Featured Stories: Creativity in the Appalachian Highlands

 

These are the people, the organizations, and the projects that make the Appalachian Highlands so unique.

Nina Rizzo Wins Best in Show Award, Leaf & Root & Berry 2020

By Angelica Ares

Nina Rizzo grew up just outside of Washington D.C. and vividly remembers her parents taking her into the city when they had to go to work. They would take Nina and her sisters, give them a handful of quarters, and tell them to explore the city. The girls would spend most of their time at the National Gallery of Art. That’s where it all began. The time spent wandering the museums and galleries in D.C. inspired Nina to follow a career path in the arts.

“It’s amazing how what you experience as a child, later influences you as an adult,” she asserts.

Nina became interested in sculpture and classical nudes during her museum visits, and this influence later appeared in her own work, which includes photography, drawing, painting, printmaking, and assemblage. She has brought the artistic enthusiasm that she has developed over her lifetime to her current home in Bristol: “Now I live in the mountains of Southwest Virginia,” she says, “among the most gorgeous landscapes in the world! The combined influence of the early immersion into classical sculpture and painting and the beauty of my mountain home have given me much of the inspiration for my artwork.”

Leaf & Root & Berry was a natural fit for Nina, who drew the inspiration for her Best in Show winner, “Crossing”  from local native flora.  This lumen print reflects, according to the artist, “the delicacy and translucence of nature.”

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