Upcoming Exhibits

A member of Gee's Bend Quilters displays a quilt
February 24, 2024 - March 16, 2024  

The Gee’s Bend Experience

12:00AM

Sponsored by Betty Blessin, Imogene & Isadore Draper, Ben Gravely, Mallory & Richard Joyce, Debra Poirier & George Mehaffey, Jennifer Reis & Pete Mannen, Joan & Monty Montgomery, Madie & Jim Rountree, Gail Vogler, Brenda & Joe Williams and Lynwood Artists

“Some of the most miraculous works of modern art America has produced.” — The New York Times

Known for its bold, improvisational designs and the use of recycled fabrics, Gee’s Bend’s patchwork quilting tradition began in the 19th century and continues today.

These quilts constitute a crucial chapter in the history of American art. The residents of Gee’s Bend, Alabama (also known as Boykin) are direct descendants of the enslaved people who worked the cotton plantation established there in 1816 by Joseph Gee.

After the Civil War, the ancestors of Gee’s Bend’s residents remained on the plantation working as sharecroppers. When cotton prices fell during the Great Depression, the community faced ruin until the Federal Government purchased 10,000 acres of the former plantation and provided loans enabling residents to acquire and farm the land. Unlike the residents of other tenant com­munities, who could be forced by economic circumstances to move — or who were sometimes evicted in retaliation for their efforts to achieve civil rights — the people of Gee’s Bend could retain their land and homes. Cultural traditions like quilt making were nourished by these continuities.

Today, the non-profit organization Sew Gee's Bend Heritage Builders works to promote the quilters of Gee’s Bend and has fostered collaborations with major fashion houses like Greg Lauren, Chloe and Marfa Stance and exhibitions at major museums around the world inculding the Whitney Museum of American Art. Learn more about Sew Gee's Bend Heritage Builders here.

Admission Free

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Jonathan Lee, Diana
February 24, 2024 - March 16, 2024  

Antiquity Second Hand

12:00AM

Sponsored by Betty Blessin, Imogene & Isadore Draper, Ben Gravely, Mallory & Richard Joyce, Debra Poirier & George Mehaffey, Jennifer Reis & Pete Mannen, Joan & Monty Montgomery, Madie & Jim Rountree, Gail Vogler, Brenda & Joe Williams and Lynwood Artists

Jonathan Lee is an artist and librarian living and working in Richmond, Virginia. His studio practice explores ephemeral memory, secret histories and social constructions; often through abstracting activated materials. His social practice utilizes multi-modal approaches to engage individuals, small groups, and communities with ideas through discussion, art making and display.

Lee's work is made predominantly from used, discarded or repurposed materials. Charged by exchanges and interactions of often unknown consequence, these materials have the power to reveal things about our past, present and future, not just because of what they are, but who we are. By altering their original form and function, Lee investigates how information is created, interpreted and renewed through individuals, communities and systems. By engaging in both art making and the research process, he solves problems of his own design while reflecting on problems in the world.

In the studio, Lee is engaged in at least two conversations. One is with himself (What am I feeling and thinking?) The other is with the materials (What are they doing and saying?) Where these dialogs overlap is where the work takes shape; a product of following small details to unexpected places.

Lee's work responds to both the materials and the maker, a collection of personal and communal experiences where patterns and connections are both made and broken. These abstractions offer an alternative apparatus for taking in and questioning information. An opportunity to consider things differently.

Admission Free

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Karen Despot, Pears, Acrylic on canvas, 20 x 20 x 1. Private collection.
February 24, 2024 - March 16, 2024  

LIfe's Journey: Works by Karen Despot

12:00AM

Sponsored by Betty Blessin, Imogene & Isadore Draper, Ben Gravely, Mallory & Richard Joyce, Debra Poirier & George Mehaffey, Jennifer Reis & Pete Mannen, Joan & Monty Montgomery, Madie & Jim Rountree, Gail Vogler, Brenda & Joe Williams and Lynwood Artists

The Lynwood Artists Gallery features work by Karen Despot. What makes Despot unusual is her multi-disciplinary expertise. She is equally skilled as a seamstress, a portrait painter, mural designer and painter, furniture design painter, jewelry designer and maker, wedding planner (including designing and creating the gowns of the bride and wedding party), graphic designer and art instructor.

Her interest in the arts has been life-long and varied, she has produced and taught, and opened the first gallery in the area to showcase and promote local artists as well as her own school of art.

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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Meritha Alderman, Bolivar, lint on canvas
March 30, 2024 - May 11, 2024  

Lintspiration by Meritha Alderman

12:00AM

The Lynwood Artists Gallery features work by Meritha Alderman, a multi-media artist known for her signature "paintings" created using dryer lint. 

Alderman has a BFA in studio art and an MA in art education. She is originally from Roanoke, Virginia, and now lives in Martinsville where she is an art teacher at Laurel Park Middle School.

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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Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond. Arthur and Margaret Glasgow Endowment. Photo: Troy Wilkinson © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
March 30, 2024 - May 11, 2024  

Salvador Dali: Le Chants de Maldoror

12:00AM

Featuring 44 etchings that the Spanish Surrealist artist Salvador Dalí created in Paris in 1934, as well as a portrait of the artist by Carl Van Vechten from the same year, this exhibition presents the unique proof set for the complete series of etchings that make up the first edition of Les Chants de Maldoror – the infamous 1869 prose poem by Isidore Ducasse. Curated by Dr. Michael R. Taylor, chief curator and deputy director for art and education, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

Admission Free

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Ken Smith, Manco la Fortuna
March 30, 2024 - May 11, 2024  

Citizens and Soldiers: The Mostly World War II Paintings

12:00AM

A compilation of mostly World War II illustrations created by Ken Smith for the Advanced Squad Leader board game, originally reproduced on game boxes, magazines and folders. The exhibit contains 15 paintings spanning the era of 1939 (Kollaa Holds) to 1950 (Frozen). 

Smith is an associate professor of graphic design at Radford University. He is a current or former member of the Society of Illustrators, the Society of Publication Designers, the AIGA, the Salmagundi Club and the Coast Guard Art Program, where he has won the prestigious George Grey Award of Artistic Excellence on three separate occasions. His paintings and illustrations are featured at both the East Tennessee Historical Society and the McClung Museum in Knoxville, Tennessee, as well as at Fort Loudoun State Historic Area museum in Vonore, Tennessee.

 

Admission Free

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June 1, 2024 - July 26, 2024  

Expressions 2024

12:00AM

Reception sponsored by King's Grant • Best in Show sponsored by Virginia Glass & Mirror

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.

Admission Free

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