Members' Gallery Sandy Leigh Skipper August 2011


Virginia the Beautiful

Photo by Sandy Leigh Skipper Photo by Sandy Leigh Skipper Photo by Sandy Leigh Skipper

For her first large solo exhibition Skipper wanted to highlight the natural allure of the "Old Dominion State." The premise being that you do not have to visit an exotic place to find beauty in fact you can find it without leaving Virginia. In order to give viewers a representation of the diverse vistas of Virginia she traveled to Leesburg, Virginia Beach, the Eastern Shore, Yorktown, Williamsburg, Shenandoah National Park (Skyline Drive), Fairfield, Montebello, Crabtree Falls, Piney River, Covington, Lexington and Stafford’s Government Island. Exploring the east and west coasts of Virginia was exciting, fun and awe inspiring.

While shooting the photographs for the exhibit Sandy tried to capture the gravity defying grace of butterflies and the expressive personalities of dragonflies and the birds of the Eastern Shore. She experimented with taking shots of the moving water of streams, rivers, an ocean and a bay with various and surprising results. Sandy photographed one of eight covered bridges in the state along with a mill that began operation in 1794. Troubleshooting the fog on the Skyline Drive journey was a fun challenge. Her goal was to provide a unique prospective of familiar scenes in addition to including some unexpected places and creatures.

There will be a contest during the "Virginia the Beautiful" exhibit. Visitors to FCCA will have a chance to guess where in Virginia the photograph Along for the Ride was taken. A winner will be randomly selected from the entries with the correct answer. The prize for the contest is an 11x14 print of Along for the Ride. The purpose of the contest is to help draw awareness to the arts in Fredericksburg and to introduce people to the Fredericksburg Center for Creative Arts.

Photo by Sandy Leigh Skipper