Exhibit: Something to Celebrate, watercolors by Central Virginia Botanical Artists

Summertime is the best time to contemplate and celebrate the bounty of Nature. Members of the CVABA do that year round and works by eight members are on display in the Staunton Augusta Art Center galleries July 5 – August 9. The opening reception to meet the artists is on Friday, July 11, 5-7pm.

Participating artists include:
Hazel Buys (www.hazelbuys.com)
Judy Gilman-Hines (www.gilmanarts.com)
Gail Harwood (www.botanicalartistsva.com)
Ellen Keane (www.botanicalartistsva.com)
Juliet Kirby (www.thiscenturyartgallery.org)
Becky Spangler (www.botanicalartistsva.com) Judith Towers (www.centralvirginiabotanicalartists.blogspot.com)
Mary Jane Sander (www.zanderfineart.com)

Most of the artists are represented on the group’s website: http://www.centralvirginiabotanicalartists.blogspot.com where an introduction to the organization can also be found:

“Who are we? CVABA is a circle of artists who are interested in many aspects of the natural world, mostly plants and flowers, but also pollinators and other animals. We draw, paint and photograph the natural world to convey the sense of wonder and beauty we experience when we engage with nature. Many of us are current or former students and teachers at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens Botanical Illustration Program (www. lewisgenter.org). Some of us have gallery space, sell our work commercially, are educators or engage in art for sheer pleasure. Most of us are from central Virginia, though we have members from the DC area, Charlottesville and areas beyond in the Commonwealth.

What do we do? We are a new group, established in January of 2012, so many of our plans are for the future. We meet regularly in a studio-like setting to work together, to share knowledge, experience, tools, techniques, advice and commentary regarding our art work, and to experience the fellowship of artists of all skill levels working together.”