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Simply Elemental 2016

Gerri Young

Fancy Pants and Huckleberry Weave


As a child, I spent the best part of my summers on my grandparents’ farm on Happy Hollow Road in Blacksburg. We were a Navy family living coast-to-coast, but always anchored in Montgomery County. As a young adult, the farm remained my place of solace and rest when life got tough. All these years later, I amazingly find myself a resident of Blacksburg.

No matter where I lived, art was always a part of me, but it wasn’t until I moved to Blacksburg I was able to really find out what I could do with it and I am still learning.

While watercolor is what I do most often, I love to try all sorts of mediums and subjects, as you can tell, I’m sure, from my exhibit pieces.

In the photo above, I’m wearing a jacket I designed and made when I lived in Norfolk.  The little brown gnome I hand sculpted from slab clay in a workshop there. The painting of Madonna is a fresco I completed while I lived in Germany and travelled to Italy for art workshops.

These days I belong to BRAA, the Jacksonville Center for the Arts in Floyd, Montgomery Museum in Christiansburg, and the Virginia Watercolor Society. I take as many art classes as I can, exhibit often and find the inspiration for my art in many ways and places.

I hope you enjoy my work. Feel free to contact me should you wish to buy a piece.  Some of them are available as prints and/or notecards.

Artist Statement

I have messed with art as long as I can remember, but didn't seriously start pursuing it until somewhere around 2004 or so.  I have been in a huge learning curve ever since and take workshops as often as I can.  I read art books and study them.  I do live model drawing sessions. I try all sorts of things.  Only since moving to Blacksburg have I ever really called myself an artist.  There is not a day go by that I don't think about art and can get inspired to an idea at the drop of a hat.  I want to be the best artist I can be and know I have a long way to go.  My Fancy Pants contribution to the garden is certainly not serious art, but each piece I do--fun, serious, sad--moves me closer to my goal.  When my art makes people smile along the way or have some emotional connection to what they see, I am happy.

Contact Info

Simply Elemental 2016
Hahn Horticulture Garden