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

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In the Main Gallery:
Acrylic Paintings by Rieley Phillips


Rieley Phillips is the youngest artist to ever have a solo exhibit in the Colonial Center’s Main Art Gallery. She is 15 years old and is a freshman at Central High School. Rieley is the daughter of Jason and Beth Phillips of Kenbridge.

Rieley has been painting for two years and prefers to paint with acrylics on stretched canvas. She is a student in Mrs. Kunath’s art class at school, and says she was inspired to begin painting by following many visual artists on social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram. Her favorite subjects to paint are flowers and beach scenes.

She says, “I worked really hard on all of the paintings in my exhibit. I put a lot of time and effort into them and I hope people will enjoy seeing my art.”

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.
In the Craft Gallery:
Armadillo Designs
Handmade Jewelry by Brenda Arriaga



Brenda made her first drawing at the age of four and has been pursuing a creative, artistic lifestyle ever since. Her earliest influences came from several places. Her father and paternal grandmother were amateur artists working in mixed media and clay, her mother was her best critic and advisor, and Jon Gnagy (who was the original television art instructor) also inspired her. She drew along with Jon’s televised lessons each week.

Ms. Arriaga began drawing with colored pencils and later experimented with oil pastels, watercolors, and oil paints. Throughout elementary school, she provided teachers with drawings and paintings for class bulletin boards and for their classrooms and homes. She took art classes in high school and began creating in three-dimensional media.

Brenda attended Chowan University and graduated with a degree in art. Thereafter, she worked for several years with artist Dorothy Fagan of Fagan Studios creating in a variety of mediums including stained glass, gold and silver leaf, silk screening, calligraphy, graphic design, creative custom framing, faux finishes, trompe-l’oeil, air brush, and hand carved wooden signs. She has also done children’s pastel portraits and silver point drawings and portraits. Many of her works remain in private collections.

Brenda officially opened Armadillo Designs in 2011 and is currently enjoying focusing on creating jewelry and incorporating various metals, wood, glass, clay, and unique stones into her creations.

All of the displayed jewelry pieces are availble for purchase.

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.


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