A Century of Furniture: The Rose Cabinet Shops
July 25 , 2008 – January 4, 2009
The Glenn C. Price & Strongwell Galleries

A Century of Furniture will feature approximately 25 pieces of furniture made by the Rose Family, in addition to the family’s history, genealogy, and importance to the region and American decorative arts throughout the 19th century. John Erhart Rose (ca. 1767-1860) apprenticed in Philadelphia, owned a shop in Abingdon, and also worked in Knoxville, Tenn. His sons continued making furniture in the second half of the 19th century in Abingdon. The family’s furniture spanned over a century, showcasing this region’s federal, empire and gothic styles.






Rebis: New Paintings by Virginia Derryberry
September 19, 2008 – February 1, 2009
The United Company Regional Art Gallery

Rebis includes 17 paintings by Virginia Derryberry, an Asheville, NC artist and Professor of Art at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. Her large compositions fuse realism and portraiture with mythic content and alchemical symbolism. Her classically composed paintings include symbolic objects, colors, and narratives associated with alchemy but are not easily recognized to the unknowing eye. In this way, Derryberry’s paintings are as much about realistic painting and classical themes as they are about alchemical subjects. Funded in part by A Likely Yarn.


Female(s) Form(s)
October 24, 2008 – March 1, 2009
The Legard & United Company Galleries

Female(s) Form(s) is not intended to be a traditional collective exhibition, but seven individual exhibitions using gender as a connective element. This exhibition includes works by Mary Tartaro (Blacksburg, VA); Val Lyle (Bristol, TN); Jennifer Cox (Lexington, VA); Suzanne Stryk (Bristol, VA); Mary Barton Nees (Johnson City, TN); Jennifer Collins (Radford, VA) and Joni Pienkowski (Blacksburg, VA).



Interwoven: The Everyday Basket in the 19th and Early 20th Centuries

January 23, 2009 – July 12, 2009
The Glenn C. Price & Strongwell Galleries

Not long ago, the containers predominantly used in everyday life in rural Virginia and Tennessee were handmade baskets. Makers constructed them out of a variety of materials, from the more familiar white oak to honeysuckle. They made baskets for their own use or to sell or trade with their neighbors. While most baskets were intended for a multitude of applications, some were created with a specific function in mind. Interwoven explores the many shapes and stories of the not-so-simple basket and its makers.






Wide-Eyed Garden: Paintings by Leila Cartier

February 13, 2009 – June 7, 2009
The United Company Regional Art Gallery

Wide-Eyed Garden is an exhibit of works by Leila Cartier. Cartier is an Abingdon native who studied art and art history at Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia and Temple University in Rome, Italy. She is currently pursuing her Masters of Fine Arts at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Cartier’s large vibrant paintings are glimpses into a surreal world dominated by combinations of botanical, figural, and arthropod forms. The exhibition itself is designed to catapult visitors into a unique dreamlike environment equivalent to a rock opera experience.


John Kingerlee: A Painter’s Passage

March 13, 2009 – September 6, 2009
The Legard & United Company Galleries

John Kingerlee is a 70-year-old British-born artist who currently resides in rural Ireland. Kingerlee’s expressive paintings are a combination of gestural brushstrokes and collage defining images that float between representational form and abstraction. This exhibition was originally curated by the late William Zimmer, former contributing art critic for the New York Times, and made available to us through Katharine T. Carter and Associates. This exhibition will be accompanied by The William Zimmer Prize in Art Criticism, a competition in critical writing focusing on the works of John Kingerlee and open to all students currently enrolled in a Fine Arts program in area colleges or universities.


Pillars of Bohemia: Mullins, Houser, and Crookshank

June 26, 2009 – October 11, 2009
The United Company Regional Art Gallery

It is no secret that the bohemian counterculture remains prevalent, if not completely dominating, in contemporary American art. Our local art scene is certainly not immune and this exhibition serves to pay homage to three of our most bohemian of native artists. Shawn Crookshank, Richard Houser, and D.R. Mullins have more than solidified their presence within the Abingdon circuit of eccentric minds, shifted perspective, and colossal talent. Although each artist pulls from vastly different inspirations, their artworks have come to collectively define that bohemian pocket of untamed Abingdon in a most striking way. To know these three artists and to understand their place is to be finely tuned to an Abingdon often unknown by outsiders.

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