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Nancy Polo at Tin Top

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Turns out that visiting the Tin Top is a good enough reason to head into Winchester all by itself most anytime. But throw in an opening and some very interesting art by Nancy Polo, and you can make an evening of it.

We’ll leave it up to you to read up on bunny.

Tin Top co-owner Neil’s cool things

Study in Ivanka

Watching this one evolve on twitter was interesting. Bell Ringer is now part of the collection.

When in Winchester, try out Em.

Kitchen at Em

Tater Tot Waffles

Manor House by Karen Rosasco

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On an art-filled weekend, we travelled down to Union, WV to play the Civil War show. A stop off on the way back home in Staunton led us to an artist coop where we found the Manor House painting.

Manor House by Karen Rosasco

Manor House by Karen Rosasco

Karen Rosasco taught art for years in an upstate NY high school. She now resides in Staunton, VA.

Karen explains how the piece was implemented

Karen explains how the piece was implemented

It always amazes me how artists handle their own work

It always amazes me how artists handle their own work

This work has a glaze treatment by knife first, followed by acrylic. One of Karen’s tricks is to put the very darkest spot in the painting right next to the very lightest part to capture your visual attention. I like how the focal point is enhanced with the oval in the middle of the painting which seems to me like a photographic artifact.

In context of other work by Karen.

In context of other work by Karen.

More modern work by Karen

More modern work by Karen

The gallery also had a student space. One student paid attention to shadows with their work, which was very cool indeed.

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Great Advice

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[imagine this posting accompanied by Rachmaninov’s etudes-tableaux op 39, no 2 in A minor, a winter fire in the kitchen, and some roses]

Dear Winslow,

You are correct. I’m pretty sure we should deliver this now.

Thank you.

Untitled but obvious by Winslow McCagg

Untitled but obvious by Winslow McCagg

Yes.

Yes.

The dogs are on it!

Here they come Stick!

The front yard at the Stick

The front yard at the Stick

See more winslow.

April Claggett: Art in Dublin (NH that is)

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April Claggett‘s art is well represented here at apothecaryshed, both on our walls and as a set of artifacts for the Bitter Liberals. April has been pouring more energy into her art now that both of her boys are either in college or through college. Empty nest or open sky, you decide!

April is planning to get an MFA in painting soon (starting this Fall) and we’re interested to see how her painting evolves. A recent show at the Dublin, NH Community center makes a great “before” study.

Lots of paintings in the “before” category

April Claggett paints history

April Claggett paints history

The bathers troika

The bathers troika

A slice of the bathers

A slice of the bathers

Admiring April's art

Admiring April’s art

The shells were and the bowls were painted at the Stick

The shells were and the bowls were painted at the Stick

Each painting and set of paintings had lots of 'splainin'.

Each painting and set of paintings had lots of ‘splainin’.

The shells were and the bowls were painted at the Stick

The shells were and the bowls were painted at the Stick

April the observer observes the observers

April the observer observes the observers

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zoomingest

We’ll pick up the stitch pre-art school, if not before.

Ripped Out By the Roots (Middleburg Dairy Barn Art)

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Sunday afternoon started out idyllic enough. The setting for the Dairy Barn Gallery outside of Middleburg is about as pretty as Virginia gets.

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A collection of great artists and good friends, including: Maureen Limon, Winslow McCagg, Anna Billman and Richard Lew (with six others) brought the space to life.

Winslow McCagg

Winslow McCagg

Anna Billman

Anna Billman

Richard Lew

Richard Lew

Maureen Limon

Maureen Limon

But then things took a turn for the macabre. First there was the prayer wheel made by the robot overlords and thrust back in time.

And then there was the bedroom/bathroom pair of spigots (credit to Charley Billman for the perfect naming scheme). Look left. Look right. Giggle.

Sometimes up and sometimes down (Anna Billman)

Sometimes up and sometimes down (Anna Billman)

But in the end we were threatened by the horseradish root and beat a hasty retreat.

This could be you, male. (Anna Billman)

This could be you, male. (Anna Billman)

Shenandoah Moonlight Finds a Home

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After a two week delay, Antonia Walker‘s painting Shenandoah Moonlight finds a home. Special thanks to the Duvall Gallery in Millwood and to Allen Kitselman for his great eye.

Shenandoah Moonlight (Antonia Walker)

Shenandoah Moonlight (Antonia Walker)

Shenandoah Moonlight (Antonia Walker)

Shenandoah Moonlight (Antonia Walker)

Shenandoah Moonlight (Antonia Walker)

Shenandoah Moonlight (Antonia Walker)

Tough Decisions

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Our weekend was full of tough decisions, including which one of these two pictures to buy.

Shenandoah Moonlight

Shenandoah Moonlight

Arbor II w/ Vines

Arbor II w/ Vines

Both outstanding paintings by Antonia Walker. We went with the river.

Thanks to Duvall Gallery for featuring local art by very talented artists.