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Opening reception for new art exhibit is Friday

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The art of Sue Henshaw

The Bay School Community Arts Center will host an exhibition of sculptures and paintings by local artists Sue Henshaw and Rebecca West. The show, titled “Muse,” looks at creative inspiration—where ideas come from, and how they find their way into form. The opening reception is Friday, February 22, from 5-7 p.m.

Sue Henshaw was a career potter for over 40 years, running her business from Roanoke and Richmond. She originally honed her skills at Virginia Commonwealth University, from there moving on to be potter-in-residence at the Roanoke Museum of Fine Arts for 10 years, and the Roanoke City artist-in-residence for two years. Her award-winning pieces have been shown in art and craft shows along the eastern seaboard. The ceramic pieces in the Bay School show were largely inspired by stories and graphic novels written by her son, Clay McLeod Chapman.

Rebecca West is a self-taught representational artist who has explored a variety of mediums and subject matter ranging from sculpture to oil paint, from portraits to abstract. Most influential to her work are 45 years as a professional pilot, participating in the magic of the sky, and 25 years living in the mountains of New Mexico on the Mexican border. Also influential is an interest in psychoanalytic psychology, fueling exploration into the psyche, drawing inspiration from Jung’s archetypes, and creating pictures of things beyond words. West’s work has been shown in a variety of venues including Santa Fe, Las Vegas, Angel Fire, and most recently in Gloucester.

The Bay School, a non-profit community art school and gallery, is located at 279 Main Street, Mathews.

posted 02.21.2019

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