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Local Artist Check-in: Dylan Korelich

November 15, 2015 by


The sun’s warm milky rays filtered through the vines of the geodesic dome as the afternoon waned into an evening chill. An artist, who had been making giant bubbles only moments before, pokes in his head and points in to the IX building, telling me about a Jesus with red hair. I follow his direction […]

Local Artist Check-in: Rebekah Wostrel

October 21, 2015 by


Sleek porcelain vessels crouch on white pedestals and glass color-speckled vases on the opposite side of the dusty hallway. Music sashayed through open doors as I wandered down in the McGuffey basement to the end of the hall, stopping in front of Studio Six. Shallow clay bowls sit in rows on the center table, no […]

Local Artist Check-in: Lisa Jakub

June 24, 2015 by


I first met Lisa at an annual book swap hosted by a mutual friend. Guests entered carrying bags of books and unpacked them on the dining room table into neat stacks that covered the whole surface, while a spread of delectable treats enticed us into the kitchen. I thought Lisa looked very much like the […]

Local Artist Check-In: Suz Somersall

June 10, 2015 by


When you walk into Suz Somersall’s store, located in the Shops at Stonefield, you’ll first be greeted by a little dog named Creasie, a Yorkie mix that Suz adopted while living in Japan. Suz has traveled to many different places, and as you talk to her about the jewelry she crafts you get a sense […]

Local Artist Check-in: Jean Sampson

May 13, 2015 by


Painter and poet Jean Sampson has a long history with the building that houses the McGuffey Art Center as she graduated there in 1960 from what was formerly McGuffey Elementary School. She now paints in her studio and teaches two classes: “Gutsy Abstract Oil Painting” on Monday nights and “Beginning Drawing for Chickens” on Tuesday […]

Local Artist Check-In: Rich Tarbell

April 1, 2015 by


Photographer Rich Tarbell has collaborated with Stephanie Helvin and Mallory Paige of Moonlight Circus to create silhouettes that convey the movement and strength in their aerial acts. Tarbell says, “It occurred to me the aerialist acts would make for a mysterious and attractive silhouette fully body portrait… We rented the warehouse of the IX Art […]

Local Artist Check-In: Charlene Cross

February 18, 2015 by


At the McGuffey Art Center downtown, housed in a building that has stood since 1916 and used to serve as a school, you will find jewelry-maker Charlene Cross’s studio, among 44 other artists renting space. Among those other artists is painter Jean Sampson who describes Cross as “a wonderful and extremely creative jewelry-maker.” The McGuffey […]

Local Artist Check-in: Emily Hancock

November 26, 2014 by


Beyond the city, off 250 West just before Three Notched Road leads you into Crozet, a large sign in the shape of a hand points you to The Barn Swallow during open hours. It was here on a recent dark winter’s night that I turned in toward the barn that has stood since the 1800s, […]

Local Artist Check-in: Kristen-Paige Madonia

November 12, 2014 by


The richness of literary life in Charlottesville is astounding. There is, of course, the University and its renowned creative writing MFA program, which hosts readings throughout the academic year. There is the annual Virginia Festival of the Book and the Virginia Art of the Book Center, both of which are run by the Virginia Foundation […]

Local Artist Check-in: Amanda Patterson

October 29, 2014 by


Amanda Patterson is living proof that the artistic community of Charlottesville draws filmmakers year-round, not only in November when the Virginia Film Festival comes to town.  A native Virginian, Amanda moved to Charlottesville this summer to begin work as a mentor for young filmmakers at Light House Studio. Her film Goodish, a comedy about whether or […]