Anne–Marie Savino at our Stravitz 30th Street Gallery

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“Virginia Beach in a Dolphin” by Anne-Marie Savino. The piece won 2 awards at The Old Coast Guard Station and Museum: “Best in Show” by Director of Exhibitions, MOCA- Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, and The People’s Choice Award.

Anne–Marie Savino is an award winning artist from Virginia Beach. She has been passionate about drawing since she was a little girl. Looking at her work you would never guess that she was self-taught. Her work captures her emotions, mood, thoughts, and her feelings as well as the wide variety of experiences she has lived.

Her preferred medium is pen and ink.

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Ms. Savino has quite a background! She is on of ten children/ Her childhood and youth were spent traveling all over the world with her family. She has lived in over 10 different countries in Sub-Saharan Africa where she experienced a wide range of cultures and languages.

We are proud to feature her work at our 30th Street Gallery in, Virginia Beach VA.

Andre Lucero: Plein Air Impressionist Artist

Lucero crash Back by popular demand, renowned impressionist artist Andre Lucero will be demonstrating his Plein Air techniques for creating “seascapes”.  This will be his second time holding a paint demonstration at our Laskin Road gallery.  Most of Mr. Lucero’s beautiful work is mostly comprised of Plein Air landscapes, still-life, and figurative painting.

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Mr. Lucero is one of the many fine artists we represent, and we encourage anyone who is in the area to come by and look at the many works we have on display. He shows so much movement in his work, and the lighting that he uses on some of his subject matter is quite dramatic. It reminds me of the Chiaroscuro technique that great artists, like Rembrandt and Peter Paul Rubens, used.

Here is an article from the Richmond Magazine if you are interested in learning more about Andre Lucero.

The demonstration will be held at 1217 Laskin Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23451. If you are in the area and would like to attend the event, then please call us at (757)305-9411 to reserve a spot. Seats are limited so be sure to book ASAP.

30th Street Burnell/McLauchlin Event

This past Saturday (January 17th, 2015) our 30th Street gallery held an event in honor of two local artists of the Hampton Roads, Virginia area, Robert Burnell and Thomas McLauchlin. It was such a pleasure getting to know both of these gentlemen and learning a little of their history.

Thomas McLauclin (left) Robert Burnell (right)

Thomas McLauclin (left) Robert Burnell (right)

Both are Portsmouth, VA natives. To learn more about Robert Burnell and see more of his work Go Here. Also to learn more about Thomas McLauclin and see more of his work Go Here. This will give you an idea as to what you will find at our 30th Street gallery in Virginia Beach if you are ever in the area and would like to stop by.

Various paintings by Robert Burnell

30th Street Burnell/McLauchlin event

There was a huge turn out for this event! So many people were impressed with the various art works and jewelry we have to offer. I love going to these events and watching peoples reactions to the various sculptures and artwork. I’ve always felt that our 30th Street gallery is the perfect place to start for any first time art collector.

Thomas McLauchlin (left) and Master Sculptor, Richard Stravitz

So Many Projects, So Little Time!

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So, I wanted to post what’s been going on in the studio at our Laskin Road gallery in Virginia Beach. Here’s a picture I took yesterday of a commissioned piece of wrestlers called “Souplay”…. for now… that name is likely to change.

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Here is another piece that is currently in the works of two NFL football players Bruce Smith from the Bills and John Elway from the Broncos. No name as of yet so stay tuned.

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This is a picture I took early this morning with a helmet and shoulder pads on Bruce Smith. The little elves in Richards studio have really working hard to help him make things come together.

2014-12-18 10.44.31Last but certainly not least we have the lady on the bench. Eventually we plan to have two children on the bench with the lady. The concept is suppose to be of a mother that falls asleep reading a book and her children are next to her trying to tickle her nose with a flower.

This lady is actually modeled after the lovely Joy Thompson who is the daughter-in-law of Kathy Thompson. Kathy is the mother of a son who suffers from ALS, therefore making her a fervent advocate for ALS research. Learn more about her charity, Hopes and Dreams Quilt Challenge for ALS. People from all over the world donate they’re beautiful quilts to help support research for ALS.

