Riverviews Artspace is honored to present the first Graduates of Arthrive

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May 21, 2019
To  view graduation interviews, click here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWcwKIPOMsE&t=38s

Custer, Erik – Lynchburg, VA   EplusC Studio / Fine & Graphic Artist
Visual and professional Graphic Artist working, experimenting with many mediums and techniques, who first developed his love for art by watching Star Wars. His work was selected as a finalist by Juror Terrence Washington, National Gallery in Washington DC for the 2018 juried Artshow at Riverviews Artspace.
Forte , Sonya - Bedford, VA Studio 43 Pottery / Potter
Sonya majored in commercial art prior to studying pottery Chicago once recognizing  clay was her medium. Returning to Virginia years later she opened her studio on Route 43 at the foot of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Unlike other potters, she does not use a wheel, only hand building and pressing textures from nature and unique findings into the clay, developed her own unique style and following. 
Harris, Lisa - Lynchburg, VA Fine Jewelry Designer
SAVENAC (sâv-e-nac) is a new luxury equestrian inspired design company to be launched in fall of 2019, named after Lisa’s Grandmother’s historic Virginia horse farm. Her timeless, elegance, style and love of horses have inspired Lisa since she was a child. An equestrian enthusiast herself, Lisa worked in the fashion business for 15 years and for the last 13 years in the high-end jewelry business. 
She is currently designing jewelry and later, plans to introduce small luxury leather products. 
(434) 401-1027     savernac@gmail.com
Jackson, Veronica – Bedford, VA Jackson Design Group / Multidisciplinary Visual Story Teller
Multidisciplinary visual artist based on a multi-decade career in interpretive exhibit design and architecture. As a visual storyteller with a social justice practice, she engages audiences, who may benefit from the ways visual culture incites the imagination to see the world differently, and eventually empowers and provides them the agency to creatively contribute to it.
 veronicadcjackson (instagram)
Leist, Lori – Bedford, VA  Painter, Printmaker, Stained Glass Artist & Teacher 
Recipient of the 2014 Seltzer Prize in Studio Art. Her connection to the southern landscape has influenced her work, rendered primarily in painting and printmaking.  Recently, working out of her Bedford studio, and drawing inspiration from her own garden, as well as those from her travels, she creates vibrant acrylic floral paintings. More info:
Paddock, Suzanne – Bedford, VA   Fine Artist
Fine Artist, exhibiting since 1993 throughout New York and since 2012 in Central Virginia. Suzanne participated in 100 Artists/100 Dreams; an international dream exploration project sponsored by La Leona Arts and can be found in her studio at the Bower Center for the Arts.
More info and to see Suzanne’s work:
Quimby, Baylis – Lynchburg, VA Collage Artist
Baylis is a self-taught artist who was born in Roanoke, Virginia. She earned her BA in Cultural Anthropology from North Carolina State University. This anthropological background informs and inspires much of her work. More info:
Stiffler, Kimberley – Lynchburg, VA Jewelry Maker and Mixed Media Artist
Her fine jewelry is available at three bricks-and-mortar locations: Oxide Pottery and the Academy Center of the Arts in Lynchburg. In addition Kimberly is pleased to announce: The Studio Beneath Jefferson Street, a new studio in Riverviews Artspace, opening in July 2019 and open to the community. Make sure to stop by and visit. More info: https://www.etsy.com/people/FallingChandelier
Wallenborn, Becky  - Roanoke, VA Pianist, Composer 

 A special thank you to the Guest Speakers, who provided valuable information, resources and Q & A sessions.
These experts included representatives from the Small Business Development Center (Stephanie Keener), the City of Lynchburg, Economic Development, Accounting (Ryan McEntire, Brown Edwards), Legal (Fred Watson, Caskie & Frost), Bookkeeping (Charise Chambers), Social media (Victoria Bartholomew, VictoriaBartholomew.com) and Marketing, creative story telling (Jeremy Sumpman, Wattscreativestudio.com).
 Riverviews Artspace offers artistic excellence and innovation, astute leadership connected to artists and community. We provide a much needed platform for emerging artists, thriving laboratories of experimentation, cutting edge contemporary exhibitions, programs and workshops and with that an opportunity to interact with the community, allowing people to understand that art can be about more than engaging in an aesthetic experience.  We foster creative economies by providing tools and opportunities for artists to be equitable.
These contributions are crucial to our cultural ecosystem and invaluable in fostering vibrant communities, inspiring social engagement, and cultivating a more compassionate society.