Trivette, Nancy – Photography, Sculpture

Nancy Trivette

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.

Birdy Gourd – Nancy Trivette

It’s always fun, for young and old, to happen upon something unexpected amongst the flowers.

Fawn – Nancy Trivette

Sometimes you just get lucky.

Stepping Stones in Moss Garden – Nancy Trivette

Moss is Magic

Mushroom gourd – Nancy Trivette

Mystery fungi oh my!

Correll, Linda – Sculpture

Linda Correll

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!

Creekside Glory – Linda Correll
Goldie the Rambling Goose – Linda Correll
Henry the Horrific Muncher – Linda Correll

Goff, Pam – Sculpture

Pam Goff

Pam Goff lives in the NRV. Her yard has seven individual garden rooms where she incorporates some of her whimsical art.

Pamela Gibson Goff

When an old oak tree fell, it was heartbreaking but Pam was able to turn the tragedy into a fun face.

Pamela Gibson Goff

Pam loves upcycling items that would be thrown away such as vintage dishes she turns into colorful flowers sprinkled in several gardens.

Pamela Gibson Goff

Pam also takes rusty tools and welds them into fun creatures to peek out of corners.

Pamela Gibson Goff

Old windows become a palette for art that incorporates the love of color and stones.

Pamela Gibson Goff

To build her giant Groot, Pam welded a rebar frame and used vines to create the structure.

O’Connor, Shelley – Sculpture

Shelley O’Connor

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.

 Centered – Shelley O’Connor

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.

Relf, Diane – Sculpture

Paula Diane Relf

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.

Glass and Rust at Alexander Black House Museum – Diane Relf
Intense but easy gardening techniques – Diane Relf
Memory tiles – Diane Relf
Rustic cow and self seeding daisies – Diane Relf
Summer clothes and sunflowers – Diane Relf

Ratliff, Mary – Photography, Painting

Mary Ratliff

I am currently working with clay and acrylics.

Bluebird sculpture atop the “Maiden”– Mary Ratliff
Barred Owl sculpture perched in a tree – Mary Ratliff
 American Bittern sculpture beside swimming Koi – Mary Ratliff 
Several Koi swimming beneath the bridge – Mary Ratliff

Warthen, Terry – Sculpture

Terry Warthen

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.

Terry Warthen – All He Surveys

Filz, Lindy – Sculpture

Lindy Filz

Lindy Filz is a quilter and gardener living in Blacksburg.

Blue and Yellow Totem – Lindy Filz
Green, Yellow and Blue Totem – Lindy Filz
Pink and White Totem – Lindy Filz
Posey – Lindy Filz
Red, Yellow, Blue Totem – Lindy Filz

Okumura, Hiromi – Sculpture

Hiromi Okumura

Hiromi Okumura is faculty at School of Visual Arts at Virginia Tech.

Hiromi Okumura – Chance Sculpture with Honeysuckle Vines, 2020
4ft x 3 ft x 3ft
Material: honeysuckle vines


Hiromi Okumura – Chance Sculpture with Honeysuckle Vines, 2020
4ft x 3 ft x 3ft
Material: honeysuckle vines