Past Exhibits

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.

A Common Thread: The Art of the Quilt

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Artwork by: (top to bottom): Shenandoah Valley Fog (detail) by Patti Snyder, Butterflies in the Valley  (detail) by Marcia King, Memories In Bloom (detail) by Annie Mitchell, Garden Solitude (detail) by Lisa Matlick. Large image: Esther Blair Matthew’s 1858 historic Botanical Album quilt graciously provided by the Virginia Quilt Museum, Harrisonburg, VA.

In 1858, Esther Blair Matthews created a beautiful Botanical Album quilt that voiced her declaration and devotion to her family and her country. In conjunction with the Virginia Quilt Museum, The Arts Center In Orange will exhibit this remarkable work of art with other beautiful quilted treasures from Virginia artists.

Exhibit Dates: December 5, 2019 – January 31, 2020
Opening Reception: Thursday, December 5 from 5 – 7 pm

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

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EQUUS V: Horses in the Virginia Landscape

Exhibit dates: October 3 – November 30, 2019
Opening reception: Thursday, October 3 from 5-7pm

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

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New work in a variety of media by artists May Shorten TownleyEd King & Matt Bushman

Exhibit dates: August 8 – September 28, 2019
Opening reception: Thursday, August 8, 5-7pm

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

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Artist & Teacher
Watercolor Paintings by Carolyn Emerson and Her Students

Exhibit dates: June 6 – July 28, 2019
Opening reception: Thursday, June 6, 5-7pm
An extraordinary watercolorist, Carolyn Emerson is also an inspiring teacher who has touched the lives of many. A Connecticut native, she moved to Virginia in the 1980s when Orange County schools had no elementary art program. Seeing the need, she volunteered to set up and teach art for grades 4-6 at Lightfoot Elementary, offered a weekly after school watercolor exploration for Lightfoot’s teachers, and taught lessons in her home. Carolyn has since returned to New England. This exhibit will be a reunion for Carolyn and her students, and an example to us all of what a difference one particular teacher can make.
Diana Anderton
Jedy Baker
Buzzy Benton
Carolyn Beverly
Gretchen Pace Blickle
Willie Wood Biscoe
Share Brill
Susan Brooking
Nora Brooking Coleman
Barbara Collins
Darlene Crawford
Kathy Goldbeck
India Hill
Kristen Brooking Knies
Judy McKee
Karen McMahon
Lael Neale
Jim Oliver
Judy Peterson
Edie Pierce
Mike Popik
Maria Pace Purcell
Peggy Rower
Mary Southerland
Kate Shumate

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

Above, left to right: “Morning Pursuits” and “Mildred” watercolors by Carolyn Emerson.
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YOUNG VISIONS 2019: The Art of Orange County’s School Children

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!

Exhibit dates: April 13–May 10, 2019

Opening reception: 2–4pm on Saturday, April 13

In the Morin Gallery at The Arts Center In Orange

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Cover artists (left to right): Amellia Yauch, grade 1, Grymes Memorial School; Seniah Q, grade 4, Lightfoot Elementary School; Jackie Adams, grade 4, Locust Grove Elementary School; Jamison Lindsay, grade 1, Locust Grove Primary School; Matilyn Carter, grade 8, Locust Grove Middle School; Kaylee Twyman, grade 3, Gordon Barbour Elementary School.

On the Edge of Abstraction:

Paintings by Nancy Wallace & Trisha Adams

Nancy Wallace was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. Her background includes BS and MA degrees in art education, years of study with artist Rick Weaver, and decades of work as an art teacher and administrator in the DC metro area. Since 2000, she has devoted most of her time to painting, showing and selling her work, and winning many awards along the way. She lives on a farm in Charlottesville where she and her husband engage in another pursuit: home and garden design.  More about Nancy Wallace at: A love of color inspires Madison County artist Trisha Adams, who didn’t start painting until she was 44. What began innocently enough with the desire to fill an empty picture frame has developed into a life’s pursuit filled with discovery and experimentation. More about Trisha Adams at:

Exhibit dates: December 6, 2018–January 31, 2019
Opening Reception: Thursday, December 6, 5–7pm

