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.
Her 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.