A Day on the Abingdon Branch: The Photography of O. Winston Link, 1955-1957
May 24 – June 9, 2002*
The Legard & United Company Galleries

*Exhibition re-opens June 14 at its permanent location in the Abingdon Train Station, home of The Historical Society of Washington County, Va.

More than 30 black and white images comprise this special exhibition of railroad photographs by renowned photographer and long-time Arts Center friend, the late O. Winston Link.

Part of Link’s acclaimed 1950s photography project that documented the last steam railroads in America, all images in the exhibit will focus on the Norfolk and Western’s Abingdon branch, the Virginia Creeper, which was Mr. Link’s stated favorite. The exhibition will feature both new images never before exhibited as well as a selection of favorites, such as “Old Maud Bows to the Virginia Creeper.”




Africa: Crossing the Continent
September 21, 2001 – February 24, 2002
The Legard and United Company Galleries

This lavish exhibition, drawn from one of the most encyclopedic private collections on the east coast, features more than 100 pieces of art. Included are a hauntingly strange Yombe nail fetish, classical Nigerian statuettes, a geometrically-stylized Songye mask, and an eerily powerfulKotareliquary – as well as ancestor figures, decorative throwing knives, and a very rare full-figure Kuba dance costume. An essential reference for collectors and scholars and a visual delight for all.








Her Wooden Canvas: The Carvings of Mabel Barrow Kreger
October 26, 2001 – April 21, 2002
The Glenn C. Price & Strongwell Galleries

By 1898, a spirited and determined young 16-year-old Mabel Barrow had learned the craft of carving wood. “Miz Mabel” applied traditional methods and often mythical motifs to furniture and other decorative objects.










Virginia Clothed: Commerce and Fashion Along the Great Wagon Road, 1780-1900
May 10 through December 29, 2002
The Glenn C. Price & Strongwell Galleries

With Virginia Clothed, you can view more than 35 garments and accessories that date between 1780 and 1900, including examples from Russell, Tazewell, Smyth, Wythe, and Washington counties as well as Bristol,Va., and Bristol, Tenn. The exhibition also offers the chance to see handmade, ready made and custom made clothing including both children and adult’s attire. You can review 19th century store ledgers, period fashion magazines and fashion plates, store advertisements and more in this exhibition which documents the region’s economic and cultural development as evidenced by its changing fashions.







Virginia Watercolor Society Twenty-Third Jurored Exhibition
April 6 – June 30, 2002
The United Company Contemporary Regional Gallery

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Works by 97 of Virginia’s best watercolorists are showcased in this audience-friendly exhibition. Guest juror Ray Kass selected the show from submitted slides.

The Virginia Watercolor Society, organized in 1979 by Roanoke artists John Will Creasy and Ernest Johnson, is comprised of artists and non-painters who seek to foster interest and appreciation for watercolor through annual jurored exhibitions, educational projects, publications, demonstrations, and networking. The VWS creates opportunities for artists – beginning as well as established – to advance their skills and professionalism and introduces an appreciation of watercolors to a wider audience.

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