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7 local artists to be featured at Arts in the Middle

The Arts in the Middle festival, set for Saturday and Sunday, June 3-4, at Hewick Plantation near Urbanna, is hoisting a special tent for seven local artists, along with nearly 100 other juried artists from along the eastern seaboard. 

“Making a general statement about what visitors will see in the tent of local artists is difficult,” said AIM official Celane Roden. “The artwork that our neighbors produce is as varied as their goals for participating in the show: some for making a little money to buy more art supplies, some for the smiles they will receive, some just for the fun of it. One thing they have in common is that they’re all artists, and proud of (if sometimes shy about) it.”

Rosann Marquardt of Hartfield designs fused sparkling glass jewelry. Painters include Ashanti Burrell of Saluda and Suzanne Wheeler of Urbanna. Wheeler takes advantage of warm local scenes for her subjects, while Ashanti—who was among the student artists last year—paints remarkably “alive portraits.”

Catherine Cottrell of Deltaville is a fine watercolor illustrator with a charm in portraits, and John Latell of Weems, whose large horse sculptures grace the Deltaville Maritime Museum, creates a variety of mixed-media 3D pieces. 

Shirley Kinney of Lancaster is a creator of whimsical soft sculptures—dolls with very distinctive characters. 

Last year’s recipient of the Local Artist Award, Earl Simpson of Wake, will display his Christian iconicles and literary products. 

Visit for a full schedule of events, a list of exhibiting artists, and more information on Arts in the Middle.

posted 05.17.2017

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