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: Lauren A. Epps
220 South Mecklenburg Avenue
South Hill, Virginia 23970
(434) 262-4170
lepps@colonialcenterva.org

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NOW IN THE MAIN GALLERY:
Artists of Rosemont  - including pieces by Dukie Barner, Andrea Burke, Maggie Chalifoux, Karolyn Hawthorne, Dee Holland, Norma Martin, and Anne Stephens.

                                 
  PEACE ROSE by Karolyn Hawthorne            LIKE THE TIDE RUSHES IN by Norma Martin               TEA FOR TWO by Anne Stephens


This group of artists has enjoyed a wonderfully cooperative relationship with Rosemont Winery and Vineyard for the past nine years. They are a small, professional group of local artists, though their exhibitions sometimes feature works from one or two guests.

Rosemont Winery had their soft opening in 2007. They offer wonderful wine, ambiance, and delightful artwork in their gallery spaces. Upon opening, Bill and Pat Moseley volunteered their extensive knowledge and experience to the gallery spaces, setting up guidelines and contracts to assure excellence. Bill drew from local artists to form the group, and the initial members of the Artsists of Rosemont included: Maggie Chalifoux, Gail Smith, Gail O’Neil, Karolyn Hawthorne, and Bill Moseley, himself.

In 2008, Rosemont Winery owners, the Rose family, asked the gallery artists to assist them in starting an annual art festival. The festival has been very successful and continues to grow in popularity. It is now run by the Winery staff and a small group of artists.

The Roses also graciously allow artists to paint on the winery premises at 3:00 pm on the 2nd Thursday afternoon of each month, in an event known as the Rosemont Paint In. This monthly event is open to the public, and all are welcomed to paint or to simply visit and watch others create artistic works.

Dukie Barner has a BFA from VCU and works primarily in mixed media. She loves to capture pattern, texture, and color in her artwork. By combining pure photography and pure printmaking with interesting combinations of other media, she creates fascinating visual images. Dukie is also currently serving as chair of the artist group.

Andrea Burke took her first watercolor class at the San Diego Art Museum in 2000 and she has been hooked ever since. She was immediately drawn to the medium’s variety of textures, the movement of the paint in the water, the array of techniques, and the endless potential for continuous growth!  Her technique and style are changing the way she thinks about subjects to paint - looking for the stories, the relationships, and the emotions within the subjects.

Maggie Chalifoux strives to express something unique and personal in her figurative and abstract paintings.  She paints what she finds beautiful. She uses intuition and imagination, draws from nature, and is inspired by color and light.  She finds a pleasing balance between abstract and figurative works.

Karolyn Hawthorne finds light – elusive, transient and fleeting – to be her inspiration. Learning to see and understand the way light plays in this world is a lifelong pursuit, and adequately capturing it is her lifelong mission. She believes that opening viewers’ eyes to light’s beauty can open their mind to life’s possibilities. Karolyn also serves at the publicity chair for the group.

Dee Holland has been shooting landscape photography using black/white and color film for more than 30 years.  She was taught by her late uncle, Jerry, to shoot many years ago. She mimics his style of shooting, keeping alive his love for old barns and buildings.  Dee uses only external filters and relies solely on camera settings to create breathtaking photographs from her different/angled perspective. She simply does not utilize computer technology to enhance her images. Dee says that her favorite shot is “the one I haven't taken yet”.

Norma Martin draws her inspiration from her love of gardening, the ocean, and the South Carolina low country.  She hopes that her artwork will stimulate fond memories in her viewers, and that they will once again be reminded of places or things they have encountered in life.

Anne Stephens’ travels across the states and abroad have helped to provide her inspiration. Her eye for beauty and her life experiences have acted as a muse for many of her paintings. Anne serves as the show chair and is responsible for hanging more than 70 pieces semi-annually at Rosemont.

Anyone who may be interested in joining the Artists of Rosemont may contact any of the group’s members, or they may visit Rosemont Winery at 1050 Blackridge Rd. in La Crosse, and speak with any staff member. Interested artists will be asked to submit digital images for review by the jury committee prior to admission.

To view the Artists of Rosemont display at the Colonial Center, stop by the theatre at 220 S. Mecklenburg Ave. in South Hill between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Colonial Center galleries are also open during all public performance events.


IN THE SECOND GALLERY:
Colonial Center's Fifth Anniversary Celebration Exhibit

Every professional touring act and community theatre show that has taken place since 2011 is somehow represented in this exhibit. This gallery has now been transformed into a Colonial Center “shrine” of sorts. There are cast pictures, programs, flyers, posters, T-shirts, autographed merchandise items, collages, and displays of all kinds to honor each of our past performances.

The Colonial Center staff asks anyone who has participated in a show to come by to view the exhibit and sign the autograph board we have placed in the gallery. This will also help us in determining whether we have inadvertently left out any performances. If you think one is missing, please let us know! The more eyes we can get on the display, the better.

We also ask audience members, patrons, volunteers, and community residents to come by and view the exhibit to help us honor the hard-work and dedication of all of our performers.

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

 


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