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2018 Open Studios – Botetourt Members


Linda Atkinson

Linda Atkinson is a visual artist and native of Roanoke. She lived for 13 years in California, teaching sculpture and women’s studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Returning to Southwestern Virginia, she taught studio art as a visiting lecturer for Hollins University, Radford University and Roanoke College, where she was also gallery director and curator of the Olin Hall Galleries for 11 years. Linda currently teaches art history at Virginia Western Community College, and in addition to teaching she is an art consultant and fine art appraiser and maintains an active art studio and gallery of her work in Fincastle, Virginia.

Artist’s Statement:

I think of my sculptures as visual poems.

When I am working, at times I am following a known thread into an outer territory, and sometimes I am pulled along, following without any idea why.

I’m interested in expressing actions or characteristics that address the human condition, and translate emotions into image.  I want these objects I make to have weight and presence, to provoke curiosity,  to be multi-faceted, to be at times humorous, to be profound, and to have heart.

Linda Atkinson

336 Lugar Lane 

Fincastle, VA 24090

(540) 312-8463





Lois Bisese (showing with Dreama Kattenbraker)

Lois Bisese lives on her family’s farm, nestled against the Blue Ridge Mountains, with her two daughters and husband of 18 years. Lois has surrounded herself with art, color and gardens.

The beauty around Bisese, along with the joyfulness of life, supply her with inspiration for creating designs in metals that become wearable art.

Lois Bisese

5178 Blue Ridge Turnpike 

Fincastle, VA 24090

(540) 473-1247



Edward Bordett

As a painter and printmaker, Edward Bordett lives and work in Fincastle. Bordett’s studio/gallery is located at 5 East Main St in an old Oldsmobile dealership. Located inside is gallery space, as well as studio areas, for painting and printmaking. Ed works in Silkscreen print-making and Mono printing. Bordett also paints using oil and watercolor. Ed’s work depicts urban and small subjects. The work focuses on architecture with great emphasis on geometric shapes and patterns. Bordett’s work can be seen at The Market Gallery in Roanoke and at Artists in Cahoots in Lexington. If interested in a visit to the studio, please contact Ed Bordett directly.

Edward Bordett

5 East Main St

Fincastle, VA 24090

(540) 797-6220




Nancy Dahlstrom

Nancy Dahlstrom feels lucky to have an art studio behind her house, where she can spend hours looking at the landscape and making art works.

Dahlstrom’s artwork is inspired by the beauty of nature, by the many plants in her gardens, and by the Botetourt landscape. She was a professor of art at Hollins University for 40 years, and her artwork has been exhibited extensively in the United States and abroad. The recipient of many awards, she was honored in 2011 by the Arts Council of the Blue Ridge, Roanoke, Virginia, with the Perry F. Kendig Award for Outstanding Visual Artist, for her contributions to the local arts community.

Sketchbook and camera in hand, Nancy Dahlstrom has traveled to France, Norway, Scotland, Greece, Malaysia, and along the length of the Trans-Siberian Railroad, journeys which exposed her to works of art and artists throughout these regions. Upon returning from these travels, she produced artwork based on her experiences.

Nancy Dahlstrom

1608 Springwood Road

Fincastle, VA 24090

(540) 473-2686



Vera Dickerson

Since early childhood, art has been a part of Vera Dickerson’s life. Academic training played an important part early on,when Vera studied painting and American art history, and she received a MFA from American University.

Dickerson says that studio time brings both joy and frustration, but ultimately, it fills a need to create, to turn ideas into images and to sometimes share her sense of humor with others.

Art is not created in a vacuum, so sharing is important to Vera. Her love of pattern, and the excitement she feels when working with glorious color relations, brings happiness whenever she paints.

Dickerson lives in Botetourt County with assorted cats. Her work has received awards in International exhibitions and is in collections throughout the United States and in Europe. She has been elected to signature status in American and National Watercolor Societies.

