2005-2006

From These Hills 2005: Contemporary Art in the Southern Appalachian Highlands
July 1 – October 2, 2005
The United Company Contemporary Regional Gallery

William King Regional Arts Center continues to celebrate the diversity of regional artistic talent with its biennial exhibition, From These Hills: Contemporary Art in the Southern Appalachian Highlands, 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 2005 exhibition will open in The United Company Contemporary Regional Gallery of William King Regional Arts Center, Abingdon, Virginia, on July 1, 2005, and will continue through October 2, 2005.

The exhibition will be guest-curated by David J. Brown, Senior Curator at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and a former curator of The Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.

 

 

Legacy in Clay: Pottery of Washington County, Virginia
July 22, 2005 – November 20, 2005
The Glenn C. Price & Strongwell Galleries

The story of 18th and 19th century potteries in Washington County relates to a larger legacy stretching from Europe to Pennsylvania and North Carolina. Families carried their pottery traditions to southwest Virginia, influencing each other. As potters trained, married, and relocated, they maintained certain aspects of established pottery production while developing new techniques. Potters pulled native clay from the earth, shaped the wet vessels, and fired the wares on brick kilns. Oxide or cobalt occasionally decorated the functional wares. Early potters formed lead-glazed earthenware, but by the mid-19th century, most potters created salt-glazed stoneware, fired at a higher temperature.

 

 

 

 

Sherwood Anderson and the American Modernists
September 10, 2005 – January 22, 2006
The Glenn C. Price & Strongwell Galleries and The Legard & United Company Galleries

This exhibition explores Anderson (1876-1941) and his connection to artists of the American scene during the 1920’s and 1930’s. It will measure the influence of modern American art on Anderson’s work and, in turn, his influence upon the artists with whom he associated and whose works he collected. This exhibit will include letters, biographical overviews, specific works from Anderson’s art collection and other public and private collections across the country.

 

 

 

 

Second Nature: The Art of Suzanne Stryk
October 7, 2005 – March 5, 2006
The United Company Contemporary Regional Gallery

This solo exhibition will feature one of Southwest Virginia’s most prolific and longstanding artists. As an observer of nature, Stryk has focused on not only the physical and reality of nature, but also on how an artist conceptually communicates that reality.

 

 

 

 

 

Mountain Handiwork: The American Craft Revival in Virginia
December 9, 2005 – May 7, 2006
The Glenn C. Price & Strongwell Galleries

America in the 1930s provided the perfect climate for change – in society, in industry and in art. In Southwest Virginia, the American Craft Revival encouraged work associated with the handicraft tradition: woven coverlets and quilts, hooked rugs, pottery, cornhusk dolls, and furniture. The Federal Arts Project Center in Big Stone Gap, Laura Copenhaver Industries, Cedar Bluff Blanket Mill and the Handicraft Guild of the Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Virginia fostered regional artists.

 

 

 

 

 

 

That Moment and This Moment: Installations by Marya Roland and Sayaka Suzuki
February 3 – April 2, 2006
The Legard and United Company Galleries

This exhibition brings together two innovative installation artists whose works explore the concept of time and express temporal themes.

Marya Roland’s creation Ephyrian Circle approaches these themes via her use of the subject of the myth of Sisyphus.

Sayaka Suzuki’s work 907: 780 Chickens, 5 Cows, 18 Ducks, 2 Geese, 20 Pigs, 7 Rabbits, 29 Sheep, 46 Turkeys utilizes the imagery of food and is suggestive of Renaissance paintings.

 

 

 

Four Sculptors: Greg Bryson, Jon Mehlferber, Catherine Murray and Marvin Tadlock
March 17 – July 9, 2006
The United Company Contemporary Regional Gallery

This exhibition presents works by four of this region’s most innovative sculptors. Employing specific techniques in their applications of metal, polymers, stone and wood, these artists showcase their critical thinking and problem-solving skills through the material they use.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Virginia Collects: Art from Capitol Square
April 15, 2006 – November 26, 2006
The Legard & United Company Galleries

Virginia’s state art collection is a significant body of work as well as a key component of its physical setting, the 18th-century State Capitol, designed by Thomas Jefferson, and the surrounding public park known as Capitol Square. While the Capitol is closed for renovation and expansion, the Arts Center will showcase 39 pieces from the Commonwealth’s artistic legacy. The exhibition, organized by the Library of Virginia, will be the only opportunity to view some of the best examples from this exceptional collection away from Richmond.

 

 

 

 

Painted Lustre: The Cumbow China Decorating Company
May 26, 2006 – October 8, 2006
The Glenn C. Price & Strongwell Galleries

1 tea set

Artists of Cumbow China Decorating Company of Abingdon transformed blank stoneware to lustrous pieces decorated with gold, silver or copper paint. Under the direction of Mabel Cumbow Ruskin, the company developed from a room above the owners’ kitchen in the 1930s to a travel destination on Main Street in the 1940s. The designs, inspired by historical china patterns and the surrounding region, varied from a version of the familiar Tea Leaf pattern to an original pattern using geometric shapes and Egyptian hieroglyphics called “Abingdon.”

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