“Life” – New art by Sophia Constantine and Wayne Russell

New art by Sophia Constantine and Wayne Russell

Opening Reception: First Friday, September 6, 2019, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Exhibit on View: Tues., Sept. 3 through Sun., Sunday, Sept. 29, 
Open Daily: 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Local Fredericksburg artists Sophia Constantine and Wayne Russell have joined forces for a combined featured artist show at Art First for the month of September 2019. The two artists are neighbors living in downtown Fredericksburg. They’ve known each other for about four years and have taken classes together. They have participated in various art events during that time. The exhibited paintings for both artists center around the Fredericksburg area.

SOPHIA CONSTANTINE has an undergraduate degree from the Savannah College of Art and Design and majored in Fashion Design and Textiles, with a minor in Art History.  After college and while in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, she continued with art by teaching classes at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts along with other local community centers.  She is a mother of three children, but continues to find time to enjoy her passion. She currently focuses on oil painting with a desire to pursue portraiture. She has a love of historic Fredericksburg and that has inspired her to paint Fredericksburg’s local buildings.

WAYNE RUSSELL has an undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech in Mathematics and also a masters degree from Virginia Tech in Computer Science.  He has always drawn since he was younger and started formal art classes locally several years ago. He has also organized and held two art shows in Maryland with Fredericksburg artists and well as local Maryland artists. His interests in art include wildlife, portraiture and popular art.  Most of his wildlife paintings are based on photographs that he has taken while walking on the Fredericksburg Canal Path and along the Rappahannock River. Wayne’s work is inspired by Impressionist and Pop Art artists. 

Other Work Included in this Exhibit

“Rappahannock From Fall Hill”
Chris O’Kelley

“Fishing the Rappahannock”
Curtis Poormon