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“A Sense of Place” with local artist Clara Heaton

Photo credit : Kirsten McBride

At Bella, we are lucky to work in close proximity with some amazing artists in our community, like Clara Heaton. Clara is a prolific painter in her own right, but she also does a lot to support other artists in Roanoke and the surrounding counties. She recently completed her BFA in Studio Art with a concentration in painting at Radford University. Through a strong mentorship with one of her professors, Dr. Halide Salam, and a passion for creativity, Clara is emerging with grace and tenacity into Roanoke’s flourishing arts community.

The passion in Clara’s paintings speaks volumes. It is a beautiful abstract culmination of her thoughts, how she interprets the beauty of her own personal experiences, and ultimately the world around her.

Dr. Salam and Clara. Photo credit : Kirsten McBride
Dr. Salam and Clara.
Photo credit : Kirsten McBride

After becoming Salam’s personal assistant, Clara saw her work for the first time. She immediately noticed connections in their work. Shortly thereafter, she also began a friendship with one of Salam’s graduate mentees, Kevin Kwon.

“Before I met Kevin, we were in a juried show together. One of my pieces was placed next to Kevin’s, and my dad pulled me aside and showed it to me,” Clara explains. “My work was very linear, and Kevin’s was incredibly organic.”

Both pieces were the start of something new for them as artists. Kevin and Clara were fascinated that, without having ever met one another, their two bodies of work had the exact same color scheme and such a cohesive presence in the room.

Months later, Kevin asked her if she would like to do a show together and Clara immediately said yes. She also suggested the include their mentor, Salam.

As serendipitous as this all may appear, the truth is, Clara’s dedication, courage, and love for art propels her forward as she pursues these opportunities.

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Photo credit: Kirsten McBride

“The cool thing about art and artists is that you cannot become a powerful artist by relying on your talent,” says Clara. “You have to start dedicating hard work to it. You have to say, ‘I’m going to set time aside for this.’ If you can’t get over your ego, then you won’t ever grow.”

Opening night for “A Sense of Place,” in which Clara, Kevin, and Salam will showcase their work, will take place in the Aurora Lightwell Gallery on September 2 at 5 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Together, the three artists from three different cultural backgrounds and levels of academic training, will respond to the feelings and perception of places unique to themselves through the discipline and practice of painting.

Visitors can also tour the gallery and view their work on weekdays from 10 am to 5 pm until September 30. For more information, visit www.aurorastudiocenter.com.

July at the Taubman Museum of Art!

The Taubman Museum of Art is the perfect destination to spend the middle of summer exploring new things. Relax with the art galleries and make new friends while exploring art. The Taubman is a mini vacation placed in downtown Roanoke that can help influence your creative side this summer.

The Taubman will host and facilitate a community art project for the residents in Roanoke. Community Collage will take place July 20-23 from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. and July 24 from 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. They invite you to add your artistic mark to a large collage in the atrium inspired by traveling and permanent exhibits. Adding to this exhibit creates a symbol of unity for the area and how many different parts can create something beautiful. The event is free and open to the public.

Even though the Taubman Museum of Art is for admiring art, you can also learn to create different forms. They will be holding an Adult Studio Class: Intro to Oil Painting on July 23 and 30 from 10:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Learn the basics of oil painting from experts! Participants will learn about setting-up to mixing colors. Fee includes a supply charge; all materials will be provided. Members are $135; non-members $150.

In addition to oil painting, you can also play around with illustration. Adult Studio Workshop: Intro to Illustration on July 29 from 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. will take your doodles to the next level and teach you how to tell a story with your own art. Using materials such as, pens, watercolor, and markers, you will bring characters to life! No experience necessary to learn this amazing art. Members are $20; non-members $25. Registration is required and available online.

Enjoy the third Thursday in July with Third Thursdays: Celebrating the Permanent Collection with Friends and Neighbors on July 21 from 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Soak in the art during happy hour on the Taubman patio and take a mini-tour of the rarely seen work from the permanent collection. Tours will be at 6 p.m., 7 p.m., and 8 p.m. in the exhibition, Friends and Neighbors: A Celebration of the Collection. The event is free and open to the public.

All of these events can create more than just art. Art creates unity and can help us understand more of the world than just surface. Appreciating art can help challenge your mind and give you a sense of peace. The Taubman’s events also give every participant the opportunity to meet new friends. Try something different in July and study the world of art!

