Upcoming Exhibits

January 25, 2022 - March 12, 2022  

Tara Compton

Sponsored by Gael and Smith Chaney, Cindy and Steve Edgerton, Marty Gardner, Jennifer Reis and Pete Mannen, Barbara and Guy Stanley, The Martinsville Graduate Kappa Delta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and Lynwood Artists

The Lynwood Artists Gallery features the work of local abstract painter, sculptor and jewelry designer Tara Compton.

Admission Free

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Ironing Board Sam, Ninth Wonder of the World, Hillsborough, NC, 2015, Timothy Duffy. Wet-plate collodion photography printed with the platinum/palladium process.
January 28, 2022 - March 12, 2022  

Our Living Past: Platinum Portraits of Southern Music Makers

Sponsored by Gael and Smith Chaney, Cindy and Steve Edgerton, Marty Gardner, Jennifer Reis and Pete Mannen, Barbara and Guy Stanley, The Martinsville Graduate Kappa Delta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and Lynwood Artists

For 35 years, photographer Timothy Duffy has forged a unique vision immortalizing Southern musical heroes and the world in which they live. The founder of Music Maker Foundation — a non-profit that preserves the musical traditions of the South by directly supporting the musicians who make it — Duffy traveled the South to capture this compelling collection of 25 wet-plate collodion photographs, which were printed with the platinum/palladium process.

The exhibit includes portraits ranging from guitar virtuoso and Allman Brothers Band member Derek Trucks and legendary bluesman Taj Mahal to lesser-known blues and soul artists, as well as images of instruments, like former Carolina Chocolate Drops member Dom Flemons' circa 1920 banjo, “Big Head Joe.”


About Music Maker Foundation

Timothy and Denise Duffy founded Music Maker Foundation in 1994 to preserve and support our nation’s musical traditions by improving the lives of the artists who make them. Music Maker programs serve the most vulnerable artists — those marginalized by age, poverty, race, gender, etc. — because these are the artists least likely to have the resources to share their musical messages with the world. Since 1994, Music Maker has served over 500 musicians whose work spans the entire history of American music: blues, gospel, folk, singer-songwriter, Appalachian string band and Native American. 

Admission Free

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January 25, 2022 - March 12, 2022  

Dear B.J.: Postcards from the Pandemic

Sponsored by Gael and Smith Chaney, Cindy and Steve Edgerton, Marty Gardner, Jennifer Reis and Pete Mannen, Barbara and Guy Stanley, The Martinsville Graduate Kappa Delta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and Lynwood Artists

Imagine stumbling upon a timeworn box of postcards. Maybe you are exploring a flea market, a museum archive, or even a dusty attic. A sense of voyeurism compels you to look closer and to read the one-sided correspondence on the cards. Perhaps you wonder about the writer, the addressee, and the images themselves. And maybe, just maybe, you find yourself time-traveling as you experience the life witnessed in these intimate missives. 

The Postcards

This is the premise behind Dear B.J.: Postcards from the Pandemic. This series is a creative non-fiction interpretation of life in Appalachia during the COVID-19 pandemic, as imagined by artist L.S. King, through intimate postcard-sized images and written correspondence. Each card features a black-and-white photograph with a backside written to a mysterious B.J. and signed by “ME.” Through these vagaries, King invites the viewer into a shared world. Perhaps you wonder who B.J. is, or maybe you know. Perhaps you relate to the “ME,” who signed the cards. And as you think about it all, perhaps you overlay King's visual narrative over your own. 

The Images

King began photographing her neighborhood during daily walks in March 2020, when social isolation became the normal way of life. These images are purposefully reminiscent of the photography prevalent during the 1918 pandemic, specifically Pictorialism. This turn-of-the-20th-century art movement employed photographic manipulation to heighten grain and increase shadows to enhance an image’s emotive and atmospheric qualities. Such images read like poetry to King and are what she envisioned when working with these photographs. 

Much like the end products of Pictorialism and early tourism memorabilia, King chose to print her artwork using a photo-mechanical process. She finished these as photopolymer gravure prints, a modern incarnation of the historic photogravure practice. Photopolymer gravures involve transferring an image to a light-sensitive printing plate, which is then developed, hardened, inked and paper is pressed onto the plate to create the end photograph.

 


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March 24, 2022 - March 26, 2022  

VMFA On the Road

at Piedmont Arts

VMFA on the Road is a traveling art museum from Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, that brings art to remote corners of Virginia by way of the museum's Statewide Partners program.

Tour A View from Home: Landscapes of Virginia, featuring paintings, photographs, woodblock prints and engravings from the VMFA's permanent collection representing various styles and periods. Featured artists include Adele Clark, Hullihen Williams Moore, George H. Benjamin Johnson, Miwako Nishizawa, and others. A View from Home takes the place of VMFA on the Road’s first exhibition, How Far Can Creativity Take You: VMFA Fellowship Artists, which included works by Sally Mann, Cy Twombly, Dennis Winston and others.

Admission Free

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Hawks Nest Overlook, Fayette County, West Virginia, Roger May
March 26, 2022 - May 7, 2022  

Looking at Appalachia

Roger May is an Appalachian American photographer and writer based in Alum Creek, West Virginia. He was born in the Tug River Valley on the West Virginia and Kentucky border, in the heart of Hatfield and McCoy country. His work explores the complicated history of place, faith and identity in the coalfields. In 2014, he founded the crowdsourced Looking at Appalachia project. He lectures about his work and about the visual representation of Appalachia.

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Eastern Panthea (Panthea Furcilla), Deborah Davis, acrylic on canvas
March 26, 2022 - May 7, 2022  

Out of the Darkness

Moths are the shamen of the night forest, hidden until we seek them. Deborah Davis brings to light the true character of these nocturnal creatures in paintings that are at once expansive and intimate. Capturing the intricate patterns and colors of moths—which are rarely observed in casual encounters at the porch light—in grand scale, Davis lifts the veil of mystery surrounding these nighttime visitors. 

Admission Free

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May 28, 2022 - July 29, 2022  

Expressions 2022

Expressions is an annual exhibition of work by artists from southern Virginia and the surrounding regions. This showcase of regional talent features an eclectic mix of work from more than 90 artists, including watercolor, oil and acrylic, 3D, mixed media and drawing.

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