More than fifty local and international artists will be represented at ARTCHO in 2019, all with a strong connection to Charlottesville and central Virginia. The deadline for applications is September 15, 2019. If you missed the deadline, e-mail to be put on the wait list.

katie connor

Katie was raised in Charlottesville and educated at VCU. She is currently living and working in Paris. Her drawings, laser engravings, and prints consist of delicate points and strong structural components. 

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Ken Nagakui

Ken is a self-taught Japanese artist who creates wood fired stoneware using local clay. His ceramics play on themes of earth and nature.

You can see more of his pottery on display for sale inside North American Sake Brewery at the Ix Art Park.

Interview with Ken



Hobby Parent is an Intentional Creativity artist, teacher and coach who lives in view of the Blue Ridge Mountains, an inspiration for color, form and texture in her creations. She works in acrylics, watercolor, mixed media, and graphic design. In her studio, Hobby blends the craft of spiritual journey, sacred mark making, and intuitive art in the pursuit of expressing healing and transformational images for women and all people. “The intention for my art and paintings is to inspire and uplift those who view my work, challenging them to see beyond what is visible to the eye, connecting with their heart. I make marks, choose colors, intuitively expressing what arrives through a portal of visioning and art journaling as I connect with the canvas and paint. The ability to make art, teach, coach and use creativity to inspire and heal is a great privilege.”




Lori Jakubow is a painter and printmaker who extends her bold color and expressive style into unique designs and textile accessories. From her original paintings and monotypes, Lori prints her images onto fabric, creating fresh, art applications and hand sewn products for you and your home. Lori is a certified Virginia SWaM business, small and women owned and a working member artist at C'Ville Arts, A Cooperative Gallery.



Lex Gibson

Lex Gibson has shown locally through City Parks and Rec at Meade Park. Lex enjoys making things with her hands, from woodworking and pyrography to jewelry and watercolor paintings. By focusing on the beautiful and positive she hopes to lend a little light where needed, and bring people objects to remind them of their own divinity.



Erin Plewes

“I take photos of original poetry, quotes and affirmations in nature. My inspirational artwork is meant to bring you strength, joy and peace. These pieces are great as gift ideas and home decor. My hope is that these words will reach you or someone you care for when they are needed most.”



Paige Speight

Paige paints unusual portraits of the lives and stories that intersect her own, drawing particular inspiration from moments of unexpected vulnerability. Working with wet-on-wet oils she builds thick paintings: flawed and emotive.

Paige’s most recent solo exhibitions include Bright at The Hive, Charlottesville, VA, and close Close at Reason Beer, Charlottesville, VA. She also exhibited at Before the Ballet, exhibition in collaboration with the Charlottesville Ballet.


Eileen butler

Co-Founder of ARTCHO and former art instructor, her work consists of bold interpretations of nature. Her personal art includes colorful pastel, mixed media drawing, acrylic painting and mosaic. Her brand, Issima, looks at the ordinary and colors it to inspire your eye with original paintings, drawings, outdoor and home decor items. The works in her shop are derived from nature and her experiences in nature. Eileen uses layers and textures that appeal to the touch as well as to your eye. Her palette runs the rainbow, but veers away from the dark.

“My love of architecture found me designing my own homes, installing mosaics and tile throughout, creating furniture, both new and ‘lost’ furniture. My influences are David Hockney, Rembrandt, and Janet Fish. I have been inspired by the students I have taught over a forty year art education career.”

Eileen has exhibited her mosaics and paintings in New York, and locally at Angelo, Ix Gallery, Firefish Gallery Member, UVA, PVCC, and MLK PAC. Her work has been published in the University of Virginia’s Iris Magazine. Eileen has received many grants, including several from the Virginia Commission Of Fine Arts. She will be selling mosaic mirrors, original drawings, collage and paintings.



Julia Lesnichy

“I am a professional plein air oil and pastel artist working for more than 20 years. I paint local landscapes of Virginia, outdoor and indoor floral still life and figurative art which is mostly farm animals. I am a member of AIS, PSA, Signature member of Northwestern pastel society and Pastel Society of South East.” Julia has exhibited locally throughout Charlottesville and Albemarle County.



Charles “Chip” Hall

“My work represents an ongoing relationship with the beauties of glass and light. Weather transmitted or reflected, light is always dancing on the surface of glass or singing softly inside the form. As as the artist and craftsman I can choose the color and it's placement, the form and it's size, and the orientation of applied sculpture forms that add optical and design qualities to the work. After the glass cools light reveals the individuality of the peace, it's unique ability to refract and reflect, singing movements and subtle intensity into each one of these finely crafted works of art.”




Leslie's career as an artist began in college while studying scenic design at Davidson College. This craft allowed her to imagine and then create the visual elements of a story, while also learning techniques of building and painting. She teaches middle school theatre and science as well as raising a family. Painting is a passion of hers. She loves to take pictures of her garden, reproduce them on canvas or dabble with mixed media to create art for children. Her paintings are colorful and vibrant, and bring out the beauty and humor that nature is asking us to see.