Written by Stacy Shrader

Extraordinary Women: Jordan Kantor

Jordan Kantor, a permanent cosmetic artist at Skin Care Consulting Inc. in Roanoke, is a recent graduate of Painting and Printmaking at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). She completed her bachelor’s degree in just two and a half years, and began to pursue a career that complements her artistic background and education. Although she may not follow the path that many expected of her, Jordan is using her talent to touch the lives of women in Roanoke while staying true to the creative muse within. 

After graduating from VCU, what led you to pursue a career as a permanent cosmetic artist in Roanoke?

I definitely started to feel that I wanted to begin pursuing this career during my freshman year at VCU. My mom was a huge an influence, as she began Skin Care Consulting in 2004, but I began to notice similarities in my experiences with art and permanent cosmetics. For example, I gave a lot of attention to detail and was drawn to hyper realistic and trompe l’oeil art. Once I began researching the industry and came across eyebrows, camouflaged scars, areolae, and more I realized that with such precision, one could not tell the difference. I fell in love. I felt that this career was a way for me to impact someone’s life using my knack for detail.

How do you incorporate some of the skills you acquired throughout your education in this process?

Towards the end of my career at VCU I had an independent study with Sarah Faris, a professor who heads the Scientific and Preparatory Medical Illustration track within the Department of Communication Arts. It was very helpful to study the anatomical structure of the face and skin through illustrative note taking, a skill Sarah taught me involving the combination of both drawings and text.

Sarah was one of the few VCU professors that encouraged me to continue pursuing this career. Over the course of my education, there were those who could not see the connection between fine art and permanent cosmetics. Sarah could see this relationship and served as a positive source I could turn to for advice. Her work as an illustrator for medical journals such as Dermatologic Surgery served as confirmation that I had chosen the right mentor.

My work with Sarah served as one of the most empowering moments in my career at VCU. I wish to extend this feeling of empowerment to my clients by giving them a sense of confidence in themselves, obtainable through this artistic procedure.

My experience with color theory proved to be extremely helpful when choosing pigment colors. There are a few differences in color theory for permanent cosmetics. When you are painting onto a white canvas with a bright red paint, it will show up bright red. However, if I implanted a bright red pigment into the skin it has to shine through the layers of the skin, mixing with cool undertones making the end result different than what would seem intuitive.

IMG_5163What is next for you professionally and what other projects are you working on in your spare time? 

I will complete eyeliner training before June with Will Anthony, a world-renowned permanent cosmetic artist. My mom and I are going for 3D areola training in August with Vicky Martin, an artist/trainer from UK who creates the most realistic looking nipples we have seen! I am a member of the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals, which is dedicated to promoting permanent makeup safety, excellence, and professional standards by providing education, certification, and industry guidelines.

In my spare time I like to create little greeting cards for clients to pick up to send to friends and family, or to display around their home. I still am painting on the side, and we are considering having an art gallery set up at Skin Care Consulting to showcase my art somewhere in the future.

If you are interested in learning more about Jordan, or the many skin care and cosmetic services available at Skin Care Consulting, go to www.skincareconsultinginc.com.

A Splash of Color in the Kitchen

Sometimes a small splash of color is all you need to spice up a wall! If you’re looking for an easy way to add some creativity to your kitchen I definitely recommend this craft! This has to hands down be one of the cheapest, easiest DIY projects.

materialsAll you need:
Wooden utensils
Paint of your choice (as many as you want!)
Foam paint brushes (but you can really use any kind of paint brushes)
Nails or command strips

First…

I had four colors of paint and decided to have one paint brush for each color to make it easier. I used an old magazine to spread out my paint colors. I then decided how I wanted to paint the utensils (be creative!) I personally liked the idea of them all being a tad bit different. I had to then apply 5-6 coats of paint on the utensils to get the thick finished look I desired.

finished produc tNext…

Now all the work is pretty much done! The main thing left to decide was where to hang up the utensils. All the utensils had small holes in the top of them; therefore using a small nail could be an easy way to hang them up. I decided to choose to use a command strip on the back of each utensil to give off a cleaner look.

Then you’re all done! Don’t be afraid to let your home show off your personality, get creative! Go out and add some splash to your kitchen!

 

Written by Kristi Hall