We are proud to announce a new and attractive business partnership. Hardwood Artisans is getting into art and framing – well sort of. We have partnered up with an art and framing gallery in Alexandria, Virginia to keep our showroom walls fresh and beautiful. The company is Broadway Galleries and they have just as much to offer as we do on a slightly smaller scale.
In our Fairfax showroom: Jo Fleming
I stumbled on Jo and her outstanding abstract paintings during last year’s Great Falls Art Studio Tour. And even though that was last October, her work never left my mind. Jo’s artwork fits in beautifully with the furniture in our Fairfax showroom.
In our Rockville showroom: Margot Miller
I made the long drive out from Arlington, VA to Easton, MD to meet Margot. And boy was I happy when I got there. Margot is such a wonderful host, not just in her studio and home, but her whole town. She took me on a tour and told me a little bit about the history of the area.
We have 3 new wonderful artists that we want to share with you. We will be posting a highlight on each artist for the next week, so be sure to tune in. They will be displaying their artwork in our showrooms until June. Hurry in to see what they have to offer.
In our Shirlington showroom: Mary Eggers
Being a fan of Hardwood Artisans, Mary stopped by our Shirlington showroom one day and after noticing that we display local artwork, decided to ask what she could do to get her artwork in here. All she had to was show me her website, and I was immediately captivated.
Broadway Gallery is a family owned business based in Alexandria VA. Sue Broadway started the company 30 years ago and passed it along to her son Barry Broadway. Broadway Gallery is not only an art gallery that shows exquisite pieces of artwork, from paintings to pottery to sculptures, but they also have their own framing workshop in the back of their shop. They specialize in a “complete art service” program, which helps their clients decide all of their art needs in one place, from the artwork consultation to the custom framing and installation to art appraisal and restoration.
Barry came by our showrooms, and found the perfect fit for us and our bare walls, local photographer Fred Eberhart. His stunning photography and his vibrant colors fit in so well with our showroom and our furniture, we couldn’t be happier with this new found friendship with Broadway Gallery.
As for Fred Eberhart, his passion for photography has lasted more than 40 years, and has developed through many stages (pardon the pun!). His more recent work has progressed to shooting local landscapes in a digital format. Fred is inspired by mid 19th century Illuminist painters, probably the reason why most of his photographs are mistaken for paintings. He finds the patience to find the right uncommon light for his photographs. Fred does not hesitate to use technology to express his art, and he found that he can best show his creativity and love of landscapes by shooting and stitching these high-resolution images. These mosaic like photos take days to finish, and leave you wanting more. Fred enjoys photographing the Virginia wildlife near his home in Centreville.
Fred’s artwork is currently on display until December. Hurry in to our showrooms and take a look for yourself.
If her name sounds familiar, it’s no coincidence; she is co-owner Mark Gatterdam’s very talented mother. I had the pleasure of going to her home during last year’s Great Falls Studio Art Tour, and watched her finish up some of the pottery she had just taken out of the kiln.
Barbara’s work is absolutely beautiful and functional, just like our furniture. It’s no wonder Mark grew up to appreciate art in all its form. Their home in Great Falls is filled with Hardwood Artisans furniture and Barbara Gatterdam’s pottery. Barbara is also a collector of other potters’ works, and you can see the collection on every shelf in her home.
Barbara studied at several different schools to learn about the arts, including the Corcoran School of Art and has taken workshops with well known national and international potters. She has been a potter for 35 years. Her pots are made from stoneware clay and fired in her kiln to 2300 degrees, taking about 12 to 14 hours to complete.
Her favorite pottery forms to make are pitchers and vases. “There is a great feeling of accomplishment to create a tall graceful form” she says. Barbara participates in many local pottery shows, and seasonally in Lost River, West Virginia. You can see Barbara’s work in our Fairfax and Rockville showrooms.
As you know, Hardwood Artisans loves our local artists and showing them off. We have a collection of new local artwork in our showrooms and we’d love for all the fans of handmade art to visit our showrooms and check them out:
- Barbara Gatterdam – makes beautiful pottery out of her home in Great Falls, VA
- Fred Eberhart – for a limited time only, a local photographer we acquired through Broadway Gallery in Alexandria, VA
- Amy Jackson – a brand new local potter with her own sense of style in Fair Oaks, VA
- Lawrence Oliver – makes handmade wooden sculptures that leave you in awe in Missouri
Throughout this week we will be posting blogs highlighting about different local artists that we are displaying in our showroom.
Tuesday: Barbara Gatterdam & Fred Eberhart
Wednesday: Amy Jackson & Lawrence Oliver
We’re excited to hear your opinions on their work!
Ahoy to Hardwood Artisans’ newest featured artist, Betty Ganley! Betty Ganley is a local watercolor painter with wonderful scenes depicting gardens, boating and flowers. In the world of watercolor, her name brings instant recognition. Betty’s many awards showcase her love of the marine scenes of the Chesapeake, the coast of Maine, and Cornwall, England. Her nautical paintings, as well as those of her florals and still life’s have been published in art books featuring todays top water colorists. You can almost hear the waves lapping at the shore and hear the gulls squawking at each other when you gaze at her marina paintings and smell the beautiful flowers when you look at her floral paintings.
