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Meridith De Avila Khan - Photographer

Meridith De Avila Khan is a photographer & writer who has made her home in Virginia for over a decade. Making beautiful images and telling compelling stories is the how she finds her way in the world. A former member of the Riverviews Board of Directors, these days she is on the leadership team of the local Tuesdays Together group of the Rising Tide Society (a group of creative entrepreneurs that value community over competition) and is a current member of board for the James River Council for the Arts and Humanities, and is organizing a Latinx film and culture night this fall. She is increasingly interested in art as activism, and is one of the newest volunteer embroiderers for the national non-profit Social Justice Sewing Academy.

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Kiera Hight - Photographer & Filmmaker

Kiera Hight was born and raised in Lynchburg, Virginia. She earned her BS in Cinematic Arts from Liberty University and then went on to work in the Film and Television industry. She has worked on many a feature and branched off to be an independent Director of Photography recently. Alongside her work in film she has a huge passion for photographic art and has been working to perfect her craft.

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Erik Custer - Artist

I am a visual artist working in Central Virginia. While primarily a painter, I enjoy working in other mediums and can be found experimenting with techniques. I first developed my love for art by watching Star Wars. As a young child, I could never articulate my fascination with the visuals presented in the series of movies, but I understood that someone had created everything from their imagination. As I’ve grown older, my love for concept art has continued to grow. And while I do not create concept art, the roots of my artistic imagination are there.

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Suzanne V Paddock - Painter

Suzanne V Paddock was born and raised in suburban New York. She received a BS in Visual Arts from the State University in New Paltz, NY. She was involved in the arts community in Woodstock and Kingston before moving in 2012 to Central Virginia. Since then, Paddock has been an active member of the burgeoning arts community in the town of Bedford and is also on the exhibition committee at Bower Center for the Arts. Paddock has exhibited in Virginia and New York in group, solo, judged, and juried exhibitions over the years. Currently she works out of her residential studio offering tours by appointment.

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Melissa Rudge - Painter

Melissa Rudge was born and raised in Madison Heights, VA. She graduated from Radford University with a degree in Art Education. After serving for two years as an Art Educator in Peace Corps Ghana, Melissa moved to Orlando, FL. Today you can find her teaching art to elementary school students and enjoying the Florida sunshine.

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Elizabeth Gray - Letterer

I’m Elizabeth Gray, better known around the internet as @thegraytergood. I am an artist/creative person with a focus on hand-drawn letters, or ‘handlettering’. I’m an introvert who isn’t afraid to admit I struggle with “people-ing”, and when I started using art to express myself, I found that people all over the world are drawn to that kind of honesty. That humor and openness has become a distinguishing mark of my personal style, and I’ve created fun, custom lettering work for big brands, small restaurants, and everything in between. My style of work is usually characterized by the use of a monochromatic color palette and is always detailed, playful, and legible.

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Axwell Manzano - Concept Artist

I`m a Mexican American artist based in Lynchburg. My installation piece was inspired by the unrealistic expectations we all develop when we are children. If a child is good at writing, all the adults in their life encourage them to pursuit that interest. Teachers and parents fill their hearts with dreams and fantasies of one day publishing a book or becoming something remarkable on the subject. In my case, it was with art. I had dreams of one day becoming a famous artist and help bring my family out of poverty.

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Jacob Laverty - Graphic Designer

Jacob Laverty is graphic designer from Lynchburg, Va. He has worked as a designer with the local newspaper, the News & Advance, and is currently the production coordinator/graphic designer at Sweet Briar College. Honestly, I didn't really know I wanted to do art until recently. I knew I had a knack for it but didn't know what field I wanted to get into. When I was growing up I had a massive imagination and, thankfully, that carried over into adulthood. 

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Mary Kumar - Painter

Mary Kumar holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a Masters degree in Biblical Exposition and Sacred Music.  Art was one of her greatest childhood preoccupations. Mary lost her desire to create art after high school; however, ironically, she continued to attract and befriend artists throughout her college and postgraduate years.  In some sense, she lived vicariously through these vibrant artists with whom she shared community.

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Victoria Towns - Painter

Victoria Towns, Graduated from Mary Baldwin College (now University) in 2013 with a studio art major in painting and extended media. She is currently working at Riverviews Artspace with the Emerging Artists and with the Art to the People project. When she’s not helping artists or creating her own stuff you can find her with Rogue Productions or with her family.

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Julie Pierre - Painter

Julie Pierre is a self-taught, abstract artist using acrylic paints and alcohol inks. She’s originally from Kansas, but currently resides in Lynchburg, VA. She loves to create and is most drawn to fluid art and her personal fluid style represents “release”: release of control and the acceptance of things that cannot be changed.

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