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Barbara Hennig-Loomis is a German-born artist living in Cape Charles, Virginia. She holds a BFA in Art History, an MFA in Visual Studies and studied as a Fulbright Fellow in Germany. In addition to being a working artist, she is currently an instructor at Tidewater Community College and conducts workshops at various regional institutions. She is a portraitist at heart, enjoying the collaborative nature of that process.
Hennig-Loomis says, "It is nigh on impossible to depict a human being without invoking a sense of narrative; we are all ensconced in stories of one sort or another. Whether or not those narratives are reliable is a wholly different matter." In this exhibit, she has used a variety of models for her work, including a dancer, professional models, acquaintances, and family members. She pulls from mythology, religion, and life experiences to give context for her paintingsand drawings.
As a complement to Hennig-Loomis' work, there is a group show by Hampton Roads women artists who also work with the human figure. "The Ladies of the Club" will also be on display through August 24. Each of these artists approach the figure in very unique ways, from impressionistic portraiture to resin and polymer clay sculptures. Each artist has worked to capture their subjects at a particular point in time, real or imagined. The artists included in this exhibit are Leigh Babcock, Christy Frederick, Ivy Garrenton, Christine Harris, Dianne Hottenstein, Devi Anne Moore, Julie Stanton, Shara Wertz, and Jenny Windsor.
The Suffolk Art Gallery is located at 118 Bosley Avenue in downtown Suffolk. The Gallery is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm, and Sundays, 1-5pm. For more information on this exhibit, visit www.SuffolkArtLeague.com or call 757.925.0448.