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Two Perspectives: From the Land Up

The Reynolds Homestead Creative Arts Center in Stuart is showcasing the artwork of two former Virginia Tech employees in an exhibit titled "Two Perspectives: From the Land Up."

Works of art by Andrea Brunais and Lois Stephens will be on display at the center, 334 Patrick Ave. The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, runs April 4 through the end of May.

Brunais, of Bluefield, West Virginia, works in soft pastels. Stephens, of Blacksburg, is an oil painter.

In addition, both artists will be offering workshops on Saturday, April 23. The morning workshop "Oil Painting with Knives” from 10AM to 12PM is led by Lois Stephens. With two painting knives (no brushes to clean!) and four colors of oils, students will paint along with the instructor and produce a sunflower painting. Topics during the two-hour period will include: how to mix a wide range of hues using only primary colors and white; techniques for painting with knives; the importance of hard and soft edges; a focus on shapes and relationships/light and shadow, rather than objects. While the goal is for students to leave with a completed painting, emphasis will be on the joy of the process!

From 1PM to 3PM, Andrea Brunais will be leading a "Soft Pastels” class. In this two-hour workshop, students will paint along with the instructor to produce a simple landscape painting using only six to ten colors. Techniques explored include: what makes soft pastels different from other media; the differing pastel strokes how to create a sense of depth; keeping the painting loose; the importance of value; tips for creating a focal point. Points to remember when storing or framing a soft pastel painting will also be covered. Students will leave with a completed painting.

Each workshop is $35 and all supplies are provided by the Reynolds Homestead CAC. To register: