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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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New Class: Drawing With a Live Model

In addition to holding classes at Youngblood Art Studio, I also hold classes at Native Barre in Middleburg. Here is a class beginning soon:

Drawing with a Live Model with Lilia Ohrstrom

4/19/2015 – 5/10/2015From: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Each 2 hour class will begin with a series of gesture drawings using soft charcoal and newsprint. Proportions, volume, and light and shade will be addressed. The class is appropriate for beginners and artists wishing to review the basics of figure drawing.

Each student is REQUIRED to bring the following supplies with them to each class:

    • Portable Easel
    • White Chalk
    • Gummy Eraser
    • Soft Charcoal
    • Newsprint (18″ x 20″)
    • Board to put on easel behind newsprint

Call Lilla at 540.270.0402 for questions about supplies

Click here to sign up at Native Barre. (Scroll down the page halfway)

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Become a Member of the Spring Weekend Artist Club

For the first time, Youngblood Art Studio is opening its doors to local artists.

Youngblood Art Studio in the Plains, Virginia, is excited to announce the launch of the Spring Weekend Artist Club, a new program designed to allow area artists of all ages and skill levels the opportunity to work in an open, creative space.

A $25 membership fee allows you the use of Youngblood Art Studio from April 15 to June 15, Fridays to Sundays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Members will have the space to create individual works of art of their choosing. Space will be facilitated by Lilla Ohrstrom or an arts assistant.

Take advantage of this first-time extraordinary offer. Individual instruction can be arranged for additional fee if desired.

Email for information.

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Spring Class Schedule Announced

YBA_springI will be continuing my “Drawing Your Line: Level 1” class this spring. For more information on the class, click here. Here is the new schedule:

Class: Drawing Your Line Level 1

Dates: Sundays April 12, 19 and 26 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: Youngblood Art Studio in the Plains

Fee: $75 (combined, for three classes)

I will also be offering private art sessions at Youngblood Art Studio to accommodate needs of the artist, drawing, and/or sculpting clay by appointment throughout April and May. Call 540 270 0402 or email

Basic Hand Building in Clay (ages 10 and up)

Mondays April 6, 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18

Time 4:10-4:50 p.m. $150 per 6 week session ($30 drop in must call ahead)

Making Monsters From Mud (ages 8 to 12)

Wednesdays April 6, 20, 27, May 6, 13, 20

Time 4:10-4:50 p.m. $150 per 6 week session ($30 drop in must call ahead)

Art Class for Students With a Serious Interest in Developing Skills (ages 10 and up)

Drawing and multiple sculpting techniques in clay will be explored

Thursdays April 2, 9, 23, 30, May 7 & 14

Time 4:10-5:40 p.m. $210 per 6 week session ($50 drop in must call ahead)

Sculpting a Self Portrait in Clay (adults 21 and over)

Fridays April 3, 10, 24, May 1

9:00-11:00 a.m. $250 for one week session, $75 (drop in must call ahead)

To sign up for classes, please email:



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