“Capturing the Essence” – artist solo show.
April 7 through April 29, 2017
Ellen DeMaria has been painting for more than 25 years, and more intensively for the last five. She paints expressively – creatively molding shape, color, texture, and form in her work. Her process usually begins with atmospheric watercolor with quick and bold brushstrokes; she instinctively adds whatever other water media that strengthens the painting. Ellen typically starts with light color and deepens to vivid and dark contrasts to make dramatic pictures allowing the eyes to wander, and look for the surprises that appear in the layers of paint. She works with the flow of the paint, and color combinations that may be unexpected at times, and focuses the viewer in on a mood or impression. Splashes and drips create movement and drama in her work.
For this show – her first solo – DeMaria has produced works in the realm of abstract realism. “There are some paintings that show more detail than others,” she says. “It’s a feeling that I want you to experience when you see it.”
Ms. DeMaria explores different ways to work, sometimes creating from a scene or photo, other times, using her imagination to create a picture from her own dreams and experiences. Water features such as oceans, bays, creeks, and waterfalls often appear in her paintings from her life experiences. She grew up in the Finger Lakes region of New York, moved to Virginia, and fell in love with the local waters. Her family works in the seafood industry so she is knowledgeable about the life and work of local waterman. Boats, nets, and rustic materials can be found in many painted scenes with the objective to take the rugged subject matter to a more personal, intriguing level.
On The Hill Gallery will host “The Spirit of American Military Art: The Never Ending Story,” our first-ever exhibition dedicated to American veterans, will take place November 11 – 26, with an opening reception 6 – 8 pm on Veterans Day.
ART SUBMISSION INFORMATION FOR THE SHOW
The show will be judged with ribbons and prizes awarded in the following areas:
The first place person in each area will receive a ribbon and a prize. There will be second, third and honorable mentions handed out as well. The cost to participate is free. You do not have to be a member of the Yorktown Arts Foundation.
Drop off of work will be November 1 & 2 between the hours of 11am – 5pm at “On the Hill Gallery”, 402 Main Street in Historic Yorktown.
The work will be hung on Friday and judged either that evening or early Saturday morning.
All participants and their families are invited to show opening with refreshments and drinks on Saturday November 11 from 6 to 8 pm. The reception is free.
All artwork can be picked up at the end of the show on November 28th.
Join Us at 5:55 pm Saturday, October 28 at On the Hill Gallery, 402 Main Street, Historic Yorktown
More than 70 5”x5” works of art have been donated by various artists to help us promote visual arts in our York County community.
The Yorktown Arts Foundation offers free children’s classes in the summer, adult and children’s classes throughout the year. During the winter months, we dedicate our rear gallery space to three separate exhibits for Elementary, Middle, and High School students’ artwork. This fundraiser will support these and other worthy events along with general expenses of our gallery operation.
The small works were created and donated by YAF members and a six “select” influential artists: Holland Wentz Etheridge, Katherine Maloney, Joe Miller (aka Cheap Joe), Jon Moneymaker, Melanie Chambers Hartman and John Tobin.
The 5×5 art will be on display for previews at Riverwalk Restaurant, 323 Water Street, from September 24 to October 9, and at On the Hill Gallery October 10 through the event. During the event, visitors may bid on works through a silent auction and enjoy hors d’oeuvres, desserts from The Carrot Tree and wine from Williamsburg Winery. Other generous sponsors are Triangle Arts and Culture League, Riverwalk Restaurant, Water Street Grill, Viccellio’s Goldsmith, Auntie M’s American Cottage, and Towne Bank of York.
Lew Thatcher paints in the realist genre. His art is detailed, focused and believable. Over 40 years of sailing and exploring the waters, marshes and harbors of Chesapeake Bay have provided him with a vast wealth of maritime subjects. A solo exhibition of Lew’s extraordinary works will be on display in the Gallery October 7-31.
• 1st Place – “Ocean Reef,” watercolor by Ellen DeMaria
• 2nd place – “Blue Iris,” watercolor, by Karen Hacker
• 3rd place – “Rhythm in Blues,” watercolor, by Joann Limric
The theme of this year’s member show was “Blue.” Members were challenged to create works inspired by “Blue” in any medium – the blue sky, a blue eye, or the deep blue sea. Blues music, a sad emotion or perhaps the sound of the word. Our artists rose to the challenge and result was beautiful. We celebrated the opening of the show on June 3 and presented awards.
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
December 3, 2016
Please join us at the gallery 11 – 5 p.m. and enjoy the sounds of acoustic guitarist and singer Rich Follett.