Born in Thailand,
Tan began painting when she was 15 years old. As an adult, she
moved to Virginia where she creates strikingly detailed oil
paintings on both canvas and linen.
Her artwork is inspired
by her love of nature, and based on the gardens, flowers and
local wildlife. She paints the gardens at her home in Virginia,
and other parks and gardens near her home. She also travels
to the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia, the Longwood Gardens
in Pennsylvania, as well as to her family farm on the Chao Phraya
River in Thailand.
Tan's artwork also
be found on her web site, and at various shows and locations
in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington DC.
Liz creates functional
and decorative fused glass plates and bowls, as well as her
fun whimsical standing fused pieces. Her work often has a flowing
nature theme that gives the viewer a creative journey. Liz has
been a glass artist for 29 years working first in stained
glass and evolving to fused glass over the years. Lately she
has been inspired by the Blue Ridge Mountains and the beautiful
surrounding countryside and has enjoyed incorporating these
elements into her work. Liz has a degree in Design from the
University of of Maryland.
Melinda's forms are
influenced by Asian arts and philosophies, artists and architects
such as Antoni Gaudi and Louis Sullivan; they all interpreted
natural forms and expressed them in their work. There is an
ancient belief by Chinese potters that clay pots being of the
earth are spirits of the earth. She likes to believe her pots
are earth spirits that capture a little of herself as well.
A collection of very
detailed black & white pen & ink drawings made using
a .25mm Rapidograph utilizing a wide variety of themes ranging
from naturalistic scenery to devices and mechanical objects
to science fiction and fantasy often incorporating pictures,
words, symbols, equations, and anything else I can think of
to add depth, and texture, and to engage the viewer.
Karen uses traditional
methods of hammering, casting, and spinning to create heirloom
quality pieces. She and her husband, Stuart, have been pewtersmithing
for over 35 years. Their pieces are well known for being highly
polished and finely finished. Collectors enjoy the extensive
selection of ornaments. Karen has carved close to 400 different
Jewelry, Metalwork, Sculpture
Meredith Hilt specializes
in wire and metal-smithing techniques. Meredith combines precious
metal, wire and stone into wearable pieces of artwork. Using
a hammer and torch, she merges metals together, seeing how they
can play off one another. The finished result is often embellished
with texture, artisan glass or semi-precious stones.
Fiber Art, Jewelry
Mary Kenesson creates
her "ma su ke" fiberarts and jewelry with an Asian
flair, using beads, fibers, vintage buttons and found objects
from around the world.
For two decades he
has been creating and selling art made from objects found while
hiking in woodlands, meadows and streets. Recently retired from
nearly 30 years working as a building maintenance supervisor,
Jim holds a BA in history and an MA in museum studies, writes
and publishes short stories, is a long time volunteer at Harpers
Ferry National Park.
Jim finds things that appeal to his artistic sense and translates
them into an elegant or often whimsical creation. Almost every
day Jim hikes a few miles and all too frequently chances upon
a discovery to add to his working inventory that may become
his next unexpected creation. Taking the "finds" as
he calls them, back to his shop, Jim noodles and fiddles until
the concept emerges as a finished piece. Following his guiding
philosophy of doing less to show more, he allows a piece to
speak with minimal help from the artist. The trick, as he's
learned, is having the eye to find just the right objects to
in child and dog photography using available light only. She
also has her own line of unique doggy greeting cards!
My background in
woodturning has been as a professional production turner for
15 years. As a result I find myself doing utilitarian types
of turning. I like to turn for use and most of my turnings reflect
just that. You take what the piece of wood gives you for an
end result of form and function that is useful as well as pleasing
to the eye.
Harriet, who helped
her husband, Don, in his architectural woodturning business
for many years, was taught by him and has now been doing artistic
woodturning for over 12 years. She is a retired licensed land
surveyor and worked for the Virginia Outdoors Foundation for
12 years. Harriet turns everything from large bowls and vases
to small artistic bowls, wine bottle stoppers, ring holders,
and salt & peppers. She likes her work to be both artistic
Ceramic Sculpture, Porcelain, Pottery, Sculpture, Stoneware
Amy Manson has been
a studio potter for 11 years. Her passion is working with clay
- a soft malleable substance - throwing, forming, and urging
it into an object of both beauty and function. An object which
can be admired, touched, held, and used in daily life. and
Amy displays and sells her work in various galleries in South
Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia. Amy teaches and creates
her work (and recipes) at her home studio in Leesburg, Virginia.
Jack has been a photographer
since he purchased his first SLR in 1968. He has worked as a
photo lab technician in the Government for nearly 20 years and
a video production specialist for 10 years, before retiring
in 2003. Since retiring, Jack has been a full time nature and
Jack purchased his first digital camera in 2003 and has not
looked back, shooting strictly digital ever since. Jack is a
member of the Loudoun Photo Club and now resides is Ashburn,
Va with his wife and basset hound, Tyler. Jack is represented
in two galleries, the Gateway Gallery in Round Hill, Va and
the Artists in the Village Gallery in Leesburg, Va.
He is currently involved in stock photography and his images
have been used in magazines, TV shows and calendars around the
Kate Williams enjoys
capturing the moments of life through her work, using watercolor,
oils and drawing to convey everyday glimpses into joy.