell Peterson
Phoebe Twichell Peterson is a contemporary landscape painter living in Clifton, Virginia. She received her BA from Middlebury College where she was a Fine Arts major, and studied graphic design at the School of Visual Arts. She has studied oil painting with renown artists Danni Dawson, Robert Liberace and Diane Tesler. Phoebe is a professional artist working and teaching at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, Virginia.
About her show, Phoebe says “April show at the Workhouse Arts Center is dedicated entirely to images of rowboats because they bring back happy memories for me. I spent my childhood summers on Cuttyhunk Island, MA where I swam and played with friends and spent countless hours rowing in the harbor in “Blue Jay” a tiny rowboat that my father built for me out of a single sheet of plywood. Rowboats are part of my artistic vocabulary. For me they carry stories. They allow me to explore social commentary and often remind me anthropomorphically of people I know and love.”
Explore more of Phoebe’s art by visiting her in Studio 512 or online at phoebetwichellpeterson.com
W-6: Anna Gearhart
Anna is an art maker and art educator from Nokesville, Virginia. She earned a BFA in Art Education from Virginia Commonwealth Universtiy and creates minimalist, realistic portraiture with a feminine emphasis. About her work, Anna tells us “My work is quite simple. Painting brings me joy and comfort, and I hope through viewing my art, people experience the same.”
Discover Anna’s work online at http://annagearhart.com or visit Studio 606A at the Workhouse.
W-: Pam Eisenmann
Clay artist Pam Eisenmann presents a collection of recent works displaying colorful variations on surface treatments, as the featured artist in Building W-8 at Workhouse Arts Center. Her functional pieces, from drinking vessels to bowls to serving plates, offer an excuse to celebrate or just an opportunity to add color to your cuisine. Bright patterns, lines, and organic shapes are some of the motifs explored, applied to round as well as asymmetrical vessel forms.
“Lively Surfaces” is on exhibit April 11 through May 31, 2018 in Building 8 at Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, Virginia. Hours are 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and Sundays 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.
W-9: Anne Hollis
Originally from Pennsylvania, Anne moved to Virginia to teach art to elementary students and has been teaching for over 20 years. While being predominately a painter, Anne began collaging in 2015 when she was commissioned to create an artwork for a friend and decided to go in a new direction. Anne fell in love the possibilities collage and mixed media presents and believes the juxtaposition and layering of different papers and textures can create visually stunning results.
In her show “Pulp Fiction” Anne explores mixed media art while focusing on moments in time from mythological stories to real life. Mixed media art is created using a variety of materials in a single artwork such as ink, paint, and paper. Adding unorthodox materials such as zippers, thread, or safety pins can produce an image that is visually unique and thought-provoking.
View Anne’s work in our Arches Gallery in Building W-9 or visit her online at https://archesgallery.weebly.com/anne-hollis.html
W-10: M. Jane Johnson
Mixed-media artist. M. Jane Johnson was born and raised in Jacksonville, FLA. She discovered her love of art at a very young age and started taking private painting lessons in oil at the age of seven. Jane participated in a number of art contests as a child and won many awards. She went on to study art in college and earned a Bachelors of Fine Arts with a focus in drawing and painting. While she was in college she had the opportunity to study art in Italy several times working in pen and ink drawing the beautiful cities and scenes around her. After college she worked as a draftsperson and moved into corporate and B2B sales. Knowing one day she would go back to art, she became a full time artist in 2011. Jane has been a resident artist at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, VA since 2013 and she loves her large airy studio where she creates her layered mixed-media paintings.
I call my mixed-media paintings my “building projects” as they are built out of layers of painting, drawing, and collage. Each piece is process driven and I allow the painting to direct me as to where it wants to go and what it wants to be. Each painting starts out loosely and is tightened up as the piece builds. I use photos a lot in the process to discover the key elements that need to be worked with and played against each other. The majority of my work ends up with somewhere between 30-40 layers on each piece. All of my work contains a strong use of color, line, pattern and texture. These are also key elements in architecture and my love of architecture plays into my building each painting. I strive to incorporate my passion for painting and drawing into all of my work and it does not feel like mine until all the pieces come together. I want the viewer to step back and see the overall image but also be pulled in as well to see the intricate details in each piece.
Explore Jane’s work online at www.mj2art.com.
Event cover photo by M. Jane Johnson.