past exhibits 2012-2014

Exhibits in The Arts Center In Orange Morin Gallery are offered free to the public thanks to the support of the Virginia Commission for the Arts and community sponsors.


In the Morin Gallery at The Arts Center In Orange

129 East Main Street, Orange, VA, (540) 672-7311
Hours: 10am-5pm, Monday-Saturday
Exhibits are offered free to the public thanks to the support of the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, our community sponsors and people like you.
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From Oak Creek to the Accotink
An exhibit of plein air landscapes by Clive Pates & ceramics by Virginia Rood Pates
Exhibit dates: October 2 – November 29, 2014
Opening reception: Thursday, October 2 from 5-7pm
Clive’s paintings are a plein air record of the couple’s recent travels from Arizona to Virginia, while Virginia’s ceramics are constructed of the materials that created these same landscapes.
Clive Pates describes himself as a gesturalist: representing his subject with brush and knife work, sculpturally describing the space created between the artist, the landscape and the picture surface. Adamantly unsentimental about the subjects for his paintings, he prefers to be described as an “abstract painter with an ongoing fling for realism.”  His work has been awarded numerous commendations, including a British Fulbright Scholarship, three Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grants and two Andy Warhol Foundation Grants. He has taught at the Queens Road School of Art in Bristol, England, the Verrocchio Arts Centre in Casole d’Elsa, Tuscany, and the Sedona, Arizona, campus of Yavapai College.
Virginia Pates digs, invents and uses an ever-changing palette of clays to create her loose, thin and gesturally thrown forms, with an unusual range of glaze colors and surfaces. Her ceramic work is based on the relationship between material and process. The process of wheel-throwing, the creation of a pure cylinder, is a repeatable process which allows her to experiment with variations of material. Throwing with loose, gestural moves, she stretches and pushes the pots to the limits of stability. Inclusions of natural clay, sand, hair, glass or rock generate forms when displacing the clay, creating unexpected shifts of balance and texture. Cutting the pots from the wheel, often with twisted wires or springs, and dropping them onto open frames, the clay is free to move as it begins the drying process, allowing the materials within the clay body to shift and coagulate, refining the shape and center of gravity.  The organic inclusions are vaporized in the kiln, leaving only fossil-like vacancies. However, the inorganic minerals mirror the cyclical nature of ceramics. Stone decays into clay, is formed and then fired, the magma-like temperatures of the kiln simulating the conditions of geologic transformation and vitrifying the material back into stone.  With a BFA from Mississippi State University and an MFA from the Centre for Ceramic Studies at the University of Wales in Cardiff, UK, she has taught at the Queens Road School of Art in Bristol, England, at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (through Hurricane Katrina), at the Verde Valley Campus of Yavapai College in Arizona, and currently at the Annandale Campus of Northern Virginia Community College.
 Cover work: (left to right) Crook Branch, Accotink Creek, Virginia, oil on linen by Clive Pates, White stoneware with dirt from Oak Creek Canyon and Mingus Mountain by Virginia Rood Pates, Crescent Moon Park, Sedona, Arizona, oil on linen by Clive Pates, White Stoneware with a band of Northern Virginia micaceous red clay by Virginia Rood Pates. 
Digging and Creating with Orange Dirt
To accompany the gallery exhibit, ceramic artist Virginia Pates will offer a 2-day workshop in collecting and working with Orange County’s native Davidson Clay.
Dates:  November 22 -23, 2014
Time:  1-4pm
Fee:  $75
Anyone who has landscaped or laundered in Orange Virginia knows that there is an abundance of clay our soil. If you have ever wondered about making art out of local clay, this workshop will give you the opportunity for a guided exploration to collect ceramic materials in the countryside around Orange, with discussions of the landscape’s geologic and artistic history, and studio lessons in techniques for creating and firing your work.  For adult students of all levels (will consider younger students with accompanying adult) are welcome in this small group course.
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Still Life Oil Paintings by John Corrao & Megan Marlatt
Opening Reception: Thursday, August 7 from 5-7pm
Exhibit Dates: August 7 – September 27, 2014
John Corrao’s inspiration for this series came from his collection of late 19th and early 20th century cast iron toys. “They usually sat in an orderly fashion next to the kitchen table, cars on one shelf trucks on another, etc. Each morning they greeted me complete with their hard earned nicks, dings, wear spots and rust–a testament to the generations of children that played with them. They touched me, put a smile on my face and connected me to the past and a time of less wired childhoods. Alas, when the kitchen was to be painted the collection was unceremoniously moved to the dining room table. There was no order, trucks with planes, tractors with dolls, pure chaos! Toys which here-to-fore had never met began to form friendships and alliances. They saw each other in a new light as I did. So inspired I began a series of “Toy” paintings. Which included no less than 54 wheels, 27 marbles, 24 Cheerios, 19 ½ M&M’s, 13 Crayons and 1 stinkbug, but who’s counting.
Megan Marlatt draws inspiration from the multitude of corky characters and funky forms produced today in plastic toys. “Most of the toys I choose to paint are products of packaged fast food meals for children found in thrift stores and yard sales. The paintings I create from these discarded playthings often fall into two polar oppositions: one being critical of our consumer society, the other being complicit to it. Colorful and glossy, I sometimes paint these small toys in densely packed piles that speak to me of mass consumerism, chaos and cultural vertigo. Other times, I isolate a special toy and focus on it endearingly while animating it in paint.”
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John Corrao, Big Brother, oil on panel
Megan Marlatt, detail from Animals 2, acrylic, oil & spray paint on linen 
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WoodWork:  Design, Art & Craft
Including work by: Christina Boy, Anne Scarpa McCauley, John Noffsinger, Jo Perez, Helen Heins Peterson, Phineas Rose Wood Joinery & John Shumate
Opening reception: June 12 from 5-7pm
Exhibit dates: June 12 – July 31, 2014*
*The Arts Center will be closed for the holidays June 30 – July 5, 2014.
Young Visions 2014
Young Visions 2014: The Art of Orange County School Children
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 8 from 5-7pm
Exhibit Dates: May 8 – 31, 2014
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Transcendence & Motion: The Thrill Life
Opening Reception: Thursday, April 3 from 5-7pm
Exhibit Dates: April 3 – 30, 2014
In the Morin Gallery at The Arts Center In Orange
Paintings by Warren Cox & Tiziana Stella (Bernadette Haus Art)
“We call ourselves Bernadette Haus to reference and pay tribute to Paul Klee and Wassily Kandinsky of the Bauhaus School of Art, which we find to be our greatest mutual inspiration.” More about Bernadette Haus at:
Our Town . Three Painters
Our Town:  Three Painters
New work by three artists from Orange, Virginia
Opening Reception:  Thursday, February 6 from 5-7pm
Exhibit Dates:  February 6 – March 29, 2014
Todd Brown received his BA in Fine Art from Lynchburg College in 1980. Since then he has operated a sign business where there has always been a fuzzy distinction between “sign” and “art”. In recent years, he turned “serious” in his pursuit of fine art and opened a studio in Orange, Virginia. He has sold hundreds of prints and originals. Favorite subjects include the railroad, scenes from the town of Orange, Virginia landscapes, Williamsburg and beach scenes from Nags Head, North Carolina.
 Kelly Lonergan received an MFA in painting and printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1991. He worked in a studio at the McGuffey Art Center in Charlottesville and exhibited his paintings throughout the state before leaving to teach at Germanna Community College and Piedmont VA Community College. He joined the faculty of Woodberry Forest School in 1995 where he continues to teach studio art and art history.
Lee Nixon Jr. received his Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education from Virginia State University in 1975. He taught at Daniel Morgan Middle School in Winchester, Virginia for five years. In 1980, Lee returned to Orange, to teach at Orange County High School where he initiated an annual Arts and Science Festival. His impressionist paintings have appeared in numerous galleries, including the Science Museum of Richmond, and the Arts Center in Orange.
