Let’s all stay safe. Please remember that many of the artist’s studios are in their homes.
Open Studios – Botetourt Artists for 2021.
Lois Bisese (showing with Judith Lochbrunner)
Creating wearable art is one of my inspirations for creativity. The hand formed appearance of metals with the colors of natural stones fascinates me. Each piece I create is unique and tells a story of its own. I hope that each wearer chooses the piece that speaks to them.
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.
5 East Main Street
Fincastle, VA 24090
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.
148 W. Arrowhead Court
Troutville, VA 24175
Dan Henderson (showing with Ed Bordett and Brett LaGue)
A cynic once said – only a few years after photography had been invented – that every picture that could be taken already had been. I suppose that on some very fundamental and unimaginative level there might be some validity to the statement. Rocks are rocks, trees are trees, the human form is the human form. But if it were really true, photography – and art in general – would have gone extinct long ago. If pictures were that duplicative or even that derivative, most creative people would quickly lose interest in making art. I know that I certainly would not be motivated to get up before dawn, or in the middle of the night, or go out in the rain or cold or sometimes into potentially dangerous places to make pictures.
Sometimes I see something so compelling or so beautiful that it just needs to be photographed as it is. But often it is more – or less – than the thing itself; the rock or the mountain, the tree or the forest. What interests me are the nuances, the details
that others might not notice. How light and shadow sculpt the subject. The effect of time of day, of season of the year, how the atmosphere changes the subject. It is seeing something in a new or different way. It is eliminating distracting elements, sometimes just capturing lines or shapes or form. Occasionally it is finding a way to create an abstraction of something familiar in the hope of causing the viewer to think about what he or she is seeing.
I think that ten creative photographers could be asked to make a photograph of the same thing and would produce ten unique photographs. I also think that one creative photographer could photograph the same thing or place at ten different times and also produce ten unique photographs. That is my aspiration as a
photographer: to find my own pictures; to express myself a little differently than others. It is what drew me to photography. It is what compelled me to learn everything that I could about photography, and what drives me to continue improving my craft and my vision.
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 the Lackey Studio and Art gallery, Daleville. 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.
1069 Sprinkle Road
Fincastle, VA 24090
Currently, Brett’s home, studio and garden are in Fincastle, Virginia – where everywhere you look is a scene waiting to be shared.
Born in Indiana and growing up in Florida, Brett has spent countless hours wandering woods, fields, along riverbanks and at the beach. After wearing out several pairs of flip-flops while attending Ringling School of Art & Design (Now Ringling College of Art + Design) in Sarasota Florida, he graduated with honors in graphic design & illustration.
Looking for that first job, Brett discovered the beauty of Virginia. Twenty-five plus years of Brett’s pursuing a career in advertising eventually led to becoming an artist full-time. He has exhibited in solo and group presentations, art festivals and plein air competitions. In 2019, he served as judge of Plein Air Floyd, an outdoor painting competition, show and sale.
Brett’s work can be found in collections across the United States as well as in England and France, and he am a recipient of a professional fellowship grant from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
5 East Main Street
Fincastle, VA 24090
Judith F. Lochbrunner
Besides Judy’s passion for art, one thing that has held true no matter where she has lived is her love of gardening. “I’m a bit of a fanatical gardener”, she explains. “You can tell how long I’ve lived on a piece of property by how many gardens there are because I’ll start out with one, then I’ll add another, then another.”
For Judy, the connection between gardening and artwork runs deep. “A lot of artists are gardeners,” she continues, “They seem to be compatible. We like designing spaces, no matter where they’re at. Really it’s the gardens that inspire me. I’ve always liked to paint flowers and outdoor scenes”
Judith F. Lochbrunner
42 Stone Coal Road
Troutville, VA 2417
Old Sessler Millworks (Matt and Linda Dewhirst)
What started out as a hobby; creating home accent furniture for our 1860’s brick farmhouse, quickly turned into a family-affair of creating a variety of quality, handcrafted wood products and offering lumber services in Botetourt County and surrounding areas.
We truly enjoy being a part of this great community and pride ourselves in open communication and transparency, great customer service and quality, handcrafted products at affordable prices.
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.
329 Botetourt Road
Fincastle, VA 24090
Jim Stadtlander (showing with Dan Jones)
Jim currently lives in Oriskany, VA. Jim’s interest in wood began at an early age. Raised on a small farm in rural Ohio, he watched his Dad “whittle” wood and helped him take care of the family tree nursery. Jim eventually started carving himself around the age of 14. He proceeded to create a life focused on all aspects of wood and farm life. He started a hardwood lumber business, a carving gallery, and a school for aspiring carvers. He continued this until 2018, when it was decided to simplify and focus all his attention solely to creating carvings. He now lives among the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia, along with his wife Diane, where he is still able to enjoy a very rural life and all the inspirations such an area can give. Jim has carved professionally for over 35 years. During those early years he has won well over 15 Best of Shows and dozens of blue ribbons at prestigious carving competitions. He taught seminars across the U.S. for carving for many years. His artwork can be found in private collections and on public displays across the U.S. and internationally. He no longer cares so much about those competitions, but now likes seeing others enjoy his work through galleries and art shows. Locally, his work is on display at Lackey Studio and Art Gallery in Daleville, and the Alleghany Highlands Arts and Crafts Center in Clifton Forge. Jim’s greatest passion is portraying the human form, but is not limited to just that. His carvings cover a wide range subjects: figures, animals, birds, to just name a few. He works in full three dimensional pieces as well as reliefs. He skillfully combines these subjects with a piece of wood’s wonderful grain, texture, shape, and color. Hopefully he brings it out in a way that you can enjoy too.
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
Open Studios – Botetourt
Courtney Cronin (showing with Vera Dickerson)
I love color, bright ones, and shapes of all sizes. Using acrylics, I paint abstractly and intuitively to convey the beauty and happiness that surrounds us.
Susan McLaren (showing with Dan Jones)
Susan has always been involved in creating art and experimenting with various art mediums for her own enjoyment, but did not begin painting with any degree of seriousness until 2008. It was at that time she became enthralled with watercolors and the unique and elusive characteristics associated with them. While primarily working in watercolors, Susan also enjoys working with acrylics and inks. She has taken numerous classes and workshops, and continues to seek out opportunities to learn new techniques, experiment with different applications and grounds and – most importantly – have fun with the creative process.
Susan has participated in various festivals, shows and galleries. She has also been fortunate to have participated in an artist travel group with Vera Dickerson and Robin Poteet. Susan is currently part of the Artworks Gallery, which is located in the Earthworks Pottery Studio in Vinton, Virginia.
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Dropped by gypsies onto this big, blue and green marble to make art. My jewelry consisted of narrative designs that recycled and rediscover pieces and part. Vintage assemblage style combined with techniques gathered from here and yon. All infused with good intentions, love and pixie dust.
Robin Poteet (showing with Vera Dickerson)
Robin Poteet became mesmerized with watercolor many years ago, when she first laid brush to paper. Today, she is still in awe of that media. Watercolor has taught her patience, timing and humility, and it has served as a reminder that being in control doesn’t always yield a good painting.
Robin honed her skills through years of working as a graphic designer / illustrator for national furniture companies and celebrity designers. Currently, she devotes her time to painting, teaching, exhibiting, jurying, and co-leading annual painting trips with Vera Dickerson.
Watercolor Artist Magazine named Robin one of their national Ten to Watch (Dec. 2010 issue), and since, she has been featured in several more national magazines and books and has received numerous awards.
She is a watercolor instructor at The Studio School in Roanoke and has a working studio space / gallery at 9 Library Square in Salem, where she’s delighted to have visitors.