Nature Sings Her Own Sweet Song: Eva Aumen

An artist reception was held today, June 19, 2016, for Eva Aumen, creator of an intriguing selection of art works currently on display at the Highland County Public Library.

Ms. Aumen explains the technique she used for this transfer print entitled “Shadow” below. The darker leaf impression at the bottom was created by inking a leaf and pressing it onto the paper. A second print on top without any additional ink added produced a lighter twin image.

Eva Aumen

Eva Aumen

Other art work consisted of watercolor, gouache, ink, monoprint, pastel collage, and mixed media. Here is a selection:

Lichen on Stones, watercolor

Lichen on Stones, watercolor

Joy in the Morning, watercolor

Joy in the Morning, watercolor

Ferns in the Glenn, transfer print

Ferns in the Glenn, transfer print

In her artist statement, Eva described her experience of creating art:

“Trying to paint the beauty of nature is a very humbling experience—such subtle color out there.
Painting is also a world of enchantment and delight. Sometimes after I finish a painting I look at it and say, ‘How did I do that?’ I like that kind of unsolved mystery.”

A lively and appreciative crowd attended this reception. The exhibit will be at the library until July 21, 2016.

center piece


reception crowd

Doug Puffenbarger – Photography Exhibit

A new exhibit at the Highland County Public Library in Monterey, “The Way I See It,” features beautiful photography captured around Highland County, VA. Doug’s exhibit includes landscapes, still life, wildlife, and portraits. Stop by the Mountain View room to view his wonderful work from now until April 29th, 2016.Doug Puffenbarger Photography Exhibit
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Monday Art Group Exhibit

The Monday Art Group has been meeting for the last six years, at the Highland Center in Monterey. They are a group of people who share an interest in all things creative. They help each other to draw and paint with enthusiasm, to keep going, to take risks, to be fearless in their creative expression. Laughing together helps their work!
The Group meets on Mondays, at 1 pm, at the Black Sheep Tavern at the Highland Inn (until the Highland Center re-opens). For info, call Susan Blanchard at 540-499-2175 or Liz Delahoussaye at 540-468-2916.


This exhibit holds 29 paintings and drawings by members of the Monday Art Group. Artists represented are: Susan Blanchard, Barbara Hevener, Larry Hough, Angelica Levien, Peggy Creef, Suse Field, Ann Wefer, Ernie Jordan and Liz Delahoussaye.


The Artists’ Reception was held on Sunday, Dec 6, 2015, at the Monterey Library. The exhibit will be on display until Jan 9, 2016.

Nancy Vance: This Sweet Life

Artist Reception for Nancy Vance’s photography exhibit:  This Sweet Life

Sunday, Oct. 25, 2 -3:30 pm

Mountain View Room, Highland County Public Library, Monterey, VA

Light refreshments will be served.

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