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New Paintings by John David WisslerExhibit Dates:  December 5 , 2013 – January 31, 2014* Opening Reception: Dec. 5 from 5 – 7pm
John David Wissler is a Pennsylvania based painter who shows at the Lancaster Galleries and the Islesford Artists Gallery of Little Cranberry Island, Maine. Wissler attended Kutztown University for his BFA and Parsons School of Design for his MFA in 1989, where he studied with Paul Resika, who in turn had studied with Hans Hofmann. Read about him and his Friday Friends painting group at www.fridayfriendsart including a fine article from the December 2012 issue of Plein Air Magazine titled “Contemporary Ideas about Surface and Spaces.”
* The Arts Center will be closed for the holidays, Dec. 24 – Jan 2.
Race to the Races
The Race to the Races
Exhibit dates:  October 3 – November 30, 2013
Opening reception:  October 3 from 5-7pm
Opening with a reception and Main Street ART Walk from 5-7pm on October 3 and running through Novemeber 30, The Morin Gallery at The Arts Center In Orange celebrates the Montpelier Hunt Races with an exhibit of race inspired paintings and drawings by artists Kelly Wilkinson Coffin, Kitty Dodd, Donna Roper Doyle, Alana Fuller, Susan Garnett, Clinton Helms, Elaine Hurst, Sandy Lawrence, Sue Linthicum, Lee Nixon, Chee Kludt Ricketts and Martha Strawther.Each of the gallery’s exhibiting artists competed in “The Race to the Races” contest to be selected for the 2013 Montpelier Hunt Race poster.  The winning work by artist Sandy Lawrence will be on display until Race Day on November 2.  Lawrence’s highly detailed pencil drawing shows Marion duPont Scott’s horse, Battleship, leading over Becher’s Brook in the Grand National on March 25, 1938.  This year marks the 75th anniversary of his Grand National win which put him down in the record books as the first American bred and American owned horse to win the Grand National.  He is still the smallest horse to ever win, with the youngest jockey, Bruce Hobbs who was only 17.  This win catapulted Marion duPont Scott and her Montpelier Racing stable into international fame.Also in the gallery, paper mache horse sculpture by The Big Head Brigade (a U.V.A. based artist collective making papier-mâché capgrossos (big heads) using traditional Spanish methods), and  Barbara Berne Smith’s bas relief interpretation of the Montpelier Hunt Race.Concurrent Orange Main Street satellite exhibits:Paintings by Kelly Wilkinson Coffin at Virginia National Bank – 102 E. Main Street,Eleszabeth McNeel Photography at The Light Well Restaurant – 110 E. Main Street,Susan Carter Photography at Law Offices of Sean D. Gregg – 111 E. Main Street,Paintings by Michelle Powell at Holladay House B&B – 155 W. Main StreetPaintings by Sandra Massey Forbush at Frank Hardy, Inc. Realtors – 132 East Main StreetThe exhibit and Art Walk are free and the public is invited thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Montpelier Steeplechase Foundation and the Orange Downtown Alliance.
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Local Harvest:  Artists Celebrate Virginia’s Bounty From Earth to Table
Opening with an Art Walk and receptions on Thursday, August 1 from 5-7pm and continuing through September 28, The Arts Center In Orange and The Orange Downtown Alliance present “Local Harvest” a Main Street celebration of Virginia’s bountiful harvest including work by 25 area artists in the Arts Center’s Morin Gallery at 129 East Main Street, and satellite exhibits at Virginia National Bank at 102 E. Main Street, The Light Well Restaurant at 110 E. Main Street, Law Offices of Sean D. Gregg at 111 E. Main Street and Holladay House B&B at 155 W. Main Street.
Participating artists:
Christina Boy
Janice Breeden
Tracy Brown
Bridget Bryant
Ramey Campbell
John Corrao
Kathleen Craig
Kitty Dodd
Willa Frayser
Susan Garnett
Randolph Gatling
David Golden
Martha Harris
Ed King
Susan Krieg
Sue Linthicum
Gail Maslyk
Anne Scarpa McCauley
Marcia Molnar
Linda Boudreaux Montgomery
Lee Nixon
Phineas Rose Wood Joinery
Chee Kludt Ricketts
Pat Temples
Jan Tyrrell
Arts & Old Lace:  An Art Quilt Challenge Exhibit with a Flowery Finish!
Exhibit Dates: July 11 – 27, 2013
Opening Reception” July 11, 5-7pm
What do you think of when you hear, “Arts Old Lace?” A classic movie?  Your favorite fabric or trim?  Recreating classic art with an unexpected textile?  Or creating modern art with a vintage feel?  Does lace conjure images of weddings, baptisms, lingerie, table linens?  Using Arts Old Lace as your inspiration, create an art quilt that expresses your point of view.  This is what Virginia art quilters Cyndi Souder and Judy Gula asked of the 80 quilters who participated in Arts & Old Lace: An Art Quilt Challenge.  What they got in return was an amazing collection of 86 quilts addressing such topics as ancestors, weddings, flowers, lacemaking, famous artwork, and puns.  The Arts & Old Lace exhibit presents 86 quilts by artists from 10 states, the UK, and Canada.  More about the challenge at:
In keeping with our area’s fabulous ART & FLOWER tradition, The Arts Center In Orange invites local arrangers to visit the Arts & Old Lace exhibit to register and select a quilt for floral interpretation. Entries will be accepted through 5pm on July 22. July 25 – An Art in Flowers Reception, 5:30 – 7pm July 26 – Arrangements will be on view from  10am – 5pm.
The Arts & Old Lace Quilt Artists:
Christine Adams, Rockville, MD
Nicki Allen, Springfield, VA
Susan Baker, Arlington, VA
Gay Bitter, Springfield, VA
Andrea Blackmon, Alexandria, VA
Barb Boatman, Alexandria, VA
Leslie Brier, Fredericksburg, VA
Ruth Chandler, Colorado Springs, CO
Norma Colman, Berryville, VA
Linda Cooper, Burke, VA
Marjorie Curia, Annandale, VA
Bobbie Dewees, Springfield, VA
Barbara Dove, Alexandria, VA
Kathy Edwards, Alexandria, VA
Lisa Ellis, Fairfax, VA
Sarah Entsminger, Ashburn, VA
Dian Epp, Spotsylvania, VA
Susan Fernandez, Fairfax Station, VA
Nancy Firestone, Alexandria, VA
Ellie Flaherty, Falls Church, VA
Sandi Goldman, Annandale, VA
Stevii Graves, Leesburg, VA
Kathy Gray, Manassas, VA
Lesly-Claire Greenberg, Fairfax, VA
Judy Gula, Annandale, VA
Delores Hamilton, Cary, NC
Diane Herbort, Arlington, VA
Karen Jenkins, Springfield, VA
Mary Kerr, Woodbridge, VA
Liz Kettle, Monument, CO
Marilyn Knepp, Ann Arbor, MI
Rosalie Lamanna, Alexandria, VA
Tina Lewis, Fairfax Station, VA
Kathy Lincoln, Burke, VA
Ann Littleton, Stafford, VA
Sharon McDonagh, Alexandria, VA
Leyla Middleton, Fairfax, VA
Celia Middleton, Fairfax, VA
Nancy Miller, Fairfax, VA
Linda Morgan, Falls Church, VA
Vicki Morris, Hertfordshire, UK
Sallyann Morrison, Springfield, VA
Amy Morusiewicz, Mitchellville, MD
Diane Murtha, Springfield, VA
Lee Anna Paylor, Severna Park, MD
Linda Poorman, Newark, DE
Pat Price, Fairfax Station, VA
Susan Price, Springfield, VA
Lynda Poole Prioleau, Ft.   Washington, MD
Lisa Quintana, Troy, OH
Catherine Redford, Naperville, IL
Joyce Ritter, Ellicott City, MD
Erica Robertson, Fairfax, VA
Sharon Ruble, Fenwick Island, DE
Didi Salvatierra, Bel Air, MD
Glenna Schweitzer, Ann Arbor, MI
Patricia Scott, Alberta, Canada
Jill Sheehan, Woodbridge, VA
Shannon Shirley, Woodbridge, VA
Mary Ellen Simmons, Fairfax, VA
Cheryl Sleboda, Plainfield, IL
Pat Sloan, Herndon, VA
Patricia Smith, Cass City, MI
Patrice Smith, Livonia, MI
Linda Snow, Springfield, VA
Cyndi Souder, Annandale, VA
Shana Spiegel, Herndon, VA
Sandra Starley, Moab, UT
Helen Turnbull, Broad Run, VA
Jenn Walker, Burke, VA
Diane Ward, Alexandria, VA
Tamara Webb, Alexandria, VA
Meghan Welch, Arlington, VA
Marsha White, Fairfax Station, VATerry White, Rockport, IN
Andrea Winchell, Oak Hill, VA
Anne Winchell, Oak Hill, VA
Jennifer Winchell, Oak Hill, VA
VictoriaFindlay Wolfe, New York, NY
Elizabeth Woodford, Stafford, VA
VA Clay
June 6 – 29, 2013
An exhibit of functional and sculptural ceramics by Virginia artists:  Tom Clarkson, Solveig Cox, Kevin Crowe, Becky Garrity, Aimee Hunt, Mike Jabbur, Elizabeth Krome, Sally Mickley, Virginia Pates, Nancy Ross, Nan Rothwell, and Lisa Schumaier.Exhibit Curator: Bill Schran, Assistant Dean, Fine Arts, Liberal Arts Division, Northern Virginia Community College
Young Visions 2013
The 16th Annual Young Visions Art Exhibition
May 9 – 31, 2013
Featuring art by students from Orange County’s public schools.  Selected by their teachers, these artists not only represent youth talent in the community, but also their school’s art programs.  Thanks to a generous donation from the Morin Family (those wonderful folks who gave the Arts Center its home) each of the young artists will have a chance to choose from a selection of art supply prizes.  The public is encouraged to visit the exhibit and vote for their favorite work of art.  Based on their ballots, ribbons will be awarded to top-placing finishers at the close of the exhibit.
Endings and Beginnings, Laura Edwards Wooten, 2012, mixed media collage, 12 x 12 inches 
Endings and Beginnings, 2012, mixed media collage, 12 x 12 inches

