Steam will have a very exciting exhibit starting this weekend. The art installation is half-way done and fortunately, it is still pretty comfortable inside the gallery.
There are four artists being featured: Leigh Anne Cassell, Scott Little, Christopher Loggie and Sue Parker. Jason Edwards’ illustration work will also be on display. Here is brief introduction to them in their own words.
Leigh Anne Cassell
“As an artist, one of my personal goals with my work is to strengthen my talent with drawing portraits, especially with the use of color, while also trying more stylized approaches. Since I started drawing portraits in high school I have come to greatly love the technicality of capturing the realism of people’s faces with a pencil. Recently I have expanded my medium to inks and colored pencils. It took me so long to try using color because I did not think that I had the skills to draw with it. One day I just decided to try it, and I ended up surprising myself. Even though I think I still need lots of practice with it, I am happy that I am working well enough with color at the moment. I have been asked in the past why I do not try more digital media to create drawings. I have never had interest in trying a tablet or any other form of digital process to draw. I am in no way against these technological advancements or works of art created by them; I just personally like to sit down with my drawing board, paper, pens, and pencils and just draw. I like the sound and feel of pencils as they move over paper. I can easily say that I do not fit in very well with the more “modern” art world, but I am perfectly fine with that.
[Copyright Leigh Anne Cassell. Displayed with permission.]
Lately I also decided to venture into drawing portraits of people in steampunk attire or fashions that reflect bygone eras. Steampunk is another passion of mine, and I highly enjoy dressing up and going to events. Since both drawing and this amazing subculture make me incredibly happy, I figured: why not combine the two? Since I do not draw much still-life I find that I can capture aspects of it in the accessories people wear, and it gives me more practice with different surface types. The kind of material used for the subject’s clothing can also be a positive challenge with texture types.
Ultimately, drawing portraits is something of which I will never tire.”
“My work is a venture in manipulation, with respect to light, color and space, creating a reversal of color with respect to their negative complements as well as a reversal of dark and light. I combine diverse media and techniques to develop greater layers for expression, thereby establishing a deeper, holistic significance.”
[Copyright Scott Little. Displayed with permission.]
“Raised in Australia, came over on walkabout, met the love of my life, landed in Maryland. An avid Steampunk enthusiast for the last few years. I have created props for one movie, Steampunk Stacie. I have turned 20 years of crafting and artwork experience towards this exciting new direction. I hope you like my work.”
[No photo will do Mr. Loggie’s work justice – you have to come see it!]
“After painting seriously, but briefly, during college, I returned to art in 1998. It is now my primary activity, apart from the demands of daily living.
I studied watercolor for 4 years with Irene Sylvester, artist-in-residence at Montpelier Arts Center (Laurel, Maryland), and have also received instruction from Frank Webb (AWS), Lynn Ferris (NWS), Kent Roberts, Marie McCafferty as well as David Buckley Good and Fritz Briggs of the Schuler School of Fine Art (Baltimore), and Michael Davis.
I work in watercolor, oil and pastel, using the medium that best suits the subject.
[Copyright Sue Parker. Displayed with permission.]
As an artist, my goal is to focus attention, if only briefly, on the beauty in the things around us that often escape our notice as we rush about our daily lives.
I exhibit at Hagerstown, MD’s Valley Art Association Mansion House, and the Washington Street Artists’ Coop in Charles Town WV, and have shown at the Ice House and Art in the Park in Berkeley Springs (WV), the Washington County Arts Council, Seneca Rocks Discovery Center. and the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts.”
Jason Edwards – Resident Artist
Jason’s work has been on display previously at Steam at Harper’s Ferry. This time around, he did the illustration for Steam’s Gadgets, Guns and Gears promotional flyer. He will have three illustrations on display.