Opening on Friday, April 8 for Friday for the Arts!, the Petersburg Area Art League will feature the works of Jasmine Mills in the Main Gallery. The Members’ Gallery will exhibit Elizabeth Longstreet-Titmus’ paintings.
"Fragments" by Jasmine Mills
Jasmine was born in Petersburg, Virginia. She works predominantly in the medium of paint but also film, computer graphics, large installations and various multi-media. She is mostly self-taught and took advantage of the art program at Petersburg High School. Jasmine was accepted to the Art Institute of Washington, DC, but elected instead to start her own business. Since 2006, she has owned and operated ArtHouse7 Designs (formerly X Customs). She produces work for clients and sells original pieces through her studio website, and enjoys showing her work at local galleries. Jasmine spends her time creating her original work, commissions and illustrations at her home studio and her studio at The Ward Center.
"Currents" by Elizabeth Longstreet-Titmus
Elizabeth says she had no idea that she would ever be a painter. Then, one summer, she and her sisters visited the Petersburg Area Art League (PAAL). Art classes were being offered, and her sister encouraged her to give it a try. Since, she has taken many classes and won numerous awards. Her favorite subjects are drawn from life: places that she loves, landscapes, wildlife, birds, her koi, and people she loves as well. One great example is based on a photo of her grandparents taken in the early 1900’s, brought to life in colors she imagined from that time period. “I was always inspired by my father because he was so talented in so many ways… music, drawing, building … doing almost anything with his hands. I always wished I could be like him,” says Elizabeth. She concludes about finding her way into art: “My dad inspired me and my sister encouraged me.”