Vera Dickerson

148 W. Arrowhead Court

Troutville, VA  24175

(540) 992-6585




Dan Jones


Dan Jones and his wife Charlotte are life long natives of Botetourt County. They live on a farm several miles west of Fincastle off Blacksburg Road. The view from their deck is the mountains between Fincastle and Craig County. And the view is exactly what a photographer considers the holy grail of photography—that is, ever changing seasons and ever changing light which provide tranquility and inspiration. They also have traveled extensively both in the states and Europe with the goal of seeing new sights and getting new inspiration. And once back home, Dan heads to his studio overlooking the mountains to create new photographic endeavors. A newer pursuit is printing the photos directly on aluminum sheets giving the photo an unparalleled brilliance and hue and longevity.

Dan is represented by Gallery by the James in Buchanan. His work has won national awards and is exhibited in board rooms, homes, magazines, books, and on line. He also shows his art in shows by whim or moments of insanity.

Dan Jones

1069 Sprinkle Road

Fincastle, VA 24090

(540) 580-3713




Dreama Kattenbraker 

My childhood and adulthood kept my family on the move. I have made “home” in NJ, AL, FL, CO, VA, NC, SC, CA, GA, IL, Greece, Italy, and spend time in the Pacific NW with my grown children. I’m now in Virginia for a record 16 years.

Art provided the means of adapting to constant change as a shy child. I studied Art Education/ English Literature (UNC-G, NC, 69-72) and received a degree in Cultural Anthropology/Psychology (U. South Carolina ‘87).

I continued course work for fun in the Studio Arts at College of DuPage, IL, (90s).

I have been employed /volunteered as babysitter, housecleaner, bathroom janitor, lifeguard, secretary, retail clerk, political activist, animal activist, advertising designer, wild & domestic animal rescue, teacher, dancer, local theatre, gardener and art fair gypsy. Each of these experiences serves my art-making overall. I am a member of: Open Studios Botetourt, Nature Artists Collective, and have artwork represented by Lindor Arts Gallery (Roanoke, VA), and Jane Wilcoxsin Gallery (Mineral Point, WI).

Artist’s Statement:

I am a collector of stories and words. Myth, faerie tales, stories: old, modern and evolving are my creative inspirations. My favorite sources of story: books, very young children, and the elderly. These versions are pure of heart, magic-filled, and wise. Transforming stories into images feeds my spirit and connects me to community. I find it joyful and healing to unravel and convert societal assumptions, traditions, or literal translations back into Mystery and wonder. Moving between clay, painting, mixed media collage, encaustic, assemblage, and recently textiles is fiercely satisfying. Family, animals and the planet are my most precious and motivating treasures.

Dreama Kattenbraker

5178 Blue Ridge Turnpike 

Fincastle, VA 24090

(540) 473-1247




Brett LaGue

Each of Brett LaGue’s paintings and drawings present a record of the artworks’ creation, compressed onto canvas or paper. Brett focuses on sharing, in one document, a work’s beginning, progress and completion—plus the outside elements that influenced it all—made visible for his audience. The eraser is his least favorite tool.

Whether LaGue is painting plein-air (painting in fresh air), where he is surrounded by the elements of nature, or in the studio where artificial light and noise are dominant, those elements influence the energy of a work and Brett’s technical approach. This makes the emotional feel of each artwork unique.

Born in Indiana and growing up in Florida, LaGue is an honors graduate from Ringling School of Art & Design (Now Ringling College of Art + Design) in Sarasota Florida, then moved to Virginia after graduation to pursue a career in graphic design and illustration. Now a full-time artist, Brett lives in Fincastle with his lovely wife and a crazy eight-pound mixed terrier.

Brett LaGue’s studio is open by chance or appointment.

Brett LaGue

5 East Main St

Fincastle, VA 24090

(540) 797-4492

Email: brett@brettlague.com

Website: brettlague.com


Judith F. Lochbrunner


After many moves in several states, Judy has firmly settled in the mountains of Western Virginia. 

