Art Lotto is a concept conjured up by Harrisonburg, VA local artists Brandy Somers and Denise Kanter Allen. The idea was simple but the end result was breathtaking. Over 40 artists drew each others names and created portraits of each other. The opening was held at The Artful Dodger and had a turnout that would rival a Pavement reunion. The artists interacted with each other in a way that is rare among the creative community; it was an opening for over 40 artists at the same time! Compliments and discussions ensued for the duration of the opening. It was an encouraging event to have happen to the art community of Harrisonburg. There are so many talented people in this area and Art Lotto was a perfect platform to display their skills.
Pictured is the portrait I created for the event. The wooden piece is an old sliding cabinet door that I picked up at an architectural salvage yard in Richmond, VA. I used the back of the door because the front had a laminate that was peeling away from years of weather and use. I really wanted to do an underwater portrait and enjoyed the challenge of photographing Raechel both out of the water as well as in. The technique I used was wood-burning and I was thrilled with the end result. It’s not a medium I have used in detail like this and was unsure how the finished product would turn out. Luckily, the crowd enjoyed it as well. It sold at the opening and took home two awards: “You Got Skillz” and “Artists’ Choice”.
If you missed the show, you’ll have to wait until next year. But, if you want to see this piece- it’s up in the gallery at Larkin Arts (a much needed NEW art center) on court square in Harrisonburg as part of a University Faculty Show until the end of September. Check them out!