Lori Wallace-Lloyd has been an artist since childhood. As a former military officer stationed in Italy, she became fascinated with painting. While forwarding her family and career she began her classical art training at the atelier of Virgil Elliott as well as studying with many well-known artists around the country. Lori has also earned her Master of Fine Arts in Drawing and Painting from Academy of Art University in San Francisco, Ca. The realist figurative and still life work she creates is the result of her rigorous atelier training and acquired skills. Lori has won many awards for her work including Grand Prize and People's choice at the Portland Rose Festival. Lori makes Castleton, Va in Rappahannock County her home.
"I strive to develop a luminous quality of light within my paintings and drawings while attempting to capture the unique spirit of each subject. Through explorations of chiaroscuro and bold color in a classical manner, each painting becomes a journey. Using timeless themes and archetypes, I am constantly inspired by history as well as my contemporaries." - Lori Wallace-Lloyd, MFA
Lori Wallace-Lloyd is currently showing "Flora Bunda" at Silver Maples Gallery in Washington, Va. Lori loves combining figures, flowers, insects, and animals in a variety of media. She is inspired by historical botanical illustration and the spectacular beauty and nature of Rappahannock County.
Anita Zymolka Amrhein
Anita grew up in East Germany and escaped just a day before the Berlin Wall went up. Together with her diplomat husband she has lived, studied and exhibited extensively overseas. Anita and her husband recently moved from Seattle to make their home once again in Virginia.
From drawings to oils, acrylics and painting on porcelain and silk, Anita now concentrates on watercolors, depicting mainly motives of nature.
Initiating her studies in the early 1980’s with Professor Yan Yee Hong at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore, she later continued with Professor August Ohm, in Hamburg, Germany. Workshops in Germany, Italy and in the United States with Linda Doll, Michelle Tremaine, Skip Lawrence and Paul Jackson helped her develop her own style.
Anita has had solo exhibitions in Hamburg, Berlin and Potsdam in Germany; Milan, Italy; Warrenton, Virginia; and Seattle, Washington. Her paintings have been juried into Exhibitions at the Tacoma Museum of Art, the National Watercolor Society (NWS) and International Exhibitions of the Northwest Watercolor Society (NWWS), California Watercolor Association (CWA) and the Shenzen (China) International Watercolor Biennial.
Her works can be found in private collections in many countries. Anita is a Member of NWS and Signature Member of NWWS and CWA. She signs her paintings with her maiden name “ZYMOLKA” .
Rollin M. Stanton, III
I have been a photographer for over 50 years. My early influences were Ansel Adams and Elliot Porter who shaped my interests and workflow. For a number of years in the early 1980’s I had a photography print business as a side hobby, but I stopped this when I realized it limited my image captures to photographs that would sell, resulting in limited growth, not risk taking, placing blinders on my creativity.
When I returned to photography after a 10-year hiatus, I vowed to focus my efforts on capturing images that established a presence and were more than simply wall decorations
I have developed a style that, I believe, asks the audience to participate in the image. By relying on the tools for image development like composition, perspective and focus, then utilizing shadows, reflections and random objects to interrupt the visual flow, many of my images often require a second, or third, look in order to recognize and resolve the full extent of their content. In short, I photograph what most people see, but do not observe.
I consider myself to be a technical artist, relying on developed skills to capture images with minimal post-capture manipulations. My images are representational rather than conceptual, with a single goal of presenting the most expressive view of the scene and spark an interest in the viewer to observe more thoroughly in the future. I do not start with a theme or message and shoot to fit that idea, rather, I choose a physical space and photograph scenes that have character within that space.
Over the past 10 years I have been involved with the McIntire Art School at the University of Virginia. As a student I participated in Sculpture, Printmaking-Intaglio and Lithography as well as Book Making classes. More recently I have taken over the role as mentor, primarily in printmaking, but have introduced both photo gravure and photo polymer gravure as an alternative image printing processes to both the photo students and faculty.
Alex J. Packer, Ph.D.
Educator and psychologist Alex J. Packer, Ph.D., is an award-winning author of 11 books for parents, teens, and youth-care professionals. His latest book, Slaying Digital Dragons: Tips and Tools for Protecting Your Body, Brain, Psyche, and Thumbs from the Digital Dark Side, has been Amazon’s #1 New Release in Teen and Young Adult Internet Books.
“I wrote Slaying Digital Dragons to start a resistance, encourage mindfulness, and waken young people’s awareness of what the Digital Dark Side is doing to their healthy development and future options; to national unity and cultural norms; to our ability to act on the most critical issues facing the planet.
“While wacky and light-hearted, the book goes deep into the darkness, encouraging teens to take charge of their digital life, stand up for their rights, push back against Big Tech, and save their future from business models threatening individual well-being and foundational pillars of society and democracy such as truth, reality, decency, empathy, respect, and shared facts and values.
“Teens discover—via zany, interactive challenges—their own screen scene, where it lies along the healthy-unhealthy continuum, and how to give themselves an “App-endectomy” to cut out unhealthy aspects of their online lives and reset their digital well-being.”
Alex’s other books include How Rude! The Teen Guide to Good Manners, Proper Behavior, and Not Grossing People Out; Bringing Up Parents: The Teenager’s Handbook; Wise Highs; and Parenting One Day at a Time. His books have been translated into many languages and he has been the subject of numerous radio, television, podcast, and print interviews for his provocative commentary on digital well-being, manners, child-rearing, adolescent development, and substance abuse prevention. He leads workshops and speaks widely at schools and education conferences across the United States and around the world.
For 14 years, Alex was President and CEO of FCD Educational Services, the leading nonprofit provider of onsite K-12 alcohol and other drug prevention services for schools throughout the United States and in over 60 countries abroad. For eight years, Alex was headmaster of an innovative alternative middle school. He also served as Director of Education for the Capital Children’s Museum.
Alex graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy and holds undergraduate and Master’s degrees from Harvard College and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a Ph.D. in Educational and Developmental Psychology from Boston College. He divides his time between Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains and Paris, France.