Relocations demanded creativity and flexibility. Judy squeezed in each community’s art opportunities in between all the other demands of life.  She enrolled in college art courses in Texas, studied at an art center in Vermont and attended classes and workshops with private teachers in Massachusetts.

Judy 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 casein which she used as a teenager, the switch to acrylics happened soon after arriving in the Roanoke area.

Judith F. Lochbrunner

42 Stone Coal Road

Troutville, VA 2417

(540) 293-9642




Willie Simmons

Willie Simmons’ roots in Botetourt County go back for generations. Willie’s father was a woodworker and made many pieces of furniture for local residents. Simmons has been turning for over twenty years, producing both architectural and functional pieces. Willie want his work to be as useful as it is attractive. Simmons uses local woods whenever possible. Willie is also willing to use your own wood, to create something you can cherish forever.

Willie Simmons’ shop is open by chance or appointment.

Willie Simmons

329 Botetourt Road

Fincastle, VA  24090


Email: wpsimmons@aol.com


Mark Rader Woodie


I was born and grew up in Botetourt County. We lived beside my Grandfather’s farm where I was always free to roam the beautiful landscape, witness the changing of the seasons and the wildlife that lived there. I have always drawn pictures and made things with my hands. I don’t know if that makes you an artist, but that’s what I turned out to be.

When I graduated from Lord Botetourt High School in 1972, instead of going to a small college and playing football, I went to Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and majored in Painting and Print Making. I graduated from VCU in 1976. Two years later I earned a Master of Art and Liberal Studies degree from Hollins College.

For many years I traveled to art shows (festivals), showed my work in galleries in various places. When marriage and the children came along, I went back to school and obtained a license to teach. I taught various stints at both high schools in Botetourt County and have just retired from teaching art after being at Central Academy Middle School in 2016.

Now… finally as an old man, I am doing what I should have been doing my whole life, Making Art.

My studio is located at 149 Dale Road in Troutville VA where I live with my beautiful wife, Leslie. My studio is open by appointment.

Mark Rader Woodie

149 Dale Road

Troutville VA 24175

(540) 597-0558





2018 Open Studios – Botetourt Guests


Courtney Cronin (showing with Vera Dickerson)

My love of painting began at a very early age when I painted rocks in the driveway. The colors I used to paint the rocks were of utmost importance and that continues in my art today. I like to abstract images, rearrange shapes and use bright colors to evoke cheerful, happy paintings. I enjoy layering, removing, scraping and smearing to achieve various textures and looks. Much of my work is in acrylics but lately oil and cold wax has become a new medium of expression. Using this technique, I can create richer textures by manipulating the thick mixture-pure fun for me.

I am a student of the Studio School in Roanoke where I take classes and attend workshops regularly; however, most of my training comes from just doing what I love to do.



Claudia de Franko 

Claudia is a freelance artist living in Troutville, Virginia who captures life as it is. Claudia has studied art at Hollins University, Prague, and New York City. She has traveled the world extensively while reflecting upon the human experience, as manifest in her art. She has exhibited her work in numerous institutions nationally and internationally. She has been featured in various publications, and won several awards for her photography. A characteristic of Claudia’s work is that she does not print an image twice. Her patrons acquire unique art objects which are archival. She is the owner of Gala Studio.

Claudia de Franko

Gala Studio

8030 Lee Highway

Troutville, VA 24175

cell: (540) 816-9097



Mary Anne Meador (showing with Judith F. Lochbrunner)

Since 1999, I have been active in art organizations and participating in art workshops and art  activities including plein air painting where I enjoy catching the essence of life happening wherever it may be.  I am an active member of the Double Line Painters of the Blue Ridge.

My work has been shown in galleries and retail shops in Virginia and North Carolina.

Mary Anne Meador

















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