My Suburban Life:  A Year in Collage

Artist Laura Edwards Wooten presents her yearlong project of creating one collage each week during 2012. As an artist living in the Virginia suburbs, Wooten seeks to both confront and integrate her multiple identities of artist, wife, mother, and suburbanite. Breaking from her previous body of work, depicting imaginary landscapes, Wooten finds inspiration in the details of her everyday life. Juggling a busy schedule of art, work and family, the steady practice of making small drawings becomes the foundation for the collages. A commitment to weekly creativity brings a new momentum and spirit of discovery to her work, resulting in a heightened sense of curiosity, gratitude, and the ability to find the extraordinary in the ordinary. This project explores what is achievable in tiny increments over time, by committing to small consistent actions and an attitude of openness to what is here, now, in the present. Curated by Pam Black & Theo van Groll Opening Reception:  Thursday, April 4 from 5-7pm Exhibit Dates:  April 4 – 30, 2013 Visit Laura Wooten’s blog at: .


“Waiting for the Ball” 24″ x 36″ Acrylic on Panel by Clinton Helms

Spring Training

A multimedia exhibit on the theme of baseball
including work by artists:
John Corrao
Kathleen Craig
David Deal
Kitty Dodd
Susan Harb
Clinton Helms
Richard Klingbeil
Thomas Marsh
Lou Messa
Linda Boudreaux Montgomery
Chee Kludt Ricketts
John Strader
Eddie Thiel
Opening Reception:  Thursday, February 7 from 5-7pm
Exhibit Dates:  February 7 – March 30, 2013
Read about Spring Training at:


The Glass Basket

Exhibit Dates:  Dec 6, 2012 – Jan 25, 2013

Art glass was born in the mid 1800s, with artist designers and glass blowers cooperating to explore different colors, patterns, and textures. The subsequent melding of artistry and technique resulted in a wide variety of beautiful handmade objects such as vases, lampshades, bowls, bottles, paperweights and figural works.

This exhibit will explore the basket form.  From vasa murrhina to amberina, opaline to opalescent, satin to spattered and speckled, the exhibit provides a comprehensive look at the variety of surface treatments applied during the Victorian and Art Nouveau era by Bohemian, Czech, Italian, French, English and American artisans including:  Hosch, Seguso, Loetz, Fratelli Toso, Galle, Webb, Fenton, Stevens & Williams, Daum, Steuben and Moser.


