Roy Roberts invoked the texture and composition of nature to build the structure of his paintings. Although he had some course work at the Corcoran School of Art, he was largely “self-inspired.” His favorite subjects were the landscape vistas, churches, and barns of the Shenandoah Valley.
A unique habit of Roy’s is that we wrote the location and date in pencil across the top of each painting. Stewart Downs, former director of the Sawhill Gallery at JMU wrote of Roy’s work, “It is a world of color and shape that addresses how we psychologically experience the landscape we inhabit.”
Paul Kline was a founding member of OASIS and in 2005 OASIS featured his work beginning from his graduate school years at Virginia Commonwealth University to his current work. At Bridgewater College where he taught for 39 years, classes included sculpture and art history and he led student tours to Italy and Greece. His travels there, as well as to Mexico, Spain and Egypt, were reflected in his work. He was a sculptor, printmaker and photographer and had been producing art for over 50 years upon his death. Most of his constructions are made from found objects. He combined wood and metal materials and often braised them with copper and brass. His work in garden sculptures and fountains can be seen at several area homes, and he has won a number of national and local competitions. His art has been included in competitive shows throughout Virginia and as far away as California, Arizona, New York and Wisconsin. He also was a respected juror for local and national shows.
Charles Tibbits, a retired architect, painted what he saw. Charlie began painting in 1981 and studied for two years at the Maryland Institute College of Art and also with artists Frederick Briggs and Richard Morton. His watercolor paintings included buildings, barns, churches, lodges and landscapes. Charlie was quoted as saying, “In landscape, I like to get the geometric forms with natural forms. He thought that watercolor was spontaneous and free and unforgiving. Another painter says of his work, that the landscapes and architectural themes are a clear expression of how he views the world and that he created good examples of traditional transparent watercolor landscapes. He was also a professional piano player and shared his talent at many of the OASIS First Friday Events.
Water Street Window Gallery: Gerald Stump
An exhibit of work by Gerald Stump, whose photographs are inspired by his world travels.
Gerald was an OASIS member for many years, gracing our walls with his beautiful photographs.
February on the Mezzanine:
Come join us on February 4th from 5pm-8pm to celebrate the JMU Student Art Show curated by our student member, Anna Stegmeier. We will have 19 student artists displaying their creations in a wide range of mediums and styles. Many of those students will be there on First Friday to speak about their work. Two JMU music students, Caitlyn Newlin and Taylor West, will provide live music with a variety of flute duets and solos. The show will be up from February 1st- February 26th.
--First Friday: February 4th, from 5-8 pm.
--Show continues through February 26th.