Needlepoint by Virginia Mattox
November 1st – November 30th

The MOarts Gallery will feature a retrospective of needlepoint artist Virginia Mattox for November 2019.  Her granddaughter Chylynn Branch, a former Moneta/SML Library staff member, had this to say about her nana and her needlepoint: “My nana never talked about herself much. It was never that she didn’t want to, she would if we asked. I believe it was mostly just that she never wanted to seem like she was bragging about anything. I had thought I had known everything about her, and once she passed away, I realized there was so much I had never asked. Of the many things, I wish I had asked her now, one of the main ones is about her beautiful needlepoint. Growing up I could always remember her working on it, it was only when she passed that I realized I never knew how she did it with such ease, where she got her inspiration from, how many she had completed throughout her life, etc. When she passed, and we started looking through her house for legal documents we needed, we found the many things she had left behind. One of these was a binder that she had filled with her whole life story. She started from the beginning to the very end. I feel so grateful that she had left this behind for us to see. It was as if we could finally see into her thoughts, the things that she was always thinking and the life that she had lived but had never told us. Of the many things I learned while reading through her life story, I also found out something I had never known, how she learned how to do her beautiful needlepoint. In 1969, when my nana was 17, she started babysitting for a teacher named Mary Lou. She would watch her two children and clean the house for her. She was paid $25.00 a week. While she was working, she met Mary Lou’s mother, and her mother was the one that taught my nana how to do her beautiful needlepoint. This may seem like a very simple story to some, but to me, just to be able to read the little things about her that I had never thought to ask while she was alive, means so much to me. I miss my nana every single day. She was and is the most wonderful woman I have known.  And to be able to share her beautiful needlepoint with people that can truly
appreciate the amazing work she did means so much to me, as I’m sure it does for her.”

Pottery by Andre Namenek
November 2nd through December 28th

Andre, a full-time potter since 1983, welcomes change. For the past few years, he has been producing wood-fired functional stoneware. He has produced pieces that bring beauty to the utilitarian. However, he has recently been drawn back to the ancient process of pit firing and to creating more individual and non-functional forms. His new pieces spend many hours in the pit surrounded by burning wood and sawdust. When finished, he examines the pieces for the effects the fire has on the clay. He combines fire and clay in a way that produces myriad earth tones with pops of burnt red and charcoal black. Investigating the elements of control and chance within the creative process both excites and motivates Andre. His pit-fired pieces have been shipped to galleries as far west as
San Francisco and as far east as Italy.

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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