The Arts Center @ 319 is now taking applications for artists interested in joining our resident artist program. Currently there is only one opening in the program. The Resident Artists serve as ambassadors for the Arts to visitors (over 13,000 last year), as hosts for Arts Center @ 319 and as leaders in the community. The Arts Center @ 319, the visual arts program of the Isle of Wight Arts League, contains eight artists’ studios, a gallery, gift shop and classroom, all in a repurposed hardware store that also houses the Visitors Center for the Smithfield/Isle of Wight Tourism Bureau.
If you are interested in applying for one of the studio spaces, please submit your portfolio, resume and art pieces as described in "Jury Procedures for New Resident Artist” to the Arts Center @ 319, 319-A Main Street in the Town of Smithfield no later than Saturday, January 14th, 2017 between the hours of Noon and 5 pm. The Jury will review the submissions as soon as possible and then schedule personal interviews.
Attached are the listing of the studio for rent, a copy of the lease agreement and the jury procedures. Do not hesitate to call me if you have any questions. Please feel free to forward this to artists you consider to be a good fit for this program.
Sheila W. Gwaltney Director, Arts Center @ 319 757-357-7707
Priscilla Barbour 'Cil' Barbour is a recent transplant to Newport News, VA after several years in the Smithfield/Carrollton area. She is an artist, teacher and community activist, who enjoys painting colorful works in acrylic and oil in her studio Arts Center @319 on Main Street in Smithfield, VA. Married to a retired U.S. Navy Captain, she has traveled and lived in various locales across the United States, while raising two now grown sons. She began her interest and career in art a little later in life. Her works hang in corporate, civic, and private collections in the U.S. and Paris, has received several community awards, and was selected for the prestigious Virginia Artists Juried Exhibit at the Hampton, VA Charles H. Taylor Center for the Arts in 2014.
Bobbi Canellas moved to Hampton Roads from northern Virginia where she had lived for over twenty years. Bobbi attended Bloomsberg State Teachers College in Pennsylvania and George Washington University in Washington, DC, where she majored in Art and minored in Education. Bobbi has studied painting in Vienna, Austria and Mallorca, Spain.
Bobbi is considered an impressionist painter and believes that the play of light and dark on canvas along with the use of vivid colors create emotions that are very important to her work. Although she has taken many mixed media courses, Bobbi's true love is the use of oils for the beautiful texture and colors that they are capable of producing.
Stephanie Faleski worked in the field of graphic design and illustration for many years, including more than 20 years in the Communications Department at PPL Corporation, a Fortune 500 company with headquarters in Allentown, PA. Since 2003, she has focused on commissioned fine art projects including historic illustrations and animal portraits. Recent career highlights include:
Paintings of local Revolutionary War heroine Elizabeth Bennett Young and Civil War hero Randall Booth on permanent display at the Isle of Wight County Courthouse
Wrote and directed Flotilla 5-9, a YouTube video which received the National Public Affairs Award for “Best Video” at the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary’s 2016 National Convention
Second place award in Hampton Art League ”Small Works 2015”
Smithfield 2020 banner competition award winner
Two-time award winner in the Plein Air 757 regional juried painting competition
“Peoples Choice” winner in the Isle of Wight Arts League 2011 and 2016 Members Exhibitions
Sheila Gwaltney graduated from Smithfield High School and Mary Washington College returning to live and work in Smithfield, where she and her husband are raising their son and twin daughters. In her first studio art classes in college, she never thought she could make it a career. However, in 1985 she enrolled in a plein air painting workshop offered by John Loren Head. Sheila says, “Mr. Head was an excellent artist and a truly gifted teacher who took my painting abilities and understanding of art to the next level. He gave me the tools, the focus and the desire to make art. Art became a way of thinking, a way using the gifts and experiences of my life. “
Sheila is a member of the Isle of Wight Arts League and the Woman’s Club of Smithfield where she serves on the committee producing the Smithfield Calendar featuring pen & ink drawings of historic buildings and sites drawn by local artists. She enjoys painting landscapes, portraits, animals and opportunity to teach drawing and watercolor at the Arts Center.
Sheila is the Director of the Arts Center @ 319 and a member of the Smithfield 2020 project team.
Juliette MarShall is Hampton’s Eco Artist. A native of Hampton, Va., she earned her respect for the environment and the importance of making good use of our resources. As an Eco artist, Juliette specializes in repurposing objects destined for landfills, and produces colorful textured fine art pieces which can be enjoyed for many years. She enjoys creating a therapeutic release on diverse surfaces by means of mediums such as Textile/fiber, wax manipulation, charcoal drawing, oil, acrylic, metal embossing, just to name a few. Her sincere objective is to inspire creative expression and awareness of personal consumption. Her humble endeavor is that we may all have a full share in making a conscious decision in: “Saving the Earth by Means of the Arts”.
Diane Zaugra Greenhalgh is a realist painter who enjoys working in oils, acrylic and watercolor. After graduating from college in 1983 with a B.A. in Art/Illustration, she began her career painting small landscapes in acrylic on paper, showing and selling her work in galleries in New Jersey, Philadelphia and New York City. She found inspiration for her landscapes from her seashore surroundings growing up on Brigantine Island, New Jersey.
Diane went on to work as a graphic designer for many years, married and moved to England in 2001, had a daughter in 2003, and relocated to Smithfield, Virginia with her husband and daughter in 2004.
After taking time off to raise her daughter, Diane has rekindled her passion for art. She is excited to be painting again and enjoys working with a variety of subject matter, such as landscapes, portraits and still life. She is a member of The Isle of Wight Arts League, a resident artist at The Art Center @319, and has recently won third place in The Genuine Smithfield banner contest with her artwork, “Oink, Oink and Away!” When not painting, Diane keeps busy volunteering with her church’s flower guild, her daughter’s Girl Scout troop and the PTA.