Upcoming Exhibits

December 6, 2022 - January 14, 2023  

A Stitch in Time: Cross Stitch by Marilyn Vaughn

Sponsored by Bunco Babes, Nancy Baker, Susan Critz, Jerri and Joe DeVault, Sandra Ford, Olivia and Pres Garrett, Libby Kormos, Anne and Gene Madonia, Susan and David Morris, Betty Lou and Ron Pigg, John and Deborah Schupp, Virginia Foothills Quilters Guild and Lynwood Artists

Featuring cross stitch samplers by Marilyn Vaughn created over three decades. 

Admission Free

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December 6, 2022 - January 14, 2023  

The Art of the Quilt

Sponsored by Bunco Babes, Nancy Baker, Susan Critz, Jerri and Joe DeVault, Sandra Ford, Olivia and Pres Garrett, Libby Kormos, Anne and Gene Madonia, Susan and David Morris, Betty Lou and Ron Pigg, John and Deborah Schupp, Virginia Foothills Quilters Guild and Lynwood Artists

Curated by master quilter Linda M. Fiedler and quilter Betty Blessin, The Art of the Quilt is a showcase of quilted works by artists from across the Southeast. More than 40 artists participate in this biennial exhibition, displaying work from bed coverings to quilted clothing, to non-utilitarian art pieces made purely for the love of the craft.  

Admission Free

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December 6, 2022 - January 14, 2023  

Virginia Foothills Quilters Guild

Sponsored by Bunco Babes, Nancy Baker, Susan Critz, Jerri and Joe DeVault, Sandra Ford, Olivia and Pres Garrett, Libby Kormos, Anne and Gene Madonia, Susan and David Morris, Betty Lou and Ron Pigg, John and Deborah Schupp, Virginia Foothills Quilters Guild and Lynwood Artists

The Lynwood Artists Gallery features work by Virginia Foothills Quilters Guild. This a biennial group exhibition includes everything from wearables to wall hangings to good, old-fashioned bed coverings.

The Lynwood Artists Gallery is curated by Lynwood Artists, an organization for practicing artists in the Martinsville-Henry County area. Its members share a desire to stimulate understanding and enjoyment of fine art and the artistic process, while providing area artists with opportunities to exhibit and further develop their talents.

Admission Free

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TIMOTHY DUFFY, Freeman Vines, Hanging Tree Guitars #2, Freeman and his guitars in the tobacco field outside his home, 2015
January 28, 2023 - March 18, 2023  

Freeman Vines | Hanging Tree Guitars

For decades, artist Freeman Vines has made guitars in his shop in eastern North Carolina using found objects, including wood from a tree where a man was once lynched. In addition to Vines' haunting sculptures, the Hanging Tree Guitars exhibition also includes a number of tintype photographs by Timothy Duffy. Freeman Vines' sculpture and words are the subject of the book, "Hanging Tree Guitars" by Freeman Vines with Timothy Duffy and Zoe Van Buren.

"To meet Freeman Vines is to meet America itself. An artist, a luthier and a spiritual philosopher, Vines' life is a roadmap of the truths and contradictions of the American South. He remembers the hidden histories of the eastern North Carolina land on which his family has lived since enslavement. For over 50 years Vines has transformed materials culled from a forgotten landscape in his relentless pursuit of building a guitar capable of producing a singular tone that has haunted his dreams. From tobacco barns, mule troughs, and radio parts he has created hand-carved guitars, each instrument seasoned down to the grain by the echoes of its past life. In 2015, Vines befriends photographer Timothy Duffy and the two begin to document the guitars, setting off a mutual outpouring of the creative spirit. But when Vines acquires a mysterious stack of wood from the site of a lynching, Vines and Duffy find themselves each grappling with the spiritual unrest and the psychic toll of racial violence living in the very grain of America." – Zoe Van Buren

This exhibition is organized by the Music Maker Foundation. Music Maker has mounted over 50 exhibitions across the U.S. in the last six years, including exhibitions at the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Huntsville Museum of Art, the Morris Museum of Art, and the New York Library for the Performing Arts.

