Studio Artists

Bower Center is home to working studios of local artists covering many disciplines from painting with oils, watercolors, acrylics, to mosaics, installation art, photography, stained glass, sculpture, torn paper collage, pottery, and more.

Most studios are open to the public during Bower Center hours of operation.

 | Suzie Viemeister Emerging Artist Residency Program |


Jane Barefoot Rochelle

Torn Paper Collage

Offers: Commissions, Workshops


A native of Bedford, after living in Raleigh for 13 years, Jane is most happy to be back home, spending time with old friends and meeting new ones. A life-long creative spirit, she enjoys nature, music, spending time with her family, and creating images with torn paper! She delights in special orders for her clients, with a specialty in pet portraits.


Virginia Dickens

Fine Art Photography, Mixed Media Art


Virginia Lee Dickens (a.k.a. FRATCH), born in 1963, is a photographer, artist, and graphic designer. She graduated in 1984 from the Ringling College of Art and Design. Her major was illustration. Directly after Ringling, she continued her studies in Advanced Portfolio at the School of Visual Arts, NYC. Virginia began her professional career freelancing at several well known New York advertising firms and illustrationing for the publishing industry. In 1987 she established Visions Advertising, a firm with its roots in publishing. By 2006 the firm began specializing in Retail Technology. She packed up the paints and got down to the nitty gritty of computer generated design and marketing. Indeed, these were the skills which would lead to her photography passion and mixed media direction. “I loved the fact that I could combine so many of my skills to create unique and personal works of art,” says Virginia. Read More