Please email the application and three examples of your work to CBAAmembership757@gmail.com. You will be notified of the committee’s decision within two weeks of receiving the application. Upon acceptance into CBAA, the membership chair will email you information on the next meeting and where to send/bring your membership dues. The January annual membership fee is $20.00; after March $30.00. Checks should be made out to CBAA.
NANCY TOPPING BAZIN’S art is displayed continuously at the D’Art Center (740 Duke St., Norfolk), The Artists Gallery (608 Norfolk Ave., Virginia Beach), and The Gallery Shop (420 High St., Portsmouth). From 2007-2011, Nancy was one of the five Managing Artists at Pembroke 4 Art Gallery. Locations for her seven solo exhibits include the Virginia Children’s Museum, Riverview Gallery, The Artists Gallery, the Norfolk Botanical Garden, and the Central Library of Virginia Beach. In 2017, her painting “Bird Watchers” was one of 43 works selected (out of 500) to be enlarged on commercial vinyl for a Drive Through Art Gallery on Sewells Point Road in Norfolk. She was one of 12 outstanding Hampton Roads artists invited to display their work in Newport News at the Peninsula of Fine Arts Center’s 2017 holiday Art Market Series. From January through August 2018, she had eighteen paintings at Wells Fargo Advisors in Norfolk and, in July and August, two works in the All Media Exhibit at For Arts Sake Gallery in Henrico, VA. She also had paintings juried into two 2018 statewide exhibits: the Central Virginia Watercolor Guild show in Charlottesville and the Virginia Watercolor Society exhibit in Salem, VA. Her art was juried into the June 2018 Gloucester Arts Festival exhibit by Jeff Harrison, curator emeritus of the Chrysler Museum. Harrison said of her whimsical bird paintings:
“Creating an entire world is an uphill battle for any artist, but Nancy Topping Bazin has done just that, populating a whimsical realm of fantastic feathered creatures, a world of brilliant color and bold, semi-abstract patterns. It’s a charmed place of pure imagination that offers hours of joyful contemplation.”
Jurors have given Nancy seventy awards for her paintings. Her art has been published in eight international books and included in several international exhibits. In 2015, she published her own book Why I Love to Paint Birds. Her art is often described as unique, intuitive, happy, fun, and, most of all, whimsical.
Painter Acrylic, Oils & Watercolors
Patty has been drawing since childhood, taking art classes through high school and college. Pencil, pastels and pen & ink renderings dominated her early artwork. Participation in local art classes has inspired her to expand her mediums to oils, acrylics, watercolors and stained glass. Patty works as a fitness pro, specializing in holistic wellness and senior fitness. She loves nature, animals and outdoor activities. Patty’s artwork is inspired by natural elements. She has been a member of the Chesapeake Bay Art Association since 2011.
Abstract Expressionism Painter
I love to paint using all different mediums. The more glitter etc. the better. I prefer abstract expressionism but lately have been dabbling with a bit more realism. My favorite "paint brush" at the moment is a super soaker. All my work is signed or should I say printed KATHLEEN and yes there is a story behind it, just like everything I paint.
Painter Acrylic and Oils
Mick Grochowski works in both Acrylic and Oils. Mick is currently doing plein air, as well as studio painting and experimenting in sculpture. Mick’s work has been accepted in many local and regional, juried and non juried exhibits. During the 1970’s and 80’s Mick painted and exhibited his work regionally around his hometown of Alpena, a small town in northeastern lower Michigan. He graduated from Alpena Community College with degrees in Fine Art and Business Mgt. Currently, Mick and his wife Nancy reside in Willoughby (Norfolk, VA), having relocated from Michigan, They were proprietors of a printing and graphic design business in Chesapeake, VA until mid 2016.
I love to inspire & be inspired! As a photographer, I find it to be a privilege being able to capture moments, feelings, people & places no matter who or what they are; how monumental or small… There's a story to be shared. As a designer, I am OCD about my work, always wanting to put out the best as I strive to create projects that capture your attention while leaving you wanting more. As an artist, I’m forever wanting to try new styles, techniques & mediums that can help me express my own feelings or thoughts in different perspectives. All in all, art is everywhere and so am I.
Originally from Grand Haven, Michigan, I started sketching around the age of 12 inspired by the abundance of nature on our farm. I took art classes in junior and senior high school and then attended college on scholarship for Nursing. Upon completing school, I joined the Marine Corps and active duty brought me to the Tidewater area ~ where I have resided for over 25 years. After completing my service with the Marine Corps, I got married, started a family while working full time. Painting and drawing had to wait until after my son graduated and went to college.
Taking several local art classes revived my passion and creativity for Art. Invaluable instruction was provided by instructors at (MOCA) The Museum of Contemporary Art in Virginia Beach and at Titustown Visual Arts Center in Norfolk.