Sigrid Eilertson

Co-Founder of ARTCHO and former gallery owner of Firefish Gallery, Sigrid works throughout the Charlottesville Community to bring art to everyone. Her motto, "I heart making art!" is contagious. She wants to give back to the community! Latest escapade: Pussy Grabs Back, Planned Parenthood Fundraiser & Exhibit 2017.

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Deborah Rose Guterbock

She earned her BFA in Painting from George Mason University in 2010 and was an inaugural member of the McGuffey Art Center's incubator program. She enjoys selling her paintings and jewelry at local craft shows with her two little ones. Rose’s recent exhibitions include Teeny Tiny Trifecta group exhibition, Second Street Gallery, Charlottesville, VA, September 2018, Little Made Market, Staunton, VA, May 2018 and Blue Ridge Beltane, Waynesboro, VA, May 2018.



Susan Shrum

Susan’s most recent exhibit was at Atlas Coffee all of September 2018. She tells us, “I love art. I'm happiest when I'm teaching art, or working on an art project. I specialize in animal portraits, but enjoy any art medium. I use acrylics, watercolors, mixed media, multimedia and collage.”


Michael Geisert

Michael was last seen at River Oaks Arts Center’s 4th Annual Dirty South Cup Call in April and May, 2018. He’s also shown recently at Pewabic Ceramics, On the Rocks in 2018 and District Clay Center, Beer Drinking Vessels, 2017. He also draws and cycles when he can.



Christine Zmuda

Christine Zmuda is an abstract expressionism and intuitive painter. Largely self-taught, Christine uses acrylic paint, charcoal, and oil sticks to put on canvas what she feels through music. Playing music and painting are symbiotic and interdependent to her painting process. Influences include abstract painters like Basquiat, Jackson Pollack, and Hiroshi Matsumoto. Christine seeks explore color combinations and forms that intrigue the senses and reveal something unexpected. This approach is thematic in in her personal life.

Christine has been a painting professionally for less than a year and participated in her first group exhibit in July at the SK Artspace. Her work has shown at Future is Female 2018 at SKArtSpace Brooklyn NY, and That's How Strong My Love Is on September 29th, at the Fridge, Washington DC.



Giselle Hobbs

Giselle has exhibited at Capstone Festival, Hunt Gallery, Staunton, 2018, Stephen Hawking and the Complexity of Human Form, Hunt Gallery, Staunton, VA, 2018, a solo exhibition, and the Triennial Academy Exhibition, Florence, Italy, 2017. She is a fine arts portrait painter, botanical illustrator, and photographer living and working in the US, the UK and Italy. Her artwork has received yearly awards both nationally and internationally and her works are in private collections in a museum, two European monasteries, and two universities, including her portrait of Professor Stephen Hawking at the University of Cambridge, completed in 2017.

Gincy Carrington Plummer

Her exhibitions include: Leftover Luxuries, December 2017, Park City Artist Association group show, 2017, Whole Foods Artist of the Month, April 2017. Gincy says, “I paint and use multi-media to respond to the natural world and to the human connection. My art is a celebration of my experience as a human wonderstruck by my planet.”


Kristen Rexter

Like much of her artwork that features carnivals and circus freaks, Kristin Rexter’s imagination is equal parts disturbing and mesmerizing. There is no taming the spirits in her head, so she unleashes them in mixed media, layer upon layer on wood, paper, plaster, and canvas, until she’s exhausted each idea. A self-taught artist who has been creating since childhood, Kristin uses art to express her unique aesthetic and as a therapeutic outlet to process physical and emotional traumas. Exhibitions include Femmes, Flora, Fauna: A Mixed Media Exploration in Fantasy, July 2017; Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church & Buck Mountain Episcopal Church, December 2017; Under the Big Top, May 2013 Firefish Gallery, Charlottesville, VA.



Madeleine Watkins

Madeleine is a studio member at City Clay in Charlottesville. “I grew up in Cheshire, England, but have lived in Charlottesville for more than thirty years. Since learning painting, printmaking and pottery in local classes I have worked in a variety of media including oil and water-color painting, collage with handmade papers and linocut printing, as well as ceramics. My work is mostly abstract, or semi-abstract. Presently my main focus is simple, functional ceramics, mostly brightly colored vessels such as bowls, vases and mugs.” Madeleine has exhibited at Holiday Craftacular, December 2018, 2017 and 2016; Whitehall Vineyard Art Fest, October 2017 and Northside Library, October 2017.



Charlene Cross

Charlene’s work has been seen at the Baltimore Fine Craft Show, Baltimore MD. and locally in the McGuffey Art Center group show. She is an Alexandria Art Purchase Award Finalist.

“The design and creation of the work I do is an intimate, dynamic process. Whether beginning with a preconceived design or testing out new ideas, I recognize when a piece starts to define itself and to work with that energy. The transformation process of materials from their ordinary function into something completely different offers joy and excitement, while challenging the design process. This experience provides opportunities for creative growth through trial, error and success while opening one's perception to look away from the expected and into the unexpected. This new line of work primarily repurposes roofing slate from my studio building into decorative, wearable objects along with my scraps of silver which I fuse together forming mini silver sculptures for the jewelry.”



