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 three more of these talented women.
Priscilla (“Cil”) Barbour is a native of Winston-Salem, NC, and has always had her hand in some sort of artistic endeavor. Early on, she spent every summer at the NC School for the Arts and won an art contest in the first grade for a colorful and imaginative “creature” made up of different animal parts. Continuing to draw and dabble in other art forms, it was not until a milestone birthday – unmentioned – that she decided to pursue her own art career. After fourteen moves as a Navy wife of 23 years, Priscilla Barbour settled in Smithfield 12 years ago, enjoying growing success with her art in acrylic painting, murals, faux finishes, and painted furniture. Cil has won numerous awards for her work, is a member and four time Vice President of the Brush and Palette Club, and has been a Resident Artist at the Arts Center since September 2004. Shown above is Cil and her painting “French Scouts.”
Juliette is a native of Hampton, Virginia, where she developed her respect for the environment and learned the importance of making good use of our resources. As an eco-artist, Juliette specializes in repurposing objects – often destined for landfills – and producing colorful, textured, fine art pieces which can be enjoyed for years to come. She enjoys creating on diverse surfaces using a variety of mediums such as textile, fiber, wax manipulation, charcoal drawing, oil, acrylic, metal embossing, just to name a few. Her sincere objective is to inspire creative expression and the awareness of personal consumption. Her humble hope is that we may all make a conscious decision to “Save the Earth by means of the Arts.”
Meet Janet Goldbach
You might be surprised to learn that Arts Center resident artist, Janet Goldbach enjoyed an illustrious career as a Stage Magician. In fact, in Mobile, Alabama, under her stage name Janet Clinton, she became known as “the South’s leading lady magician.” She was even named “Stage Magician of the Year” in 1985 by the International Brotherhood of Magicians. Having retired at the age of 50 from magic, she now paints landscapes and portraits, producing classic oil paintings with smooth surfaces that are built up meticulously. Shown above is Janet with fellow resident artist, Cil Barbour and “ABRACADABRA,” created by Stephanie Faleski and Janet as an entry in Chesapeake Regional Hospital’s annual “Bra-ha-ha” Fundraiser.