Marsha Heatwole & Horsemania

October13th  is the auction for the Horsemania project! Local artists painted thirteen different life-sized, locally sculpted fiberglass horses, which are on display throughout the streets of Lexington, Buena Vista and Rockbridge County.   These painted horses will be auctioned on Oct 13th, more details.  The proceeds will benefit CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for children). Cahoots own Marsha Heatwole painted one of the horses.  Learn…

Designer. Painter. Artist.

Pop quiz time! What do the items in the following photos have in common?   Why, they all sprang from the fertile imagination of Artists in Cahoots’ very own Sarah Gayle Carter, of course! Back in the day (late 80’s – 2007 to be exact) Sarah ran a successful design studio in Richmond where she trained her eye and honed her skills in line, color…

Your “Pier” Stories

Oh MY, What a Creative Bunch You All Are! Folks were challenged to create a back story for “Pier” images by photographer Gail MacLeod.   25 stories were submitted. As promised, the stories are published below.   We’ve picked 2 stories as the BEST.  And several others for Honorable Mention. The stories are heart-felt, funny, complex, insightful and perplexing.   They simply wowed us! First are the pics,…

Art That Brings Awareness

The Worth mom & daughter team is well known for their Historic Virginia Brick Collection jewelry designs. Lesser known is Rebecca Worth Warner’s national and international leadership in charitable causes – creating special jewelry designs as symbols of unity and awareness. Rebecca believes the language of art is a powerful communication tool.  This belief is evident in her creation of unique jewelry designs to…

The Softer Side of Iron Forger Peter O’Shaugnessy

Form is his thing:   Take something raw and transform it into beauty.   Conform nature to his aesthetic taste. Forging iron captures the creative energy of fire and iron. Peter similarly transforms soil, seeds, bulbs and sun into a colorful palette of nature in his flower gardens.  He forms his gardens like he forms his iron, with creative deliberation. Very colorful dahlias and day lilies…

Emotions & Memories

Emotions + Images = Memories. Or is it Memories + Images = Emotions? Images can strike a chord, capture a memory or evoke emotion.  Throughout the years, many return to Artists in Cahoots to share stories about what Gail MacLeod’s images mean to them.  Here are a few stories that stand out. In December 2009, the town & freeways were shut down by a…

Jan Jarrard – Fossil Hunter & Potter

Goshen Pass has fossils of sea creatures??   Ocean loving sea creatures?  And this has WHAT to do with art & pottery? We turn to the pottery by Jan Jarrard to answer that. Eons ago, when Rockbridge County looked like the Bahamas, sea creature skeletons were trapped in ooze that turned to rock over time.  This rock and its hidden treasures appear on House and…

International Notoriety for Lee Sauder

How does a Rockbridge County blacksmith become a highly regarded colleague of archaeologists around the world? It started in the 1990’s, when Lee Sauder and a colleague in England were among the few trying to replicate a forgotten smelting process to create usable iron. Turns out this smelting process enables academics/archaeologists to extrapolate previously unknown details about ancient civilizations.  And our very own Lee…