Meet the Artists!

We hope you’ve enjoyed meeting the resident artists of the Arts Center @ 319. Let us introduce you to the final three, and encourage you to stop by the Arts Center to see their gorgeous work –  and maybe even get the chance to see them “in action.”

Meet Chris Pascuzzi 

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Chris Pascuzzi developed a love for the art of sewing at an early age. By the time she was a teenager she was making many of her own clothes, and  always working on some type of sewing or other needlework project. After graduating from the University of Delaware she went on to work in many aspects of the home sewing industry. Today, she is a fiber artist who creates colorful, wearable art and textiles. As well as being one of the Arts Center’s resident artists, she also maintains a home studio in Virginia Beach where she lives an inspired and creative life with her husband and two teenage children. Her passion though is teaching – helping each student enjoy the process of unlocking their creative potential.

Meet Bobbi Canellas

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Bobbi Canellas moved to the area from northern Virginia where she lived for over twenty years. She attended Bloomsberg State Teachers College in Pennsylvania, and George Washington University in Washington, DC, where she majored in Art and minored in Education. Bobbi has studied painting in Vienna, Austria and Mallorca, Spain. She is considered an impressionist painter and believes that the play of light and dark on canvas, along with the use of vivid colors, creates emotions that are a very important component of her work. Although she has taken many mixed-media courses, Bobbi’s true love is the use of oils for the beautiful texture and colors that they are capable of producing.

Meet Sheila Gwaltney

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Sheila Gwaltney is a local gal who graduated from Smithfield High School and Mary Washington College. She never thought about taking art classes in school, or that she would end up making art a career. She was inspired though by the artist John Loren Head who “gave me the tools, the focus and the desire to make art.  Art became a way of thinking, a way using the gifts and experiences of my life.” Sheila is a member of the Isle of Wight Arts League and the Woman’s Club of Smithfield where she serves on the committee producing the Smithfield Calendar. The calendar features pen & ink drawings of historic buildings and sites drawn by local artists.  She enjoys painting landscapes, portraits, animals in watercolor, oils and acrylic, and enjoys teaching drawing and watercolor classes at the Arts Center. She also serves as the Director of the Arts Center @ 319 and a member of the Smithfield 2020 project team.

The Arts Center @ 319  |  319 Main St.  |  Smithfield 23430  |  757.357.7707

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