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.

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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

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.

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Behind the Muse: with Tess Sherman

12974315_10154625518140400_4816823666313624636_nTess Sherman is a local artist and business co-owner of Bluestone Bodyworks. For Art Lotto #4 Tess will be portraying Dinah Mitchell. And Soula Pefkaros will be portraying Tess. After meeting with both of her Art Lotto partners, she reflects a bit on each of her female partners.

Where did you meet your partner for the first time?
I met Soula, whom is doing my portrait, at Shenandoah coffee for the first time. Then I met Dinah Mitchell, who I’m doing a portrait of, at Black sheep coffee.

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A mutual love of coffee is shared by Tess and her two Art Lotto partners, Soula and Dinah.

Tell me about your first impression of your partner.
Soula has this light that radiates from her. I could tell just by first impression she had only good vibes, and a heart of gold. Honestly one of the most down to earth people to have ever met.

Dinah was super shy at first. But I must say I was too. Once we got to talking we both got through that awkward first date tension, ha. Super sweet and laid back though. And I’m lucky enough to capture such a beautiful lady for my portrait.

Where have you found inspiration for your portrait? 
Dinah works with beads and glass blowing, which is totally the furthest material I have ever wanted to work with, but I wanted to test myself and try to incorporate beading into my portrait. Using what I love, oil paint, with a love of hers, beading, I believe my portrait portrays both of us.

Why did you sign up for Art Lotto?
Because Brandy forced me to….just kidding. Haha but really, Brandy {Somers} mentioned art lotto to me and I’m not usually one to do these kinds of things but I’ve been wanting to broaden my art in the community hoping I can find new opportunities through the lotto. Not to mention to meet and learn from amazing artist in Harrisonburg.

Artwork by Tess Sherman
“I would probably be taking in the scenery, sipping on a chai, trying to figure out what mechanical tool I could turn into a human form.” -Tess Sherman

Is there a local business you can commonly be found? And what might you be found doing there?
It seems both of my {lotto} partners, as well as I, enjoy coffee so most likely you could find us at any of the coffee shops. I could see Soula working on editing photos, and Dinah looking at new material for her work. I would probably be taking in the scenery, sipping on a chai, trying to figure out what mechanical tool I could turn into a human form. But i guarantee you that at least one of us would be scarfing down a pastry.

What are some of your other interests, loves, passions, roles in life?
I crave the outdoors. There is so much art in nature that not many see. I believe/see trees to be like human bodies. I like to think they come alive when no ones looking. I’m passionate about that, seriously. I love cats…I’m THAT crazy cat lady, no lie. I have a dream of having a cat farm. Some think I’m crazy but I like to think it’s love.
Also, my role as a massage therapist has honestly opened my eyes to how much I love helping others by making them feel great, or more comfortable with themselves. That’s a big accomplishment. 

Behind the Muse: with Chris Clauser

I first saw Chris Clauser’s art work when I was given a tour of Spitzer Art Center. He had an open studio there and I was allowed a quick peek inside. Seeing his cd cases strung on the floor and his paintings placed around the room was sort of…intimate. Like the way you feel after reading someone’s journal. When he came to the Blue Nile to sign up for Lotto, I did a mental fist pump. I was excited that he would be taking part in representing this second year of Art Lotto. Chris soon had a change in lifestyle, being one of the many many local people affected by the shift at Rosetta Stone. He decided to move home…to Missouri…but he also decided to stick with Lotto and work from afar. Yesssss. This year, Chris will be portraying Indigo Erikson. Alex Kent will be portraying Chris.
Chris Clauser
“After a string of events, I moved back home to St. Louis. I soon realized this was going to present a challenge for creating a portrait of someone whom I have never met or interacted with. This was a stagger in my process and how I should approach the substance of the picture that the person would enjoy. So connecting via social network, I was able to get a good idea based on bio and photos of my artist. I viewed posts and other photos that the artist had, which to some this may sound like facebook stalking, but for this intention it was the only way for me to create a concept. As an artist my major focus is substance of a picture. I try to achieve something that has an emotional as well as a logical meaning that people can attach to and think about. With these two variables I try to create something that portrays the artist and their interests. I like to call my style “The Superunknown” because I really don’t know a better name. So from what I have developed, I feel that my picture will turn some heads and the artist will see something that reflects them and maybe even something different about them in a positive way.” ~Chris