Susan Miller Bradbury and Penny Simmons will present, “Internal Exposure” at the Arts Depot in Abingdon, VA. Wednesday, August 9th through Saturday, September 23, 2017.
The show is a display of expressive, suggestive & mood setting works in oil and acrylic alongside a collection of assemblages of southern curiosities. The Arts Depot will host a Meet-the Artist reception on Saturday, August 12th from 2-4pm. Admission to the Arts Depot is always free and everyone is always welcome.
It is through this exhibition that the dynamic duo will “speak their innermost musings to the audience” with works representing important moments of their lives. Penny sums it up by saying “I always feel like you are exposing yourself when you show your art.”
Susan conveys her musings with acrylics and oils. Her love for art began at an early age growing up in the Roanoke Valley spending many days watching her mother draw and paint. Susan hoped that she would “become an artist like her.” She continued her artistic journey graduating from Radford, University with a degree in graphic art. Some 15 years later her artistic journey was jumpstarted when she discovered pastels proclaiming “I was in love.” Later she began to experiment with acrylics and oils. Most of her work has to do with “very important moments in my life…or a memory I want to relate to my viewers.” Susan particularly enjoys “capturing the spirit of a person and their inner workings.”
Penny Simmons says “creativity is in my DNA… from tree houses to garden sculptures, building and tinkering on something has always been a big part of my world.” Penny was a professional Cosmetologist for 30 years. As she worked her way into retirement she started to look for classes and workshops that would hold her interest. Penny says she is a “lifetime learner, with interests ranging from aviation to beekeeping.” In 2008 she took a beginner oil painting class at her local 4-H center which “changed her world.” Many of her works in oil depict special memories that she chooses to reveal. A portion of her work is made up of paintings of the beautiful Virginia Mountains. As Penny gained knowledge and confidence as an artist she began to step out of the box with both design and material. Seeing alternative uses in everything, she made the step into assemblages of found objects that hold a special meaning to her. She assembles them in a way that is quite intriguing and engaging to the viewer.
The Arts Depot is located at 314 Depot Square, Abingdon, VA. www.abingdonartsdepot.org