Art Visions Gallery and Studio was formed by a group of 12 artists to share artistic ideas and visions and to be active participants in the local art community. The Gallery provides a unique venue for these 12 artists to show and sell their work, as well as provide a place for the artists to paint and to conduct classes. We are looking forward to our fifth year. If you are in the area stop in to browse, watch the artists at work or just chat.
The play of light and shadow has always been a recurring theme in my painting, whether in the fine art that I create now, or the craft painting of the past. I work primarily in acrylics, but give in often to the challenge of oils and watercolor. I love color, and continually strive to master the balance of having fun with it and getting it right.
I have studied under the area's best artists at The Studio School in Roanoke, and shown my work as a member of The League of Roanoke Artists. I have been involved with art in one form or another my entire life, and consider it such a gift. Since retiring several years ago, I am fortunate to be able to devote time and energy to what I love to do. I reside in Vinton, Virginia, with my husband, two dogs, with the beauty of the countryside out my back door
Cassie at the Farm
I have spent most of my life in artistic pursuits, with an Art Education degree from the University of Delaware and a minor in Photography. I taught eight years in Delaware before moving with my husband to Lynchburg, Virginia, where we raised our two children. I taught Art at schools in Campbell County and Lynchburg City, and Photography in summer programs at Central Virginia Community College. In 1993, I helped to start an innovative Arts program at a new magnet school in Lynchburg. For eighteen years I taught Visual and Performing Arts in my dream job, including many different arts disciplines of painting, drawing, sculpture, puppetry, dance, theatre, television production, photography, and more. I was named Virginia Region V Teacher of the Year in 1995, and the following year, the Southwest Region Elementary Art Teacher of the Year. During that time I also worked as a Master Teacher for Blue Ridge Public Television.
Always the teacher, I rarely had time for my own art, but over the years my interests have been in painting, fused and stained glass work, jewelry-making, and photography. After retirement I’ve finally been able to focus more on my arts. My husband and I found a place at Smith Mountain Lake with its endless water views and beautiful mountain vistas. First with camera, and then with brushes and paint, I have found my inspiring” happy place”. I feel fortunate to have found this group of women at Art Visions Gallery who share my love of art and painting. I have gotten back to the joy of watercolor, acrylic and oil painting endeavors. I look forward to sharing, learning and working with this talented group of artists and friends.
Be sure to stop in at the Fall Home Show Art Gallery tomorrow, September 24 and Sunday the 25th at the Salem Civic Center. Nancy Brown and Julie English from Art Visions Gallery will be there showing their latest artwork. Nancy also does home portraits, they make a wonderful Christmas gift, be sure and see her portfolio of these portraits.
Don't miss the Lynchburg Art Festival this Saturday, the 17th from 10 AM to 4 PM at EC Glass High School in Lynchburg. There are 142 artists scheduled to show their work; it's a great show. Be sure and stop by and see the Art Visions artists that will be participating this year; Linda Atkinson, Whitney Brock, Nancy Brown, Marie Campbell, Rita Carroll, Jane Schafer and Nancy Stellhorn. Here is a sample of the work they will be showing:
The Roanoke Side Walk Art show is this weekend June 4 & 5. It is a great show with artists from all over. Rita Carroll and Nancy Stellhorn, two of the Art Visions artists, will be there showing some of their latest works.