In the Heart of the Wood

WOOD CARVINGS BY KATHY OVERCASH  Since 2006, award-winning carver and instructor Kathy Overcash has been coaxing whimsical houses, characters, and wood spirits from the natural beauty of weathered cottonwood bark, while sharing her love of the ancient craft with students at her Orange County studio. With tiny stairs, cross-hatched windows, and shingled roofs, her miniature homes grow out of the rough cottonwood bark as if they had always existed there, and a sense of humor and eye for detail are apparent in her incredibly lifelike figural carvings. See and learn more at
PHOTOGRAPHY BY ROBERT LLEWELLYN  Robert Llewellyn has been a professional photographer for over 40 years. His detailed images of trees, buds, flowers, and leaves have been featured in major art exhibits and in more than 30 books, winning him five national awards in nonfiction and photography. While working on the book “Remarkable Trees of Virginia” (2008), a collaboration with garden writer Nancy Ross Hugo, Llewellyn began to more fully understand the complexity of tree life.  In 2011, working again with Hugo to produce “Seeing Trees: Discover the Extraordinary Secrets of Everyday Trees,” Llewellyn combined his knowledge of engineering and contemporary technology, and found a way to circumvent the limitations of the human eye and traditional macro photography to produce images of stunning, hyper-real clarity, to reveal an unexpected and alien beauty that can be discovered in the minute detail of trees. His entire body of work is infused with an enduring inquisitiveness about the way plants work and an accompanying sense of wonder. See and learn more at

Exhibit dates: October 4–November 30, 2018
Opening reception: 5–7pm on Thursday, October 4

Ramey Campbell: Quiet Places
Exhibit Dates: August 2- September 29, 2018
Ramey Campbell is a traditional landscape painter, working in both oil and pastel. He lives in a very rural and beautiful area in Central Virginia, and paints the countryside, seeking out quiet places. From an early love of fine art cultivated as a youngster making frequent trips to the National Gallery and the Museum of American Art, Ramey was deeply influenced by the French and American Impressionists. His traditional approach to painting combines plein air methods with direct observation of natural light and later studio completion of the work.A native Virginian, Ramey attended Orange County High School, and later returned to the area after completing his training in pharmacy at the University of Virginia and the Medical College of Virginia. He is a practicing pharmacist and supervisor at the University of Virginia Medical Center. After completing his pharmaceutical studies, he resumed his passion for painting. He has received his artistic instructions through private studies with Bill Sullivan and by attending Piedmont Community College, and he continues with instruction with Ron Boehmer at the Beverley Street Studio School in Staunton.

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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:

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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

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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)

2011 Morin Gallery Exhibits

Exhibits in our Morin Gallery during 2011 were offered free to the public thanks to the support of Virginia National Bank and the Virginia Commission for the Arts.

Classically Contemporary
Classical ideals in contemporary drawing, painting, and sculpture
Works by Jeanne Grimsby, Thomas Marsh and Henry Wingate
Exhibit dates: January 6 – Feb 26, 2011
Opening reception, Thursday, January 6th at 5pm

Realist artist Jeanne Grimsby began her study at the Art College of Pratt Institute in the 1960’s, and earned her Master’s Degree in Studio Art from James Madison University thirty years later. Working in oil, pastel, charcoal, and graphite, her work is inspired by the Flemish Primitive Van Eyck, the Dutch masters Vermeer and ter Borch, and 19th century artists Jean Dominique Ingres, John Singer Sargent, and William Merritt Chase.

Thomas Marsh is a classical figurative sculptor who has created many public monuments in California, as well as works in public and private collections throughout the U.S. He was the concept designer and sculptor of the Victims of Communism Memorial (2007) in Washington, DC. Marsh received a BFA in painting from the Layton School of Art, Milwaukee, WI, in 1974, an MFA in sculpture from California State University, Long Beach in 1977, and has studied extensively in Italy.

Henry Wingate spent six years studying painting. He worked with Paul Ingbretson in Boston for five years and with Charles Cecil in Florence, Italy for one. Both of these painters and teachers studied under Ives Gammell (1893-1981) who was instrumental in keeping the traditional “Atelier” style training alive. Wingate has now been a professional artist for ten years primarily painting commissioned portraits but also doing figurative works, still lifes, and landscapes, all in oil.

