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RVCC Art Exhibits

Kelli Hertzler

Amy Shawley

During the month of August, RVCC will host an exhibit featuring paintings and drawings by Kelli Hertzler and Amy Shawley.  The exhibit will be on display for the month of August.


Saturday, August 12

Exhibit Opening and Artist Reception

Kelli Hertzler and Amy Shawley

3:30—5:00pm, in the Auditorium.  Refreshments Served

Amy Shawley is a Virginia-based visual artist whose painting and illustration is inspired by the natural world.  Her work incorporates the fauna, flora, landscapes, and textures she has encountered during her travels and everyday life.  After earning her Art History degree, developing her love of paint, and exhibiting her work in New York and LA, Amy was selected and trained in 2008 by Golden Artist Colors for their Working Artist Program.  She taught and lectured in southern California before relocating back east in 2014 to offer painting lectures in Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware.  Amy teaches art workshops nationally, offers online education, and published her first book in 2015. 

Kelli Hertzler holds a B.S. in Fine Art from James Madison University. She has been employed for the last 20 years as an artist, designer and webdesigner/manager. She has been pursuing watercolor for most of that time, but enjoys drawing immensely as well as occasional trips into other media. For the last twelve years, she has also taught art classes to children in the homeschool community. Hertzler resides in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia where she can often be found wandering forest trails with a sketchbook and camera.

“It’s possible to become habituated to the beautiful sights in Virginia, but I hope the way I see things can help others look at their natural surrounding with new eyes. The simple act of filling my nature journals is incredibly satisfying for mind and soul. Studying first-hand the details of a rock, sunlight on a leaf or even a ‘bug’ always leads me to understand something new about the physical world.  Studying creation is an opportunity to see the Creator's handiwork up close. Some people feel closest to God when gardening; for me it's when I am watching water glide over a mossy rock or exploring the intricate parts of a spent tulip poplar blossom.  I enjoy contrasting one thing with another within a painting. It may be a textured passage against a smooth one, earthy opaque pigments against transparent jewel tones, or simply a contrast in value.  My painting heroes currently include Andrew Wyeth, John Ruskin, Carol Evans, William Trost Richards and most of the Hudson River School.”


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