Surreal Paintings by Micha Arkhipoff

Oil on wood  by Micha Arkhipoff

Oil on wood
by Micha Arkhipoff

This is one of the great oil paintings on wood by Micha Arkhipoff, that we have at our Laskin Road gallery in Virginia Beach. He is one of our newest artists to have work displayed. The little tag that you see below the rose says “Maison de Bonmeur” which translates to “House of Happiness”. Arkhipoff’s style is quite similar to that of Salvator Dali’s. Very three-dimensional, mystical, and definitely surreal.

On the shores of time lost Oil on wood by Micha Arkhipoff

Ok, so I have to show you one more example of his work. Just look at all of the symbolism and how detailed it all is. You can’t help but feel that the artist is trying to send some sort of message to his audience.

We do have one more painting by him at our Laskin Road gallery in Virginia Beach, VA, but you’ll have to come in to see that for yourself. I do realize that some of you may live no where close to Virginia Beach so instead you can click here to see the other painting. And feel free to browse around the rest of the site!

Something to Consider For First Time Art Collectors

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Oil Painting by Chuck Larivey

Article by Jennifer Przadka

Only in a perfect world would buying art be as easy as walking into an art gallery and paying for the first piece of artwork you like. You’re going to want to purchase a piece you will enjoy seeing everyday without getting gouged.

How much money are you comfortable spending? If you find a piece you “love” then you should allow yourself to splurge— but you certainly don’t want to go through buyer’s remorse. At an auction it is easy to get caught up in the moment with all that energy buzzing around.

However daunting, art collecting doesn’t have to be a difficult task. It’s all about educating yourself, setting your budget and sticking to it. Figure out what you like by visiting museums and galleries. Speak with art consultants or other art collectors. Attend gallery events and speak with other people involved in the art community. You will learn about different periods, styles, values, and most importantly, what you like.

If you plan to spend a lot of money be sure it will be something you love. And you may also want it to be an investment piece. According to Forbes the typical expected budget for an investment piece is between $1000 to $10,000 for a rising artist’s work. Look for young, emerging art because these pieces are inexpensive in price and are likely to increase in value and lead to future gains.

To figure out what art best suits you the internet is the best place to start looking. One website called artsy.net, based out of New York, is considered the “Pandora of the art world”. This site allows users to find artwork they like and similar works. The internet is also a great place to explore prices. Sites such as Artinfo and Artnet can offer input regarding auction prices of comparable works. It’s good to see what works have sold at auction, and what kind of prices they produced.

You may want to see the artwork of interest in person. What you see online doesn’t necessarily mean it will look the same in person. You may find that you have more of an appreciation of the piece in person (or not).

Find out the reputation of the artist in question, by speaking with dealers who typically  know about the artist who is exhibiting his or her work. What awards has he/she won? Have they been featured in major art shows? How long have they been well known?

 

Some questions to ask yourself before you make your big art purchase (from http://www.artbusiness.com/collectpro.html):

– Why do I like the kind of art I’m buying?

– What about it satisfies me?

– Do I like the subject matter, what it represents, the colors, the historical aspects, the lives of the artists?

– Does it take me to a special place?

– Does it make me feel a special way?

– Do I admire it’s technical aspects the most?

– Does it make me see life differently?

 

Above all have fun viewing and shopping for art you enjoy the most. Don’t let the task intimidate you in anyway. Great art comes with a price but in the end it is well worth it. 

Vigor

Oil Painting by Denis Ribas

Oil Painting by Denis Ribas

Article written by Delores Kosciuszko

International athlete, Denis Ribas of France, creates each painting outdoors in one sitting. His vigorous brushstrokes and lively compositions cause the oil paintings to sway with rhythms that are reminiscent of Vincent Van Gogh. Forty-two countries now hail Ribas as a highly collected artist. The Stravitz gallery on Laskin Road is honored to be the debut gallery for Denis Ribas work in the USA, with an exhibition in April. Several of his pieces have arrived and are now available for eager collectors.