Beginning June 11, "Seasons: From Sea to Summit" a Multimedia Exhibition by Rina Lucas, will be on display in the Falcon Gallery. Original oil paintings and poetry are sure to be a treat! The Opening Reception date for this exhibition is Saturday, June 18, at approximately 7:30 pm, immediately following the Multimedia Concert by Rina Lucas and Maestro Arshak Sirunyan. The concert and exhibition pair to create a truly one-of-a-kind experience. This experience explores the character and qualities of each season within our natural world and lives, as well as the journey from one season to the next and through ascending landscapes, from ocean to the mountains. Both the stage and the gallery will be alive with sights, sounds, and sensations during the June 18th, 2022 premiere of “Seasons: From Sea to Summit” that will leave the audience connecting to their own personal journey.
The visual arts exhibition will remain on display until August 6, 2022.
A Special Thank You to the Sponsors of "Seasons: From Sea to Summit"
Capital Door Inc.
VCOM-Virginia – Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine
On the Water in Floyd
More About Rina Lucas:
As an artist in paint and poetry as well as voice, Rina's multimedia performances have dazzled audiences throughout the Lowcountry of South Carolina including her original show “Seasons: A Visual and Vocal Journey” which debuted during Piccolo Spoleto 2019 alongside pianist and composer Arshak Sirunyan. Also during Piccolo Spoleto 2019, she was a co-presenter and featured artist in voice and visual art for “Sounds of the Holy City with Small Opera, Staff & Palette, and Mt. Zion AME”. In 2018, she drew acclaim for her Charleston solo recital debut featuring her original oil paintings, poetry, and multi-genre vocal repertoire including her own arrangements. During the 2020-2021 pandemic, she continued to create multimedia shows for online viewing including “Farewell Ode to Winter - A Virtual Performance” filmed at The Floyd Center for the Arts in Floyd, VA and “Virtually Yours - Spring’s Serenade for Summer” filmed at the Moss Center in Blacksburg, VA both by MNF Productions. She recently performed live at the Auburn campus and virtually at the Louisiana Campus for the 2021 Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine White Coat Ceremony. She performed for the Mercer School of Medicine Commencement 2019 Ceremony, and her recorded performance was utilized for the virtual ceremony in 2020. She has been a proud member of the internationally acclaimed Lowcountry Voices Mass Choir as well as the separately auditioned Concert Choir, and has been featured as a regular soloist. She has also sung chorally with the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra Chorus. Rina, whose name in Hebrew means “Joyfully Singing”, has sung with multiple church choirs including ensembles, worship teams, and solo work. Because of her Jewish heritage, she also has served in a Cantorial role singing prayers in Hebrew. She has performed multiple solos at various historic sites while traveling in Israel.
Rina’s path to the profession has been nontraditional, having turned to the arts full time in 2012 after a career as a Physical Therapist. She received her Bachelor of Science from James Madison University, and her Master of Physical Therapy from Gannon University. Since that time, Rina has developed her musical gifts with several excellent mentors including Patricia Clevenger, Professor of Voice at Roanoke College, Sandra Barnhardt of Lift Up Your Voice Studio, and Dr. Jill Terhaar Lewis of Charleston Southern University. Rina has performed for multiple National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Master Classes as well as a SCNATS State Student Auditions in Spartanburg where she won first place and a Certificate of Distinction in her category (Contemporary Commercial Music). After receiving accolades from judges and reaching the final rounds of multiple voice competitions including Music International Grand Prix, Medici International Music Competition, CS Music, and New York Lyric Opera Company, she has been spotlighted in a national publication, CS Music Magazine, for her unique emergence into a fascinating new career https://www.csmusic.net/content/articles/an-artist-in-voice-paint/.
Rina has recently returned to the mountains of her native Virginia with her beloved husband John and their pups Ariel and Eli after a season of prolific artistic growth in Charleston, SC. Traveling from the sea to the summit, she re-opened her studio, Staff & Palette, in this lovely new setting, high atop ancient hills in Floyd County, which like the Lowcountry, provides so much inspiration for her work as an artist in paint, poetry, and voice. Though largely self taught in visual art, she has had some important mentors including Terry Lyon, Anne Way Bernard, Michael Farrar, and her own Uncle James Fleshman. In addition to being featured as a visual artist for multiple productions during Piccolo Spoleto 2019, her paintings have been published internationally in the May, August, and November 2021 issues of Artistonish Magazine, a juried, global publication. Her work was also featured in PETS 2021, an international juried online exhibition through EXHIBIZONE. She has also exhibited in several juried art shows including MOJA 2019 with Alvin Glen in Charleston, SC; Art Appalachia 2020 with Wendy Earle in Floyd, VA; the Floyd Center for the Arts 2021 National Exhibition juried by Z.L. Feng where she was awarded both Judge’s Choice and People’s Choice; and the 16th Biennial New River Art Juried Exhibition 2021 with Mary Holland in Radford, VA. In addition, her work has been invited for gallery shows including 2021 exhibitions The Gift of Art - 26 Years an Art Center and 18th Annual New Work Exhibition both in Floyd, VA. All of her paintings are accompanied by poetry, and plans are in the works to publish a book including images of her artwork and the poetic interpretations brushed onto the canvas. She has been writing poetry since her youth, but she has been inspired by mentoring and encouragement from Poet Laureate of Charleston, SC, Marcus Amaker. She sells her artwork online and from her home studio, and she often partners with animal charities, helping pups in need find loving homes through her “Painted Pooch Project”. She frequently uses her artwork as a way to advocate for worthy causes close to her heart. Her passion for building cultural bridges and deep desire for racial reconciliation and justice are important themes depicted in her work.