My art retail location is at the Artists Gallery in Virginia Beach, VA. I am a member and previous Secretary of the Chesapeake Bay Art Association. I’m involved with the following local art organizations: Chesapeake Bay Watercolorists, the Tidewater Art Alliance, and the Suffolk Art League. Because I love to paint ~ watercolor and acrylic are what I primarily work with. My goal is to capture a mood or emotional response from the viewer. Art has always come naturally to me so to have this opportunity to share my passion with others is a dream come true!
Painter / Sculpture
A native of Virginia Beach, Myke Irving was born and raised in the diamond springs area. His grandparents, on both sides, lived in the heart of chick's beach and is where he spent most of his summers, in and on the water. Now several decades later he found its’ home in his paintings.
From an early age his passion for creating was very evident. As early as first grade the art bug was caught when in the city-wide art show for the schools for Virginia Beach his drawing of a Cockatoo won him first place. From there he would do anything to create and explore.
All through school he would go as far as to skip class to escape to the art room until his junior year in high school when he decided to go to Virginia Beach's Vo-Tech for advertising and design. There he found a tough teacher in Mrs. Judy Doyle that for the first time challenged both his skills and his creative abilities. From her he learned that there was more to art than just creating and her comment, "I really want to see you paint on canvas" would stick with him the rest of his life. Unfortunately, his painting on canvas would come a few years after her passing.
Myke went on to take fine arts classes at Tidewater Community College until his first child was born. Placing his learning on hold he didn't stop the creating. He continued to do small commissioned jobs whether it be portraits or just small design items but in the 90s he found a small community art project called Norfolk's mermaid project. In 1999, he switched from his main artistic mediums, drawing and design work to sculpting. After joining the mermaid project just to design on mermaid he ended up designing eleven and helped manufacture all 216 of them. Volvo asked Mr. Irving personally to design one out of chrome for its head Swedish executive to commemorate the company’s fiftieth birthday celebration. He also donated one of his mermaids to the Muscular Dystrophy Association to be auctioned at its annual Crystal Ball. During that same time Westminster Canterbury on the Chesapeake Bay hosts one of Myke's personal sculptures "Ariel”, a mermaid emerging from the water on to a rock.
In October of 2015 he decided to attempt oil on canvas and discovered a love for landscapes. From there he moved quickly into painting the waters he grew up on. Then a client asked if he could paint a tall ship in rough waters for them that's when he found a new-found passion; painting ships. Along with his sunrise or sunset beach scenes the addition of these ships large and small sailing vessels only seemed like a natural progression to him.
Myke continues to produce works for all walks of life picking back up the paintbrush to create works that he coins as "life's ahhh moments." The kind of image that only lasts for a few seconds and are caught by his camera. Almost all of the landscapes deal with the scenes of the waters, especially the oceans, right here from the Chesapeake Bay down to the Outer Banks. His ships are created by using actual ships and are created in one-of-a-kinds-situations, as can be seen by the painting for the Seashore Art Festival, “the haunting of LA Paix", placing the notorious pirate ship off the shore.
I am Brittany Johnson, President of the CBAA and owner of Made by Bee Jay Art. I fell in love with creating art my Junior year of high school. I graduated from VCU in 2008 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education. For the past 10 years my artwork has evolved from Abstract painting, to vibrant paintings relating to nature and the life around us and now with a focus on scratchboard animal portraits. I love being able to capture the spirit of an animal in a portrait as well as memorialize peoples beloved pets. I love the precision for details that scratchboard provides as well as the fact that it is a medium you do not see often. I am constantly working to improve my work and I believe my portraits get better with each I create.
Painter Acrylic and Oils
Eafrica Johnson is a Chesapeake resident who paints small almost every day. This self-taught artist finds interest in household objects, fruit and other common things. With a limited color palette in oil or acrylic, she emphasizes light, texture and shape through single subject compositions. As an award-winning artist, she has shown pieces in galleries all over Hampton Roads. These galleries include: the Charles H. Taylor Center for the Arts, Suffolk Art Gallery and the Chrysler Museum. She has also participated in outdoor art events such as the Ocean View Art Show and the Neptune Festival.
Eafrica Johnson is a graduate from Regent University with a Master’s degree in Education. She also received a teaching certificate from Old Dominion University and currently teaches elementary art for Portsmouth Public Schools.
Art Director and Graphic Designer
Monica Van Dyke Johnson started her love affair with art beginning in elementary school, studying with a newspaper fashion illustrator in Newport News, Virginia where her late father was stationed with the Air Force. She continued her art studies throughout her secondary and university education.
