323 Millworks is a wood art and design company that was born out of a love and passion for creating beautiful things. Our wooden mosaic art pieces are inspired by the geometric patterns of Southwestern art as well as the gorgeous Appalachian mountainscapes here in the foothills of Virginia. Our designs lend themselves to all styles of décor and are sure to fit perfectly alongside your furnishings. Homes are meant for gathering, and our hope is that the art we create for you will help to make your home that much more enjoyable... a warm and inviting place to come together and fellowship.
These one-of-a-kind pieces of art are brought to life by heating, cutting, hammering, forming and welding random recycled materials together.
Fine Art and Pottery
Brett LaGue’s drawings and paintings are influenced by the color, texture, and energy of the landscape. He has exhibited his paintings and works on paper across the Mid-Atlantic in numerous solo and group presentations, art festivals, and Plein Air competitions. LaGue is the recipient of a professional fellowship grant from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. His work can be found in corporate and private art collections throughout the United States as well as in England and France. He studied graphic design and illustration at the Ringling College of Art + Design and lives and works in historic Fincastle, VA.
Georgia artist Carl Turnage creates tiny trees and mushrooms from storm damaged or uprooted trees by Hurricane Michael.
Living in Kansas, and then in the Smokey, Blue Ridge and Appalachian mountains over the years has increased Carrie‘s awareness of the subtle beauty of nature and God’s creation. Light and color are key. McNutt’s work has been exhibited in many solo and juried exhibitions, winning several awards. Carrie McNutt was born in Kansas and majored in interior design at Kansas State University. Now a resident of Roanoke, Virginia, her work can be found in galleries and shops throughout Virginia and Tennessee.
With a subtle weaving of color and light, Donna’s creations offer expressions of timeless imagery, yet with a refreshingly new curiosity. Her painting is more than visual narrative. Donna saturates our senses with her generous affection for finding the simple beauty in the world around us. Donna prefers to work in oils, but occasionally desires the quick drying time of acrylics.
My art is meant to bring the viewer back again and again to see new things in painting: not so much the thing itself (the cup or bowl or person) but the form: shapes, colors, ideas. I do not paint subjects or objects; I paint the shapes, shadows, and relationships that are seen by my artist’s eye in the material before me. I have found that plates, cups, bowls, flatware, casseroles, egg dishes and other pieces of porcelain or pottery are good vehicles for my focus on shapes and shadows. And my palette knife work in bright colors finds meaning in groups of figures standing together. I see them as rectangles of color and relationship. Other people see people. I am also a poet and novelist, and in both painting and writing, I try to evoke a smile and a nod of understanding, the "aha" moment.
artist and potter
Within my body of work, I find it interesting to transform the relative association of an object or material by using methods of visual repetition or performance/interaction. I am interested in a conversation between sculptural glass making, found objects and the human body. Glass, as a medium lends itself to many possibilities, as does body language, and I find both to have the power to exude gestures, expressions, and emotions. I am interested in making an environment that allows for interactions between gestural objects and human relations. By creating large-scale installations that have systems, a room-like setting, or some sort of public interaction, I hope to engage audiences in an informative yet vast experience.
K. Ray’s Creations
Karen Ray designs and creates nature-inspired jewelry, often from recycled and repurposed materials, that are unique and whimsical for people who thrive in being different and expressing their personality through their jewelry.
Banish Bland. Create beautiful spaces with acrylic and mixed media art by Judith F Lochbrunner at StoneCoalStudio. “Not your average garden” continues to be the theme woven through all my art pieces. Inspiration starts in the gardens and continues to the views framed by those spaces. My art expresses that “something” whether it is unexpected, exciting or even amusing but certainly never bland or just average.
My work is inspired by life, music, and whimsy. I use acrylic paints on repurposed wood traps, cabinet doors, and other found objects.
Lee Penny Baker
Lee Penny Baker has been painting professionally since 1978. She paints the every-day beauty she finds around her: the flowers and scenes of nature, the charm of the city she loves. Lee primarily uses water media such as watercolor or acrylic for her expressions. Lee also has an ongoing series of prints & note cards of local Roanoke landmarks, including Black Dog Salvage.
Maria Osorio Driscoll
I am a full-time painter and mama of two boys living in Roanoke, Va. In this beautiful mountain town surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains, there is never a shortage of inspiration. I paint both figurative and abstract subjects, always using my fearless love of color and movement. My work mainly focuses on the process as well as the joy and excitement of translating the way I experience the world into art.
