Shared Vision: Mixing Medias

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Art making and photography are usually seen as separate modalities. But, what if you mixed the mediums? What innovations are created?

Mill Street Studio is pleased to announce the next show in it's monthly artist series. December's featured artists are Kathy Strauss and Tim Giles.

The show will hang December 1-31.

An artist's reception will be held on Saturday, December 1st, from 3pm to 5pm.

Mill Street Studio is Occoquan's newest gallery space.  But, it is more than just a gallery, they also offer classroom space and have instructors that love sharing their passions such as art, photography, or writing. Mill Street is open Friday and Saturday, 10am to 5pm and Sunday, 1pm to 5pm. Other times by appointment.

About the Artists

Designer, photographer, creative coach, artist, teacher, & community volunteer – each of these describes Kathy Strauss. Kathy lives in Lake Ridge, VA. She is the other half of the creative studio, ImageWerks. Her graphic design background gives her imagery a distinct clean style that brings each image to life. Composing each shot with precision and harmony – sensitive to graphic composition and each of the core design principles – she’s always looking at what makes each scene spark and how to connect the viewer to the piece.

Kathy is a member of the Workhouse Associate Artists (WAA) at the Workhouse Art Center in Lorton, VA where she exhibits her work and is a course instructor through the Workhouse Institute & ArtStar camps. She is a sought after speaker to talk about the "alchemy of art". In addition to the WAA, she shows her work at the Mill Street Studio in Occoquan, VA, as well as various art festivals and other galleries throughout the Washington Metropolitan area and mid-Atlantic. Her work and business have garnered numerous awards since its beginning.
She earned her BS in Advertising Design from the University of Maryland/College Park. Kathy sits on the board of directors for Project Mend-A-House, the Prince William Library Foundation, the Development & Interpretation Committee for the Turning Point Suffragist Memorial Association. Her business is a member of the Prince William Chamber of Commerce and she is a graduate of Leadership Prince William, Class 2010.


Tim Giles was born in Suffolk, Virginia but now resides in Northern Virginia. He is a self-taught artist as a result of his enjoyment of creating art at a very early age. He uses several mediums, however, watercolors is his specialty. Tim has traveled extensively and lived in several countries throughout the world (Ukraine, Haiti, Ghana, Angola, Senegal, Nigeria, Israel). His international experience allows him to capture several scenes on canvas.

Tim's inspiration comes in many forms but mainly his work is influenced by the many accomplishments of the African-American. He is fascinated by mavericks such as Malcom X, Martin Luther King Jr., Colin Powell, Langston Hughes, Ray Charles, and Oprah Winfrey. He is currently working on a series entitled “The First”; commemorating pioneers such as these individuals who demonstrated great leadership and excelled within their field. Tagging his style as “Art with an Ole’ Skool Flavor”.

Tim has self-published two books, "Humble Beginnings, A Portrait of my Journey through Paintings and Poems" and recently, a book for pre-teens and teens entitled, "Just Beyond the Horizon". Details of both can be found on his website: www.timgilesafroartsandcrafts.com

"God has truly blessed me and I appreciate all that he has allowed me to accomplish!"


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