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January 28, 2023 - March 18, 2023  

The World Beside the Rails

On loan from the Robert Wright Forsyth Estate and Trust

A Richmond, Virginia native, Robert Wright Forsyth IV (1952–2021) often found himself at odds with society and the world outside the pond-side forest cottage he called home. As a link to the world around him, he began photographing the natural world. Forsyth was fascinated with the interplay of light, object and motion. When he began work with Norfolk Southern Railroad, machines took on a larger role in his photography, incorporating a sense of space very different from the wooded pond he loved. The natural world and the mechanical world formed a union that he explored until his death.

 

 


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January 28, 2023 - March 18, 2023  

Works by Rocky Wall

The Lynwood Artists Gallery features work by photographer Rocky Wall.

The Lynwood Artists Gallery is curated by Lynwood Artists, an organization for practicing artists in the Martinsville-Henry County area. Its members share a desire to stimulate understanding and enjoyment of fine art and the artistic process, while providing area artists with opportunities to exhibit and further develop their talents.


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April 1, 2023 - May 13, 2023  

Works by Lisa Garrett

The Lynwood Artists Gallery features work by Lisa Garrett. 

The Lynwood Artists Gallery is curated by Lynwood Artists, an organization for practicing artists in the Martinsville-Henry County area. Its members share a desire to stimulate understanding and enjoyment of fine art and the artistic process, while providing area artists with opportunities to exhibit and further develop their talents.


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April 1, 2023 - May 13, 2023  

Once and Again: Alterations

Susan Lenz works in partnership with her materials to articulate the accumulated memory inherent in discarded things. By using multiples of seemingly mundane items, she puts into perspective the abundance of life and the capacity to keep things as if for a "rainy day." Paper clips, keys, bottle caps, buttons, nails, plastic spoons and old clock parts are combined with dominoes, film reels, old toys and holiday decorations. These and so many other, often vintage, items are repetitively hand-stitched into meditative patterns on sections of old quilts, bringing an extraordinary new life to otherwise everyday things.

Other altered works addresses marriage, systemic racism, genealogy, reliance on mechanical appliances and common adages. In each piece, Lenz uses a familiar object in an unexpected way to voice current ideas and social concern.

Lenz's work has appeared in national publications, numerous juried and invitational exhibitions and at fine craft shows including the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Smithsonian Craft Shows. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Textile Museum in Washington, DC and the McKissick Museum in South Carolina. Susan has been awarded fully funded fellowships to several art residencies including Great Basin National Park, Guadalupe Mountains National Park, The Anderson Center, PLAYA, Hot Springs National Park, the Studios of Key West, and Homestead National Monument. She has been featured on art quilting television programs, Columbia Museum of Art’s educational videos, and South Carolina Etv. Her solo shows and installations have been mounted all over the world, including at Mesa Contemporary Museum of Art and as far away as the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham, England.

Admission Free

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April 1, 2023 - May 13, 2023  

Identity, Stories, Connections

Linda Starr is an artist of passion whose work exudes the same colorful and playful energy as her spirit. Her intuitive painting process is an arrival point reached over a multi-decade career as a painter. In Starr's work, nothing is planned or pre-engineered. She applies paint on canvas without conscious thought to the subject, often rotating the canvas in different directions before determining how the images will emerge.

Her paintings are often sculptural, laden with texture and vibrant color, and always full of story. Starr uses shape, patterns and repetition to create whimsical scenes with rich tones and meaning. Much like the way a story provides setting, plot, characters and action to elicit an emotion from the reader, Starr intends to do the same for the viewer with her work.

Whether she is creating icon-like imagery of strong female leaders, like Ruth Bader Ginsburg, or a surrealistic cityscapes full of detail, Starr hopes to energize the viewer and to provide them with that same sense of joy that she feels during her spontaneous and free painting process.

A New York City native, Starr spent 10 years in private study with Carla Re’, 15 years in the film industry and 10 years designing window displays. Since relocating to North Carolina in 2007, she co-founded the North Carolina Women’s Art Collective and works to champion opportunities and make space for women artists of her age.

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June 3, 2023 - July 28, 2023  

Expressions 2023

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 hundreds of artists working in watercolor, oil and acrylic, mixed media, drawing, photography and sculpture.

Visit the museum to vote for the People's Choice Award. Winner will be announced after the close of the exhibit.


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