Regula Franz

Regula Franz is a documentary photographer and instructor who holds a Master of Fine Arts in Photography from Virginia Regula Franz artCommonwealth University in Richmond. She is originally from Basel, Switzerland, where she received [the equivalent of] a BA in English, Linguistics, Anthropology and Art History. She moved to America in the mid-eighties as an exchange student to the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, and later changed career to study photography in Richmond. After meeting her future husband in Mexico in 1993, she lived in Germany for five years, where she worked as a photojournalist and film location scout in Hamburg, and as a senior photo editor at die tageszeitung in Berlin.

Paul Bertholet

Paul Bertholet - artistIt was either by happenstance or synchronicity when I was invited to paint a landscape depicting the 5 elements, that I was also delving into a book on the Hudson River School. They were a group of 19th century American painters whose work expressed a transcendence to higher spiritual reality through direct observation of nature, while also addressing human concerns of God, morality and man’s relationship with the world. Inspired by images from Asher Durand, John Kensett, and Sanford Gifford, I created a composite landscape with a wanderer on a path of self- discovery, exploring the elements of wood, earth, fire, metal, and water. The landscape was painted as a symbol of the totality and wholeness of the self.

Paul Bertholet, a native of Providence, R.I. was encouraged to paint from an early age by his father and persuaded to give up his Saturday mornings in favor of children’s art classes at the Rhode Island School of Design. Paul attended Rhode Island College where he studied Art and Anthropology. Once convinced of pursuing a career in the visual arts, he transfered to his formative roots at the Rhode Island School of Design, where he studied Illustration under such luminaries as Chris Van Allsburg and David Macaulay. He had the opportunity to copy masterpieces of Corot, Monet, Frank Benson and Charles Hopkinson in the RISD Museum. His oil studies on a winter session trip to Mexico his senior year demonstrated the influence of those masters and established the tone of his life work. He was a recipient of the RISD Alumni Scholarship and a Doyle Dane Bernbach Scholarship, receiving a BFA in Illustration in 1986.

Paul lived in Los Angeles during the apocalyptic nineties witnessing the riots, the fires, the floods, and the earthquake. But while in LA, Paul reveled in the consistent California sun and successfully captured its intensity in a series of open-air paintings of Venice and Topanga Canyon that were well received within the Venice community and in private collections. He was represented by Gallerie Michael on Rodeo Drive and had a solo exhibit at the Sandbox Gallery in Venice Beach. He still paints and shows in LA today.

Paul’s Los Angeles experience also included decorative painting and mural projects for such clients as movie producer John Davis, industrialist Lee Iacocca, and the Saudi Oil Minister. One project for a Swiss client was sited on a private island in Bermuda and involved an 8 x 28 foot rain forest mural. Another trompe l’oeil project brought him to the home of an international financier on the shores of Lake Lucerne in Switzerland.

Paul is currently represented by Gallery 5800 and Rentz Gallery, in Richmond, Va. He has painted portraits for The Homestead Hotel and Historic Christ Church, and has many paintings in private collections, including Fleet Bank, G Tech Corporation, and Capitol One. He is actively engaged as a muralist, landscape painter, and portraitist. He and his wife, Virginia, reside in Richmond.

–July 2007

Kris Iden

Kris Iden has been a Virginia-based print-maker for 15 years and in 2006 relocated to Dresden, Germany. She holds an MFA in printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Awards include the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Professional Fellowship, in 2000 from the Virginia Museum Foundation; the 1997 Visual Arts Award from the Shenandoah Arts Council; and Juror’s award from Sawhill Gallery at James Madison University. In fall 2005 she was awarded a fellowship at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

Kris has lectured on printmaking and its history for Virginia Museum of Fine Arts; Mary Baldwin College; Virginia Association of Independent Schools and the Blue Ridge Fine Arts league. Currently she works as a free lance visiting artist and instructor.

Selected collections including her work are: Mary Baldwin College; Media General; Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond; Capital One and Owens & Minor.

She has exhibited extensively throughout Virginia, and has participated in exhibitions in Chicago, Washington DC, Peru, Canada, and Italy. Her work is currently represented by Page Bond Gallery.

–August 2007


Dale Keator

photo_art_detail_daleMy artwork is a collaborative effort. The teabags; having had a previous life from perhaps an endearing conversation, a thoughtful quiet moment, or a relaxing sigh of relief from a hectic day, help to create the calming charm that is intended for my pieces. All of the teabags are saved and “gifted” to me, by friends. It is friends that started the momentum on this “project”, which actually started as a result 9/11 and realizing the importance of friendships. Every teabag paper is different, much the way people and relationships are.

I would like the viewer to enjoy the experience of the teabags by watching the movement, smelling the tea particles left on the papers, listening to the sounds as the sewn strands of teabags gently touch each other.

The tea, the tags, the string, the staples, and of course the papers…all are used in making my pieces. And all are used to evoke compassion.

We live in a fast paced world. Contemplate and meditate, let this work engulf you, take a deep breath…

–August 2007