In an era of big box stores, it is refreshing to collect one of a kind pieces by talented artisans and artists who devote their time and passion to making the world more interesting and unique!
A member of the American Impressionist Society and the Art League in Alexandria, Virginia, Jan has been painting professionally since 1985. She received a BFA degree in art from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and studied with nationally known workshop instructors in both watercolor and oil.
She has exhibited her art in galleries in Vermont, Maine, Cape Cod, Virginia and Ohio. Her painting technique has evolved to a more impressionistic abstract style that is focused on establishing a sense of both place and an emotional connection with the viewer.
Jan owned and operated her own studio gallery in Worthington, Ohio prior to moving to Northern Virginia. She and her husband founded and owned galleries in Woodstock, Vermont and Williamsburg, Virginia prior to opening Gallery On Madison in Middleburg, Virginia.
Jan is also an accomplished textile designer. A member of the Artisans Center of Virginia, she designs and paints one-of-a-kind silk scarves.
30"x40" oil painting on gallery wrapped canvas by Jan Allmon $1650
Heron in the Cove
16x20 oil on panel by Jan Allmon with contemporary black/silver frame $975
40x30 acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas $1400
30"x36" oil painting by Jan Allmon $1800 framed
Earthen Series: Spring Green
48x36 acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas $1400
Earthen Series: Tan
48x30 acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas $1400
36x36 acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas $1400
Earthen Series: Quartz
30x24 acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas $850
40x30 acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas (SOLD)
Designer Silk Scarves
Jan also designs and creates one of a kind silk scarves that make a fashionable statement whether you are going casual or formal. See them at the gallery or online at Etsy https://www.etsy.com/shop/JanAllmonStudio
Jan Allmon Designer Silk Scarves
Jan Allmon designs and paints each of her designer silk scarf. They make a great fashion statement whether you are going casual or dressy! Commissions welcomed.
Hand Painted Silk Scarf - Black and Ecru, Money Plant Motif
Designed and created by Jan Allmon. One of a Kind. $65
Hand Painted Silk Scarf with Pink Blossoms
Designed and created by Jan Allmon. One of a Kind. $75
HandHand Painted Silk Scarf - Pink, Viridian Green, Royal Blue, and White
Designed and created by Jan Allmon. One of a Kind. $70
Hand Painted Silk Scarf - Yellow, Caramel and Blue
Designed and created by Jan Allmon. One of a Kind.$60
Silk Scarf Hand Painted Silk Scarf - Yellow Grapevine Leaves On Blue
Designed and created by Jan Allmon. One of a Kind. $60
“Each of my botanical pieces begin with a walk in the mountains and woods of Central Virginia where I gather wild plant specimens. All of my pieces are wheel-thrown using a buff-colored stoneware clay body. I press plant specimens into the wet clay, and then pull the specimen off, leaving an accurate fossil impression which gives me a template for glazing.”
After earning a BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in English and Creative Writing, she earned an MA in English from the University of Virginia in 1987 and began teaching Composition, Creative Writing, and American Literature in the Virginia Community College System.
While teaching at Piedmont Virginia Community College, she began taking pottery classes in the evenings, mostly to get her mind off of text-based communication, but also to experiment with being a beginner at something again. She continued taking pottery classes at PVCC even after becoming a full time professor at Germanna Community College.
Over the ten year period that she was teaching, Suzanne studied with functional potter Tom Clarkson and worked informally as a studio assistant to him for seven years. She also took classes and workshops with other well known potters.
In 1997,opened Mud Dauber Pottery near Charlottesville and began exhibiting her pottery in juried art festivals. A member of the Artisans Center of Virginia, she has been a self-supporting full-time artisan since 2000.
Julie and Ken Girardini are a husband and wife design team and have been working with metal since 1990. They have participated in some of the finest juried craft shows in the country. Their exquisite designs are also featured in art galleries throughout the United States.
Michele grew up in Michigan and has been a potter since 1993. After raising five children and moving to Kalamazoo, MI, she studied ceramics at Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Jackson Community College and attended seminars and workshops wit h nationally and internationally recognized potters.
Her functional pottery is made of stoneware with food safe glazes fired at 2157 degrees in an energy efficient electric kiln. She is recognized for her elegant use of design, color and glazing that makes her pottery a perfect gift.
Claudia Zeber-Martell began as a painter, and surface decoration is a dominant element in her work, with images balanced between internal visualization and external stimuli. Her focus often combines forms, colors and dimensions found in nature, from the organic and geometric to the whimsical. Claudia says her aspiration in using these elements is to develop positive images that enrich the environment and create harmony.
Michael Martell's pottery has evolved over two decades from traditional salt-glazed and wood-fired stoneware to expressive graceful pieces with contemporary form. According to Michael, "Form is so much a part of our everyday lives, and I've been fortunate to explore it through clay; the slightest movement of the hands creates subtle changes in the shape of the pot. That is constantly amazing to me."
Collaboration can be an enriching process for two artists, and by challenging each other a balance is achieved, and the contribution of each person's particular skills has here resulted in a product that surpasses what each could achieve alone. They enjoy the daily overlapping of their personal and professional lives, and they believe it enhances their individual creativity.
The Zeber-Martel studio is located in Akron, Ohio.