Behind the Muse: with Ruthie Hogan

Ruthie Hogan signed up for Art Lotto last year and at the Luck of the Draw event, she randomly selected the name of local wood artist Bruce Rosenwasser. She challenged herself to make Bruce into a muppet…and she succeeded. Muppet Bruce was a hit at the Lotto openings. Artists took him off the wall, passed him around, disguised their hands as ball-capped-flannel-wearing-Bruce and entertained each other. Ruthie brought lots of smiles with her muppet creation. This year, Ruthie selected the name of photographer Misti Yoder. Misti has local roots but currently resides in Indiana. The distance could easily be a challenge but Misti and Ruthie made it work last week when they met up for coffee.

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Misti and Ruthie at The Artful Dodger

“I met Misti and her daughter at the Artful Dodger on Monday. This year’s process is pretty different from last year for me because I knew what I was going to do last year (whether or not I was sure I could do it was another story). This year, I wanted to do something different and had a couple of ideas running around my head. Meeting Misti and getting to know a little but about her was really inspiring; it finalized in my mind what I want to do. I went out and bought my materials immediately after our meeting. Hopefully it works.” ~Ruthie

Behind the Muse: with Pat Jarrett

Winner of last year’s Oh Snap! photography award and down right awesome photographer, Pat Jarrett, is up to good again. This year, he selected Parvina Mamatova’s name from the cup at the Luck of the Draw event. Since graduating from James Madison University in 2012, Parvina has relocated to Baltimore. The distance between her and Pat created a small obstacle that proved easily maneuvered by these two motivated artists. Pat shared a digital sketch of his portrait of Parvina along with a few words about his experience.
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“Because Parvina lives in Baltimore it was tricky connecting, but we just so happened to be in the same town on the same day in March so we met at IKEA. We walked around looking for the right book shelves I needed to buy, chatting about her life and her thoughts on creativity and whatnot. I like her style, she has good energy. Also, she was wearing an IKEA-blue coat. After making frames in the store we went outside and I had her stand against the blue exterior of the building. The last frame was the best. 
Last year I made a portrait of Elliott Downs using an extensive projection technique with multiple shoots and slide projectors. I am still quite interested in watching how projections work with digital photography, but since I only had the one shoot with her I started playing around with color and differing opacity. Mine is still not complete, but it is a play on red v blue.” ~Pat

Behind the Muse: with Ben Fraits

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Art Lotto veteran, Ben Fraits, works on his portrait of Pat Jarrett.

Second year Lotto participant, Ben Fraits, ain’t skeerd to try something new. This year, Ben is working on a portrait of photographer, Pat Jarrett. Both Ben and Pat took home an Art Lotto award in 2012. Ben won the Out-of-the-Box award last year with his photo/scrabble piece concoction of Anne Hogan and Pat won the Oh Snap! Photography Award with his portrait of Elliot Downs.

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“I’m not exactly sure what inspired the idea for my art lotto piece this year, I wanted to think a little more ‘out of the box’ I guess. However, I was quite excited when I drew Pat Jarrett’s name from the cup.  Knowing him from around town and learning more about the artist himself, I needed something to solidly represent him, something chiseled into time, something strong, that has a little weight behind it. I needed to create a work that would define Pat in a way that it might be cemented into resembling the solid artist, photographer that he has been over many years.  I think I’ve found this in this portrait..
Defining the legend.. (wait for it)” ~Ben 

Behind the Muse: with Misti Yoder

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Misti on the job in Millersburg, Indiana.

Misti Yoder is an Indiana based photographer but she is no stranger to Rockingham County. She was born and raised here in the Valley and plans to return in the near future. This is Misti’s first year playing the Art Lotto game and she has become a pro at using Lotto as an excuse to come home for a visit!

At the Luck of the Draw event, Misti drew the name of painter, Morgan Fink. The two girls met at sunset for photos on a horse farm outside city limits. Misti needed complete darkness for the shoot. Here’s Misti’s take on her experience that evening.

“(Her) horses name is Ryan. He is a good boy and stood so nicely when we met him…up until shooting time. I’m pretty sure heaven is right there in Port Republic. Rolling hills, a view of Massanutten Mountain from one side and full mountain ranges on the other, a quaint little pond on site and majestic horses in every direction. Breathtaking. We didn’t finish shooting until well after 10pm as we learned that sunset and complete darkness do not always coincide.” ~Misti 

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Morgan and Ryan at sunset.
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View from the horse farm. (Misti Yoder Photography)