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New artists featured at Destination Gallery/Global Friends Center

The associates of the Global Friends Center and Destination Gallery in South Boston will host a “global friends” summer celebration with wine, punch and hors d’oeuvres on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. 

The gallery, located at 217A Main Street, is introducing the works of three major new artists, as well as exciting new works by the 45 artists already represented in the gallery.

Jennifer Adams is a classical oil painter from Easton, Pa. whose prize-winning works have been exhibited in top galleries in Philadelphia and eastern Pennsylvania. She has studied fine art at The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Schuler School of Fine Arts in Baltimore and the Ridgewood Art Institute in New Jersey. 

She is a graduate of Lehigh University with degrees in accounting, fine art and American Literature.

Trained in the classical style, Adams defines her approach. 

“My purpose is to capture the splendor of light in a manner that evokes an emotional response from the viewer,” she said.

One of the many joys of painting for her is to paint “en plein air” or outside using natural light. She is a successful commissioned portrait artist and a teacher as well.

Carol DeBolt Eikenberry, a Virginia Beach artist, works intuitively in acrylic and watercolor. A graduate of the University of Michigan School of Art and Design, she is an distinguished member of the Virginia Watercolor Society, the Potomac Valley Watercolorists and the Chesapeake Bay Watercolorists, the American Watercolor Society and the National Watercolor Society. 

Her impressionistic watercolors and realistic land and seascapes reflect images of her travels in Europe and the Caribbean.

Her work is in many private and corporate collections including IBM and Canon. She also writes extensively for American Artist and International Artist magazines. 

“I paint with passion and from the heart. I think my artwork reflects this energy and exploratory approach,” Eikenberry said.

Judith Kowler is a landscape artist whose visual language evokes the “Impressionists,” but with her own unique color palette and vibrant interplay of color, shapes, shadows and textures. 

Kowler’s creative journey is continually evolving. 

She said, “I have avoided becoming comfortable with a particular style and prefer each work to be a spirited and open investigation of subject, formal considerations and process.”

An award-winning artist from the Richmond area, she exhibits at numerous galleries in several states.

Visitors will recognize new works by local artists, Betty Caldwell, Rebecca Rodgers and Phil Ramsey and Jane Carter and Inara Dodson of Danville. 

Virginia artists include Stuart White, Inge Strach, Hugh Townsend Harris, Jana Baker, Nancy Martin, Norma Marple, Brenda Stankus, Yancey Smith and others. The gallery also features the fine ceramics of Robin Cage, Mat Stafford and Pam Jones, the exquisite glass art of Mark Woodham, Bonnie M. Brown, Trudy Thompson, and Ron Tickerhoff, and the decorative and functional ceramics of Linda Prager, Cathy Giffney and Trista Chapman, as well as the fine craftsmanship of wood artist, Richard Bieber.

A special area of the gallery showcases the beautiful hand-fashioned jewelry of Michelle Amato Topp, Sarah Spaniol, Bonnie Brown and Joy Cunningham. 

A new addition is the hand-crafted beadwork of Ecuadorean women who are part of an international artisanal business development initiative. These colorful beads are unusual and versatile and make wonderful gifts for a very good cause.

Visitors will find unlimited opportunities to buy beautiful original art and one-of-a-kind gifts. 

Destination Gallery and the Global Friends Center is a committee of Destination Downtown South Boston. As a non-profit, the commission on all sales goes to a fund for the enrichment of downtown artistic, cultural and community activities.

The gallery and offices are located at 217A Main Street. Hours are Tuesday and Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The phone number is 434-575-0024.