Monica painted and enjoyed drawing with pastels in early adulthood, then set her personal art aside while raising three daughters and pursuing a business career as a marketing and sales professional. Monica has led major marketing and sales campaigns on behalf of numerous clients located throughout the United States, managing creative teams and, at times, personally serving as art director and graphic designer. Monica and her associates have been recognized for their work, winning a number of national awards along the way.
At the end of 2016, Monica jumped back into pursuing her fine arts career. She is a prolific painter and supporter of the arts. In 2016, Monica initiated an annual Plein Air paintout in Norfolk, Virginia, to benefit Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters. This event attracts twenty Plein Air artists each spring to raise money for the hospital.
She is enjoying getting back to her artwork, taking lessons and workshops, and learning as much as she can along the way. Monica lives at the Chesapeake Bay in Norfolk, Virginia with her husband and two dogs.
I’ve always been into art. Took classes at The Art Students League in NY and always drew as a teen. I finally got my BA at 27 and after a long career as a graphic artist and our retiring in 2012 we moved to Virginia Beach. I needed an outlet for my creative juices and started painting and it’s become my bliss. I joined CBAA in 2017 and i enjoy associating with such a talented, kind and supportive group of people.
Multi-media Abstract Painter
Michal (Mitak) Mahgerefteh is an artist, poet and author originally from Israel, living in Norfolk, Virginia since 1986. She is the author of four poetry collections and the managing editor of Mizmor Poetry Anthology (www.PoeticaPublishing.com).
Michal Mitak is a multi-media abstract artist working with various materials, creating many styles and finishes...she does not limite her creative expression to one style or one medium. Currently she creates abstract paintings by using three artists app on iPad Pro.
Mitak annually exhibits her art at local and regional art centers and galleries, and regularly participates at local art shows. Her recent awards include:
Acrylic, Oil, and Mixed Media Artist
Elizabeth is considered a realism artist with tones of Folk Art and uses acrylic paints and mediums to create wonders of nature in her landscapes and seascapes, while sometimes venturing out into other areas, i.e., oil paintings and watercolor paintings. She enjoys en plein aire painting, painting from her imagination or from pictures she have captured. She wants the audience to see one of her seascape paintings and hear the waves breaking on the rocks or watching the surfer come to shore. In her landscape paintings, she wants to bring the memory of a wonderful time had in that particular place she has captured on canvas; to smell the flowers, to walk down a path or to think about the animals, birds, and wonders of nature. Her bird paintings bring music to the ears. Upon completion of her paintings, she feels the excitement and joy that she hopes to bring to everyone viewing her paintings.
Elizabeth loves art shows, enjoys exhibiting her art and loves talking to people while riding her tricycle around the art show. She has been in many local art shows and contest; she has won a 2nd Place award; two People’s Choice awards and an Honorable Mention award.
Elizabeth also donates some of her Giclees and Prints to fund raisers for special friends and people in her life who are struggling with medical conditions, i.e., cancer.
Pen/Ink Drawing, Oil Painting and Photography
From Hampton, VA, and currently living in Virginia Beach, Mike mainly applies portraiture, abstract expressionism and surrealism. He became serious about art at Hampton High School and further developed his artistic skills at Mount Saint Mary's University in Emmitsburg, MD. His art has been accepted into several exhibitions since 1997 with several awards along the way. Mike accepts commissions and consigns with several local galleries and other venues. His primary media is pencil, charcoal, and acrylic painting. Mike also applies pen/ink drawing, oil painting and photography. Whichever medium and style he applies, it is all freehand. Mike is also a musician which helps tie in his love of doing musician portraits.
Overall, Mike says, “My goal is to share my art with those who have similar tastes and interests”. Having an admiration for various types of art, his work can represent the current state of the outside world, how he sees it, and how it could possibly be...“I will take someone or something familiar, such as a person or scene, and give an extra aura or aspect to it.”
Sheila Nash is an Ocean View resident of Norfolk, Virginia. She taught art in private school and went on to teach English in Norfolk City Schools. After retiring from teaching, she has once again returned to art as her mainstay. She is a member of Tidewater Artists Alliance, Chesapeake Bay Watercolor Society, and as a member of Chesapeake Bay Art Association, served as past chairman of the student scholarship fund, student tent chair, Ocean View Art Show director, Vice President and President.
She has a double major in Fine Art and English with a minor degree in Secondary Education from Old Dominion University.
Her work has been in the Riverview Gallery in Portsmouth, LIN-LIN Gallery, the Gallery at The Chapman in Hampton Town Center, The American Cottage Gallery in Yorktown, and the East Beach Gallery. She has won many awards over the years and some prestigious awards such as Best In Show and First Place ribbons. She has also won the Outstanding Member's Award in the Ocean View Arts Festival two years in a row.
