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My Work on Display at Art of the Piedmont

Ohrstrom-mother earth-time and spaceI will have four sculptures (including the piece on the right) on display at the the Middleburg Community Center on Friday, February 20, 2015, for Art of the Piedmont, an auction of original artwork from select local artists. The evening’s proceeds will benefit Middleburg Montessori School.

See more at: http://artofthepiedmont.org

The show promises a long list of distinguished local artists, including Anthony Barham, Misia Broadhead, Charles T. Matheson and Antonia Walker.

As a reminder, I am offering classes at Youngblood Art Studio and Native Barre in Middleburg. Click here for more information.


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New Youngblood Classes Announced

Drawing Your Line: Level 1

What can you make of the marks you make?

Description: What can you make of the marks you make? Lilla Ohrstrom is offering a beginner to advanced drawing class. This class is designed to help you find or rediscover your personal drawing lines. The intention of the class is to offer a safe, non-judgmental space to explore drawing and satisfy your artistic expression. This four-week class will begin with lines and end with a self-portrait. We will explore our internal and external selves through drawing.

Each 1 ½ hour class will begin with a short meditation and some mindful movements to prepare for drawing. No experience is necessary, but experienced artists may also enjoy this return to the basics. Perfect for getting out of a rut.

Gesture drawing, contour drawing and memory drawing will be explored.

Materials:
1. A board to draw on with a clip to mount paper
2. Sketch book
3. Drawing charcoal, white chalk, 6B pencil, gummy eraser.

Location: Native Barre Studio, Middleburg VA.
Dates: Sundays February 8, 15 , 22 & March 8 (daylight saving time)
Time: 3:30-5
Fee: $100 for 4-class workshop (must have at least 6 people for class to run)

Book your sessions through Native Barre; call 540.687.4643

Hand Building In Clay

Location: Youngblood Art Studio
Dates: Tuesdays, February 3,10,17,24 March 3
Time: 1:30-3:30
Fee: $350 for the 5-week workshop, includes Clay, glaze and firing.
Clay tools can be purchased ahead or ordered through Lilla $20.00
No experience needed, all ages welcome. (Some open studio time included as needed. Must have at least 4 people for class to run.)

If you want private classes, times can be arranged through Lilla at 540.270.0402 for January 26th through March 9th. Available one- or two-hour time at $80/hr slots Mondays through Fridays (not Thursdays) between 12:00-3:30. If you want classes for students, time is available from 4:15 to 5:00 Mondays through Thursdays. Price $60 for private for one child, $80 for 2 children, $100 for 3, etc.

Book your sessions through YAS, call 540.270.0402


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New Show in February: Art of the Piedmont

Screen Shot 2014-12-05 at 9.20.58 AMMy work will be on display at the the Middleburg Community Center on Friday, February 20, 2015, for Art of the Piedmont, an auction of original artwork from select local artists. The evening’s proceeds will benefit Middleburg Montessori School.

See more at: http://artofthepiedmont.org

The show promises a long list of distinguished local artists, including Anthony Barham, Misia Broadhead, Charles T. Matheson and Antonia Walker.

 

 

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Youngblood Artist Profile: Gomer Pyles

Gomer Pyles (left) with Lilla Ohrstrom

Gomer Pyles (left) with Lilla Ohrstrom

Gomer Pyles not only approaches life with gentleness and imagination, he also has a lovely sense of humor. Part of healing is having a sense humor.

There are many intelligent paradoxes in many of Gomer’s titles, which often shed an understanding and insight alongside his wonderful photographs and wood drift sculpture.

Gomer walks his own path. So much so that he walked here from California a long time ago with his now grown-up baby (you may have heard her play music) and his walking stick, which has its own story.

While Gomer never fought in a war and has even falsely been called a hippie — you will have to have him explain why that is false — I felt he had both an extreme contrast to Michael Heufelder, yet remarkable similarity. Gomer’s father was a veteran of World War II, and his purple heart is displayed here tonight in beautiful driftwood hands carved by Gomer.

Both Michael Heufelder and Gomer explore similar media in different ways. Gomer writes with his left hand — an adaptation resulting from a stroke some years ago — and Michael writes as he seems to think, in a systematic, calculated confident manner.

Both men are keen observers of nature and their surroundings.

Most importantly both seek Peace and I am interested in facilitating peace and healing.

Chairs by Gomer Pyles

Chairs by Gomer Pyles


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Youngblood Artist Profile: Michael Heufelder

Artist MIchael Heufelder sells his work to Peggy Arundel

Artist MIchael Heufelder sells his work to Peggy Arundel

During the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing my thoughts on the three artists who showed at our recent Contemplating Peace show at Youngblood Art Studio in The Plains. This week, we’ll begin with Michael Heufelder.

I met Michael while he was giving a “show and tell” to the kids at A Place to Be. When I saw what he was doing, I was very moved. The concept of this show was born out of that day.

Michael is a veteran who served in the front lines in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Since his return from an extended service, where he went above and beyond his original call to duty, Michael has used the arts for self-induced therapeutic purposes.

Art therapy is a particular interest of mine, so I was happy to meet this amazing man, who so beautifully lives the benefits of self-healing through the arts.

Michael now captures peace with his iPhone, implementing similar strategies of focus and timing that he needed in his life as a warrior. He also spends hours burning detailed wood carvings of animals to give himself a reason to focus for long, intense periods of time. His astute training in observation shines in his artistic endeavors. He has found a new way to use the skills he developed as a soldier and beautifully he captures peaceful moments, transforming them into images he can share with you.

Michael’s work caused me to reflect on how very close war and peace really are. Getting to know him has heightened my respect and gratitude for his efforts that were made at his personal psychological expense. I want to show support for his healing efforts and help his artwork be even more effective than acts of war.

A Selection of Michael's Works

A Selection of Michael’s Works

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