Paintings by Judith Lochbrunner 
December 2, 2019 – January 30, 2020

Painter Judith Lochbrunner of Stone Coal Studio is no stranger to moving.  She has lived in several states around the U. S.  These relocations demanded creativity and flexibility in her pursuit of her art.  However, she was able to appreciate many different communities’ art opportunities.  She enrolled in college art courses in Texas, studied art at a center in Vermont, and attended classes and workshops with private teachers in Massachusetts. 
Judy is now firmly rooted in the mountains of western Virginia.  She has created and currently maintains several perennial and “pleasure” gardens as well as a large vegetable garden.  These gardens surround her home studio in Botetourt County.  They have had an increasing influence on her art.  A new-found love of plein air (outdoor) painting has combined her love of the outdoors with her love of painting. She truly appreciates that the landscape changes in beautiful ways each day to create endless artistic inspiration.  Inspiration starts in the gardens and continues to the views framed by those spaces.  “Not your average garden” continues to be a theme woven through all her art pieces.
Her art pieces have been created in many different media.  Judy has focused at times on oil painting, printmaking, hand-built sculptures, watercolor, and finally back to her first love: water media. While it was not exactly the casein which she used as a teenager, she returned to water media by way of acrylics soon after arriving in Virginia.  Whatever the media, she says her art expresses that “something” whether it is unexpected, exciting, or even amusing, but it is certainly never bland or ordinary.

January 2nd-January 31st

You probably take paper for granted.  It’s been around for a few thousand years, after all.  It’s a daily part of our lives, even as we try to go paperless.  We write on it to communicate with ourselves (to-do lists) and others (letters).  We paperclip it, staple it, tape it, glue it, and cut it without thought.  But what if we concentrate on the versatility of paper.  The fact that we can do all those things to paper is pretty amazing.  And if you combine it with some creativity, you can take the mundane and make it extraordinary.
            This month’s display highlights the beauty and versatility of paper.  Come see handmade paper cards, ornaments, and objets d’art.  All pieces are handmade by local crafters.  They periodically get together and pool their creativity to create beautiful pieces of art out of paper.  Some pieces of paper are cut using scissors or die-cutting machines.  Then that paper ornamentation is glued onto other pieces of paper to create finished pieces.  This lends pieces a layered look and gives others plenty of texture.  All different types of paper are used, which can add color and texture and even whimsy.  Designs range from cute to elegant, creating a papercraft for every mood and occasion.  Paper truly is versatile.
The display case may be viewed during regular library hours.  Look for some paper crafting classes to be held at the Moneta/SML Library in the future. 

The MOarts gallery is located in the Moneta/Smith Mountain Lake Library located at 
13641 Moneta Road, Moneta, VA 24121.

Please call (540) 425-7004 for hours and directions.

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