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Arts of Fluvanna Studio Tour

October 14, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Erika Mitchell

The arts of Fluvanna Studio Tour will feature about 24 local artists at work in their studios on October 19th and 20th from 10 AM-5 PM.

This stop on the Arts of Fluvanna Studio Tour will feature Fluvanna artist, Erika Mitchell.  264 Turkeysag Trail unit E Palmyra, VA 22963 (near the Palmyra Food Lion.)

Erika Mitchell Artist Statement

I have always enjoyed creating objects and environments. As a child, I delighted in making costumes out of paper grocery bags, doll furniture from mudpies and elaborate tent forts. I strive to achieve that level of joy and experimentation in my artwork today.

I play with metal by annealing and forming it into shapes, usually spirals and ovals.  Frequently, I start with a beautiful stone and work a design around it. I pride myself in soldering and forging each piece entirely from basic elements.  I love to watch a seemingly unyielding substance become flowing and elegant.

After completing my Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Arts Education, I struggled to find a way to establish a lifestyle around creating art.  I spent 20 years in various jobs that tended to be in human services.  In 2019, I opened Sweet Art Emporium, a shop specializing in locally crafted fine art and sweets, where I could make and teach art while supporting 70 other local artists.

Most of my work is soldered sterling silver jewelry which I create in my studio, inside my shop.  I teach one-day jewelry, sculpture, and soldering workshops. Through my business, I strive to help other artists share their artwork with our community and in return, I get to create in an environment surrounded by locally crafted artwork.

In addition to running the shop, I coordinate four art festivals a year that draw about 500 attendees to the little village of Palmyra. I recently added paint-your-own-pottery to the shop to provide community members a safe place to create and celebrate.

Details

Date:
October 14, 2023
Time:
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Website:
https://www.artsfluvannacounty.com/event-info

Organizer

Arts of Fluvanna
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Venue

Sweet Art Emporium
264 Turkeysag Trail Unit E
Palmyra, VA 22963 United States
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Phone
4348822087