JULY 8, 2023 - JULY 29, 2023
Renzi is a visionary, surreal, and new contemporary artist and body painter that specializes in ancestral and spiritual conceptualizations of this experience we call life, and all its mysteries. She is largely inspired by her indigenous roots and intuitively integrates that into her artworks. Her mediums for creating include: digital, acrylics, oils, watercolors, gouache, gel pens, fine ink, and paint markers. Renzi has live painted at numerous music and art festivals along her journey of expressing visual truths. To invoke a reflection in another being through the lens of creativity is one of her greatest treasures.
Virginia Beach, VA
After a full career, I reached a point where I didn't work. I became a self-taught artists. I love using a variety of media to produce a creation. I am inspired from many influences: life experiences, nature, reading, and even interacting with others.
I grew up doing art with my father and as a teen, once a month, I visited the museum Munson Williams-Proctor Institute in Utica, NY. The museum held the works by Thomas Cole, "The Voyage of Life." I was in love with the incredible painting my father and Thomas Cole did; the details in the places, people, plants, and animals.
It sparked a lifelong dream to develop art and passion for creating art in many forms. But my deepest love came from doing drawings and paintings with my father. His creative mind is what truly stayed with me to develop my skills.
Virginia Beach, VA
Heather Mitcham is a Virginia Beach native, a mother, a printmaker, a lover of the beach and of her dogs. She is a lifelong artist, however her formal education began at Tidewater Community College before transferring to Old Dominion University. The way the tide pulls the ocean, is the way Heather feels pulled to her art and her artistic process. Heather is constantly on the hunt for inspiration in the day to day. She loves the act of collecting things; seashells, bottle caps, etc. Her interest in unsuspectingly beautiful objects spills over into her works.
Tennicia White is a 37 year old mother of four boys. She resides in the the city of Hampton, VA. Author of a "POETS WAY FOR JUSTICE" and author of "BENT NOT BROKEN". She is also the administrator for the group Healing Art!!! on Facebook.
This skill and technique of painting came to me as a coping skill through some storms and trauma in my life. Overcoming the barriers of sexual assault and homelessness. I finally have a new home and am regaining my peace. Although I do many crafts and arts, I never took to painting, but one day everything was too much, I was ready to explode. I needed to get out.
I pick up a canvas and some paint. Pouring out silently from the inside, showing up loudly on the outside, I begin to allow myself to find healing and let go. In this piece is My Peace. My New Beginning. I wanted this piece, through colors, to show and let out all those feelings, emotions, like love hurt, paint and trauma. At the same time I wanted to show the lights, grace, mercy and favor. By creating broken and cracked paint using resin, acrylic paints, and water, I believe this piece to be those and show all of those. Trauma is real, but so is healing...we all heal and overcome things differently, but the thing that makes us all the same is WE STILL HAVE BEAUTY and cracked and shattered pieces can still be a masterpiece; a new beginning!!
Lynette Hulse is a mother to three talented and wonderful children. She lived in Rome, Italy from 2008-2012. In 2009 she had her first solo exhibit in the American Embassy of Rome and another solo exhibit in 2010 titled "Circled Series". While in Italy she learned Italian and immersed herself both within the culture and in the artist community. She moved to Brasilia, Brazil from 2012-2015 where she learned Brazilian Portuguese and again immersed herself in the culture and art community. Along the way, she has traveled to 16 countries around the world and 30 states within the continental United States. Traveling inspires Lynette artistically and creatively, as she has met many wonderful people, visited many beautiful places around the world. Since living in Virginia from 2015 she has been instructing at Painting with a twist in Chesapeake and in 2021 did a 6 week Cantempories workshop at the CAN and participated in group collaborative exhibit. Titled “Echoes around corners and moves through walls” she installed an immersive, mural installation with dandelions of every gestation in aquarium like atmosphere. She currently has work installed at Creek Bar in Chesapeake, Virginia.
“My work is a creative self-journey made from my soul to share with anyone who wants to look. I love to play with color, texture, and open to working with many mediums to create whatever it is that I am compelled to create in those moments of expression. I proceeds a lot of my emotions through painting and share my own world and the way I see it lately my works has been an expression of emotions and processing major life changes. Making Art has saved me in so many ways. It helps me shut off my thoughts and escape into a reality I have control of.”
Virginia Beach, VA
Frances, 28, is an artist from Virginia Beach with a sincere passion for both nature and vibrant expressive color. Having previously worked as an elementary and middle school art teacher, Frances developed a keen understanding of the power of art to inspire and educate.
Consistently inspired by the beauty of the natural world and the energetic aesthetic of Pop Art, Frances channels her creativity into creating colorful landscapes that radiate joy and playfulness. Her artwork is a celebration of vibrant hues and compositions, capturing the essence of her surroundings with a whimsical twist.
While currently working at Uncommon Redesigns, Frances dedicates her spare time to creating art. Through her work, she strives to evoke a sense of child-like wonder and connection to the world around us.
Frances's work is a harmonious blend of her background as an art educator, her love for nature, and her fascination with the expressive power of color. Frances continues to explore her creative journey through various mediums and art making processes and fully believes that through curiosity and exploration her creativity is best expressed in her work.
Virginia Based artist
As a kid, I was always creating. Making paintings, music, photography, and anything else I could get my hands on. Now as I’m in college and figuring out my career path I’m enjoying making art again.