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

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Now through September 11, photography by Mr. Robert (Bob) Harris, Sr. will be on display in the Colonial Center’s main gallery on their second floor. The images shown in this display are a sample of his total works.
Harris grew up, worked, and retired in South Hill. He worked in the oil business for forty-three years and married Susanne Johansen of Arlington, VA in 1957. They have three children: Cathy Barnes of Richmond, VA; Anne Thomason of South Hill; and Robert Harris, Jr. of Richmond.
Harris was introduced to the art of photography in 1956 by Johnny Walker Copley, who had a 4x5 inch sheet film Speed Graphic camera. All film had to be loaded in holders, and then processed in a darkroom.
In 1959, Mr. Harris purchased a used Speed Graphic camera from Floyd Garland, a South Hill pharmacist. He began a part-time association as a state photographer with the RICHMOND NEWS LEADER, RICHMOND TIMES DISPATCH, Associated Press (AP), and the United Press International (U.P.I.). As the years passed, cameras improved and additional formats were used.
Harris covered many types of spot news, including, but not limited to, a UFO landing in South Hill, a plane crash loaded with 90 million dollars’ worth of cocaine, murder, prison breaks, wrecks, and fires. However, pastoral scenes remain his favorite subjects. His Colonial Center exhibit encompasses many aspects of his total body of works.
When covering breaking news in a small community, eighty miles from the daily papers, the best way to get film to Richmond was by Greyhound Bus, which at the time, had schedules almost around-the-clock. He would deliver the film to the newspaper where they would process and print the best image.
Mr. Harris currently resides in South Hill, carries a camera to this day, and sometimes puts it to work.
Harris’ exhibit is available for public viewing from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The gallery is also open during all Colonial Center public performance events.

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