Carrie Althouse is a local potter who is situated on Rockland Farm in a quaint farm house in Leesburg, Carrie finds this backdrop a factor in helping her create her pottery out of her home studio. A former Art Teacher of 9 years, now stay at home mom/Potter, Carrie creates both functional and non-functional stoneware. Either one you choose you will agree she has a rustic yet elegant style to her finished pieces. She is an avid outdoorsman which highly influences her pieces. "I am artistically inspired by hiking tall mountains, paddleboarding crystal blue lakes, climbing textured rocks, camping under soft pine groves and skiing the curved face of mountains. I am in love with the smells, sights and sounds of nature". Carrie set out in 2007 to find and refine her pottery niche. She eventually developed a highly textured natural feel to her pieces. Each piece is wheel thrown, hand carved, glazed and fired twice to a stoneware state and are food, microwave and oven safe. Please visit our website to purchase one of Carrie's pieces, or visit us on First Friday, February 5 and leave with your own work of art.
We are busy gearing up for Valentine's Day at the gallery and thought we would share a little video to show just how "fired up" we are...stay tuned (be still my heart)
Amy Kline creates her work in high-fire porcelain, this choice is what makes for quality work but beautiful work. Creating form is a 3-dimensional canvas. where she sees forms within forms as she alters, sculpts draws or incises her pieces. Amy's work is known for her close attention to light and shadow to bring out incredibly fluid forms. Amy fires all of her work in a high-fire atmosphere and she develops her own glazes. A recent decision to incorporate bare-polished porcelain into her work clearly shows her love for porcelain. Its vitreous, stone-like surface reminds her of the time she spent growing up near the ocean and learning to throw on a potter’s wheel. Amy's pottery is available in the gallery and online. We hope you find your piece before they are gone.
Wood is always a beautiful addition to anyone's home. If you are like us, the dinner table is where most of your memories are, whether is be family for dinners or important milestone. David Kenyon handmakes one of a kind quality furniture, refurbishes it or a combination of both. If there is something he has said many a time, is that he truly enjoys working with his hands and creating excellent pieces that will last a lifetime. These Creations are guaranteed to be passed down from generation to generation because of the fine detail and quality parts they are made with.
David has several different pieces, beyond tables. We currently have a Wine Barrel, which can host 35 bottles of wine and nine wine glasses and Candle Lit Staves which holds 6 glass votive candles available at the gallery.
Please contact us should you want to discuss a custom piece to be commissioned.
Congratulations to Ann Marie Coolick, one of our featured artists at the gallery, in adorning the cover of Elan Magazine. We find that Ann Marie is an artist who's impasto paintings will compliment any wall in your home and her impressive "palette stroke" on her canvas speaks of her love for her three boys. You will see they fill her life with as much meaning as the canvas she colors.
Below is the article written by Evelyn Gardett
Atmospherics in Impasto
By: Evelyn Gardett
Artist: Ann Marie Coolick
There are freshly baked cookies on Ann Marie Coolick's counter. Overflowing with molten lava peanut butter and mountains of chocolate chips, they are just as chunky and sculptural as the layered paintings she forges from palette knives and acrylic paint–and they are likely to be just as popular.
If her baking borrows from her artistic style, then the reverse is certainly true: having three young boys under the age of five has revolutionized Ann Marie's approach to her art. Her painting schedule follows theirs: she paints in the morning, during the children's naptime and when they're in preschool down the street from their Crystal City home. She paints quickly, often with bolder colors and more energy. To this end, Ann Marie works with acrylic paint, which dries faster. As she says, "I actually like that look: the looseness of the [palette] knife work."
Ann Marie began painting in during high school, and her college art career began at James Madison University. After her freshman year, she transferred to Virginia Tech and went on to graduate summa cum laude with a B.A. in studio art and a B.S. in marketing management.
She began painting in a realist manner, working with oil and spray paint and creating detailed work with palette knives. A summer trip to London during college brought her to the Tate Modern and introduced her to "The Origin of the Great Bear" by Frank Auerbach. The work is a very loose interpretation of Titian's mythological painting "Tarquin and Lucretia," which depicts a country scene viewed through a window of trees. The painter's textural use of paint and wild abstractions inflamed Ann Marie's burgeoning creativity. Although Ann Marie's color palette tends much more natural than Auerbach's searing hues, the early influence of the artist is apparent. Like Auerbach, Ann Marie often employs large patches of one color throughout a work to imbue it with a sense of atmosphere, punctuating that with lines and dots of color that suggest tree branches, stems, leaves and flowers.
When Ann Marie was expecting her first son Joseph, she put painting away for a while, and, when she returned, she found her style rapidly evolving. It was at this time that she switched to acrylic paint, smearing it across the canvas with a palette knife. Her works are so textural that, seen from the side, they have visible mountains of paint.
In addition to creating commissioned works, Ann Marie exhibits frequently. She has had shows throughout the mid-Atlantic region–the Arlington Arts Center, the Center for the Arts at the Candy Factory and the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas, as well as the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen Arts and Capital One in Richmond. From 2004 to 2009, she was a Resident Artist at the Arlington Arts Center, where she regularly had solo exhibitions and volunteered.
Ann Marie enjoys working with acrylic because it allows her to create many versions of the same work. Each version represents a move from real to abstract. "Beach Umbrellas" is the abstract reworking of the realistic "Hazy Days," an inviting representation of airy beach umbrellas perched high above the sand. In "Hazy Days," the roots of abstraction are already present in the predominance of shapes: a blue rectangle of ocean runs parallel to a white sky and beige beach, intersected by triangular beach umbrellas. The colors are primary and strong, like the stripes of a beach ball.