A Little Light Magic
An Exhibition of Watercolor and Watermedia Paintings
By members of the Central Virginia Watercolor Guild
Exhibit dates: March 3 – April 30, 2011
Opening reception: Thursday, March 3, 5 – 7 pm

Exhibiting artists: Edith Montgomery Arbaugh, Joan Cabell, Ruby Canody, Rosemary Connelly, Matalie Griffin Rivaud Deane, Judith Ely, Diana Fackenthal, Mary Ann Friedman, Ellen Hathaway, Sue Linthicum, Carroll Mallin, Carol Kirkham Martin, Charlotte McDaniel, Susan Northington, Peg Redd, Chee Kludt Ricketts, Pam Roland, Susan Crave Rosen, Jane Skafte, David Sorensen, Marcy Springett, Linda Verhagen and Patricia Lloyd Williams

This exhibition, A Little Light Magic, demonstrates the unique ability of the watercolor medium to utilize light transmitted through transparent color. Not for the timid, the practice of traditional watercolor presents considerable challenges and the works in this exhibition by the Central Virginia Watercolor Guild offer the viewer insights into this exciting medium. In addition, this exhibition highlights a broad range of dynamic approaches used by contemporary watercolorists. Stretching the traditional boundaries of the medium, the paintings include watermedia such as gouache, acrylics and inks, and diverse surfaces such as yupo, the mercurial plasticized surface that produces such enchanting results. The subject matter and manners of expression for A Little Light Magic are broad-ranging and intriguing, having been defined by the vision of each exhibiting CVWG artist.

Celebrating its twentieth year, the Central Virginia Watercolor Guild includes a membership of over 130 artists and art lovers. Monthly meetings and programs take place in Charlottesville; however, the Guild consists of numerous active members from many areas in central Virginia, including Richmond, Roanoke, Harrisonburg, Staunton, Fluvanna, Nellysford, Culpeper, Madison, and Greene County.

Established to foster the advancement and study of the art of watercolor, the Guild sponsors exhibitions and monthly programs, critiques, workshops and demonstrations with nationally acclaimed artists, as well as workshop scholarship opportunities for teachers and students. A continuing exhibition of Guild members’ works can be seen at the Albemarle County Court House. In addition, the Central Virginia Watercolor Guild sponsors a juried exhibition of the works of Virginia artists in the fall of each year which offers significant monetary prizes.

Persons interested in the Guild may obtain additional information by accessing the CVWG official web site:

Young Visions
The Art of Orange County’s School Students
Exhibit dates: May 5 – 28, 2011
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 5, 5pm

The Maine Event
New work by Catherine Hillis, Elaine Hurst and Lou Schellenberg
Exhibit dates: June 2 – 30, 2011
Opening reception: Thursday, June 2, 5pm

EQUUS III: The Modern Horse
A multimedia exhibit of non-traditional equestrian art juried by Mary Shira including a range of work by Virginia artists from impressionist, to modern rocking horses, to architectural renderings, to an oil portrait of a horse’s ass by emerging and established artists: Hussein Al Shikaki, Pam Black, Bev Bley, Christina Boy, Susan M. Carter, Kathleen Craig, Kitty Dodd, Jeanne Grimsby, Clinton Helms, Lindsey Henry, Betsy Hurd, Deborah Justice, Susan Krieg, Kathleen Kuhlmann, Charlotte Mautner, Linda A. Ramer, Chee Kludt Ricketts, Laure Stevens-Lubin, Martha Hall Strawther, Tom Tartaglino, Debby Thomas, Dana Lee Thompson, Janet E. Tyrell.

Exhibit dates: July 14 -August 27, 2011
Opening Reception: Thursday, July 14,5-7pm. Juror’s talk at 6pm.

Illusion, Disguise, and Camouflage
A Multi-media exhibit curated by Jenny Davis
Including work by Mary Chiaramonte, Jenny Davis, Laura Edwards, Laurel Hausler, Christine Parson and Lisa Schumaier.
Exhibit dates: September 1 – October 31, 2011
Opening reception: Thursday, September 1, 5pm

Focus on the Print
Curated by Beth Nichols – A collaborative exhibition featuring Virginia printmakers.
Exhibit dates: November 3 – December 23, 2011
Opening reception: Thursday, November 3, 5pm

Four galleries along the Rt 20 corridor north of Charlottesville to Rt 15 just North of Orange will participate: Les Yeux Des Monde, Nichols Galleries, the Art Center In Orange, and Woodberry Forest School Gallery. Curator Beth Nichols explains the impetus behind the show: “hands on printmaking went out of fashion for a while when digital printing came on the scene. However, it is coming back, with more and more artists re-discovering the various printmaking processes as a means of artistic expression.” In addition to the gallery exhibitions, workshops and lectures are being planned.

