Rich

The Moonlight Silhouette series grew out of photographer Rich Tarbell’s search for an original idea for a new photo project. Primarily known for his concert photography and portraits of musicians, he eventually arrived at the idea of combing the forms and shapes artistry of aerialists with the old-school technique of silhouettes. The first series of images was staged and shot several years ago and was so popular that he was always being asked when the next round of images would be available. 

Rich

Gina

Gina Sobel’s latest project is Choose Your Own Adventure, a collection of musicians who come together to play improvised and unrehearsed shows in and around Charlottesville. Instead of having set playlists for each performance, the band creates the song on stage as they play together. 

Gina

Annabeth

Annabeth McNamara is a singer/songstress from Harrisonburg, VA, with experience traveling and performing across the U.S. and Europe. We talked about the process of songwriting, and focused on one song in particular, Lavender, that she had finished recently.

Annabeth

Joy

Joy is a professional belly dancer, belly dance instructor, performer, and choreographer. She performs solo and as a member of the troupe she founded, Fire in the Belly, she hosts bellydance event and invites regional and national bellydancers to the area, and she teaches regular classes in both Charlottesville and Harrisonburg.

I caught up with her as she was preparing for a weekend of belly dance workshops, a group performance, and choreographing and rehearsing for her own solo performance. I documented her rehearsing and during the weekend performance.

Joy

Iana

Standing in front of a group 30 people, a mix of familiar faces and strangers. Completely nude. 25 minutes into a 30 minute pose. Eyes closed, focused on breathing.

Iana is a regular participant of a live model drawing group at McGuffey Art Center in Charlottesville Virginia. Usually the model, and sometimes as a drawer, she has a unique perspective on the powerful environment that can be created when a group of artist come together on a regular basis to create art. We spoke one day after photographing and filming one of her modeling sessions on the power of creating art, from the perspective of the model.

Iana

Kelly

Kelly is a painter and a regular participant of a live figure drawing session at the McGuffey Art Center in Charlottesville Virginia. Having studied art and illustration in college, family obligations and a career in advertising kept her away from her passion of painting. After a long hiatus, Kelly began painting again in 2010 is currently balancing her roles as a mother, full time art teacher, and a painter building her body of work.

Kelly

Araxe

A family tragedy brought Araxe to Charlottesville as a window and single mom with 2 young children.  I met with her a few days before her show, How to Open a Pomegranate, opened and was busy with all of the details that come with preparing this type of exhibit. In addition to the textile work she was creating for the show, she invited other artists to create work based on the short story she had written years ago. 

Araxe