May 22nd, 2017

Goodbye to a Friend, RIP Virginia Phillips

deep-blue-sea159068-all-over-print-shirtsFriend of LOK, Virginia Jean Phillips, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 10, 2017. Virginia was a gifted artist who generously donated several of her images to LOK last year, in an effort to raise funds for young artist programming. She was delighted by the technology that allowed us to screen print her images onto all kinds of media, including t-shirts; in fact, she ordered an extra large one for herself to sleep in. We're so grateful to have part of her legacy live on through our program. Virginia always enjoyed painting and drawing since she was a little girl. In 1987, Virginia became a serious painter, influenced by Harriett Rex Smith at a workshop at the Art Barn. She continued to paint there with the inspiration of German Expressionist Konrad Juestel. Virginia's main focus was color with various degrees of abstraction. Her paintings have been identified as compositions in the style of Matisse, Gauguin, and Van Gogh. Virginia was a being of color, light, compassion and love for those whose lives she touched. She had a good word, a friendly demeanor, and an artistic and cheerful manner in how she encountered people and the world around her. She was a successful business woman, an artist and an inspiration on so many levels to so many people. Music was often playing when she created new pieces of art, each with a special touch and a fabulous depth of color.

virginiaThough her works of art are what will remain on the physical plane, perhaps the deepest impression is in the hearts of those she touched.  A celebration of Virginia's life and art will be held on Sunday, July 9, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. at the Art Barn in Jackson Township, 695 N 400 E, Valparaiso, Indiana 46383.