These desert cottonwoods are the latest in a series of pastels produced by my wife Gretchen. Her daily association with five other artists in the newly created Floyd Artists Association has spurred her on to create in areas she had not previously explored.
As an interested observer, I see the effects that occur when several artists work together in one studio. They may be working on different projects, but they take time to observe each others solutions to tricky problems and this accelerates the learning process.
They have created a strong bond of mutual support which draws upon the different strength that each brings to the group. They are growing as artists and at the same time they are working in concert to refine the business model for their gallery/studio Art Under the Sun in Floyd, Virginia.
They also provide affordable classes and individual instruction for aspiring artists in the Floyd area. They want to encourage others to unleash their creativity and build a strong community of emerging artists in this area of Virginia.
If you would like to learn more about the classes or about joining this group, visit the website artunderthesun.org or call 540-745-7367.
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