Y Art Gallery

The Rockbridge area YMCA is proud to offer local artists and Y members the opportunity to experience the uplifting effect art can have on day-to-day lives with the addition of an art gallery inside the Y. The display will change every six months to feature a new group of four artists. The initial exhibition includes artists Susan Harb, Sharan Simkins, Paisley Griffin, and Laure Stevens-Lubin.

Join us on Sunday, March 17 from 3:00 - 5:00 pm for the opening reception. This event is free and open to the community.

For more information on the Y Art Gallery contact Sharan Simkins at sharpaul@rockbridge.net 

Meet Our Artists

LAURE STEVENS-LUBIN received a BA from Barnard College, a Masters from New York University and an MFA in Studio Art from James Madison University. Currently a visiting assistant professor of art at Washington and Lee University, she has spent a number of years in Asia, including a year teaching Media Arts at the Kodaikkanal International School. Stevens-Lubin feels her perspective as an artist, “is a commentary on the rapidly changing environment and our complex shifting roles within it; temporality, its blessings, and constraints; an exploration of the intersections between human and animal desire, passion, suffering and the nature of impermanence,” has been shaped by having moved often from one continent to another and from urban to rural settings. She paints in acrylics and oils and says, “Painting is a form of meditation allowing me to be fully present in the moment.”


PAISLEY GRIFFIN studied art at Rhode Island School of Design and with Gene Davis at Corcoran Gallery School of Art in Washington DC. From time to time a mysterious compulsion propels her to flail around with paint and canvas in her studio. After a while, the fit passes, leaving in its wake paintings which she hopes express her otherwise inarticulate feelings about the world in general, and the local landscape in particular. She says about the influence of the area on her art, “Even after living here for almost thirty years the ever-changing natural loveliness of the Shenandoah Valley still gives me daily joy.”


SUSAN HARB received a BA from the University of Florida in News and Editorial Writing, was a journalist with the Washington Star, the Virginian-Pilot and other publications. For fifteen years Harb owned a Folk Art Gallery, Caravans, in the Tidewater area and has traveled extensively in Asia and Africa in pursuit of found objects and artifacts to use in her art. Harb creates assemblages and sculptures from discarded relics of the past including rusty tools, toys, car parts or just about anything, giving them new life as works of, often satirical, art. Her creations have been influenced by her travels, where she met rural artisans who were forced to express themselves with what they had on hand, and by a childhood spent hanging around her father’s tractor store and welding shop. Harb says she has always had a lust for rust and a desire to make something out of nothing.


SHARAN SIMKINS received a BFA in Graphic Design from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and an MA in Illustration from Syracuse University. She has been a member of the Artworks Gallery in Richmond, the Upstairs Gallery at the Jefferson Florist, and has shown at the Keene Pumpkin Festival Art Show in New Hampshire as well as at numerous local venues. She says that making art is for her, “a totally personal thing, it is the way I process my life experience and honor the things I love.” She credits her lifelong enjoyment of art to being raised in an environment of imaginative out-of-the-box thinking which was provided by her artist mother.