A splash of cerulean blue paint clashes against streaks of red and gold acrylic. Marbled swirls of deep hues of red and navy dance across the white gessoed canvas. These works of art are more than eye-catching original paintings; they embody the resourcefulness and beauty that is found all over the hills of Central Texas.
Welcome to the very colorful world of Virginia Grumbles: Artist, instructor, world traveler, charter member of the Lake Travis Arts League and retired Lake Travis High School art teacher. She is a fifth generation Texan, and counts the beauty of the Texas Hill Country as one of her inspirations for many of the paintings she has displayed in recent years.
As far as art exhibitions go, Ms. Grumbles has had the honor of displaying her vibrant works in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Princeton, New Jersey, and in Austin at St. Edwards University and at Laguna Gloria Art Museum. And this January, Virginia will be exhibiting her works in Lakeway at Lake Travis Community Library.
Working mostly with acrylics, watercolor and oil paints, she is able to bring together disparate color schemes which meld together and mingle to form beautiful abstract works of art. Her works carry with them the richness of Texas history that Virginia has been brewed and steeped in for decades.
Ms. Grumbles has touched many peoples’ lives with her gift of art, from her exhibition goers to her countless students from Austin and Lake Travis. After retiring from teaching in 1993, she decided to focus more on her artistic endeavors and has been a productive painter in recent years. Her love of teaching is still as strong as ever, as she privately teaches students the fundamentals of art. Her studio, Little Barton Studio, is located just up the way off Hamilton Pool Road. All January long during regular business hours, stop by the Lake Travis Community Library to take in the rich and hued artistic collection by Virginia Grumbles. Lake Travis Community Library Hours Monday: 10am – 7pm Tuesday: 10am – 7pm Wednesday: 10am – 6pm Thursday: 10am – 6pm Friday: 10am – 6pm Saturday: 10am – 4pm Sunday: 1pm – 4pm