Join us as we welcome Aimee McDavitt, our featured October artist for our “First Sundays” art series. Singer-songwriter David Tewksbury will provide music, and we’ll have a complimentary wine tasting, too.
About Aimee McDavitt:
After a 25-year retreat from creating art, I have returned with quite a different perspective. I am living with chronic illness, and while it is rarely the subject of my art, this experience has emphasized the importance of learning to seek, create, and enjoy happiness within the confines of my situation. My process of creating paintings is less about the final product than it is an exhalation of personal encounters, connections, experiences, and strong emotions. I am a self-taught painter and have shown work at Studio IX, Gallery IX, and The Local. I currently have work shown at Second Street Gallery and Southern Café & Music Hall in Charlottesville, Virginia.
In “Earthquakes & Redemption,” most of my pieces are created with acrylic paint, using free and unapologetic experimentation of self-taught techniques to create texture and mood. Drips, drops, swirling, crinkling, and layering of colors feature throughout the pieces. Use of palette knife and texture are characteristics of my abstract work. This show tells a story of the damage that is done by anger, jealousy, broken promises, heartache, even cruelty (earthquakes), and the subsequent restoration that brings hope, renewal, exoneration, and healing (redemption).
Ultimately, my painting is a vehicle for me to continue to live more fully than I ever have — to truly live until I reach the end of my lifetime. Through my art and personal connections, I endeavor to leave behind happy memories.
About David Tewksbury:
Tewksbury pens songs that deliver emotional honesty rooted in deeply felt real-life experiences. His music covers the gamut from grooving bluesy rock to lullaby ballads. As a life-long lover of music of all kinds – chant to jazz and blues, trip-hop to opera, R&B to indie pop – David Tewksbury has been performing his original songs since 1998, beginning with jazz-pop band Image, and then acoustic duo Zofia Drone through 2002, when he started performing as solo artist. Over the years, he has also offered his musical gifts for three houses of worship, spanning music styles from a cappella hymns to urban gospel. Inspired by art rock, jazz fusion and R&B on the radio, Tewksbury weds rock’s intensity to soul’s intimacy, with lyrics that cover the gamut from social justice to heartbreak to life-celebrating anthems. Van Morrison, Ben Harper, Amos Lee and Sting are solid influences, while inspiration comes from all corners of the musical prophetical-poetical world.