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Public Reception – Big, Ugly, Hullabaloo: The Work of Eric Drummond Smith

January 26, 2023 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Public Reception

Big, Ugly, Hullabaloo: The Work of Eric Drummond Smith


Reception is FREE and open to all members of the public. 

Live jazz performance by The Wolf Hills Jazz Quartet, light refreshments provided.

Thursday, January 26, 2023 5:30pm – 7:30pm

William King Museum of Art, Abingdon, VA


Abingdon artist, Eric Drummond Smith, intentionally creates colorful visual cues that entice the viewer to look closer at his work, think critically, and laugh while doing so. He utilizes vibrancy and humor in such a way that invites the viewer to linger in front of his work. Smith explains, “I close my eyes, listen to music, breath deeply, maybe sip some cold water, some hot tea, or a dark beer, and then pick up a thing (brush/pen/pastel) and make a mark, trying to scratch out the thing that is there, somewhere in the mess of my head. The whole thing is rather like improvisational jazz. I’m playing with bits and pieces, scraps and snips, some my own, some from cave walls and museums, graffiti and old newspaper strips. I’m rearranging them, adapting them, looking for themes, looking for joyful dissonances and unexpected melodies. I forget about the world, a little. I talk to myself, and the paint, mumbling and cussing and singing off-tune. I stain my hands and clothes in ink and paint, glorious battle-scars. I only notice later, in the mirror, chuckling.”

Join artist Eric Drummond Smith and WKMA staff for the public reception celebrating Big Ugly Hullabaloo: The Work of Eric Drummond Smith. The event will be held in the gallery on Thursday, January 26 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm and will feature a live jazz performance by Ed Davis.


Click HERE to learn more about “Big, Ugly, Hullabaloo.



“Big Ugly Hullabaloo: The Work of Eric Drummond Smith” is sponsored by The University of Virginia’s College at Wise. 

This exhibition is part of the McGlothlin Exhibition Series at William King Museum of Art. 


January 26, 2023
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm


William King Museum of Art
415 Academy Dr NW
Abingdon, VA 24210 United States
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