The Art Group
Watercolor by Judith Fike
Judith Fike the artist:
always an artist at heart, traveled extensively
with a father, then a husband, who served in the
military service. She has lived in Japan,
Germany, France and many areas in the United
States. While living in Japan for two years,
Judith fell in love with the simplicity and
symmetry of the arts of Japan and developed a
fascination for all cultures and their arts.
Her interests lead her to the study of Harie'
(pronounced har-e-a), a Japanese art that uses
hand-dyed paper, then torn with a special stylus.
The result is a collage that, from a distance,
gives the effect of being a water color or oil
painting. (Click here to see
samples of Harie'
Judith's art has been purchased for homes in the
Northern central states, and on the East Coast.
In Charlottesville, she has exhibited at the
Jordon Art Gallery, the Dogwood Institute as well
as in the Albemarle County Building and the
Airport. She is currently teaching Harie in the
Being a member of the Charlottesville Albermarle
Art Association, the Shenandoah Valley Art Center
and the BozArt Gallery, Judith wishes to further
the appreciation of Harie' in Central Virginia,
and to work with people to express their feelings
Summer Exhibition is now in room A on the first floor at the Senior Center.
Seniors interested in drawing
and painting gather each Friday morning at the Senior Center in
the Arts and Crafts Room on the second floor. A still life setup
is provided for subject matter and occasionally a model is
engaged for portrait and figure studies. No formal instruction is
provided, but members share their experience and knowledge with
one another freely. Helpful critiques of work are given
The Group started in the early 90s and counts more than 20
members this year. We come from different walks of life and have
a variety of interests, but the passion we have for beauty and
color brings us together, and the goal of a community of artists
helps strengthen our commitment to one another. We have bloomed
into a cheerful group of friends. Some of us often go to lunch
together after painting, and we share other retirement interests
or family stories with one another.
The Group periodically exhibits its works in the Robey Room
Gallery downstairs. Our art works are also on display in the
hallway outside the Arts and Crafts Room.
The Friday Art Group meets on Friday morning from 9:00 to 12:00,
as well as Monday from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., in the Arts and Crafts
Room opposite the elevator on the second floor. The Group
welcomes all Senior Center members to visit or join us. If
interested please contact Marion Hansen, Fine Art Group
Chairperson, at (434) 974-5662.