I am a dabbler in textiles, gourds, and casual garden landscape. For 45 years I have drawn my inspiration from nature, living on wooded property surrounded by mature trees, creeks, rocks, wildflowers and wildlife. My goal is and has been to preserve and replenish the natural habitat that I am lucky to live in. There is no end to the beauty and pleasure it gives me.
It’s always fun, for young and old, to happen upon something unexpected amongst the flowers.
Linda Correll has primarily focused on photography and has exhibited her works in Blacksburg, Floyd, Salem, Va., and Cary, N.C. She enjoys opportunities to meet and work with other artists, and complements her photography with other art forms to include stone sculpting, crafting with gourds and water media art classes. Correll is a member of the Backyard Stone Carvers, Blacksburg Regional Art Association, NRV Gourd Society, Roanoke and NRV Exposure Photography Meetup groups.
These whimsical gourd sculptures were created several years ago for a gourd regatta and each had its own glory floating down Wabash Creek in Giles County. A face lift, a wing repair, some new paint and all are happy to have the opportunity to have a photo shoot in the Hahn gardens and be part of the Simply Elemental Virtual show 2020!
Shelley O’Connor is a retired nurse and Virginia Tech graduate (class of 2016). She recently fell in love with metal working and has taken MIG welding classes. This has added to her creative abilities. She also enjoys weaving with fabric, beads and wire. Her creations are whimsical.
This piece was made from an old table top, a gear, and part of a treadle sewing machine. It represents how my core energy radiates to form a structure that supports my world.
My art is about finding discarded objects and manipulating them to explore their potential; then combining these new objects into statements of appreciation of the mundane. It questions the validity of a throwaway society, the value of always needing new, and the perfection of machinery precision. It celebrates the daily detritus that has lost its meaning and gives it a new opportunity to open eyes and minds. I have long had a love affair with rust and often explore rust’s potential in creative expression in many forms: wood and rust sculpture; Glass and rust sculpture; rust stained textile and paper backgrounds for rust assemblages; wearable art; metal masks; altered art tiles; photography; and digital graphic “collages”. As a faculty in the Horticulture Dept. at VT my responsibility was providing gardening information and inspiration to anyone in Virginia interested in gardening and not involved in production horticulture, including: Master Gardeners; youth /4-H gardening: horticultural therapy; and, radio, newspaper, newsletter, and digital information to home gardeners and Extension Agents. In this capacity, my life-long love of growing plants helped me focus on helping people find the right plants to give them personal joy and satisfaction and develop the skills to be successful with the least work and frustration. My two passions combine well to support my goal of using outdoor art and gardening as creative expressions of love of the environment and enhancing the quality of life.
I primarily work with stone and copper but have recently been creating assemblages. I enjoy artfully messing around with “stuff”. I’ve dabbled with various mediums through classes at the Corcoran School of Art, Christopher Newport University, the Bascom and the YMCA.