Kristen Woolard

Born in Richmond, Virginia, Kristen Woolard is a recent graduate from James Madison University with a degree in Fine Arts. In her art studies, Kristen discovered a passion for jewelry making and developed an advanced level of metal fabrication skills. She loves to make custom jewelry for others and works mainly with sterling silver and natural gemstones. Many of the cabochans in her jewelry were mined locally or purchased from local vendors. She is currently pursuing her master's degree in Higher Education Administration at the University of Virginia.

Recent shows include Conquests in Fragility, Harrisonburg, VA, solo show, April 2018; ArtWorks 2018 juried exhibition, Harrisonburg, VA, group show, April 2018; RISING at Arts Council of the Valley, Harrisonburg, VA, group show, March 2018.



Christina Osheim

Can useful clay be sculptural? Can a cup be more than its function? Can a vase create a surreal space? How do sculptural ideas translate into functional clay? These questions are the backbone of Möbius Keramikk. “I put the idea of ceramics and
utility through the lens of my curiosity and imagination and create.” Louis Sullivan stated that "form follows function." I have adapted that to: “color and line follow form.”

Christina showed at NY NOW Javitz Center in August, 2018, at the West Elm D.C. POP Up in July, 2018, and at the American Craft Council in St. Paul, Minnesota, April 2018.



Maxime is a VCU-alumni fashion designer working with canvas and leather. She also loves re-purposed Lily Pulitzer and other colorful fabrics. Her nautical influences are deep rooted in her family history.



Mary Dreyer

Local and ex-pat, urban sketcher and painter, Mary has exhibited locally at C-ville Coffee, January, 2018, Mudhouse, 2018, Alderson Artisan's Gallery, 2018. She tells us, “We know so much about the world: so many things we can pin down in words. But the use of other media allow us to access ideas and processes we don’t have words for and are otherwise unaware of. Drawing and painting real things helps me to delineate details and relationships in a way that words cannot efficiently accomplish. And making lines and shapes gives me access to ideas that would remain elusive otherwise, that may not respect time or space but represent a different truth. The more I paint, the more these emerge. The interaction of the processes of making visual and verbal art can be synergistic, with the two complementing and building on each other.”



Erin M. O’Keefe

“I am a mixed-media abstract artist, paper maker, and printmaker. Most of my compositions are created on paper I have made by hand in the studio out of different fibers and dyes. I incorporate thread, adhesive pastes, ink, and collage elements into my work while utilizing wood and linoleum block prints. While my techniques are often craft-heavy and labor intensive, my palette is pared down in order to compliment the delicate intricacies of the paper. By allowing the material to guide my practice, the resulting work remains grounded and close its origins. Because my work on paper is based heavily on my own intuition and my experiences in nature, I like to think that each piece is situated somewhere between the material world and that of the ether.” Exhibitions include Horizon solo thesis exhibition in Ruffin Gallery at UVA, 2018;
Ghosts and Artifacts solo show at Writerhouse, 2017 and Midnight Companions solo show at Writerhouse, 2017.



Polly Wolfe

I see my work as a visual, tactile representation of connections. My pots become the connection between the envisioning process, the emotional and the technical learning I experience in making each large, small, simple or complicated piece. When making pottery I feel connected both to the contemporary artisans and those throughout the ages who crafted objects for people to use. I feel connected to the basic elements of earth, water and fire, that work together to complete the object. And I feel connected to the future experiences of each piece as I imagine it being used to hold the warmth of morning coffee, or to become part of family and friend celebrations large and small. These connections may take the form of a piece of clay formed into a useful or decorative object. But my vision is that they each are part of my very human links to the world.

Exhibitions include: Blue Ridge Potters Guild Fall Show, Roanoke, VA, October 2018; pitchers, tumblers and bowls, City Clay, ongoing and pop-up shows; Blue Ridge Potters Guild fall show, Roanoke, VA, October 2017; Sisters, A Two Woman Exhibition, City Clay, Charlottesville, VA, May 2016.

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“My grandfather used to take me to look for lightwood pine knots, which are abounding in resin and used for kindling fires. ‘lightwood,’ also known as ‘fatwood,’ is formed as the sap settles into the hardwood of the pine tree that has fallen onto the forest floor due to weather and the end of its lifecycle. The sap will become hard and rot resistant over time, with stumps and joints where limbs intersect the trunk, being the primary source of accumulated resin, often forming chaotic patterns caused by a plethora of events such as storms drought overlapping limbs, etc. Now, 70 years later, as I stroll through the woods behind my house, I pick up an interesting wood fragment. Whittling with my pocket knife, I rediscover that unmistakable aroma and amber hues of lightwood. Further prodding into the piece reveals the uniqueness of resin trails that I never imagined before.”

Frank is a retired engineer living in Albemarle County, Virginia with his wife, Wallace. After receiving his BCE and MCE from the University of Virginia, he spent 26 years as a research engineer before owning and operating a tent and event company along with the design and building of custom homes.

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