Crazy for Hollywood: Popular Culture & American Film Stars, 1926-1962 The C. Robert Weisfeld Collection
May 30 – September 14, 2003
The Legard & United Company Galleries

Local collector C. Robert Weisfeld has been intrigued with Hollywood memorabilia for more than three decades, acquiring clothing, shoes, accessories, photographs and print materials from stars of the grand era of film, the 1930s, 40s and 50s.

Objects featured in the exhibition include both personal items of the stars, public objects – costumes, scripts and contracts – from the movies, television shows and public appearances they made, and purchased objects – everything from fan buttons to refrigerator magnets – created by the studios for the public.






Curious Notions, Fanciful Whims: Folk Art from the Southern Highlands
January 17 through June 22, 2003
The Glenn C. Price & Strongwell Galleries

The Arts Center is honored to have this opportunity to present the folk art collection of Howard Campbell, allowing us to see the work of the region’s outsider artists as seen through his perceptive lens. In 1994, very early in the fieldwork for the Cultural heritage Project, Howard Campbell’s most extraordinary collection was documented and the seed planted for this exhibition. Even Howard’s home is appropriate for his collection. Painted in bright, colorful hues with fanciful objects adorning the porch railings, it seems to beckon the visitor in for close inspection. Once inside, a visual treat meets the eye with hundreds of objects jumbled one on top of the other; each a unique one-of-a-kind creation made outside mainstream art by untrained, often unrecognized artists. Everything from birdhouses to windmills to dancing toys to handmade furniture (even portions of a paint-decorated house) all co-exists in harmony with the collector himself.

Howard states that folk art makes him laugh, reason enough to acquire the large collection he maintains today. Although often preferring the work of the anonymous folk artist, Howard Campbell is a respected authority on many known folk artists of the 19th and 20th centuries as well as a specialist on the folk art genre itself. Howard Campbell was educated at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland and has spent his life as a collector of art objects. He currently resides happily amongst his folk art collection in Elk Park,N.C.




From These Hills 2003: Southwest Virginia Artists & Their Neighbors
March 7 – August 17, 2003
The United Company Contemporary Regional Gallery

Celebrating the diversity of artistic talent in the Southern Appalachian Highlands, From These Hills: Southwest Virginia Artists & Their Neighbors is a major exhibition of new works by artists working in all media in Southwest Virginia, Northeast Tennessee, Western North Carolina, Southern West Virginia and Eastern Kentucky. The 2003 exhibition will open in The United Company Contemporary Regional Gallery of William King Regional Arts Center, Abingdon,Virginia on March 7, 2003 and will continue through August 17, 2003. It will then travel to the Portsmouth Museums, Courthouse Galleries in Tidewater, Va., and finally to the Caton Merchant Family Gallery, Center for the Arts of Greater Manassas in Northern Va.

This exhibition will be guest curated by Andrea Polla, former Exhibition Coordinator for the McLean Project for the Arts, McClean, Va.and currently an independent curator. It will feature work by Steven Bickley, Ole Bye, Joseph Champagne, Virginia Derryberry, Kathy Gibian, Charles Goolsby, Marilyn Pettit Hower, Elizabeth Johns, Jan Knipe, Jon Mehlferber, Catherine Murray, Neil Staples, Suzanne Stryk, and David Underwood.





Stefano della Bella: Baroque Printmaker
February 14 – May 18, 2003
The Legard & United Company Galleries

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This exhibition of approximately 20 prints features the work of Baroque artist Stefano della Bella (1610-1664), a prolific creator of landscapes, city scenes, battles, animal studies, mythological subjects and fantasies. A skilled draftsman and accomplished etcher, he created an extensive body of work of thousands of images through the patronage of the Florence court and Medici family. This exhibition is a lesson in Baroque art history as well as the printmaking process. It has been organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the prints are on loan from the University of Richmond Museums as part of the University’s I. Webb Surratt, Jr. Print Collections.





Studio Retro: Ten Years in the Making
July 12 – October 13, 2002
The United Company Contemporary Regional Gallery

William King Regional Arts Center’s Resident Studio Artist Program will celebrate its tenth birthday during 2002, as will the Arts Center. What better way to honor this important component of the Arts Center’s mission – that of nurturing and showcasing regional artists – than to hold a retrospective exhibition showcasing the artists who have had residencies here?

Studio Retro: Ten Years in the Making features artworks by 11 former or current resident artists. Included are two to three works by each artist, as well as a short biographical sketch and look at their lives since their residencies.




That Happy Land: Two Exhibitions Celebrating the Natural Beauty of Virginia’s Heartland
September 20, 2002 – February 2, 2003
The Legard & United Company Galleries

ThatHappyLand Views of the Valley: 19th Century Landscapes by Edward Beyer: Edward Beyer was born in 1820 in the German Rhineland. He studied art at the Dusseldorf Academy and painted in Dresden until he left for America around 1850. Beyer’s small details and tiny figures depict the rural Virginia landscape during the middle of the 19th century, including views of Winchester, Wytheville, Christiansburg, Buchanan and others. Lenders to the exhibition include the Virginia Historical Society, Glen Burnie Historic House & Gardens, and the Town Improvement Society of Buchanan,Va.

That Sublime Arch: Images ofVirginia’s Natural Bridge: during the 19th century, fright and delight were combined in the traveler’s first impressions of Natural Bridge, one of America’s premier natural wonders. During a time when trains had only recently begun to displace wagons, soaring mountains with fantastic rock formations were a novelty of vast proportions to many. This exhibition features 18th and 19th century paintings, prints, and photographs depictingNaturalBridge, most borrowed from the collection of the Virginia Historical Society with additions from The Library of Virginia and private collectors. Support for That Happy Land is provided, in part, by Columbus McKinnon Corporation and Highlands Union Bank.





The Riches of Family: An American Journey from Slavery to Prosperity and As Long as the Waters Flow: Native Americans in the South and East
October 25, 2002 through February 23, 2003
The United Company Contemporary Regional Gallery

As Long As the Waters Flow: Native Americans in the South and East: thirty-six large black and white photographs byNorth Carolinaphotographer Carolyn DeMeritt provide a beautiful documentation of many well-known and not-so-well-known Native American tribes in the southernUnited States. Frye Gaillard, aNorth Carolinaauthor, has written text and an introduction for this exhibition which is both beautiful and fertile ground for educational opportunities.

And as a companion exhibit: The Riches of Family: An American Journey from Slavery to Prosperity. In one generation, artist Rock Hyman’s ancestral family went from being freedVirginiaslaves in 1866 to owning 2,000 acres of oil-producing property inTexas. In 1983, Hyman discovered over 300 photographs documenting his family legacy and began a life-long project of interpreting the photographs onto canvas with his paintbrush. The ten images in this show feature both the photographic image as well as its painting counterpart and tell the story of one family’s migration following the Civil War, like so many others from Virginia to Texas, to the promise of prosperity in the west.

Organized and on loan from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

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