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)

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