On Thursday, July 11, the Montgomery Museum of Art & History will be opening an exhibit showcasing work by siblings Annie Armistead, Chris Hudson and Robin Poteet. The museum will host a reception for the show from 5 to 7 p.m., which is free and open to the public.

While Annie, Chris and Robin may have grown up together, they each take a unique approach to their artwork, tackling vastly different subject matter and mediums: Annie enjoys jewelry design, Chris focuses on architecture and home design, and Robin is a professional watercolor painter. The three grew up in an artistic family, but each of them found their specific area of passion separately, developing their personal style over time.

Annie’s passion for jewelry design began as an early interest in fashion. “Playing dress-up as a child, I always loved going through my mother’s and grandmother’s jewelry boxes,” she said. When she was older, Annie was able to put more time into her work, taking classes, doing workshops and buying new tools and supplies. She used jewelry and fashion as a form of self-expression and built a portfolio that later got her into art shows where she won awards for her work. Now, she creates intricate pieces of jewelry that she displays at her art gallery, Troika, in Floyd. When asked her favorite thing about the jewelry medium, Annie said, “I like that it is wearable art and becomes a personal part of the individual wearer.”

Like Annie, Chris showed an early interest in the style of art that later became his favorite — a passion for architecture since he was “in the single digits,” as he says, looking at his father’s drawings and practicing with his own Lincoln Logs. Today, Chris works on architectural design, focusing primarily on single-family homes. He explains that he likes designing these homes in particular because “each project is unique, as it intersects the needs and desires of people — individuals or family — [with] a place on Earth.” Chris now owns Cadence Architecture PC in Roanoke, where he’s able to continue growing his passion for architecture and design.

Robin’s love for the watercolor medium began in her teens and she’s been fascinated with its unpredictability and quirkiness ever since. Her work has been featured in national magazines and books and she has won dozens of awards in juried shows. Today, she maintains a studio/gallery in downtown Salem. For this show, she’ll have an eclectic mix of watercolor landscapes, figures and still life.

This exhibit will feature a wide variety of works by these talented siblings. Viewers will be able to see how each artist took their medium and brought it to life in completely different ways. “I’m in awe of how we humans manage to transform a simple piece of paper, or a lump of clay or notes in our head into incredibly beautifully works of art,” said Robin about artists of every medium. “How do we do this?! Maybe I’m naïve, but I love the idea that artists produce things seemingly out of thin air.”

The Montgomery Museum is located at 300 S. Pepper St. in Christiansburg. The show will be on display through the month of August.

Submitted by Alana Hassett

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