Last fall, I had the opportunity to go to the Great Falls Studio Art Tour. My first stop was at Linda Jones’ home/studio. I fell in love with her paintings the moment I saw them, and I knew I had to ask her if she would be willing to display her artwork in our showrooms. To our luck, she said yes. And here we are now, with our newest artist displaying her artwork proudly at Hardwood Artisans.
It’s no wonder that Linda has been inspired to paint. Born and raised on the south coast of England, Linda has been surrounded by beautiful landscapes and scenery her entire life. Her interest in landscapes transformed into the study of geology and geography, and even as she was teaching the subject, she encouraged her students to sketch the landscape to understand it better.
Like many families that move to the US (including my own), the plan was for Linda and her family to move temporarily to Virginia for 2 years. That was in 1989. 22 years of living in the woods of Great Falls and within walking distance from the Potomac, gives her all the inspiration needed for her paintings. Having been to her home, I can see why Linda is inspired. She has pointed out to me the several birds that she painted just by looking out her window.
Although Linda has been sketching and painting since she was a child, she picked up her aunt’s set of watercolors at the age of 9 or 10 and started painting the roses outside in the garden, she had not studied any form of art until her daughter went away to college to study art herself. Linda did not realize that by taking her daughter’s advice, she would be turning her whole life around. (Linda’s daughter now works in art therapy with Alzheimer’s patients, and is also an extremely talented painter herself).
Linda has experimented with different mediums, but she prefers watercolor, acrylics and mixed media (involving fabric and paper collages). Almost all of her subjects tend towards realism, but she also enjoys painting abstracts. “Although most of my paintings are inspired by my immediate environment, I am fortunate to have travelled to paint in other parts of North America and Europe”, she says. She loves natural woods, such as maple, cherry and walnut, for framing her paintings, as she feels it’s very appropriate for her themes. She does all the framing herself.
Considering all the inspiring landscapes around her, Linda loves painting ‘plein air’ but usually tends to finish her paintings in her studio. She loves painting in subtleties and vibrancies of colors, especially showing the way the natural light hits her subjects. The best way to truly understand what Linda does is to take a look at her paintings yourself.
Linda’s gorgeous artwork is on display at our Fairfax, Alexandria and Rockville showrooms. For more information, go to the Great Falls Studios website (where Linda is a board member) to take a look at their annual tour, or click here to be directed to her website to view more of her artwork.
You can also view Linda’s works at the Garrett Arts Gallery Shop in Oakland, MD and the Deep Creek Lake Visitor’s Center in McHenry, MD.
Old paintings made new, or more like new paintings made old. Suzanne Clifford-Clark is a local painter who is inspired to do just that; bring that antique feeling into her works of art. Her motivation comes from traditional paintings and she uses the same age-old methods and tools to create art that will give you a feeling of nostalgia.
Suzanne has loved art since she was a child, and quickly became enthused in creating her own works. With a family that frequently moved, Suzanne took up the portable habit of drawing and it quickly became an activity that she enjoyed. Soon drawing escalated to painting, and a wonderful relationship was shaped.
We’re proud to showcase 16 of Suzanne’s paintings in our showrooms, all of which are available for sale. Suzanne is a noted equestrian artist, inspired by the gracefulness and muscles of a horse’s large form. When she paints horses, Suzanne tries to portray the individuality of these animals. She doesn’t remember exactly when she first painted a horse, but she is continually trying to improve by not only studying photographs of them, but also by spending time with her own horse. She studies their hair growth, the way their bodies move, even the personalities that many of them convey.
Suzanne enjoys working with paint; from the way you can apply it to a canvas with broad strokes and thick lines or loosely and light. She’s inspired by colors, the ever changing way you can mix two colors to make another, the different tones and brightness. However, despite the obvious love expressed for such art, painting is a skill that Suzanne sometimes has a love/hate relationship with. When you have such endless possibilities, she does occasionally find herself frustrated with the inability to find that perfect color effect, the details she’s looking for, or even the tone of the piece itself. Painting never leaves her bored, but it does require a couple steps back to reevaluate the art being expressed.
To create such a beautiful piece, Suzanne starts by stretching a fabric over stretcher bars and tightly securing it. She then paints the first layer of her painting, a layer that is called imprimatura. This layer consists of a single color that covers the whole surface, therefore making it easier to estimate the value of a stroke on a solid background.
The next step is emphasizing the subject of her piece with either charcoal or thinned paint. Suzanne has to wait for this layer to dry before continuing onto the next layer, which is painting from the general to the specific. This layer usually consists of two or three layers, both of which have to dry before she continues on. This step is when the details begin to form.
Suzanne’s work is a slow and deliberate process, which pulls from years of painting and centuries of tradition. She has accomplished the goal of creating the traditional and now has several paintings to prove such skill. If you want to see her beautiful paintings or contact Suzanne, you can visit her website or you can visit our Rockville, Alexandria, or Fairfax showrooms to see these gorgeous works in person!