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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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 Tahany Garrison

Tahany Garrison is getting amped up for her first year as an Art Lotto artist. At our Luck of the Draw event, she drew the name of fellow-first-timer Hannah Sions. The two met downtown Harrisonburg for a full evening of art shows on a recent First Friday:

“In the unintentional spirit of procrastination, I have just now started on a portrait of Hannah. I met with her a few weeks ago and, fittingly, strolled through a First Friday downtown. I snapped some pics, and was on my way to think about what I had done- because I felt like I had gotten myself into trouble by finally participating in Art Lotto. I hadn’t done a portrait in a year or two. I was a little terrified, to be honest. Then I remembered a mantra offered to me in the past, “Keep it simple, stupid!”“What a relief. As usual, I was over-complicating things. I already knew I wanted to use salvaged/recycled materials. I have a nice stash of paperboard I’ve been hoarding and a bunch of stuff that the city doesn’t accept in the recycle bin. That was the ‘me’ in it. Finally, I choose a photo of Hannah, which as it turns out, was one she took of herself. A gritty, webcam shot of her perfectly witty and goofy self- perfect!”

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Tahany3“Now it’s execution time. Alone time to work on this piece is hard to come by before 9pm with little people running around. So, to keep them busy- I asked them to tear up the card board while I laid out the portrait on my substrate. So, kind of out of convenience and improvisation, I choose to do do a mosaic style portrait. Originally, I wanted to use the subtle differences in shades of brown on the unprinted side of the cardboard to do a monochromatic image. But life is more fun with color, and I’m pretty sure Hannah would agree.” ~Tahany

 

This year, Tahany will be portrayed by former Lotto award winner, Rhoda Miller.

Behind the Muse: with Sherrie Good

Sherrie Good is a first year Art Lotto artist but this community-driven portrait show is not a new concept for her. I first met Sherrie at the Art Lotto First Friday event last year (2013). She was enjoying the faces on the wall while hanging out with her friend and Lotto artist, Lynn Lough. I remember talking with Sherrie at the opening. I learned that she had just closed on a house in Harrisonburg after deciding to move back to the area from Northern Virginia. That evening, Sherrie purchased a portrait of Rhoda Miller as the first piece of art to hang in her new home. We love our local Art Lotto supporters! This year, Sherrie is bumpin’ creative elbows with 41 other local artists as she participates in Art Lotto #3!
This year, Sherrie will be portraying Teale Davies; Jason Alexander will be portraying Sherrie.

Sherrie's cooking up some creative ingredients for her portrait of Teale.
Sherrie’s cooking up some creative ingredients for her portrait of Teale.

“Hi, I am Sherrie Good, a Harrisonburg native. I have been an artist all of my life. I remember drawing a turkey for Thanksgiving in kindergarten, and noticing how great it looked up on the wall with the other drawings. My career continued. When I was in elementary school I would watch a show about a modern day witch, Bewitched, and I was in awe of the witch’s mortal husband who was in advertising. I decided then and there that was what I was going to do. I left Harrisonburg 28 years ago, and pursued my career as a designer. After a very successful run as a designer in DC, I decided it was time to head back to the hills. 

I love living in Harrisonburg, it has finally got its’ groove back. I want to spend more time with my charcoals and pencils. To this end, my friend Lynn Lough roped me into the Art Lotto! I was lucky, I picked Teale. We met at the Dodger where I learned she loves drawing anatomy and Technicolor hurling skeletons. I am not making this up. She also likes gardening, but anatomy is her thing.

With this knowledge I have been baking bones. You heard me right baking Sculpey bones! They will go with my drawing of Teale. Though I have managed to miss every Art Lotto meeting, I look forward to the show and finally meeting some fellow artist.” ~Sherrie

 

Behind the Muse: with Denise Allen

Denise Allen is a local artist, art advocate, event planner, city school employee, spreader of joy and an all ’round good person. If you know Denise, you love her. And incase you didn’t know, Denise is not only a participating lotto artist but she just-so-happens to be the cofounder of Art Lotto, too! I couldn’t have dreamed up a better partner in event planning. Together we have planned three years of Art Lotto, soon-to-be two years of Wonderkitten, a Photographer Expo and some other things in the works that you’ll just have to wait for! Denise recently met with Chesapeake based artist Cameron Twiford, the artist she will be portraying in this year’s Art Lotto. At the same time, Cameron also met with the artist he will be portraying: Sharon Skates of Broadway, Virginia. This trio enjoyed lunch, conversation and photo taking at the Blue Nile in Downtown, Harrisonburg.Sharon Skates Denise Allen Cameron Twiford

Sharon, Denise & Cameron’s joint Art Lotto meeting at the Blue Nile in Harrisonburg, VA.

 “It’s been fun getting involved in the arts in Harrisonburg! I’ve been living here for almost 10 years and I’ve had over 50 art shows. I’ve gotten to collaborate with several artists and continue to do so with Artery and Art Lotto. In Art Lotto 2012, I partnered with Teal Davies, Teal Davies partnered with Lynda Bostrom, and Lynda Bostrom had me!  (Side Note: This year, Derek Niver gets to portray me, and Lynda Bostrom is going to portray Derek! How cool is that!?!?) 

This year, we had another art-tri-fecta on Thursday, May 8! I sped out the door at lunch time to meet my Art Lotto pARTner, Cameron Twiford, and HIS pARTner, Sharon Skates, at Blue Nile downtown. As I ate my lunch in front of Sharon and Cameron, we swapped stories and got to know each other a little bit. I learned that Cameron is a firefighter and traveling to Las Vegas for a training with ‘five other knuckleheads’ this week. He grew up in Chesapeake with Paul Somers and visits Harrisonburg often to hang out and go skateboarding and see events like Skatan Worshippers. For his art making, he usually does pen drawings, his favorite color is green, and he’s stepping outside of his comfort zone to make Sharon’s portrait! And OF COURSE Sharon ‘uses both sides of her brain on a daily basis’, she changes her hair color often, and she’s a cancer survivor. She shared with us that Harrisonburg Relay for Life is #19 in the nation and #1 in Virginia! Her weekend would be spent making 7,200 cupcakes for a fundraiser for a 5th grader with Leukemia! WOW! Sharon says she’s going to try and paint her pARTner, Laura Thompson, on a cake, and then make a 2nd fondant cake—and I’m secretly hoping she lets us eat one!” ~Denise

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Cameron Twiford & Sharon Skates showing off their creative guns.

 

Trophies?!!

This evening, local artist Ben Fraits delivered the Art Lotto trophies to me! They work great alongside our other lotto designs with their bright colors and use of paper planes. In this case, they’re aluminum planes made from discarded beverage cans. In fact, all the supplies used in making the trophies is recycled material found right here in Harrisonburg! Here’s a sneak at one of the three awards that will be handed out on Thursday evening at our Private Party. Be sure to join us for the First Friday Public Opening this Friday from 5-7 at The Artful Dodger! There will be lots of kid-friendly activities happening out front including face painting, sidewalk art, a mini-manicure station and a coloring table! Woo art!

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