Spotsylvania Artist’s Renaissance Exhibit at FCCA
FREDERICKSBURG, VA Experience a contemporary exhibit with a Renaissance flair throughout the month of November at the Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts (FCCA). Opening October 28 is Ave, Patina, the latest exhibition at the Members’ Gallery of the FCCA, featuring the most recent works by Spotsylvania artist Patte Ormsby. Her newest paintings illustrate her interpretation of the visual mystique surrounding Renaissance holy paintings, even without the religious subject matter. Combining traditional materials with her own techniques for aging and oxidation, Ormsby’s paintings are built layer upon layer, manipulated to show through or melt away, and capture the patina of age. Each invites the viewer to consider what lies beneath and what came before, a convergence of past and present. A First Friday opening reception will be held on November 2 from 6pm-8:30pm.
“Few times in the history of art are as symbolically and visually compelling as that of the Italian Renaissance. This inspires my painting as I use elements of deep color, texture, gold leaf and pattern to present that sacred historical richness in a contemporary context. Using these elements in my paintings is my way of expressing the quiet solemnity and simmering energy of places that are sacred to me,” shares Ormsby.
The Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization and a partner of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Established 1963, the FCCA is located in the Historic Silversmith House, circa 1785, at 813 Sophia Street, Fredericksburg, VA. Admission is free to all exhibits, and the Center is open daily from noon to 4pm, Saturdays 11am to 4pm, closed on Tuesdays. Visit www.fccava.org or call (540) 373-5646 to learn more about FCCA exhibits, workshops, membership benefits and the many volunteer opportunities available.