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Spirit & Soul

New Work by Carol Barber and Eddie Thiel

Exhibit Dates:  Oct 4 – Nov 30, 2012

“Sending Up His Prayer”, oil on canvas by Eddie Thiel

“Melting”, acrylic on canvas by Carol Barber —



VA H2O:  A Virginia Landscape Exhibit

Opening reception:  August 2 from 5-7pm

Exhibit Dates:  August 2 – September 28, 2012

Virginia is BEAUTIFUL!  Every summer, the Morin Gallery at The Arts Center In Orange celebrates that beauty with a landscape exhibit.  In 2012, the ArtsCenter invited Virginia artists to submit interpretations on the theme of “Water in Virginia”.  From puddles and ponds to panoramic rivers and pounding surf, the response was wonderful.

The exhibit’s juror, award winning artist Catherine Hillis, has selected work in a variety of media by artists Carol Baliles, Dan Bartges (second place), John Bice, Tracy Brown, Ramey Campbell (first place), John Corrao, Matalie Griffin Rivard Deane, Margaret Embree, David Golden, Elaine Hurst (third place), Sue Linthicum, Emma Lou Martin, Lou Messa, Tom Tartaglino (honorable mention) and Richard Young.

Images:  “Barn Point, Yeocomico River, Virginia” by Ramey Campbell, “Two Ducks, Tuckahoe Creek Marsh” by Dan Bartges and “Gordonsville Tracks” by Margaret Embree

VA H2O is sponsored by:

In addition to “VA H2O” exhibit, The Arts Center In Orange has partnered with the Orange Downtown Alliance and local businesses to offer a “Very Virginia” Main Street ART Walk on August 2 from 5-7pm.  The Walk includes satellite exhibits; Alphabet Letter Quilts by the Old Dominion Appliqué Society at Virginia National Bank (102 East Main Street), the Law Offices of Sean D. Gregg (111 East Main Street), Holladay House B&B (155 West Main Street), and paintings by artist Elaine Hurst at The Light Well restaurant (110 East Main Street).  The Corner House Gallery (173 West Main Street) will be staying open as well to show off new landscape paintings by artist Linda Boudreaux Montgomery.  Satellite exhibits will run through September 28, 2012


Power Suits: An Art Quilt Challenge Exhibit

Opening reception:  June 7 from 5-7pm

Exhibit dates:  June 7 – July 20, 2012

Two years ago a local tailor offered Virginia quilter Cyndi Souder his outdated fabric swatches and a phenomenal quilt challenge was born.

Cyndi Souder of Moonlighting Quilts in Northern Virginia is an art quilter, a quilt teacher, and a lover of all things fabric. When she first saw the boxes and boxes of shirting and suiting swatches, she knew she had to think bigger than her own studio. She realized she wanted to invite other quilters to play. Because of her proximity to Washington, DC, the theme of “Power Suits” seemed obvious.  Cyndi teamed up with Judy Gula of Artistic Artifacts in Alexandria, packaged the swatches and offered these inspiring packets free to interested quilters.  Participants were invited to interpret the theme “Power Suits.”

The exhibit includes 104 eighteen inch square quilts, addressing such diverse topics as politics, family, work, life, playing cards, and super heroes.  Interesting how those bundles of fabric and those two words — Power and Suit — inspired so many artists across the US and Canada.

Sponsored by The Law Offices of Sean D. Gregg and the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the exhibit is free and the public is welcome. To see all 104 quilts, visit the Morin Gallery and satellite exhibits at Virginia National Bank (102 East Main Street, Orange, Virginia, hours: M-Th 8:30-5, Fri 8:30-6, Sat 9-noon) and The Law Offices of Sean D. Gregg (111 East Main Street, Orange, Virginia, hours: Monday-Friday, 9-5).

Quilt images:

“Power Suited Him” by Cyndi Souder

“Suffragettes Picketing in Washington, DC” by Judy Gula

“All Systems are Go” by Cheryl Sleboda

“Royal Flush” by Kris Bishop

The 15th Annual YOUNG VISIONS:  The Art of Orange County’s School Children

Exhibit Dates:  May 3 – 31, 2012

Opening Reception:  May 3 from 5-7pm

A vibrant celebration of imagination, color and creativity, including hundreds of works by students from Orange County elementary, middle and high schools as well as Head Start and Early Head Start.  Sponsored by Virginia Community Bank.


Exhibit Dates:  March 8 – April 28, 2012

Opening Reception: Thursday March 8th from 5-7pm.

The Orange Photography Collective is a group of photographers who have been meeting for almost four years at The Arts Center In Orange. They meet once a month and look at work from well-known photographers. All members bring in prints of their own to discuss as well. The atmosphere is relaxed and laid back, complete with mellow background music. New members are always welcome. The group is led by Lon Holmberg, who learned at age ten to develop film and has been an avid photographer ever since. Lon was a photojournalist in Vietnam and is currently working on putting together a publication of those images.

Phil and Susie Audibert, local photographers probably best known for their imagery of foxhunting, are other notable members of the Orange Photography Collective. Phil’s contribution to the show is not his usual, however. Included are images from a trip he took to India in 1981.

O Photo promises to be a unique show highlighting many of Orange County’s local artists. The exhibit includes work by: Johnny Altman, Phil Audibert, Susie Audibert, Mike Garton, Alta Harper, Lon Holmberg, Tracy Kropp, Pat LaLand, Rebekah Lingo, and Lou Thompson. The show will consist of a wide range of work, including images of India and Mexico in the 1980s, landscapes and nature, maternity and newborns, rainforests, childhood, and foxhounds. The exhibit, entitled O Photo, will run through April 28, showcasing work of the Photography Collective in the Morin Gallery, located in The Arts Center In Orange.

Satellite galleries located at Reynolds Subaru, The Light Well, and Virginia National Bank will also feature work from other local photographers Bridget Bryant, Bob Davies, Jan Langholz, Jeff Poole, Richard Robinson, John Strader, Bernice Walker and a memorial exhibit of work by Claire Mawdsley with photos and excerpts from a journal she created at 15 while taking a class with Lon Holmberg titled “Creating a Photo Memoir.”

Sponsored by Reynolds Subaru and the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the exhibit is free and the public is welcome.


Oh, Shenandoah!

Exhibit Dates:  January 12 – February 25

Opening Reception:  Thursday, January 12, 5-7pm

The exhibit brings together winning photographs from concurrent contests around Virginia that were held during the spring and summer of 2011 in celebration of Shenandoah National Park’s 75th anniversary.

