Tan will be hosting an art exhibit at the Purcellville Train Station on Saturday, Feb. 27. Contributed photo.
By Liz Tenney Jarvis.
On Saturday, Feb. 27, the historic Train Station in downtown Purcellville will host a one-person art exhibit and sale. Local artist Tan will have a large selection of paintings, quilts, embroidery, and gifts available.
A prolific artist, Tan began painting when she was 15 years old in Thailand. Her mother was a member of the Royal Thai Air Force and introduced Tan to some of the full-time Air Force artists who helped her with her artwork throughout her high school years. Tan studied accounting/business economy but never received a formal art education. “I never took an art class, I just looked and watched the artists. One of them helped me mix and learn technique and I loved it.” Tan said. She began selling her artwork while in high school, and by the time she was attending university, her work was largely portraits and wildlife scenes done in oil, acrylic and charcoal. Tan said, “I put myself through college selling my work but I did not go for the art degree.”
When Tan moved with her husband to Japan, she received a sewing machine and taught herself how to create elaborate quilts and stitchings. Again, she did not receive formal training in the world of textiles. However, Tan’s work is described by friends and fellow artists as incredibly intricate and detailed – the craftsmanship in all of her work is astonishing.
In 1998, Tan moved to the Purcellville area. She found that the local artists were very supportive and encouraged her to join the Gateway Gallery in Round Hill. Tan has extensive gardens and still travels to her family farm on the Chao Phraya River in Thailand where, along with a number of tropical flowers, they raise bananas, coconuts, and mangos. In addition to commissions, Tan’s recent artwork has been focused on nature and based on the gardens, flowers and wildlife at her home in Virginia, her farm in Thailand, and other parks and gardens in and around Virginia. Tan says, “when I am painting, it is a happy world for me.”
Hidden Treasures by Tan, an art show and sale, will be held Saturday, Feb. 27, from 10am to 4pm at the Purcellville Train Station, 200 N 21st St, Purcellville. The exhibit will be a one-day art shopping event featuring the artist’s original garden scene oil paintings, exquisite embroidery on exotic Thai silk, intricately sewn quilts and seasonal home decorations. Refreshments available. Free to the public. More of Tan’s work may be seen by visiting TansGallery.com.