Mary Anne Meador
Painting plein air where life is happening whether it is the lake, ocean. busy city or calm of a garden is where I enjoy most painting to bring the sights and sounds into the painting. Pastels were my initial medium for plein air but since moving from the coast to the Mountains, I have enjoyed painting in mixed media, acrylic, and oils. I am an active plein air painter with the Double Line Painters of the Blue Ridge and participate in painting and special events with this group of artists in the Roanoke and Bedford areas.
Mary Peterson Vagras
For Mary, oil painting has become a rewarding pursuit - at times exciting, other times maddening, but always challenging. Family adds special significance to her painting; she is enjoying an art at which her late grandmother excelled and she has enjoyed being able to paint with her father by her side.
Nan Mahone Wellborn
Throughout my life, I’ve enjoyed interpreting nature and color in paint whether on paper, fabric or canvas. My current work is a response to feelings and moods the constantly changing light creates in the landscape. I want to connect you with an evocative experience. I want you to feel as if you’re in that place, at that time, to give you a heightened sense of the warmth, smells, textures, colors, and atmosphere I find in nature. My oil painting continues to be influenced by Piet Mondrian’s early landscapes, Pierre Bonnard, Nell Blaine, Fairfield Porter and the Canadian artists known as the Group of Seven.
Nancy Stark is best known for her vibrantly colored, large scale paintings of railroad cars. Early paintings in this series were representative in nature and done in transparent watercolor on paper. More recent work has been done on gessoed wooden panels with fluid acrylics and found objects. Nancy’s railroad artwork was featured in “Getting Down The Essentials” in Watercolor Magazine, Winter 2007 and in “La passion du rail” Practique des Arts No 114, January 2014. Traveling around Roanoke you may have seen one of her train paintings on a Valley Metro bus. Another direction that her work has taken includes mixed media collage and assemblage. This body of work has grown out of her love of all things old, rusted, found and repurposed. Nancy says “My artwork is a response to the pattern, shape, texture, and line observed in the world around me.” She continues….”I am a collector and saver of all sorts of things.”
As a Florida native, Ned Moulton spent years capturing the faces of beautiful women and ultimately developed a way of bending Plexiglas and painting on it revealing faces that were spectacular. After spending years learning how to paint horses and jockeys racing toward the homestretch as well as bicycle racers, wild animals and other images all painted with acrylics on wood that he gives coats of resin giving them shine, the rest is history! Ned’s unusual creations are sold worldwide.
Iconic Roanoke Scenes
Susan Miller Bradbury is a quiet, unassuming Roanoke, Virginia, native who enjoys capturing the events of life. She especially appreciates taking her memories captive and placing them on the canvas. Her greatest love is utilizing provocative lighting and/or expressive situations to capture the viewer’s heart. Susan graduated from Radford University with a BA in Graphic Arts as well as a minor in French. Later in life, she discovered a love for portraiture and went on to take classes from many well-known instructors such as Daniel Greene, Paul McCormack, Vera Dickerson, Lee Boynton and Debbie Gualco. She has illustrated several published books and is in the process of illustrating others.
Creating art has always been a part of my life. My father was a well-known artist in upstate New York and I began showing my work with him at the age of 12. I received a BA in fine art from the New York State University at Oswego and have been a free-lance artist ever since. While I am known for mixed-media portraits and landscapes, I also enjoy working with more abstracted images, collage and printmaking. My family has lived in the Roanoke Valley for more than 30 years now and an artist can’t help but be influenced by the beauty of our area.
Susan Harb is a self-taught sculptor and assemblage artist who bases her training on past lives a journalist and owner of a gallery specializing in international folk art. "I am enchanted with the process of making something out of nothing," said Harb, who has traveled extensively to developing counties to buy street art and share in the creative process. "Outsider art invites the spirit out rather than imposing the creator’s will on a piece. I am comfortable with that."
My paintings are inspired by the scenery of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the beautiful valley in which I live. I love adding texture and color to abstract interpretations of these views! My work as a professional Interior Designer also gives me an appreciation for texture, scale, and color. I have enjoyed practicing a wide variety of design work for over 20 years. In addition to art and design, my other strong passion is horses, and a portion of my artwork sales goes to various horse rescues. When not painting or designing, you can most likely find me with my horses! Commissions of any size available.
Maples Wood Shop is located in the foothills of the Smokey Mountains. We use top quality domestic and exotic wood for all our products. Each item is hand made, unique and has the warm and timeless quality that only wood can provide.
There is a realism about today that I am especially interested. My attempt is to paint through realism the psychological truth of my subjects or some form there of. It’s a tricky course and very challenging, but one gets to be a good observer this way. There is much to paint.
Robyn loves bright colors and paints color into everything.
While I am creating my work, I envision its function while giving it a reason to not simply be hidden behind a cabinet.
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