Post Aboriginal Modernist Painter
The evolution of patterns in my art began in the late 1970’s when I started my teaching career. As an avid gardener, surfer, and world traveler, I appreciated the intricate patterns of the flora and fauna that surrounded me. As a result, my art focused on the smallest of natural subjects. These images were fragmented in a cubist style and presented in a highly realistic manner, yet contained the intricate dots and lines that later became the trademark of my contemporary works of art. As time progressed, my subject matter focused more intensely on the oceans of the world.
My immersive journeys led me to Australia where I had a profound experience studying the types of patterns and symbolism used by many aboriginal artists throughout the country. The paintings began to transform into images made of cross hatched lines, concentric circles, and stylized subject matter as opposed to realism. This style later morphed into one which I created using the smallest of lines and patterns that reveal my visions of the oceans and gardens of the world.
The tools of this creative process are an important and unique way of creating a painting. I use very long liner, scroller, and pin stripe brushes to create these large works of art with my own marking system of patterns. I like to give the impression of realism from a distance, but when viewed up close, you can see the abstract patterns that make up the subject matter. I enjoy creating a complicated yet fanciful patterned surface that evokes an emotional response in the viewer.
Painter Oils and Watercolors
I've always found such joy in capturing the world around me. Be it animal life, serene landscapes, weathered work boats, or a myriad of other inspiring scenes, I see beauty everywhere. Though working mainly in oils or watercolors, my choice of medium varies as much as my subject matter.
Copper Metal Sculpture
Timothy Starling is an American and Virginian native sculpture artist who transforms copper into a magical world of botanical organic art. His distinctive technique breathes life into a new vibrant hybrid breed of the garden plants that we adore. His conviction is that gardens revive the soul and copper is the perfect medium to metamorphize art into a benevolent stimulus for a civilized society.
“Plants excite me, their shape and structure define their living grace and elegance. I am driven to create their form with a malleable piece of copper. It’s not the reproduction of a plant, but the capture of a living form from my mind’s eye into an aesthetic piece of artistry. To me, each creation is a new journey that I take, each hammer blow is a series of progressive steps to bring concept into reality. I cannot tell you where I will step, but I will know it on my journey. My goal is to share my feelings for nature and plants so that others can take a moment to recall nature’s beauty just outside.”
Painter Acrylic &: Mixed Media
I work with acrylic paint, pens, markers, glitter, fluid medium and various found objects to create mixed media collage and poured paintings. I move aside and let my inner child create through inspiration.
Painter Acrylics and Pastels
Christian’s passion with art began in high school where he attended New Vistas School in Lynchburg, Virginia. He studied pastels, acrylics and mask making with Susan Crank and Roberta Schrivener. He also attended pottery classes and watercolor classes with Mae Carter and Karen Bowden at the Fine Arts Center. He enjoys many styles of art including the art of ventriloquism. Christian attended the National Vent Haven Convention in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky in 2004 and 2005. He has performed ventriloquism with his vent dummy cowboy named Sonny Spurs at many small venues such as a rehearsal dinner, fashion show at the Villa Maria, and Harvest Outreach Center.
Christian graduated from Johnson and Wales University in Charlotte, North Carolina with an Associates in Applied Sciences and Culinary Arts. He moved back to Lynchburg, Virginia where he began his career as a Chef at Boonsboro Country Club. He joined the Lynchburg Art Club in 2010. While a member he hung shows and coordinated the Lynchburg Art and Virginia Wine Show held at Boonsboro Country Club for 3 years. He coordinated with New Vistas School, James River Day School and Tomahawk Elementary School to gain National recognition for the Lynchburg Art Club to host the Art Build Bridges Art Show during National Youth Art Month in 2014.
Christian continues his education in art by attending classes at the Central Virginia Community College in Art History and Graphic Design. He has also recently taken classes in Landscape Watercolor with Solly Blank. He has donated art to New Vistas School and to Cause Life for their Water Equals Life Fundraiser. He also has donated his artwork to the Breast Cancer Awareness Garden in Lynchburg.
Christian's has artwork displayed in permanent collections all over Central Virginia, such as Boonsboro Country Club, E. C. Glass High School, Dr. office’s, and many private collectors have his artwork displayed in their homes.
Jenny Wong is an artist whose style reflects both Chinese brush painting and traditional American watercolors. Inspired by the natural beauty of water filled landscapes and brilliant sunsets around her, she focuses on capturing her feelings in her paintings. Fusing her own flair for color with nature’s own beauty, a Jenny Wong watercolor is truly an original piece that will add a soft serenity to any home or business environment.
Jenny was born and raised in Norfolk, Virginia. She graduated from Chowan University and Barton College majoring in Fine Art. Jenny currently lives in Virginia Beach where she raised two children and now devotes full time to her art.