past exhibits 2009 – 2011

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


Henry Wingate mary

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


pots5 pots19 pots9


The Crystalline Landscape

Paintings by Meg West and Crystalline Glazed Ceramics by William Schran

Reception: October 8, 2009 at 6:30 pm

card copy

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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