Categories include Views into the Park, Views from the Park and Views within the Park. Awards were bestowed in adult and youth age groups. Oh, Shenandoah! is hosted by Shenandoah National Park Trust, the official “friends” group of Shenandoah National Park.  For more information, visit or phone (434) 293-2728.  Sponsored by Grelen Nursery, Inc., Southern States Orange-Madison Cooperative and Virginia National Bank. (photo above, Virga by Chase Schiefer)

Beginning on January 29th and throughout February, Oh Shenandoah! will offer a back drop for a special panel exhibit featuring photos and histories of 20 African American Churches in Orange County produced by the Orange County African American Historical Society in celebration of Black History Month. The History of the African American Churches of Orange Countyexhibit opens with a reception Sunday, January 29th from 2:30-4pm, including a discussion and performance by the Shady Grove Fifth Sunday Singers. The event is free and the public is invited. (photo above, Blue Run Baptist Church est. 1766)



In the Morin Gallery at The Arts Center In Orange

129 East Main Street, Orange, VA, (540) 672-7311
Hours: 10am-5pm, Monday-Saturday
Exhibits are offered free to the public thanks to the support of the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, our community sponsors and people like you.
The Paintings of Rose Mary Walls
Exhibit dates: June 6–July 28 , 2018*
Opening reception: 5–7pm on Wednesday, June 6
If you’ve visited the Orange Senior Center, you may have met Rose Mary Walls. That’s where Arts Center volunteer Judy Peterson met her. Rose Mary shared a tiny album containing photos of her paintings, as well as stories to accompany the paintings, and Judy was charmed.

If you’ve read The Glass Castle or Half Broke Horses by New York Times best-selling author Jeanette Walls, or seen the 2017 film The Glass Castle starring Woody Harrelson and Naomi Watts, you will also be familiar with Rose Mary Walls, and you may have glimpsed some of her paintings.

Born in 1934, Rose Mary Smith grew up on the 100,000 acre cattle ranch managed by her father outside Ash Fork, in Arizona’s plateau country. Attending boarding school in Prescott, she dreamed of becoming an artist. At her mother’s insistence, she pursued a teaching degree instead, but never gave up her dream. At 21, she met and married charismatic dreamer Rex Walls, They, and their four children, lived a nomadic desert life until finances forced them to back to Rex’s family home in Welch, West Virginia. Rex and Rose Mary eventually followed daughter Jeanette to New York City, squatting in abandoned properties until Rex died in 1994.

Rose Mary now lives in a lovely white shingled cottage on daughter Jeanette’s Orange County farm, attends the Orange Senior Center on Mondays, and still paints!

In the Morin Gallery at The Arts Center In Orange
129 East Main Street, Orange, VA, Hours: 10–5, Mon–Sat

* The Arts Center will be closed for the holiday, July 2-7.

YOUNG VISIONS 2018: The Art of Orange County’s School ChildrenExhibit dates: May 10–31, 2018Opening reception: 5–7pm on Thursday, May 10*The Arts Center In Orange will feature the work of students from Orange County’s public schools, Grymes Memorial School, and Head Start in the Arts Center’s Morin Gallery and classroom. All artists, along with their families and friends, are encouraged to attend this wonderful celebration!*See more work by Orange County High School students at the concurrent “Area High Schools Student Art Show” in the Walker Fine Arts Center at Woodberry Forest School.

Cover artists (left to right): Faith Gibson, OCHS; Skylar Ruggeri, LGMS; Alli Jessup, LGES; Jada Rogers, GBES.

