One of the unique features of Genuine Smithfield’s Arts Center @ 319 is that it’s home to nine accomplished artists who have their studios there. We’d like to introduce you to these talented folks in a series of three blogs. Better yet – stop by the Arts Center and you may get a chance to meet them for yourself!
Diane Zaugra Greenhalgh is a realist painter who enjoys working in oils, acrylic and watercolor. After graduating from college in 1983 with a B.A. in Art/Illustration, she began her career painting small landscapes in acrylic on paper, showing and selling her work in galleries in New Jersey, Philadelphia and New York City. Diane went on to work as a graphic designer for many years. She relocated to Smithfield, Virginia with her husband and daughter in 2004. After taking time off to raise her daughter, Diane rekindled her passion for art. She enjoys working with a variety of subject matter, such as landscapes, portraits and still life. She is a member of The Isle of Wight Arts League and recently won third place in The Genuine Smithfield banner contest with her artwork, “Oink, Oink and Away!” (shown above, left).
Angelia Armstrong is a professional, award-winning, textile artist and teacher whose work has been displayed in juried exhibitions, art shows, galleries, museums and published throughout the Eastern United States. Originally form Kentucky, Angelia studied technical design and art and worked as a technical/environmental designer until 1992. A lifelong love of fabric, sewing, quilting and painting brought her to her present a full-time creative career. Shown above are (left) samples of Angelia’s work, and (right) the artist on the right with a student.
Stephanie Faleski worked in the field of graphic design and illustration for more than 25 years, producing historical illustrations, posters for animal rescue and Armed Forces Week, and numerous animal portraits. Stephanie is also an instructor, as well as a resident artist at the Arts Center @ 319. Her painting of local Revolutionary War heroine Elizabeth Bennett Young, is on permanent display at the Isle of Wight County Courthouse. Stephanie’s work has won numerous awards. She considers animal portraits her specialty, but during the summer months, she coordinates and participates in a plein air group, painting landscape studies outdoors on location. Stephanie’s work is also available at Blue Skies Gallery in Hampton. Shown above are (left) Stephanie’s work entitle “Court Days,” and (right) the artist participating in a plein air painting day.
The Arts Center @ 319, 319 Main Street, Smithfield, VA 23430, 757.357.7707
Hours: Open Monday to Saturday 9 to 5, Sunday noon to 4