Michele Fletcher grew up in the Bull Run Mountains of Northern Virginia and got her first camera on her 10th birthday. She and her husband, Richard, have been Rockbridge County, VA., residents since 1997. A certified Landscape Designer and an avid photographer, she loves to capture perfect moments in time with her cameras. She carries one everywhere in hopes of capturing the perfect image. She focuses on the beauty of our world and informed by her career as a Landscape Designer, she uses the same artistic and compositional skills to choose and frame her shots. Many of her photos are landscapes which she hopes will transport viewers to a different moment or emotion. While she most often enjoys finding art in the landscape she is passionate about photographing anything that strikes her as intriguing, whether it is a flower, person, building, critter or sometimes just to document an experience for friends and community groups. She has volunteered much time and photography to local non-profit organizations.
A member of the Rockbridge Camera Club, Rockbridge Arts Guild and Charlottesville Camera Club she recommends them each for the camaraderie, mentoring and development of technical and visual skills and for friends that they have provided. She has taken classes in photography at Northern Virginia Community College and attended many workshops and lectures.
She has received awards for her images since 2009 and her work has been juried into regional and national shows. She was an invited guest artist on the 2015 Lexington – Rockbridge Studio tour. She won grand prize in the 2014 “Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay” Watershed photo contest for Falling Springs Fairyland and in 2016 received an Honorable Mention for another image. In 2017 her photos were juried into the Olin Hall Gallery Biennial Juried show at Roanoke College and into the VMRC Juried Art exhibition, Park Gables Gallery, Harrisonburg, VA and Art Speaks on the Bay Show, Mathews, VA. She had images in both the Alternative Views Juried Show at Carnegie Hall, WV and in the Academy Center of Arts Annual National Photography Show in Lynchburg, VA in 2017. Her images have also been used by the local tourism group in their marketing and a map cover. She had a solo show at the Staunton Augusta Art Gallery last spring and will have an exhibit at Carnegie Hall in Lewisburg, WV in July. She is a member of Co Art Gallery in Staunton, Virginia and a juried artist at the Alleghany Highlands Arts and Crafts Center in Clifton Forge, VA.
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Michele has taken photos for:
- Rockbridge Hospice
- Friends of Chessie Trail
- Fine Arts in Rockbridge
- Rockbridge Youth Chorale
- Blue Ridge Garden Club
- Rockbridge Symphony
- Shenandoah Balloon Club
- Balloons over Rockbridge
- Virginia Society of Landscape Designers
- Virginia Nursery and Landscape Association
- VMI –RCC Project “Day in the life of a Cadet” (2010)
February 2018 update