Voices in Color:
The North Windsor Artists
Exhibit dates: March 8–April 28, 2018
Opening reception: Thursday, March 8, 5–7pm
A group of seven isolated artists in King George County, Virginia, began working together during the late 1960s. By 2000, there were 12 at their retrospective showing in Fredericksburg, Virginia, at the Eyeclops Gallery. From their early meetings at North Windsor, home of Jack Darling, they have been involved in many art activities, studies, exhibits and travel. Major exhibits of their work have included St. Paul’s Church in Richmond, Gary Melcher’s Belmont Studio in Stafford Country, Virginia, and Mary Washington College and Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center in Fredericksburg. In 1992, the NWA were responsible for opening the first cooperative gallery, which is still a popular art gallery in Fredericksburg.
Major feature articles have appeared in The American Arts Magazine, 1988, the Free Lance Star, 1994, and The Richmond Times Dispatch, 1995. Travels and exhibits in the US, Europe, and the Caribbean were part of their experience in advancing their artistic creativity. A Certificate of Recognition by the Governor of Virginia Commonwealth for the King George County Mentorship Program was awarded to them in 1988. Now, in 2018, the NWA are still working and exhibiting. Some early members are gone, and new ones have been invited to be part of the North Windsor Artists, but the goal of stepping up the art ladder of understanding and creating remains the same.
The exhibit includes work by: Carrol Morgan, Anita Holle, Helen Butler, Maggie Bice, Paula Raudenbush, Joan Critz LimbrickJane Woodworth, Robyn Ryan, Dee McClesky, Elsie Hagenlocker, and Sharon Ross.
Traditions & Transformation: Gourd Instruments Through Time
An intimate exploration of gourd instruments from cultures around the world, and their influence on the sculpting work of Dena Jennings, a luthier and builder of gourd instruments.
Exhibit dates: February 1–28, 2018
Opening reception: Thursday, February 1, 5–7pm
Performance by Dena Jennings, Greg Adams, and friends: Sunday, February 11, 3–5pm.
The gourd grows in a field from a five-pointed flower into a green solid inedible fruit. Foraging animals have no use for it. Yet people around the world have found ways to use hollowed gourds. They become dippers, bowls, cups, baskets, and sonorous instruments that sing the songs of life—as drums in Hawaii, marimbas in Mali, bowed lutes in the Middle East, and harps in Ethiopia. The akonting of West Africa gave rise to the banjo in the Caribbean and North America. Gourds shout and we dance. Gourds speak and we howl. When gourds tell a story, we listen and pass the message along in song.
Griffin & Velasco
Paintings by Steve Griffin and Diane Velasco
Exhibit dates: December 7, 2017-January 27, 2018
Opening reception: Thursday, December 7, 5-7pm
Steve Griffin has been a painter for over fifty years. In 1968 he was one of twelve undergraduate students, selected from a national pool, to attend the first year of the newly created Independent Study Program at the Whitney Museum in New York. Since retiring from teaching in the Art Department at the University of Mary Washington in 2008, Steve has continued to work in his studio. He recently received a 2011-2012 professional fellowship in painting from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and a 2012-2013 fellowship in painting from the Virginia Commission for the Arts. Steve has also been awarded three residency fellowships at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. His work hangs in many private and corporate collections and is represented by several galleries including the Glave Kocen Gallery in Richmond and Long View Gallery in Washington, DC. 
“Over the years I have gradually drifted far from my early photo-realist style of painting. My most recent “Strata” series began in 2007. The basic horizontal stripe compositions in these paintings were initially inspired by landscapes but the end result more closely resembles a cross-section of earth or the strata found in rocks. The painting process itself is similar to an archeological dig. I apply multiple layers of paint which are eventually sanded and scraped to reveal previously forgotten colors and textures. This method of painting retains an element of chance in an otherwise very structured format.” – Steve Griffin 
Diane Velasco received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Brooklyn’s Pratt Institute and studied in Florence, Italy. She has received awards from the Hazleton Art League statewide competition in Pennsylvania, Pastel Journal magazine’s prestigious Pastel 100 Competition and was featured in the magazine’s 2006 April issue. More recently, she placed first and third place in the Charlottesville-Albemarle Art Association’s annual juried shows. Diane has worked as a graphic designer, illustrator, and fine artist throughout her career and currently lives and paints in the foothills of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains in Central Virginia.“The December/January show at The Morin Gallery brings together a medley of color, shape and composition that play off of the abstract as well as the representational. The tones and hues come together to create a harmonious display. I am very excited to share my landscapes and to be a part of this visual feast throughout the holidays.” —Diane Velasco 
Platinum-Palladium Photography by Ellen Martin
& Altered Paper by Martha Olson
Exhibit Dates: October 5-November 30, 2017
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 5, 5-7pm
Ellen Martin and Martha Olson first crossed paths at the Rockbridge Arts Guild, Art on the Green, in Lexington, VA, in 2009. Ellen, a Lexington photographer, was busy with the operation and organization of the event, yet still managed to photograph the day’s activities for the local press, including Martha who was an honored winner. Martha, a Blacksburg, VA, artist, was a first-time exhibitor in Lexington and felt a little out of her element.
Unbeknownst to Martha, it was Ellen’s husband, Larry, who made several stops by her booth admiring her work. This seemed curious to Martha and her husband, Thomas. Eventually Larry and Ellen (mystery solved) came to Martha’s booth together and purchased one of Martha’s art pieces. Who would have guessed that this one brief encounter would lead to their paths crossing for exhibitions many times during the next eight years?Ellen Martin has operated a photo studio in Lexington, VA, for 20 years. Her first love remains the production of fine art black-and-white photographs using traditional or alternative processes. “The images I print have special meaning for me.” Ellen will exhibit platinum-palladium photos where chemistry has been hand-applied with a brush, making each print unique. More about Ellen Martin at:
Martha Olson’s work begins with recycling glossy magazine pages that she alters by crumpling, tearing, cutting, and applying a releasing agent to dissolve the ink. Each page produces a one-of-a-kind image and color palette. By combining and layering the images, colors, and movement, her creations invite the viewer to take a closer look where they will discover and experience hidden images and find personal interpretations. More about Martha Olson at: http://www.marthaolsonart.blogspot.comMartha Olson will be offering a Mirror Collage Workshop in December. Check out the class schedule to learn more.
Watercolors by Carol Pursell Baliles
Exhibit Dates: August 3–September 30, 2017
Opening Reception: Thursday, August 3, 5–7pm
Culpeper artist Carol Baliles has traveled, studied, exhibited, and won awards around the world. Her work has been shown in more than 60 fine art exhibitions and has been selected and recognized by notables affiliated with the Corcoran, The Phillips Collection, the Hirshhorn, and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts; ARTnews and Art in America magazines; and the National Watercolor Society, as well as being included in collections at the White House, the Virginia Governor’s Mansion, the US State Department, and many corporate and private collections. Carol is also a former studio artist and assistant art director with the renowned Torpedo Factory Art Center.In the autumn of her years, Carol would like to share her artist’s interpretation of the spiritual experiences she has gleaned from her world travels, and her wish for Love & Peace for the World.
A Multimedia Exhibit by the artists of Central Virginia’s BozArt Fine Art Collective
Curated by Kathy Kuhlmann & Madeleine Watkins.
Exhibit dates: June 8 – July 29, 2017
Opening reception: 5-7pm on Thursday, June 8
Including work by artists:
Randy Baskerville
Richard Bednar
Terry Coffey
Matalie Deane
Judi Ely
Frank Feigert
Anne deLatour Hopper
Funded in part by:
Julia Kindred
Kathy Kuhlmann
Craig Lineburger
Caroll Mallin
Carol Kirkham Martin
Madeleine Watkins
Young Visions 2017
The Art of Orange County’s School Children
Exhibit dates: May 4-31, 2017
Opening reception: 5-7pm on Thursday, May 4
The Arts Center In Orange will feature the work of students from Orange County’s public schools, Grymes Memorial School, and Head Start in the Arts Center’s Morin Gallery and classroom. All artists, their families, and friends are encouraged to attend this wonderful celebration!
Above (left to right, top to bottom): Nia Dowling, GMS, 7th grade; Zoe Hix, LGES, 5th grade; Robert Kauffman, OES, 1st grade; Jackie Adams, LGPS, 2nd grade; Olivia Knight, LGMS, 7th grade; Alex Ramos, OCHS, 12th grade.
Virginia National Bank and the Light Well Restaurant will host concurrent satellite exhibits of work by artists Susan Garnett and Morgan Molenda.
Paintings and Prints by Janly Jaggard and Patricia Piorkowski Hobbs
Exhibit dates: March 2 – April 29, 2017
Opening reception: 5-7pm on Thursday, March 2
Above: Janly Jaggard, “Draw the Line” (detail) 2016 oil on canvas 20”x30”
Patricia Piorkowski Hobbs , “Shadow” color monotype 2016 7 7/8”x5 3/8”
Virginia National Bank and the Light Well Restaurant will host concurrent satellite exhibits of work by artists James Erickson and Judy Quaely.
Vietnam Combat Art
The Morin Gallery will host “Vietnam Combat Art,” a unique traveling exhibit depicting artists’ impressions of the Vietnam War, and a tribute to those who served.
The 39 artworks in oil, watercolor, pastel, acrylic, pencil, ink and crayon were created by professional artists on the ground in Vietnam during the 1960s.  The original pieces are housed at the US Army Center of Military History in Washington DC, and have never been on display anywhere in the United States.  But special permission was given to reproduce these pieces, making them available for public viewing. The exhibit is on loan from the City of Roanoke and the Vietnam Commemorative Partners: County of Roanoke, Salem, Town of Vinton and the Stonewall Jackson Chapter/AUSA under special agreement with the US Army Center of Military History.
Exhibit dates: February 2 – 25, 2017
Opening reception: 5-7pm on Thursday, February 2
Virginia National Bank and the Light Well Restaurant will host concurrent satellite exhibits of work by artists Kathleen Craig and Judy Quaely.
From a Car Window
Pastel landscape paintings by Susan Zytka ForbushPastel artist Susan Zytka Forbush was trained in both fine art and animation. She received her BFA in painting from Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, and also earned a three-year certificate for cartoon animation from the International Summer Program at Sheridan College, in Ontario, Canada. An animation artist for 15 years in Los Angeles, California, Susan has film credits on The Little Mermaid (several cells to be included in the exhibit), The Rescuers Down Under, FernGully and The Prince of Egypt. She also worked on television commercials and prime-time programs. After living in Southern California for 29 years, she and husband Brad Forbush, also an artist, are slowing things down. Drawn by Orange County’s history and landscape, the couple has made a new home in Gordonsville. While Brad dusts off his ancestor William Henry Forbush’s time spent in Virginia with the 13th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteers, Susan is getting to know the area from her car window by traveling roads, capturing views with her camera, and returning to her Main Street studio in Orange to paint in pastel. Locals will enjoy seeing OC from a newcomer’s perspective, recognize many of the locations, and be reminded of how lucky we are to live amid such beauty.
Exhibit dates: December 8, 2016 – January 28, 2017
Opening reception: 5-7pm, Thursday, December 8
Virginia National Bank and the Light Well Restaurant will host concurrent satellite exhibits of more work in pastel by artists Maggie Bice, Kathleen Willingham and Jan Settle
EQUUS IV: For the Love of Horses 
An exhibit on the theme of horses and the people who love them, juried by artist Debby Thomas, and includes paintings, photos, drawings, and leather work by artits: Wilma BradnerSharon Lynn CampbellCathy Choyce, Daisy Collins, John CorraoJ DouglasDeb ElaineJudith Ely, Willa FrayserCabell GormanClinton HelmsLindsey HenryElaine HurstCarol Iglesias, Kathy Kuhlman, Sue LinthicumEleszabeth McNeelLinda NedinskyLee Nixon, Jeff Poole, Janie ShraderMartha StrawtherEddie ThielJulia Travers.  
Also included: Equestrian sculpture by artists Herbert Hazeltine and William Turner from the collection of Phil & Susie Audibert, Marion Maggiolo’s collection of 20th-century horse-themed covers from The New Yorker magazine, and the unveiling of this year’s Montpelier Hunt Race poster art by Sam Robinson, which will be on display in the gallery throughout October.
Exhibit Dates: October 6 – November 30, 2016
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 6, 5-7pm
Sponsored by:
The public is also invited to visit concurrent satellite exhibits at Virginia National Bank and the Light Well Restaurant on Main Street in Orange to enjoy work by equestrian artists Debby Thomas and Martha Strawther.
BOOKISH – A multimedia exhibit inspired by books, including altered books, hand-made books, artist journals, paintings, photography, fabric art, jewelry, and woodwork by Virginia artists:  Todd Brown, Barbara Collins, Jenny Davis, Daisy Collins, Ginger Donelson, Deborah Elaine, Michael Fincham, Susan Garnett, Susan Krieg, Glennis Mairs, Marty Moon, Maria Pace, Jeff Poole, Rebecca Quinn, Anna Sawyer*, John Shumate, Julia Travers, and Kathleen Willingham.
*Book Lovers Mark Your Calendars to hear a talk by Anna Sawyer, bookbinder and proprietor of South Winds Bindery on Friday, September 9th, 4-5pm in The Morin Gallery at The Arts Center In Orange.  The event is free and attendees are encouraged to bring heirloom books for discussion. Learn more about Anna at:
And, because summer at the Arts Center In Orange means ART Camps for Kids, we’ve set aside a corner of the gallery for ART CAMPERS SHOWING OFF!  A selection of work by this summer’s young art campers.BOOKISH & SHOWING OFF
Exhibit Dates: August 4 – September 30, 2016
Opening Reception: Thursday, August 4th, 5 – 7pm
Cover work (left to right, top to bottom): “Bonjour Tristesse” by Deb Elaine, “Hungry Caterpillar” by Michael Fincham, “XY” by Rebecca Quinn, “Self Help Books of the Future – For the Soul” by Susan Krieg, “Tree of Life” by Anna Sawyer, “The Daily Bloom” (page detail) by Kathleen Willingham, “Books that Rocked My World” by Marty Moon, “Sleep” by Julia Travers, “Friends of the Library” by Barbara Collins, “Behind the Book Blocks” by Susan Garnett.
Rail Art

