Elisabeth (Beth) Hudgins is a versatile artist in different styles, themes, and techniques. She is the current President of the Arlington Artists Alliance. Organizing shows and coordinating venues and relationships consumes considerable time and effort, therefore, her leadership deserves commendation.
As an artist, she works from different locations with a presence at Stifel & Capra in Falls Church, and at Gallery Underground. Her studio tour will be at 1301 N. Quintana Street, Arlington, VA 22205. The first time that I saw her work at Stifel & Capra in Falls Church, it was whimsical and involved mixed media that used earthy subjects.
At a different exhibit, she had sophisticated landscapes. In her current examples as shown in the slideshow, she concentrates on her strengths in design by focusing on a crisp subject and making it pop with a more detailed background. That approach truly distinguishes much of her work. It makes her paintings pop into view with an exclamation.
Her work has won lots of awards.
“I am inspired by everyday objects and scenes: cats napping in the afternoon, a family story, a song on the radio or my daughter’s jeans… these are the small things that start my creative process. My art is about taking these familiar things and depicting them in a new and unusual way.
My art journey started at a young age, when I was inspired by my artist grandmother. In college I received my BFA, and went on to a career as a Graphic Designer and Art Director. After my children were born, I felt the need to reconnect with my creativity on a more personal level, and began painting again. This leg of the journey has taken me from representational watercolor paintings, to my latest, mixed media studies that explore the link between past and present.
I am involved in my local arts community, because I love to meet other artists and believe we can all help each other. I organize and run several local art shows that have been successful for everyone involved. I have been on the Board of Directors of the Arlington Artists Alliance, and am a member of the Art League of Alexandria and Falls Church Arts. My paintings have been accepted into many juried shows, and won several awards, including a First Prize in Wlak The Line, Arlington Artists Alliance and in Connessione: Things in Common Art Show, Falls Church Arts. I have exhibited my work in solo and group shows throughout the state of Virginia. Most recently, I was selected for a solo show at the Fisher Gallery in the Schelsinger Art Center in Alexandria. I have been represented by the Arlington Arts Gallery in Arlington, VA and the Artists Undertaking Gallery in Occoquan, VA. I am currently represented by the Gallery Underground. My studio and gallery is located at The Little City Studios at Stifel & Capra, in Falls Church.”
On Saturday, October 4 and Sunday October 5, 2014 between 1 pm. – 5 p.m. will be the 4th Annual Arlington Art Studio Tour. The community is invited to take part in this popular weekend event held in artist studios throughout Arlington County.
“Featured are a self-guided tour of twenty-three art studios showcasing the work of twenty-five local artists. Works include framed and unframed oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings of many styles; ceramics; sculpture; glass; jewelry; and mixed media. This yearly event is free and open to the public.
For more information about the tour and a downloadable map, visit www.arlingtonartistsalliance.org”
Via Arlington Artists Alliance