The move to abstraction reveals a nuanced palette, as if the picture has been turned on its side to reveal a prism of colors between the basic ones. The beach umbrellas are now pentagons seen from above. They merge and overlap in unexpected ways as if a giant wave has swept over the canvas, jumbling all the elements into a pile of line and color.
Of course, this evolution from real to abstract is never-ending, and Ann Marie repeatedly reworks old paintings. Her husband sometimes intervenes with his tempering influence: "Again?!?"
Ann Marie's attic studio is reminiscent of the Parisian studio of a starving artist. A single bare bulb illumines her canvas, and the dappled sunlight streams in through a small window. Finished works are stacked sideways along the walls, and her palette knives sit on a stand next to her canvas, almost unrecognizable due to the globs of hardened paint around the handles. Her easel also bears witness to her medium: the edges are covered in rainbow stalagmites formed by years of discarded paint.
The light streams into her studio through the bamboo trees that line her yard. While she has to keep the prolific bamboo from creeping onto her property, she doesn't keep them from creeping into her artwork.
Ann Marie incorporates all the parts of her life into her art: the uplifting and mundane, the transcendent and painful. This practice began when Ann Marie was a young artist. After losing her baby brother to cancer, she created a series of pictures depicting him and his doctor, as well as other scenes that were meaningful to her during that difficult time. The catharsis helped her to heal, and art has played a therapeutic role for her ever since. "I'm extremely introverted," she says, "and painting is a therapeutic way to remain calm amongst this craziness."
Ann Marie's work may be seen at The Cooley Gallery in Leesburg.
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We are pleased to announce one of our visiting artist, Chris Carr, who has agreed to teach classes at, The Gallery School of Art.
Chris is a Maryland native who has learned much of his craft while a student at Gov. Thomas Johnson High School in Frederick, Maryland studying with renowned watercolor painter Barry Richardson. After years of working as a artist/designer for The Washington Post, Chris began focusing more on his painting skills. With each painting, he further develops his talent at creating photo-like watercolor images through meticulous attention to detail. Chris continues to search for images of interest as he drives along the regions roads, stopping to take pictures with a camera he always carries with him. Focusing on images of days gone by, including historic buildings and structures, town scenes, churches, lighthouses, old cars, trucks and tractors, Chris’s realistic depictions which can take anywhere from a couple of weeks to a couple of months to complete, draw attention at art festivals and galleries all over the region. Although Chris has only been painting professionally for 6 years he has gained a growing following of fans, customers and collectors looking to add a Chris Carr original painting or print to their collection. Many customers have commissioned Chris to paint their farms, lodges and other rural scenery. Chris’ studio is located at his home in Myersville, MD and includes a customer gallery and dedicated studio and framing room.
The Cooley Gallery is pleased to announce that we will be offering
"Secrets of Great Narrative Writing: For Novelists and Memoir Writers"
A 3-Part Writing Workshop by International Award-winning Writer and Writing Coach David Hazard.
Since 1979, I've been launching new writers into the publishing world.
I love coaching and teaching as much as I love writing and what better venue in teaching the art of writing then at the Cooley Gallery.
In this 3-part series David will instruct you in the art of storytelling - the techniques used by great writers to create great short stories, novels and memoirs. (Past attendees of David's workshops gone on to win cash awards in the Loudoun County Library System's Summer Short Story Competition. See the Loudoun County Library website for details, and consider entering your work!)
Part 1 ( DATE TBD ) covers the secrets of creating compelling plots and characters. Your storytelling abilities - whether you're writing a short piece or a novel - will increase rapidly once you know the secrets of "under-structure" you will learn in this session.
Part 2 ( TBD ) covers creating great scenes and dialogues. There is an art to building small incidents that lead to captivating scenes and powerful dialogue, treated in this session.
Part 3 ( TBD ) adds to your skills the importance of understanding "camera work" - which is the art of creating powerful images that empower your writing and live in the minds of your readers.
David Hazard, the instructor, is founder of ASCENT, an international coaching business, with writer-clients from Kathmandu to Johannesburg to Dublin to San Diego.
We have not yet locked in a date for these classes as we are finalizing our opening date. If you are thinking of writing a book, blog or anything of the like this class is certainly in your wheelhouse. Please contact, The Cooley Gallery directly at, 703-779-4639 or email firstname.lastname@example.org should you have any questions.
Thank you all for coming to our Canvas and Cork event held at, The Greene Turtle. We did things a little differently this time, there were two subject matters for attendees to choose from. It was enjoyable to see just the free range bug bit some free spirits to go and paint their own subject matter. The is one of the many reasons we have this event, to tap into that inner child who is willing to push the boundaries of comfort zones. We are never disappointed in the work your soul paints on your canvas, we hope you aren't either. We believe this an exceptional way to get to know our clients outside The Gallery. We hope to see you at a future event with some of our other talented artists once our new building has opened. Until then, check back frequently to see when our next Canvas and Cork will be scheduled.
Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. ~Scott Adams
We were contacted by an Oakton High School Art Teacher about possibly coming out for a demonstration. Chris, of course, was eager to jump at the chance. If there is one thing he enjoys more than throwing, it is teaching young artist to enjoy it too. We packed up and drove our short trip to Oakton High School and sat with some pretty amazing students in the Art program there. Chris settled in at the wheel and began talking about centering clay, molding clay and creating a masterpiece with your hands. Chris walked the kids through the basics of throwing, trimming and firing. It is always such a joy to see such interest in those who are young and hungry to not only learn, but create art. As we watched him seamlessly throw a mug, a bowl (well sort of) and a bottle. Each piece was followed by an expression of joy from the kids, priceless. It was a day of creativity, learning and lots of laughter. That is what we like to call at The Gallery a "slam dunk" of a dream day. Thank you Ms. Conley and the many faculty and students who were present for the demonstration. You all were a such a pleasure to meet.