Rail Art: Exhibit Dates: June 9-July 30, 2016
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 9, 5-7pm
A multimedia exhibit inspired by trains, including paintings, photography, assemblage, diorama, film and written word by Virginia artists:
Phil & Susie Audibert
David Batton
Todd Brown
Ramey Campbell
Barbara Collins
John Corrao
Brian Dunn
Rita Flyzik
Susan Garnett
Becky Grymes
Susan Harb
Clinton Helms
Sarah C. Honenberger
Carol Iglesias

Lou Messa
Andrew Morgan
Brenda Morris
Lee Nixon
Vernon Peachey
Jon Perry
Jeff Poole
Mack Rowe
Vyvyan Rundgren
Kathleen Willingham

Young Visions 2016

The Arts Center In Orange will feature a selection of work by students from Orange County’s public schools, Grymes Memorial School, and Head Start in the Arts Center’s Morin Gallery and classroom.  All artists, their families, and friends are encouraged to attend this wonderful celebration!

Exhibit dates: May 5-31, 2016

Opening reception: 5-7pm on Thursday, May 5

Cover work (left to right, top to bottom): Aaron Ratcliff, LGMS, grade 7; Tamara Sherman, OCHS, grade 11; Anycia Fortune, OES, grade 4; Avery Morris, LGES, grade 5; Rasheed Oudeh, LGPS, grade 2; David Johnson, GMS, grade 4.

