Jason Abbott – Art has always played a major role in my life. It wasn’t until recently that I decided to share my art. I am a self-taught artist. I have spent my life experimenting, learning, and building my technique. My desire is to create art that evokes an emotion in the observer. Medium: Oil
Joyce Badanes – Joyce Badanes a quilter whose work is intuitive. She draws on what she has learned from quilting friends and well-known artists. Artwork with fabric is paramount in her life. She is continually learning and loving the process. Medium: Fiber
Gulay Berryman – Gulay Berryman received her art training at the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts de Versailles, France, the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, Milan, Italy, and the Ecole du Louvre in Paris, France. She has exhibited in France, Iceland, Senegal, Mauritius, Italy, Oman, Belgium, Switzerland, and the United States. Gulay was commissioned to do several portrait paintings by a member of the Royal Family of the Sultanate of Oman in the late 1990s.
She twice won the American Embassy Paris Art Show (2001-02). In 2005, she was invited to participate in the prestigious biennial in Florence, Italy which gathers between 800-900 artists selected from around the world. Her paintings were chosen in 2008 and 2009 for the poster of Williamsburg’s ‘An Occasion for the Arts. She served as a judge for both ‘Art on the Square’ and ‘An Occasion for the Arts’ in 2013 and as a juror in 2014 for ‘Art at the River’ in Yorktown. From 2015-18, Gulay was the owner/director of the Williamsburg Art Gallery located on Merchants Square in historic downtown Williamsburg. Medium: Oil
Renate Bumgarner – Bumgarner, an award-winning European-born artist, studied and worked during her early years in Germany. A widow at 29, she then studied art in Frankfurt and later in Wurzburg and the Institute of Art. While working for the US Military in Germany she was an instructor at the Education Center in Schweinfurt. Currently, she works primarily in oil, watercolor, and pastel. She has received many awards at shows and exhibitions over the years. Bumgarner continues to display her work in Europe, where she continues to have a presence. You can find her work locally displayed in galleries and gift shops in Fredricksburg, Gloucester, Norfolk, Williamsburg, Mathews, and Yorktown, Virginia. The Village Art Gallery and Arts on Main both show her work. Renate also teaches oil painting classes at Arts on Main, bringing over 30 years of experience as a painter & teacher to help you create your own masterpiece! Media: Oil, Watercolor, Pastel, Repousse
Bill Casto – I am an Interpretive Wood Sculptor concentrating primarily on wildfowl. I use driftwood from local waters and found weathered wood to carve interpretive or stylized pieces of art. I attempt to capture the essence of the wildfowl rather than a realistic duplication of the subject. My sculptures emphasize form, content, movement, and are totally original and one of a kind. I am a former College Football Coach and Athletic Director locally at the College of William and Mary and The Apprentice School. I have been carving wildfowl sculptures for over 20 years competing at the top level for the past level ten years at the prestigious “Ward World Wildfowl Carving Championships. In 2013 my entry “Crane Dance” placed “Third Best in World” (Interpretive Division). In 2014 my sculpture “Swan Dive” was judged “Second Best in World”. In 2015 my carving “Wild Riders” placed 1ST “Best in the World”. In 2016 “Arctic Tern” was awarded 2nd in “Masters” Interpretive Division. In 2017 “Wingman” placed 2nd in “Masters” and “Lil Egret” won 3rd place. Medium: Wood
Jacquie Colligan – Jacquie’s masterful use of precious metal clay results in unique, original jewelry pieces in a variety of metals often detailed with 14 K gold and eye-catching stones. Her often sculptural necklaces have a modernist flair. Media: Jewelry, Abstract Art, Mixed Media
Carolyn Thompson Dudley – During my years as an Art Therapist, I helped others express their stories and emotions through their own artwork. My role was as a facilitator and, when needed, interpreter. This relationship was enhanced by my initial background as a studio artist. Now things are somewhat different. Currently, my artwork comes from my perception of the landscape and the people around me. Medium: Oil
Laura Edwards – A native of Tidewater Virginia, Laura Edwards trained as a painter at the University of North Carolina Asheville. She maintained a working artist studio at The Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, Virginia for over 25 years. In 2020, she relocated to Irvington, Virginia.
Paintings produced in oil on a variety of surfaces; stretched canvas, primed panels, and Yup, a paper produced from recycled polystyrene pellets. The work is done “wet on wet” thus producing seamless transitions of color within the format. Areas of the compositions are sometimes drawn back into with Prismacolor pencil. Medium: Oil
Norma Geddes – I discovered stained glass art quite by chance when I was renovating my kitchen a few years ago and my carpenter insisted that I pick out my own textured glass for several cabinets. While paying for my glass I noticed a very small ad lying on the checkout counter for stained glass classes. “Never done that before,” I said to myself, and my journey of bliss began. I am in a state of bliss and quiet while I first imagine, and then start the various processes of creating glass art. At the moment I am drawn to boxes… they are beautiful, functional, and can hold both concrete items and, possibly, hopes and dreams. They are a tangible projection of both the artist and the collector who is drawn to them. I hope you will find pleasure in my art. Medium: Glass
Kay Krapfl -Krapfl (pronounced kra-full) was born in Dallas, Texas. As a child, she showed a strong interest in art and loved to experiment with different forms and media. Her present work is comprised of the knowledge she has gained along with lessons learned from that early experimentation. Kay has had the pleasure of studying with Stephanie Pace of the New York Museum of Modern Art, George McNeil of Pratt Institute, Ann Cushing Gantz of Dallas, John Gordon of the Des Moines Art Institute, and has attended classes at the American Academy of Art in Chicago. Kay is a member of the Portrait Society of America and a founding member of the Williamsburg Portrait Guild. Medium: Acrylic
Michael S. Kravchak , Sr. – I majored in architecture in college, with a minor in art history. I studied under Professor Amy Fell, Professor John Gardner, and Sculpture Professor, J. Cherry. I have always enjoyed the Arts, and I have experimented in many mediums, i.e., pencil, oils, acrylics, pen and ink, and clay sculpture.
