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Join Us at a Reception for the Oil Paintings of Jennifer Sims

Screen Shot 2015-09-15 at 5.36.18 PMYou are invited to attend an art reception for the oil paintings of Jennifer Sims, depicting…

“The Horses and Hounds of the Middleburg and Orange County Hunts”

When: Saturday October 10, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Where: Youngblood Art Studio in the Plains, Virginia

Youngblood Art Studio is hosting an art show for the works of Jennifer Sims and the jewelry of Anita Whitney on October 10 as part of the Plains annual Scarecrow Day, a festival of live music, children’s activities and the infamous scarecrow contest.

The gallery will open at 11 a.m. on Saturday October 10, and the reception with wine and refreshments will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Gallery hours will be 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. through October 17.

For more information on this show, click here:

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Catherine White Workshops at Youngblood Art Studio

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At Youngblood Art Studio in
The Plains, Virginia

September 26-27, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day
Large Jars
This class will be a combination of demonstration and hands-on-work.

We will be making larger work by throwing sectional pieces on the wheel and then putting them together. This technique will double one’s comfortable scale. We will also be working with adding coils and slabs to easily add to the scale of a jar.

October 24-25, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day
Plates, Platters and Slip

This workshop will involve both demonstrations and hands-on-throwing. We will work with both thrown objects and press molded slabs. We will explore alternative ways to apply slip for enhancing and varying surfaces. This is a big messy experimental exploration of making shapes and incorporating painting and printmaking ideas.

November 14-15, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day
Asymmetrical Combined Forms

This will be an exploration of form starting with simple thrown or handbuilt pieces that are then gently altered by clay additions, subtractions and manipulations. This is a search for balance and syncopation within the vocabulary of ceramic structure.

For any one individual workshop the cost is $220. Students should bring their own clay and tools to these workshops and expect to transport work home at the end of the weekend.

Please let me know if you have any questions and if you are interested. Call or email to sign up.

Catherine White

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The Poetry of Pottery at Youngblood Art Studio

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Catherine White plans to lead a seminar about making pots, primarily on the wheel but handbuilt as well. These sessions are for anyone with an interest in making pottery. No experience is required, just a desire to give it a try, look carefully, and a willingness to learn. For those with experience making pottery, this is a class for getting rejuvenated and thinking more deeply about clay and its use.

These will be directed sessions that address both technique and aesthetics. Each evening will involve some hands-on clay time, demonstrations, and looking at images and examples of pots. Catherine likes to think of it as the poetry of pottery. Her goal is to impart the depth of the vocabulary of pottery that can be used to engender poetic forms for enhancing daily life.

She plans to teach this class on Tuesdays from 6-9 pm at Youngblood Art Studio in The Plains, Virginia starting on September 22 until November 10 (8 weeks). The cost of $480 includes materials and glaze firing in her gas kiln (near Warrenton). You will need a few personal clay tools for which she will provide a list after signing up.

Please let her know if you have any questions and if you are interested. Call or email to sign up.

Catherine White

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Celebrate Scarecrow Day in the Plains at Youngblood

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Horse Water by Jennifer Sims

Youngblood Art Studio is hosting an art show for the works of Jennifer Sims and the jewelry of Anita Whitney on October 10 as part of the Plains annual Scarecrow Day, a festival of live music, refreshments, children’s activities and a scarecrow contest.

As a child, Jennifer Sims copied every illustration of people and sea creatures from Homer’s Odyssey, designed intricate, imaginary houses, drew animals and sketched people when they weren’t looking. Particularly entranced by animals, she copied paintings of horses by the masters, creatures from Aesop’s fables, and her own beloved cats.

She majored in political science at Oberlin College and went on to get her doctorate. As her career took her into the world of intelligence and national security policy, Jennifer’s life expanded to include husband and kids. Her love for the quiet, unobtrusive practice of art, however, continued.

Jennifer has studied with Lynne Donovan, Lilla Ohrstrom, taken sculpture from Goksin Carey, and a workshop with Laura Hazard Clark. She took classes in Connecticut from artists such as Jack Montmeat and Hollis Dunlap.

She is also writing a book titles Intelligence in International Politics from the Spanish Armada to Edward Snowden.

Anita Whitney has been carving lucite since 1970, making jewelry since 1987, and painting in acrylics for the past three years.

Anita WhitneyHer first knowledge of gemstones came when she sat on her grandmother’s lap at the age of three. She had rings of diamonds and rubies, diamonds and sapphires, diamonds and emeralds, and diamonds and diamonds. She wore many of them together, on one hand. The colors and the sparkle were hypnotic. At her grandmother’s, her bedroom ceiling at night was a panorama of jewels, forming and reforming constellations.

The metals she uses are sterling silver, 18k gold and platinum. Her stones are all natural gemstones, primarily beads.

Like any artist, her designs are influenced by her environment. Within the Silver Grouper, you will encounter the coral reefs in diving waters around the Lower Keys of Florida.

You will also sense the haunted quality of the fields and forests in Central Virginia, near Charlottesville. Pause a moment to catch your breath, and Welcome to The Silver Grouper! Click here for Anita’s official website.


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A Garden Party to Save Virginia’s Countryside


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The Land Trust of Virginia presents “A Garden Party to Save Virginia’s Countryside” with this year’s special feature: “Sculpture in the Fields,” which will feature work by Eric Goulder, Nol Putnam, Diana Reuter-Twining, Peter Wood, Catherine White, Albert Laessle and Lilla Ohrstrom.

Where: Lee Hall, the home of Chris and Lilla Ohrstrom, in The Plains, Virginia

When: Sunday, May 31 2015 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Please contact LTV at 540 687-8441 or email for information and tickets.

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