In a Mediterranean Mood
As February creeps into Central VA with icy winds and short days dimly lit by mother of pearl skies the Morin Gallery at The Arts Center In Orange offers “In a Mediterranean Mood” a sun shiny, terracotta, azure blue exhibit of work by artist Laura Wooten and photographer John Bice.Laura Wooten, who has been making art since she could hold a crayon, earned an undergraduate degree in Art and Architecture at the University of Virginia and an MFA from American University in Washington, DC.  Her art is inspired by food, wine, travel, and landscapes near & far.  As co-owner of Orzo Kitchen & Wine Bar in Charlottesville, her travels throughout the Mediterranean have cultivated a special passion for region. www.laurawootenstudio.comJohn Bice has been studying and pursuing photography for over 25 years. His work has won awards locally, nationally, in Canada and in Japan. Chasing light, John travels extensively capturing images in a variety of countries and locations.  His subject matter is eclectic with an emphasis on nature and a unique perspective on the normal.  www.johnbicephotography.comExhibit dates: February 4 – March 31, 2016
Opening Reception: February 4 from 5-7pm 
A multimedia exhibit including work by:  Mary Beth Bellah, John Berry, Tracy Brown, Ramey Campbell, Maria Festa Carter, John Corrao, Trish Crowe, Pam Derrickson, Kitty Dodd, Susan Garnett, Susan Harb, Clinton Helms, Ed King, Susan Krieg, Sue Linthicum, Jessie Meehan, Lou Messa, Brenda Morris, Lee J. Nixon, Jr., Larry Patterson, John Perry, Chee Kludt Ricketts, Mack Rowe, Susan Stover, Martha Hall Strawther, Tom Tartaglino, Patricia Temples, Gail Trimmer-Unterman, Tina Wade, Nancy Wallace, Kathleen Willingham, Richard F. Wyvill, Richard Young and Sharon Zarambo
Exhibit Dates: December 3, 2015 – January 30, 2016 
Opening Reception: Thursday, December 3, 5-7pm
In the Morin Gallery at The Arts Center In Orange,  and Main Street Orange satellite exhibits at The Light Well Restaurant, 110 E Main;  Virginia National Bank, 102 E Main; and special MOO exhibits of work by artist Ben Waddem at Objects On Main, 107 E Main and work by Nancy Bass at the Frederick Nichols Gallery Annex, 5420 Governor Barbour Street in Barboursville.
Akemi Ohira For the Record
Exhibit dates: October 8 – November 28, 2015
Opening Reception: October 8th from 5-7pm
Akemi Ohira is an Associate Professor of Studio Art at the University of Virginia. She received her B.F.A. from Cornell University, and her M.F.A. from Carnegie Mellon University. She joined the faculty of the McIntire Department of Art in the fall of 1993, and has since regularly taught introductory, intermediate and advanced printmaking, as well as directed projects for the Distinguished Majors Program. Her work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions throughout the U.S., as well as in Japan.
“In my work, I try to engage the viewer directly, with the hope that they will disregard what they already know, in light of what they see and how they react to it. The titles I provide to individual pieces are meant as a provocation for expanding the visual expectation of the audience. I deconstruct and reconstruct forms, so the viewer can analyze the pieces presented in front of them as a new “idea”, thus encouraging them to deny the obvious. I invite my audience to decide the meaning of the piece by tapping into their own memories and experiences.”   Visit the artist’s website at:
Take me to the Rapidan
Exhibit Dates: August 6 – September 30, 2015
Opening Reception: Thursday, August 6, 5-7pm
 Originally named the Rapid Ann River (a combination of the word “rapids” and a homage to Queen Anne of England), the Rapidan River flows 88 miles, from its headwaters at Rapidan Camp, Herbert Hoover’s presidential retreat in Shenandoah National Park to converge with the Rappahannock just west of Fredericksburg. During the Civil War, with Union and Confederate troops camped on either side, the river’s banks were the scene of severe fighting, and for many enslaved African Americans, the path to freedom. Today, the Rapidan ranks 38th in Trout Unlimited’s Guide to America’s 100 Best Trout Streams.
Sponsored by the Rapidan Foundation and juried by Clive Pates & Virginia Rood Pates, Take me to the RAPIDAN! is a multimedia exhibit celebrating the Rapidan River and includes work by: Ashe Laughlin, B. Berne Smith, Barbara M. Collins, Claudia Wisdom Good, Linda Goodling, Kathleen Willingham, Krissy Lavin, Larry Patterson, Laura Rosenthal, Lee J. Nixon, Jr., Lou Messa, Nancy Mottley, Pam Derrickson, Pat Temples, Phil & Susie Audibert, Ramey Campbell, Richard Young, Stephanie Mendlow, Susan Garnett, Tom Tartaglino, Trish Crowe, Virginia Pates.

Cover Artists: (top to bottom, left to right) Tom Tartaglino, Stephanie Mendlow, Richard Young, Susan Garnett, Trish Crowe and Pat Temples.


Beginning with an opening reception on Thursday, June 4 from 5-7pm and continuing through July 31, the Morin Gallery at The Arts Center In Orange will exhibit the works of Huntly, Virginia artist Nol Putnam, master blacksmith and sculptor in iron, steel, copper and brass.  With over 40 years’ experience, his work is often site-specific, and always one of a kind.  His most public work is found in the Washington National Cathedral, where he designed and created the three gates for the columbarium.   More at:
Cover art:  “Japanese Maple Leaf Writ Large,” 25x22x25, mild steel & wrought iron, 2013 and “Atlas Shrugged,” 28x12x10, mild steel & paint, 2013 
Young Visions 2015 Cover
The Morin Gallery will feature the work of students from Orange County’s public schools K-12.  Self-portraits by Head Start students will be on exhibit in the Arts Center’s classroom, and work by Grymes Memorial School students will hang in a satellite exhibit at Virginia National Bank (102 East Main Street). All artists, their families, and friends are encouraged to attend this wonderful celebration!Exhibit Dates: May 7 – 30, 2015
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 7, 5-7pm
Cover work (left to right)  Above: Brandon Minchin, grade 2, LGPS – Liv LaPanta, grade 4, OES – David Fallows, grade 6, LGMS,  Below:  Kyle Irby, grade 8, GMS – Sarah Butts, grade 12, OCHS – Lesley Tellez-Martinez, grade 3, GBESYoung Visions is sponsored by Virginia National Bank
WICKED cover
Opening Reception: Friday, April 3, 5-7pm
Exhibit Dates:  April 3 – 12, 2015
A Traveling Exhibit of 114 Art Quilts – The strong visual impact of this exhibit is due to the limited color palette (lime and black), and interesting theme (WICKED). Some entrants were influenced by the Broadway hit musical, some by the Wizard of Oz, and some are personal interpretations of the word “wicked”. The quilts are made entirely from 100% hand dyed suede-look cotton from Cherrywood Fabrics, excluding embellishments. Select quilts were displayed at The Gershwin Theater in NYC – home of “WICKED™”.  Learn more about the exhibit at:
Natural Transitions
Opening Reception:  Thursday, February 5 from 5-7pm
Exhibit Dates:  February 5 – March 28, 2015 
Natural Transitions 
by Maggie Bice & Anna Marie DeMio Dowen 
A new show of acrylic and pastel paintings celebrating the art of two women who happen to be long-time friends.  Maggie Bice and Anna Marie DeMio Dowen first met twenty-four years ago, and have forged over time a full appreciation, support and exploration of the complexities of artistic development, along with their own personal artistic endeavors.  Many works of art have been created over the years, with recent pieces in this upcoming exhibit representing the natural flow of time, and the commitment to art that has run through, and enriched, each of their lives.  The pieces to be exhibited are landscapes, nature studies and figurative work interpreting the passage of time in captured moments. 
Pictured work: 
(left) Maggie Bice, “Left Behind,” oil pastel
(right) Anna Marie DeMio Dowen, “Pine Line,” acrylic on canvas

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