Behind the Muse: with Selene Bradshaw

Selene Bradshaw2Art Lotto first-timer, Selene Bradshaw, is portraying artist Avery Fary for Art Lotto #4. In addition to an epic home/massive cabin remodel that Selene is in the throes of, she is also a talented rising photographer. She can be found unwinding on the patios of Pale Fire or Clementine’s Ruby’s Lounge with friends, tasty beverages and locally sourced foods. Selene gives us a glimpse into Art Lotto through her fresh eyes:

“{I met my Art Lotto partner at} The Golden Pony originally (for the Luck of the Draw) and then again for one on one. It’s one of my partners favorite downtown spots. I remember when I first said hello at the lotto drawing and learned his name, I awkwardly lead with “Avery? My dogs name was Avery originally when we adopted her!” Haha. he didn’t quite know how to react to my extreme over-sharer, extroverted self.

Avery at Golden Pony
Avery outside of The Golden Pony. Photo by Selene.

Avery seemed to be a genuinely nice person. Easy to talk with and never made me feel like a beginner being my first year doing Art Lotto. We started to go down the similar “small town” run down of all the people we both knew growing up and going to the same school, but never knowing each other. It’s a ritual that happens almost every time I meet some one in Harrisonburg and truthfully I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Selene Bradshaw Avery Fary2
Process shot of Selene’s portrait of Avery.

Some of Avery’s favorite art mediums have inspired me. His music interest, photography, and clay. My goal is to incorporate each of those into the portraits finished project. Incorporating a little of me as well with wood.

{I signed up for Lotto} to push myself out of my comfort zone, I’ve always grown up around different mediums of art but never have pushed myself to work with any of them in recent years. I love to create stuff and having a project to work on keeps me creating, even when the day to day busy-ness of life tries to prevent it. … I wanted to make something different than what I’m used too, that represents my partner but shows me through that. Pushing myself out of the comfort zone is what it’s all about.” ~Selene

Selene Bradshaw
Selene’s creative clutter in her at-home studio.

A little more about Selene: Currently outside of my daily grind, I don’t feel like I have a role right now. I was a college student for 7 years and although I did a lot outside of it, it was always my main role, to finish school. Now that it’s done I feel like I need more. That’s where my passion comes in. I voice my feelings about self acceptance and self love a lot, but know I want to do more then just speak about it. I want to create things and do things that physically help people. I also want to help complete our home remodel. It truly is the biggest project I’ve taken on in my life and it currently wouldn’t be where it is today without my boyfriend. The thought of seeing him be able to sit back and relax there is my main passion right now.

See Selene’s portrait of Avery and 49 other completed portraits at our Opening Reception at Spitzer Art Center on First Friday, August 5, 2016, 5-8pm. The exhibit will be viewable at Spitzer each Saturday in August from 10a-2p.

Behind the Muse: with Kassy Newman

Kassy Newman
Kassy with her boyfriend, Ryan.

Tell me about yourself: I graduated from Bridgewater College with a degree in Art in 2011 and have lived and been falling in love with downtown Harrisonburg ever since. I am inspired by nature and one of my favorite things to do is go hiking with my little nugget dog and best friend, Optimus Prime. I practice Bikram yoga at Hot Yoga Harrisonburg. Introducing yoga into my daily routine has offered a new sense of clarity and center that I’ve only been able to get when I throw pottery. Going to music festivals, especially Lock’n in Arrington, helps me recharge as well. I just recently quit my job so that I could focus on creating and living a healthier lifestyle. Some of my favorite artists include Franz Kline, Keith Haring, Jean Michel Basquiat, and Roy Lichtenstein (I have one of his pieces tattooed on me). My main medium is wheel thrown ceramics, but I like to think that I’m ok working with oil paints as well.

Jennifer Rucinski
Reference photo of Jennifer by Kassy.

Tell me about your partner, Jennifer: I am absolutely in love with Jenni’s soul. I was able to head to her house and meet her and her son Al for a while. We also got to talk to each other at the [Midway] Mixer. Just from the few minutes that we spent together (she had just got home from work and Al was practicing his soccer skills), I can tell she is an amazing mother and human being. She exudes positivity and strength while still keeping an infectious sense of humor. I think all of those traits are pretty amazing when you have two kids, let alone a pre-teen girl at home. Here is the photo that I will be using as a reference for the painting… I’m so happy that I was paired with her and I think that I have found another friend in the Harrisonburg art community.

For Art Lotto #4, Kassy Newman will be portraying Jennifer Rucinski. You can find her finished portrait alongside 49 others at the opening on Friday, August 5, 5-8pm at Spitzer Art Center.

Behind the Muse: with Jewel Hertzler

Jewel Hertzler
Jewel Hertzler

Jewel is new to Art Lotto this year but she is no art rookie. She has been an active and involved member of the art scene for many years. Jewel is a member of Oasis Art Gallery, the President of Spitzer Art Center, she taught art in public schools for 30 years with ten of those years being at Broadway High School here in the county, and she actively creates her own artwork to show and sell around Harrisonburg and Virginia. For Art Lotto, Jewel will be portraying Sarah Hade in her medium of choice: encaustic.

“Sarah and I met back in April at Bella Luna. We met at the bar, and were waited on by the efficient and expert bartender, Emily Reese. We ordered appetizers and beer, and had the best oysters I’ve ever had! Now that’s saying a lot because during our conversation, Sarah and I found out that we are both from the Tidewater area, and Oysters are one of our favorite foods! In planning the Art Lotto portrait of Sarah, I went through several ideas, finally settling on a double reverse photo transfer image representing memories of her past and visions of her future. The background images under the photo transfers are photos I’ve taken of the beach, one of our favorite things, and the mountains, another of our favorite things, as well. The photo was taken by Katie Schmid, and used with her permission. This week I will be positioning the images into an encaustic painting blending the ocean and mountains into a portrait about past and future. It was so much fun to meet Sarah and find out all the things we have in common! Art, oysters, beach, mountains….” -Jewel

Sarah Hade
A process shot of Jewel’s portrait of Sarah Hade. Come see the finished work at the Art Lotto opening in August at Spitzer Art Center.