Sunday, May 18, 2014

Oriental Garden is People's Choice winner in Botanical II exhibit at Bower Center

"Oriental Garden"
with a floral arrangement
created by Karen Craig
Dotti's "Oriental Garden" was the People's Choice winner in Bower Center's recent Botanical II exhibit that closed May 2. The last weekend of the exhibit several floral designers created arrangements for some of the art work. Karen Craig made a beautiful one to complement "Oriental Garden."

Saturday, March 29, 2014

In the Looking Glass accepted into Academy of Fine Arts Juried Exhibit

In the Looking Glass
Lynchburg's Academy of Fines Arts Annual National Juried Exhibition opens Friday, April 4, 5pm-8 with a gallery talk at 5:30.

My "In the Looking Glass" has been juried into this exhibit.

Come to a wonderful venue for fine art at 600 Main St in downtown Lynchburg on First Friday in April. And don't forget to visit the other galleries that evening while making your way around town.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Holiday Greetings

Best wishes for a safe, healthy and happy holiday season ... and may your world be filled with art!   Dotti

Saturday, November 16, 2013

India inspired mosaics will soon be at TECAC in Bedford

Desert Ladies

"Desert Ladies" was in the recent 

League of Roanoke Artists Annual Showcase
Child of Rajasthan 
at Jefferson Center in Roanoke. It was inspired by a photograph Dotti took during a trip 
to India a few 
years ago. 

Shades of India

Images taken during that trip have become inspiration for several mosaics that will appear in the next gallery rotation at 
TECAC,The Electric Company Artists' Co-op,  
207 E Depot Street in Bedford VA. 
Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 11am-4pm.

Be sure to go to all of the exciting art venues in Bedford on Second Friday, December 13, 6pm-8, 
to see new art work, including that created for the holiday season. 

Sunday, September 29, 2013

MOarts Gallery Exhibit goes up Oct 1

Harlequin by Dotti Stone

by Stephen Brailo
Tuesday, October 1 Dotti and Stephen will be installing Mosaics: Classical Meets Contemporary, an exhibit of mosaics showing Stephen Brailo's works made using traditional techniques and materials, marble and smalti, and have the look and feel of mosaics created hundreds, even thousands of years ago - very classical. Dotti Stone's work is made using various techniques,   2-D and sculptural, and incorporates a combination of materials: various types of glass tiles, smalti and unglazed porcelain. 

The display showcase in the library will contain a display of some of the tools and materials used for making mosaics, a few books, pictures of ancient mosaics and a mosaiced travel guitar created by Dotti. Dotti and Stephen will be around for an hour or so after installing the mosaics to be hung to

talk with visitors about the materials and tools used before placing them in the showcase. Time approximate - should be about noon to 1. 

See this exhibit through October in the MOarts Gallery at the Moneta Library in downtown Moneta near the post office - 13641 Moneta Rd  (Rte 122)
Moneta VA.

Hours: Mon-Wed 10am-6pm
          Thurs 10am-8pm
          Fri-Sat 10am-6pm

Contact info:

Dotti Stone

Stephen Brailo

Monday, September 2, 2013

MOarts Gallery Exhibit, Moneta VA - October 2013

Mosaics: Classical meets Contemporary

Stephen Brailo 
& Dotti Stone

During the month of October Stephen Brailo is joining Dotti in a mosaics exhibit at MOarts Gallery at the Moneta Library (off 122 near downtown Moneta) in Moneta VA.

Mosaics artist Stephen Brailo was born in Croatia where he received his art education at the Academy of Fine Arts. In 1964 he immigrated to France, where he participated in numerous art shows throughout Europe. Currently he resides and works in Roanoke, Virginia.

Stone mosaics and their beautiful natural colors last forever. From the ancient Greeks through the Roman Empire and the Byzantine period, brilliant mosaics tell the story of life. Brailo is a mosaics artist who uses the same ancient methods to create mosaics today.

Dotti Stone received her formal art education at Richmond Professional Institute (now VCU) in Richmond VA. After years in the Washington DC area as a professional photographer and owner/designer of Great Falls Stained Glass she studied mosaics with Gene Sterud whose concentration is reproducing ancient mosaics. In 2007 Dotti relocated to the Smith Mountain Lake area and in 2010 settled in Bedford, Virginia. During that time she concentrated on exploring different materials - glass, stone, porcelain and ceramic and, in addition to flat panels experimented with sculptural mosaics. Since 2009 she has maintained a studio at Bower Center for the Arts where she teaches classes. She is a member of The League of Roanoke Artists, The Electric Company Artists' Co-op in Bedford and exhibits extensively.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Sculptural Mosaics class begins in October at Bower Center

Deco Doll - mosaic on mannequin

Interested in making a mosaic sculptural mosaic ... either as a slightly 3-D work that can hung as a 2-D art work or a self-standing sculpture?

Lynchburg artist Bonnie Kinnaird is joining me with this class. Her experience working in concrete will be as asset for teaching the creation of armatures for making figures and animals. 

Crimson Rhythms - mosaic over a travel guitar

Students will work on a simple shape to mosaic each session of this 7-week class. During each session students will take part in demos to create substrates and armatures for different shapes to make a variety of forms and learn to prep ready made forms. What type shapes? They may include:  pillows, spheres, ceramic animals, concrete garden critters, free form shapes, mannequins, cones, figures-human or animal.

Hard hat mosaic - Work In Progress

"Earth Layers" in a 9 diameter gazing ball.

A friend gave me the hard hat and asked if there was anything I could do with it. After a long time it may be ready to return soon ... covered with a design inspired by a story.

The lighthouse mosaic is on a wood structure from a local craft store. While wood is not the best substrate for mosaics, if the wood is sealed and the mosaic is kept indoors and away from moisture that will help to avoid problems with warping.

"Thunderbird Tepee" was made using hardware cloth to make the basic shape as it was for "Remnant: Reversible Blue" to the left. This shape is affixed to Hardi backer board and wired for hanging.

"Paisley Pig" ... this little cutey is (was!) a piggy bank that has been mosaiced. It was made for Bower Center's fundraising gala in 2012. Fellow Bower Center resident artist Karen Carter provided the piggy bank. Lots of glitzy tiles cover this fancy lady!

The registration information should be on Bower's website very soon. Come join this fun class.

$170. ($140 tuition/$30 supplies)
Thursdays: 6PM-8:30
Oct 10, 17, 24, 31, Nov, Dec 5, 12

There are several dates skipped - this will give students additional time for any projects they may wish to work on at home or at Bower Center between sessions.