Sarah Huntington, photographer, is exhibiting a new body of work that is a collaboration of both photography and sculpture. The theme focuses on the human face and body in relationship to form, texture, light and shadow. It’s about both content and process. Sarah Huntington, a native of South Carolina, is a commercial and art/documentary photographer and videographer. She is best known for her portrait work. After graduating from the Corcoran School of Art in Washington in 1985, she has since created and works from her commercial studio here in Loudoun County. Sarah Huntington’s photographs are a combination of film and digital images. The base image is from large-format film, scanned and then combined with two to three layers of digital imagery, mostly textural with variations of light and shadow, giving the final photograph a layered, more dimensional look. Sarah has teamed with Matthew Parse who uses re-purposed metal, wood, and wood-working materials in order to give the already dimensional images even more depth and meaning, which makes them both unique and one of a kind.
The Cooley Gallery, located at 9 N. King Street, will be hosting an opening reception on Friday, October 7th from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm, please join us and see these works first hand.
The Barns of Hamilton Station will be pouring samples of wine.
We are excited to announce our new visiting artist Jordan Xu. Jordan began studying portrait painting at the Art League School in the historic Alexandria, Virginia, under the tutelage of Washingtonian artist Kurt Schwarz and later Danni Dawson. Over the years, Jordan has developed a style that combines classical realism with intensely vibrant colors and broad, casual brushwork.
Portraiture remains one of Jordan’s primary focuses as he searches relentlessly for more ways to capture the stories and emotions behind the faces. The subjects in his portraits often present the image of people in our everyday life as well as various cultures around the world. One of the most important aspects of his portrait and figure work is that he tries to describe the subjects in their “natural habitat”, where they are placed in their favorite environment or performing their favorite activity.
Jordan’s artworks often depict scenes and people he has seen or met during his travels as well as daily life experiences. Throughout his painting career, he passionately pursues the perfect depiction of a rich, diverse world, anywhere from the picturesque water alleys of Venice to the quiet wooded hills of New Hampshire. His love for the different cultures and their people is apparent in his works like the painting of the Egyptian man standing next to his camel or the Brazilian teenager trotting down the street on horseback.
Jordan now lives in Lovettsville, Virginia as a freelance artist.
After enjoying a long and successful career of over 25 years, as both an editorial and medical illustrator; illustrating magazines, newspapers, and institutional publications, I've recently returned to traditional oil painting. My strength and my passion have always been in my ability to capture a person's likeness, as well as their personality, or "essence". I enjoy depicting the human condition... I'm fascinated with discovering what makes someone look like they do; going beyond just the physical features... capturing what makes them tick. Portraiture and people have always been my passion, but, I prefer capturing the subjects “story” or moment, not just mirroring their features.
As an illustrator, I have enjoyed creating portraits and interpretive paintings and illustrations for noted clients, which included, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, The National Institutes of Health, and DC United.
My oil painting journey began in 2012 when I traveled to Italy for a painting workshop led by acclaimed artist, Kurt Schwartz. I realized, then, that I could wait no longer to pursue my passion. So I followed my muse and the experience changed my life. I continue to study with Kurt, and also have added the tutelage of renowned artists, Danni Dawson, Mike Francis, and Ted Reed.
We get many questions from visitors of the gallery. Hands down, the number one question,
"what is functional pottery" we love this question!
In a simple terms, our homemade pots are meant for everyday use, they are sturdy pieces of pottery. Our pots have been lovingly created by hand from clay that was specifically selected by each artist. Our pots come with hand brushed artwork, they come sculpted, some with decals that are burned on and imposed while being fired. Our pots come in vibrant colors and neutral colors; we could go on and on about glazing, but know we fall into the pottery nerd category in doing so. It is important to say though, it is truly a scientific and mathematical formula which end result is "stunning". It is also the crowning moment for the pots as we see just how the colors turned out after they've been fired. Let's talk about firing, it is a gamble. A potter loads the kiln with great expectations and the haunting reality of knowing that some pieces will make it...others [sadly] will not. Regardless, the potter is always looking for the end result being a large quantity of pieces and whole lot of artistic satisfaction.
So in closing, know that prior to coming to the gallery, your pottery spends some impressive personal time with each potter and comes with such attention to detail that not using it is almost a crime...in at least five states. Use your pots, you will be so glad you did. [we will too]
Our First Friday Event at The Cooley Gallery will be featuring Shawn Grove. Shawn’s work is on exhibit April 1, 2016 from 6pm - 9pm through April 30, 2016. Shawn is a wood fire potter with an eye for individuality and a large selection with a vary of mediums in his work. Shawn not only creates his pottery to be an art form in the home with his honey pots and casserole dishes or, uncommon gifts like his flask with a lid that serves as a shot glass to adorning your outdoor space with beautiful planters. If you find an opportunity to visit us during his exhibit, you will be glad you did.
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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