CVA reception set for Oct. 7

Published 8:07 am Thursday, September 29, 2016

Central Virginia Arts invites the community to a reception featuring artists Amy Eason, Deborah McClintock and Janet Williams. The exhibit opening of paintings in mixed media, watercolor, acrylic and oil is on Friday, Oct. 7, 6-8 p.m. at Riverside Café, 522 North Main St., Farmville. Refreshments will be served.

Amy Eason of Farmville is a visual artist originally from Memphis, Tenn. She has been creative for as long as she can remember. Becoming an artist was her childhood ambition; however, she realized as an adult she was always an artist. Her work includes paintings, drawings, photography and monoprints.

“I enjoy mixing media, primarily painting in acrylics, watercolor and gouache,” Eason said, describing her work as ever evolving in terms of subject matter and themes. “I am easily inspired. I work with different media as I feel called to them. I let my surface, brush and medium guide me through my creative process.”

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Eason describes art as a “drive that I cannot fully explain. It is a drive that requires attention.”

Deborah McClintock began her career as an artist while a child, studying at the Corcoran School in Washington, D.C. After earning a B.A. in studio art at Mary Washington College, she pursued graduate work at George Washington and Longwood universities. She enjoys working in a variety of media, but concentrates most heavily on pen and ink and watercolor painting.

Though a variety of subjects captivate her, McClintock especially enjoys portraiture and has been commissioned to paint many watercolor portraits. Her whimsical portraits of pets in costume also appeal to a wide audience. Her award-winning work has been exhibited locally and hangs in a number of private and institutional collections, among them Hampden-Sydney College and Longwood University. She and her husband, Richard, married for nearly 50 years, received the Community Award for Achievement in the Arts from the Longwood Center for the Visual Arts.

Janet Williams was born and raised in Washington State near Mount Rainier and Puget Sound. She moved to California in 1967, then to Virginia in 1983. Williams has enjoyed drawing and other artistic endeavors since she was a small child and has been painting in oils since 1998. She is a Bob Ross Certified Instructor, having completed the Teacher Training Programs at the Bob Ross Studios where she studied under international instructors. She teaches landscapes, seascapes, florals and wildlife in oils at her Farmville Studio.

“I wish to share with others the pleasure I have received from painting. It is thrilling to watch my students’ excitement as they discover that they can do it, too,” Williams said.

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The exhibit may be viewed Monday-Saturday, 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. through Nov. 26, and is made possible with the cooperation of Riverside Café owners Jean and Parker Wheeler.

Central Virginia Arts, a partner of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, is a non-profit organization offering lectures, workshops, exhibits, tours and socials throughout the year. Artists and art appreciators are encouraged to join. For more information, please call Richard McClintock, president, (434) 223-8322.