The Morin Gallery at The Arts Center In Orange will feature a group show of artists from the DC area Washington Printmakers Gallery, whose foundation promotes fine-art printmaking by fostering the creation and appreciation of hand-pulled, artist-made prints.

2010 Morin Gallery Exhibits

 The Alaska Art Experience


An Exhibit of New Work by Native Alaskan Artists Ron Senungetuk and Barry “Schgunaa” Smith

Opening reception: Thursday, November 11, 6:30pm

Exhibit dates: Nov 11 – Dec 22, 2010

Ron Senungetuk is an Alaskan Inupiat who grew up along the Bering Sea in Wales, the most western point on the American mainland. Retired from academics, he continues to be an active, vibrant artist living in picturesque Homer, Alaska on Kachemak Bay in the southwest side of the Kenai Peninsula. Ron is regarded as Alaska’s foremost living Native artist and founded the Native Arts Center while he was chair of the art department at the University of Alaska Fairbanks for 30 years. His pieces in carved and colored wood build on the traditions of the Bering Sea people, but have a timeless elegance that make them both challenging and contemporary. Ron is the major force behind the resurgence of contemporary native art in Alaska and has stimulated & supported the careers of numerous native artists, who have gained renown in their own right.

Screaming Eagle, carved ivory by Barry Smith

Barry “Schgunaa” Smith is an Alaskan Tlingit artist from Juneau in southeast Alaska along the Gastineau Channel of the Inside Passage. Long before Joe Juneau mined gold in this region, the Tlingit people called Juneau Dzántik’i Héeni, “the river where founders gather”. The Tlingit tradition tells of ancient times when their ancestors were animals and each matrilineal group was made up of Ravens or Eagles. Barry is an Eagle from the Orca clan. He carves natural material, such as woolly mammoth ivory, walrus ivory and orca teeth using traditional Tlingit/Haida guidelines to create masterworks of expression that are rooted in the traditions of northwest native people, but speak clearly to all with an appreciative eye, willingness to touch and an open heart.

To view a documentary about artists Ron Senungetuk and Barry Smith visit:


New Work by Laura Edwards Wooten

Visit her online gallery at:

Opening reception, Thursday, September 9th at 6:30pm
Exhibit dates: September 9 – October 31, 2010
In this exhibit curated by Pam Black & Theo vanGroll of the UVA School of Architecture, Charlottesville artist Laura Edwards Wooten, explores an intimate interior world through landscapes both invented and observed, in oil, acrylic and mixed media collage. Her Momentum Series, presents a personal narrative as told through an iconography of invented landscape elements. Mountains, oceans and clouds conspire with small boats, winding paths and garden gates to act out the story of creative struggle. Her Apollo Road Series, explores a landscape of creative sanctuary. Generated from both memory and observation, shifting perspectives of broad vistas, bird’s eye maps, and diminutive vignettes are utilized to recreate the spirit of place as experienced by the artist. These overlapping bodies of work reveal different parts of the same journey, navigating between solitude and community, surrender and ambition, safety and risk: a meditation on the struggle to maintain creative momentum, and the joy that unexpectedly reveals itself along the way.


Gardens & Landscapes of Virginia

A Multi Media Celebration of Virginia’s Gardens and Landscapes

Sponsored by The Dolley Madison Garden Club

Juried by Catherine Hillis

Exhibit dates: July 12 – August 31, 2010

Gallery Reception: Thursday, July 22nd at 6:30pm – Juror’s talk at 7pm.

Works by: Todd Brown, Susan Carter, Barbara M. Collins, Kathleen Craig, Cara DiMassimo, Diana Fackenthal, Susan Garnett, Jeanne Grimsby, Jane Hicks, Anne D. Hopper, Lee J. Nixon, Lou Messa, Maria Pace, Michelle Powell, Chee Ricketts, Nancy Wallace

Gardens and Landscapes of Virginia Exhibit Catalogue


The Fabric of Community
A Culture on Cloth Exhibit

Exhibit dates: June 3 – 30, 2010
Reception, Thursday, June 17th at 6:30pm

In the Morin Gallery at The Arts Center In Orange – an exhibit of twenty tapestries created by Inuit women in the Nunavut hamlet of Baker Lake, Canada. Crafted of wool duffle and incorporating appliqué and embroidery techniques, the tapestries use strong blocks and lines of color to depict traditional Inuit hunting scenes and enigmatic symbols of significance to Inuit culture. With no written tradition, the Inuit used tapestries such as these to convey their history and beliefs.

