I have worked in business management for my entire career. However I developed an appreciation for art during my college years. I enjoyed sketching for relaxation and decided to pursue my interest in art as a hobby in retirement. This led me to the Portsmouth Fine Arts Institute and a semester of instruction with Robert Burnell. He taught me the basics of watercolor painting, for which I will always be grateful.
I have read many self-teaching books on the subject, and I have also studied the work of other watercolor artists. Doing this has helped me develop my own style. I love the water, and have great respect for the men who work the water. I love the history and natural beauty surrounding the Chesapeake Bay area and other areas I have traveled. I hope you see this reflected in my art work.
Michael S. Kravchak
OUR BEST MEMORIES FROM THE MIDDLE SCHOOLS SHOW OPENING RECEPTION THIS YEAR
For the second time in our gallery, we are hosting artwork from all the Middle Schools in York County. The show runs from May 7 to 28, 2017 with a reception on Sunday May 7th from 2-4 pm. These older children are bolder in their creative approach to art. You will be amazed at the creativity and originality coming from grades 6-8. The work hung and displayed the same as in a professional gallery. The Middle School Art Show is a judged show and awards were given out the top three in their categories along with honorable mentions.
The show is located at On the Hill Gallery, 402 Main Street in Historic Yorktown, and is open Tuesday through Sunday. The York County Arts Commission, Virginia Arts Commission and the National Endowment of the Arts support the Yorktown Arts Foundation and On the Hill Gallery in its endeavors to encourage the arts in our community.
1 place – Self portrait in black & white, Tristyn Johnson, Acrylic, Grade 7, QLMS
2 place – Self portrait in green and violet, Ellie Wendt, Acrylic, Grade 8, QLMS
3 place – Marker Abstract, Damell Lawrence, Colored markers, Grade 8, QLMS
– Realistic abstract, Pastel, Leah Cabosky, Grade 7, TMS
– Koala Bear, paper sculpture, Belle King, QLMS
– Still life, Charcoal, Sara Butcher, Grade 8, TMS
– Black Wolf, paper sculpture, Penny Brooks, Grade 8, QLMS
– Stamped pillow, Fabric and Paint, Tania Shah, Grade 8, TMS
– Pop Art, Tempera on paper, Dennis Furletov, Grade 8, TMS