Y Art Gallery

The Rockbridge Area YMCA is proud to announce a new exhibition at its College Square Y Art Gallery. Titled “Intuitions” the display showcases four area artists, each with a unique intuitive interpretation of the world around us. Featured are Brett LaGue, Dietrich Maune, Elizabeth Sauder and Anne Weede. See their work and contribute your insight over refreshments at a reception, open to the public, held on Sunday, March 22, from 3:00-5:00 pm at the Rockbridge Area YMCA. 

Meet Our Artists

BRETT LAGUE feels that each of his paintings is a mixture of its creative record and the story of its visual content which is then combined with the viewers’ reaction. Understanding that individuals viewing an artwork--no matter how specific in detail--will reinterpret the artist’s intention as they feel it, he strives to actually invite those reinterpretations and allow them to become a part of the work. Whether painting outdoors, surrounded by elements of nature, or in his studio where artificial light and noise is dominant, the environment influences both his energy level and his technical approach. This makes the emotional core of each painting unique. A finished work becomes a recording of its creation, compressed into a single image. Brett’s focus is on sharing in one visual document a work’s beginning progress and completion--including all of the outside elements that influenced it. This is his preferred method of storytelling and the excitement is in discovering how that story will be heard.   


DIETRICH MAUNE is inspired by the beauty of nature and the figure. But unlike many artists who respond to this beauty through the depictions of the landscape or the human body, he chooses to suggest it through the animals that live there. This representation is balanced by attention to the process of painting so that the acts of mark-making, color arrangement, and surface quality are not compromised by requirements of strict natural representation. Beyond the depictions of his subjects is the narrative within the work. He often receives as many questions about the images themselves as he does comments about the actual artwork. “Why do you paint animals on top of things?” “Why is the bird with the cow?” Or, “Is that your dog?” He also hears comments about viewers’ connectedness to the work. “It reminds me of my dog.” “The art makes me happy.” “The paintings are so peaceful.” Dietrich’s individual works may be inspired by actual events or specific animals he has observed and experienced, but the paintings are not about portraiture or pure representation; they are about experiences and relationships--the relationships we have with the natural world, with ourselves, with others in our lives and the places we live.    


ELIZABETH SAUDER is a Plein air painter. She paints outdoors in front of, and in emotional response to, the landscape. She visits a site often, at various times of the day and in various weather conditions and works quickly. She paints as a way to explore and become intimate with a place and to better understand the visual and environmental phenomena surrounding it. Through the act of painting, she’s trying to understand the fundamental characteristics, the very soul, of the land she calls home. In the summer, between landscape sessions, she loads her painting gear into an old Econoline camper van and heads out to paint rural carnivals. She camps in the parking lot with the carnival folks and spends the days and nights painting, all the while enjoying the colorful chaos, surrounded by happy crowds and the smell of popcorn and cotton candy. These paintings straddle the line between landscape and still life and are the very essence of how she views and enjoys the visual world. Color, shape and value, in their exquisite subtleties, are tightly and geometrically related to each other in found, unarranged objects.


ANNE WEEDE feels that the results of making art, besides bringing private passion and joy to the artist, should also be shared with viewers, allowing them an insight into another’s ethos, and perhaps a connection that otherwise would be lost in today's rushed society. Her journey as an artist started in grade school as art was the only subject she really liked and has been part of her life the sixty-plus years since, as she tried landscapes and figures, watercolors and oils. But she didn’t really take her work seriously until about 30 years ago when she discovered the Californian artist Richard Diebenkorn. Her joy in creating more traditional outdoor landscapes changed as studio work gradually became her artistic haven instead. Her canvases got larger, her brushes got bigger and tapping into her creativity without a specific subject to jump-start things took over. Abstractions began to emerge. Diebenkorn’s subject matter, his freedom, his use of huge canvases spoke to her in ways no other artist ever had. He gave her the license to leave “mistakes” alone, to enjoy the paint, the brush marks, the overlaps of color, to allow the layers to become part of the overall design. She started leaving paint drips alone and then moved on to encourage them. Diebenkorn became her muse and she finally felt her true artistic intuitions calling as she began to have fun as well as discovering a new way of seeing.


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