For many years, I painted and sketched for relaxation; however, I always wanted to learn to work in watercolor. Upon my retirement as a District Manager from UGI, an energy company, I took my first course in watercolor with Robert Burnell at Portsmouth Fine Arts Institute. I have also taken a semester course with Betty Anglin at Christopher Newport University.
I have found my greatest challenge and satisfaction working in watercolor. I enjoy painting local and historical scenes from the Tidewater area and along the Chesapeake Bay. I also enjoy painting scenes from the Outer Banks of North Carolina and many other beautiful places I have been fortunate enough to visit.
I am a member of the Charles H. Taylor Art Center and Yorktown Arts Foundation. Medium: Watercolor
Olivia Hartman – From Williamsburg, VA, Olivia Hartman has been making jewelry since 2005. All Grace Llewellyn jewelry is handmade, one-of-a-kind pieces made of the finest quality semi-precious stones, pearls, and sterling silver. Custom designs quoted upon request. Medium: Jewelry
John Latell – Graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University as a sculpture student, Latell’s work with metal is a blend of variable nature, the creative impulse, and effort. Metal, as a structural material, is a full three-dimensional pallet for sculpture. He worked in Pittsburgh for more than ten years, building large-scale sculptures in steel mills, public spaces, and galleries. Since then I have owned and operated a metal art studio for more than a decade in rural Virginia. The work he does is reflected in the patterns of the land and humanity’s efforts to harness them. Medium: Metal
Joann Sybil Lawson – I like painting flowers, fruits, and vegetables and making a painting that someone might enjoy. I try to do work that I can respect myself for, and, hopefully, be respected for. Through guidance and excellent instruction, I have come to realize that a good painting is not necessarily the result of great talent or technique, but of patience and perseverance. She has exhibited several times in Hampton, VA, at the Charles H. Taylor Art Center, the International Miniature Art Show, Seaside Art Gallery in Nags Head, NC, and participated in the Daffodil Festival Poster Competition in Gloucester. Medium: Acrylic
Harriet McGee – Harriet McGee says “Inspiration is everywhere and it ends up as an expression of what I experience.” She currently lives in the Tidewater area and travels extensively. Her works reflect her interest in different cultures, their art, and folklore. She has worked in multiple mediums: watercolors, papier-mache, acrylics, and polymer clay. Currently, she creates designs using a repoussé technique using lightweight metal. The design is made by pushing the metal from the back, giving it depth. Color or texture is then added to the front. One of her works hangs in the permanent collection of The Hurn Museum of Contemporary Folk Art. Medium: Mixed
Rose Nygaard – Rose enjoys figurative, still life, and abstract painting and printing. She also experiments with collage as another way of expressing ideas and emotions. She works in different mediums; working boldly with color and shape. The design of the work relies on the color, shape, and weight of pigment and how it affects the visual and visceral reaction of the artist. An Award-winning acrylic painter, Rose teaches an ongoing series of acrylic classes. Medium: Acrylic
Shelley OConner – I have always loved metal. It does not matter if it is shiny chrome, rusted steel, or has the green patina of aged copper, they all are beautiful to me. For years I collected metal and stored them in the outbuildings on the farm. A few years ago I took a MIG welding course and fell in love. Creating art is fun, I enjoy the learning process that goes with each new piece created. I have no formal art education, so after I learned to weld I just started to use all my collected metal to form whimsical sculptures. I have participated in shows like Art on the Lawn in Blacksburg, Virginia, and at Art in the Garden at Brent and Becky’s. My work has been in two juried shows here at Arts on Main. I draw inspiration from the water that surrounds me to create my one of a kind pieces. Medium: Mixed Media
Karen Podd – Each piece of pottery is handcrafted by Karen and Robert Podd. The pieces represent functional pottery, decorative tiles, sculptural wall pieces, drawer pulls, birdhouses and Chesapeake Bay Wildlife themed pottery. Medium: Ceramics
Stacey Posner – I love the feel of the clay, the creativity of it, the ability to reproduce the natural beauty that surrounds us, particularly in Virginia. I like to focus on nature; beautiful plants, birds, animals that I can incorporate into pottery with carving, painting, or texture. I also like to make pottery that is strong and functional. It’s meant to be used and enjoyed every day. Medium: Ceramics
Juli Schuszler – Tidewater native, Juli Schuszler, an established artist with work in both private and corporate collections, is known for her vibrant masterpieces showcasing the beauty of nature. She creates in a variety of mediums including oils and pastels. Her work has been displayed in both regional and national exhibitions. Since her debut in the fine art world, Schuszler’s artwork has been featured in over thirty-five galleries. Schuszler exhibits her work in regional art centers and galleries. Medium: Oil
Victoria Watson – Victoria Watson is native to and currently resides in Newport News, Virginia. Her early artistic interests were in the realistic portrayal of horses, which set the foundation for understanding the structural anatomy of other animals. She immersed and dedicated herself in art-related studies through the years and explored aspects of impressionism, surrealism, and representational realism. Victoria’s primary interest is rendering detailed portraits of people and animals, investigating the subtle nuances of character that personify each one. In the past 10 years, most of her work comes from commissioned portraits. Victoria’s preferred media are graphite, Prisma color pencils, mixed media, and oils. Medium: Multi Media
Rebecca West – A painter, sculptor, felt artist, and whimsical furniture painter, Rebecca resides in Gloucester, VA Medium: Multi Media