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 Awardwith his portrait of Elliot Downs.
“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
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
Lynn Lough is new to Art Lotto this year and we are so excited to have her creative energy on board! Lynn is in the first stages of portrait planning and to her, it’s more than putting a face on a canvas. Here’s a little glimpse into the mind of Lynn Lough:
“I’m creating a portrait of Rhoda Miller for Art Lotto. As an artist who approaches my work in a very expressionist manner it’s extremely important for me to know my subject on a emotional level. I met Rhoda for the first time at Art Lotto’s Luck of the Draw. I snapped a few photo’s of her then and immediately became enthralled with her eyes, which are amazing! But, pondering how I was going to get even a glimpse into her “soul” in such a sort time seemed a bit daunting. As the “luck of the draw” would have it, last week I was able to attend her art opening at the Joshua Wilton House (It’s a great show and is up through June). Getting to see Rhoda’s work was very inspring and informative and gave me insight as to how I want to portray her. After all, there are few better ways to know an artitst then through her work! Rhoda gave me permission to photograph her work at the opening and I immediately came home and started playing with the images. Here’s a little teaser video I made for inspiration…who know where this will lead! I guess we will all find out in the weeks to come! Cheers!” ~Lynn
Lynda not only participated in the first Art Lotto but she won both the Kid’s Choice and the Best Use of Medium awards last year. She has a creative energy that flows through this town and inspires the heck out of me. And she’s an all ’round good human being to boot. In the midst of relocating and sorting through her boxed up life, Lynda continues to make time for creative ventures. Below, she is caught working in her office/studio on her lotto portrait of Katie Struble. This year, Lynda’s portrait will be created by Sharon Skates of Broadway, Va.