Fluvanna Art Association

January 2018 Meeting

Our first meeting for the New Year will be January 19th from 9:30 – 12:00 at the Fluvanna County Library, and will feature artist, Linda Staiger. You will find the workshop supply list and description below.

Thanks to Bill Snow and Deborah Nixon the new handbooks will be available for the January meeting.

Please remember 2018 dues are being collected. They are $20/individual, and $30/family. Please bring them to the January meeting or mail them to Nancy Shaffer along with any updates to your current information.

June Wiehe, a founding member of the Fluvanna Art Association, passed away December 18th in the evening at Northridge Hospital at the age of 93. A memorial service will be held in the spring by Grace & Glory Lutheran Church.

Jan 19th Workshop:

Supply List – Linda would like everyone to bring 2-3 images of whatever is your usual subject matter, from magazines, etc. Images that you don’t mind marking up or cutting up. Also, an adjustable viewfinder. Something to mark the images with. – Some blank paper. Something to mark the blank paper, like conte crayons, water colors, gouache, or whatever is handy, portable and you are comfortable using.

I am Linda Staiger. My art friends call me Staiger. I live about 3 1/2 miles from the village of Palmyra, in a corner of the Staiger family farm, which abuts Ridge Road, Barnaby Road and Bybees Church Road. I have a nice studio space (where I also live).

I have been interested in painting for a long time. While I was working as a surgeon, I used to enjoy visiting galleries and museums whenever I got a chance. About 15 years ago, I started taking classes locally: Piedmont Virginia Community College, McGuffey Art Center, Beverly Street Studio School, Univ of Virginia Studio Art Department, as well as taking some private group classes with Rick Weaver. I took everything from graphic design to sculpture, some classes multiple times. Drawing is so important-because it is about looking and then transferring something from your brain to your hand.

Because of some things in my private life, I had to stop taking classes about 5-6 years ago and just start working independently. I was fortunate to have a small group of artist friends to do critiques. That provided encouragement and a process for correction. I needed some peacefulness in my life, so I started kayaking and hiking and was inspired by nature. I take a lot of photographs and then try to recreate, on the 2-dimensional surface, the feeling of peace of the river and forest. I do plein air painting and studio work.

Two or three years ago, I started looking for opportunities to show and have done shows in Charlottesville, Fluvanna County and Richmond. I have a show up at Cunningham Creek Winery, January through April. Also a small show in the upstairs gallery at New Dominion Book Store on the downtown mall in Charlottesville in February.

I look forward to meeting everyone and sharing some of my process, and hearing from everyone in the Fluvanna Art Association. —Linda Staiger

Please let me know if you have any questions. Thanks, and I look forward to seeing you at the next meeting.

Susan Lang, President

Fluvanna Art Association

January 5th, 2018