In the Arts Center Classroom – felted wall hangings created by the children of Gordon-Barbour Elementary and The Boys and Girls Club of Orange.

Culture on Cloth is an international initiative connecting artists, children, and communities around the world. Learn more at

Curator Judith Varney Burch fell in love with Inuit art more than two decades ago. Motivated to educate people about Inuit art because it represents a fragile and disappearing way of life, Burch organized “Culture on Cloth,” a traveling exhibit that began in Washington, then headed to locations in Mongolia, China, India, Mexico, Latvia, Russia, Japan, Korea, France and Mexico, and will continue to locations throughout Central and South America. In addition to giving lectures, Burch also conducts workshops with local children, who craft their own culturally specific art after viewing and learning about the Nunavut artists. Creating direct connections through art, and preserving and sharing living symbols of the Inuit people is what matters to her most, she says. Burch serves as a research collaborator for the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and her collections have been used for university core curricula. Her hope is to inspire others to preserve works of art as educational resources.

The Arts Center In Orange is grateful to sponsors Flossie Fowlkes and Bridget Bryant for making this exhibit and community outreach possible.

Exhibit catalogue: FabricofCommunity

Young Visions

May 6 – 28, 2010
Reception, Thursday, May 6th at 6:30pm
The Art of Orange County School Children


Fabulous Fibers
March 4 – April 30, 2010
Reception, Thursday, March 4th at 6:30pm, with music by Maia Oden

The Arts Center In Orange joins Virginia’s Minds Wide Open celebration of women in the arts with an artful exploration of the evolution of women’s work — the quilt’n, stitch’n, knit’n, weav’n and spin’n.



Seasons & Shadows
January 7 – February 27, 2010
Reception, Thursday, January 7th at 6:30pm
mixed media explorations by Emma Lou Martin
and, watercolors by Barbara Collins



the morin gallery: 2009


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January 8-31, 2009

The Portrait

Artists: Paolo Coppini, Bradley Stevens, Henry Wingate, Francisco Centofanti, Thomas Marsh

Reception: Jan 8, 2009 at 6:30 pm

February 5-28, 2009

Young Visions: The Art of Orange County School Students

Reception: Feb 5, 2009 at 6:30 pm

Calla Lillities and Tulips in Glass #2

March 5- April 19, 2009

From the Heart to the Brush

Watercolors by Catherine Hillis. Sponored by Virginia Tractor

Reception: March 5, 2009 at 6:30 pm


April 23-May 31, 2009

America the Beautiful

Pastel Landscapes by David Earl Miller. Sponsored by Grelen Nurseries

Reception: April 23, 2009 at 6:30 pm

bush thing

June 4 – August 23, 2009

Orange Outsider Joe Simms

Sponsored by Virginia National Bank

Reception: June 4, 2009 at 6:30 pm


August 27 – October 4, 2009

The Art of Glass

From the Collection of Chasen Galleries of Fine Art

Works by: Neil Duman – Brendan McSheehy – Markow & Norris – Richard Jones – Jeff Ballard – Tim Chilina – Terrill Waldman – Neal Drobnis – Michael Mikula – Bruce Pizzichillo & Dari Gordon – Warren Weiss – Oggetti Glass – Barry Entner – Brian Russell – Ron Starr – Brian Becher – Fields & Fields – Richard Parrish. Sponsored by Mason Insurance.

Reception: August 27, 2009 at 6:30pm

October 8 – November 15, 2009


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The Crystalline Landscape

Paintings by Meg West and Crystalline Glazed Ceramics by William Schran

Reception: October 8, 2009 at 6:30 pm

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November 19-December 24, 2009


Jewelry, Toys, Ceramics, Books and More! Just in time for holiday shopping, we expand our Virginia Artisans Shop into the Gallery.

Holiday Open House – December 4th and 5th

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