Artopians

A Selection of Featured Artists & Friends

Meet an Artopian: Brinda Pamulapati

artopian-PamulapatiBrindaartopian-PamulapatiBrinda_paintingWhat is the best advice you have received about art?
Art has no nationality, no religion, no race, no gender, but communicates universally.

Who or what is your biggest inspiration as an artist?
Who: Many, in particular, my mentor Prof. Jacob Pichhadze
What: My biggest inspiration is the reaction when someone sees the art work. I like to delight people with creativity and love the role of light and texture while creating the art work.

If you could meet one famous artist (alive or deceased), who would it be?
My mentor, Prof. Jacob Pichhadze, Toronto

What piece of your own artwork are you most proud of?
New Hope – Acrylic on Canvas – Diptych – 24×24 each

Why did you donate to Artopia?
I consider it a privilege to be able to encourage and support the efforts of people (organizations) who are working towards a good cause.

Venvi Gallery

Meet an Artopian: Michael Kennedy

Michael KennedyWhen did you realize your love for creating art?
In my early 60’s.

Who or what is your biggest inspiration as an artist?
Nature

What piece of your own artwork are you most proud of?
Tough question – unable to answer – it would be like picking your favorite child.

What is your current favorite musical artist?
Van Morrison

Why did you donate to Artopia?
Great Cause!

Contact Michael at mbbbartweasel@comcast.net.

Meet an Artopian: Charlotte Cantrell

Charlotte CantrellWhat is the best advice you have been given about Art?
When I was 7 years old my grandmother handed me a canvas, oil paints, and paint brushes, and she told me these magic words. It’s your world paint it how YOU see it in your minds eye.

Who or what is your biggest inspiration as an artist?
God, He gave me this gift, and I have always tried to use it the way he would want me to.

What piece of your own artwork are you most proud of?
Cantrellimage-paintingI have a painting that I did for my mother about two years before she passed away. It still hangs on my living room wall. I named it HOPE. It is of a Snowy Egret looking towards the sky at the sun. Here is a picture of it….It wasn’t meant to be anything but a reminder to always look up to Heaven for life.

What is your current favorite musical artist?
Josh Turner.

Why did you donate to Artopia?
I have a friend that is HIV/Aids positive. He was the first person that I had heard about Artopia from about 5 years ago.

Contact Charlotte at msfroggy30@hotmail.com.

Meet an Artopian: Ron Sutterer

artopia2016-bio-SuttererRobHow has your artistic style changed over time?
Because I started ceramics at a later time in life, I have experimented with various forms and firing types. Over time I have been able to narrow the focus to some extent, but I still enjoy exploring. I have been naturally drawn to the beauty of ash glazes and have tried to develop forms that are compatible with that type of glazing. In addition, I have discovered that you have to pick your battles and therefore have eliminated some aspects that did not maintain my interest.

Who or what is your biggest inspiration as an artist?
That is a difficult question because there have been many influences on my development as a potter. Richard Aerni, a studio potter in Rochester, New York has always been an inspiration for me, his forms are refined and his glazing sets a standard for my interest. In addition, I’m very fortunate to live in an artistic rich environment of Floyd, Virginia. I have received so much encouragement and technical support from local potters and Richard Hensley been been a mentor. I often refer to myself as his “elderprentice”.

What piece of your own artwork are you most proud of?
I make platters meant for hanging or serving as a center piece for the table. These are typically glazed with multiple glazes including an ash glaze to create a flow pattern across the surface. I think of these as a canvas with the glazes as a color palette. The degree of success varies but every so often a real winner emerges from the kiln….that’s what we live for.

If you had one superpower, what would it be, and why?
I have no clue!

If you could meet one famous artist (alive or deceased), who would it be?
Probably Vincent van Gogh.

Contact Rob at rsutterer@swva.net.

Meet an Artopian: Bob O’Lary

artopia2016-bio-OLaryBob.jpgWhen did you start making art?
I didn’t consider my photography was actually “making art” until I noticed that others considered it so. It was 1976, and the newspaper I worked for started getting a lot of nice comments about my work as being “Artistic”. That got me thinking in that direction.

Who or what is your biggest inspiration as an artist?
Robert Maplethorpe and Helmut Newton were my early inspirations for photographic art. They transcended the mechanics of photography, and created, visceral, mind-expanding images that caused me to grow in directions I had never considered before. Before them, I was just a documentarian.

If you could meet one famous artist (alive or dead), who would it be?
Salvador Dali, no question! He lived his art in every way, and I’d LOVE to experience his creativity in person.

If you had one superpower, what would it be, and why?
The ability to fly. As a photographer, simply being “present” in person is imperative for my line of work. If I could fly, I could always be where I needed to be, on time, and ready to record important images.

Why did you donate to Artopia?
Artist Ron Yrabedra’s continued contributions inspired me, as Ron has done for my artistic career time and time again. I am more than happy to contribute.

To learn more about Bob’s work, visit his website at olary.com.

Meet an Artopian: Denise Boineau

artopia2015-bio-BoineauDenise.jpgWho has been your biggest, artistic influence?
So many artistic influences! In fashion – Calvin Klein and Anna Wintour. I love clean, stripped-down images. As for painters – Alice Neel and Luc Tuymans – their expressionistic nature with the human form.

What is you favorite album?
Favorite Album – Chicago – Greatest Hits. I’m a classic rocker.

Why give to Big Bend Cares?
I’m looking to share my work and it’s a great way to do that while giving back. I’ve lost a few friends in NYC to the disease and it’s an important cause.

Can you really have too much of a good thing?
Can you ever have too much of a good thing? I can’t imagine?! It’s never happened! Maybe too much ice cream in one sitting but other than that I say the more the merrier!

Tell us about what is happening in the arts community in Thomasville…
Thomasville Center for the Arts is really growing. They are so important to the community and looking for ways to connect the artists to the town in order to shape strengthen and revitalize the community. And it’s working! Everyone is excited by the energy a creative life provides.

To learn more about Denise and her work, visit her website at deniseboineau.com.

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