Art Gallery

Now in the Main Gallery

Abstract Mixed-Media Artwork by Leslie Bailey

Leslie Bailey is a retired Elementary Art teacher who now devotes most of her time to creating art. She is a twice National Board Certified Early and Middle Childhood Art Specialist, was recognized as Teacher of the Year at multiple schools during her tenure, and was a finalist for Wake County Teacher of the Year in 2011. She took great pride in her ability to provide children with creative opportunities which were similar to her early experiences in art.

After more than thirty years of teaching, she now concentrates her efforts on producing abstract mixed media artworks.

The act of creating with non-traditional materials leads to an intuitive exploration of said materials while focusing on shapes, lines, colors, and textures. Considering the multiple layers of her creations, Leslie’s material choices in each level often bring about surprises in the finished products. She feels that the discovery and exploration of these “happy accidents” is what drives her to continue creating.

Leslie’s artwork has been previously displayed at The Arts Center of Carrboro, NC. She has also had exhibits at The Contemporary South Show at the Visual Arts Exchange, Imurj Gallery, and Litmus Gallery, all within Raleigh, NC. Leslie is currently a resident artist at Litmus Gallery.



Art Gallery Opening Celebration in honor of Southside Community Services Board’s Annual Consumer Art Contest winners – and Lisa Clary’s poetry and prose exhibit.

Thursday, July 11 –  6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

This event will be open to the public; admission is free-of-charge and will include light hors d’oeuvres, sodas, and water, and a cash bar offering Rosemont wines and an assortment of beer will be available.

Each year, Southside Community Services holds an art contest for their consumers and the winning submissions are featured in their yearly printed calendars. The Colonial Center will display the winning pieces in the Main Gallery along with some additional submissions to the contest. Several contest winners will be on-site for the Opening Celebration to showcase their works.

The July 11 event will also honor Lisa Clary, who will have examples of her poetry and prose on display in the Craft Gallery. Lisa’s exhibit will be unique in that it will not feature visual art but rather examples of her creative writings. Lisa is well-known throughout South Hill, Mecklenburg County, and beyond for her involvement in many civic organizations as well as her role as a reporter, photographer, and Account Executive for the MECKLENBURG SUN. Many people recognize her as “Lisa the Hat Lady.” Lisa will have copies of her book available for purchase in the galleries during her exhibition. She will be on-site at the Opening Celebration on July 11 to answer questions about her works and participate in a book signing for those who purchase copies during the event.

Be Our Next Exhibit

The Colonial Center has several gallery spaces available for exhibitions and display. All artwork is shown either on easels, free standing pedestals, or hanging systems. Applications are currently being accepted for future showings. 

Complete the Application Form and send it to The Colonial Center at the following address. You may also send by email. Please call for more details. 

The Colonial Center
Attn: Karen Terry
220 South Mecklenburg Avenue
South Hill, Virginia 23970
(434) 262-4170 


The Art Galleries are open for free public viewing from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and during all Colonial Center public performance events.






The Colonial Center
220 South Mecklenburg Avenue
South Hill, Virginia 23970
(434) 262-4170

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