Tea, for me, is a pause, a deep yoga breath and a few minutes of mindful meditation. It is a time to lighten my thoughts and refresh my soul. And just as tea offers these rejuvenating qualities, so does my art. Especially mixed media art where I am able to play and enjoy the process of creating and expressing my artistic voice. My love for tea and art comes full circle here at The Elden Street Tea House. It is the perfect venue for my paintings, which are filled with vibrant, invigorating colors, delicious textures and a hint of whimsy. This current collection pairs nicely with a cup of freshly brewed tea, hot or iced. So, go ahead and take tea and see! JTM Julia Tova Malakoff is an artist residing in Fairfax, VA. With Matisse as her muse, Julia joyfully explores mixed media art to evoke the lightheartedness inherent in seemingly common moments. She enjoys working with shape, color, texture and line. Her palette ranges from soft, calm pastels, to bold, vivid hues and her preferred method is to work in layers, using hand painted papers, acrylic, ink and drawing tools. Julia values art that can capture the whimsical aspects of everyday life and she hopes that her art encourages people to also discover the fanciful within the seemingly mundane. Julia Tova Malakoff is a teacher at the Workhouse Center for the Arts in Lorton, VA. Her class is called Make Your Mark. Sign up for classes this fall at: www.workhousarts.org Julia is also a writer and a photographer and is currently working on a series of children’s picture books. Her website is: www.paperjewels.net where you can find original art prints and pillows.
Laura Bentley Herndon, VA
I am a recent graduate of James Madison University’s art education program. I earned a BFA in studio art with a concentration in photography. I have loved photography since I was in the eighth grade and I took my first photography class.
My work consists of multimedia and photographs. For almost the entirety of my artistic and photographic career I have worked with photography on paper; however, it was not until recently that I began to experiment with different ways photographs could be printed and the variety of non-traditional surfaces on which photographs can be displayed. Then, I began to explore other art forms that could even further enhance my photographs, such as the embroidery seen in this exhibit. It is so exciting to consider the infinite ways that my photography will grow as I continue to grow as an artist.
In addition to fine art, I also do commissioned photo shoots. I absolutely love capturing life’s greatest moments for my clients, family and friends!
You can get in touch with me through the following avenues: