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Volume 26, Number 9 — September 2018

Arts Calendar

SWCC art exhibit dazzles with realism
The exhibit features botanical watercolor paintings by Stacy Pugh.
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SWCC art exhibit dazzles with realism

Date(s):  August 14 - October 05, 2018
Venue: Southwest Virginia Community College
Community Center
Richlands, VA 24641
276.964.2555
www.sw.vccs.edu

RICHLANDS, VA — The kick-off art exhibit for the opening of fall semester at Southwest Virginia Community College features works by Eric Beavers and Stacy Pugh that promise to dazzle the eye of the beholder. On display and open to the public from Aug. 14 through Oct. 5 in the SWCC King Community Center’s Ellen Von Dehsen Elmes Gallery, the exhibit features graphite and oil portraits by Beavers, and botanical watercolor paintings by Pugh.

“These are two very accomplished artists of Southwest Virginia who have something in common,” says gallery exhibition organizer Ellen Elmes. “They both know how to express graphically the heart, soul, and reality of their subject matter. For Eric Beavers, this means exploring with paint and pencil the features of life experience that mark the faces of the people he portrays; for Stacy Pugh, it involves excavating the intricacies of colors, smells, and touch of the flowers she renders with colored pencils and watercolor washes.”

A reception for the artists, as well as an informal talk given by each artist, is held in the SWCC Community Center gallery from 12:15-1:10 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 28. Refreshments are served and the public is welcome to attend.

Beavers, currently an adjunct instructor at SWCC and a tattoo artist working in Princeton, West Virginia, makes this statement about his art, “The deep study of various faces is what I truly enjoy about creating portraits. Portraying the likeness, expression and unique character of the subject in a manner that engages the viewer is the most important objective for the aesthetic appeal of the artwork. The process of assigning value, creating texture and rendering shape, dimension, and expression provides an unavoidable insight into my own character.”

Pugh’s art combines what she calls her “two greatest passions,” flowers and watercolors. “I absolutely love flowers,” she says. “My paintings are a celebration of all the many stages of a flower’s life: from swollen buds waiting to burst forth, the completely open blooms waiting to be pollinated, the aging plant with missing petals and darkly torn edges, to even the dried up seed pods left over for next year’s bounty. And watercolor is the perfect medium to achieve the transparency of the sun shining through a petal from behind, or the translucent petals on top of one another.”

After studying art at Graham High School with Karen Harvey, taking some classes and workshops over the years in watercolor painting from SWCC instructor Ellen Elmes and Pennsylvania artist Lynn Yancha, Pugh more recently has been attending online botanical courses offered by botanical artist Dianne Sutherland. She is also a web designer for Stubby Steve’s, a fishing lure company, and Bruneaux Bait, a crawfish-lobster bait company, and continues to work as Office Manager at Town & Country Veterinary Hospital where she has been “part of the family” for 22 years.

Beavers received his Bachelors of Fine Arts from Radford University in 2008 and his Masters of Fine Arts in 2013. He has worked in carpentry and construction in North Carolina, and in auto body work in Southwest Virginia. Being familiar with a large auto spray gun and having airbrushing skills, he completed a large mural at The Villa Restaurant in Bluefield, Virginia, in 2002, and has received numerous portraiture and large scale painting commissions over his many years of schooling and work.




Art by Pugh


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