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 November 15:
Pieces by Patricia Velásquez de Mera.


Patricia currently resides in Raleigh, NC; she is married, has three sons, and four grandchildren. She considers her family to be the greatest of her treasures.

Since the age of six, writing has also been a passion of Patricia’s. She was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, and has also lived in New Orleans, LA, for eight years. According to Patricia, “It was in New Orleans, inspired by the contrast between the bohemian life of the old city and the unforgettable memories of my native Guayaquil, where I wrote my first novel.”

She also writes poetry in English, for in her own words, “The mechanics of a new language cannot stop the voice of the soul.”
Additionally, she published the daily phrase in the second oldest South American newspaper, plus editorials, poetry, historic series, biographies, comments, and articles of varied nature.

In 1997, Velásquez de Mera, who studied Library and Archives Sciences at the University of Guayaquil, enrolled in Art History at Delgado College of New Orleans. Within 24 hours of enrolling, she was recommended by her instructors for the Fine Arts Program, where she distinguished herself through her creativity and her excellent academic trajectory.

It wasn’t until the age of 45 that Patricia discovered she possessed any desire or ability to paint. It is impossible to separate Patricia the writer, from Patricia the painter. Her narrative style is one that links her books to her canvases. In New Orleans, Patricia was considered a “Renaissance Woman” – a well-deserved title. With her poetic painter’s heart, she has touched thousands around the world.

Naturally timid, Patricia has not made her talent a tool to gain notoriety or recognition. On the contrary, she has kept her ability a well-guarded secret until recently. Patricia has exhibited her art at several shows around the country and in Ecuador. Her pieces are in private collections on several different continents and she is preparing exhibitions in the United States and Ecuador for 2017.

The quarterly publication BIRTHINGS from Sidney, Australia, published her painting “Roberto” to promote their nationwide breast feeding campaign, and her artwork is being used as illustration to teach Spanish at the collegiate level in the United States.

Recognized as the “Painter of Clowns”, Patricia embraces the sadness of clowns, which often lies beneath their masks.  She intends to show the real sorrow behind the carnival of life.

She also strives to bring women to the forefront, focusing on their nature, pain, grace, and their constant struggle to survive and prosper within inequality, sexism, and uncertainty.  Her paintings depict the gap between social classes and the agony suffered around the world by victims of wars, natural disasters, and other devastating causes. However, her style of painting includes many bright colors, which serve to put a bit of joy into each of her works.

Park View High School Art Students have works on display throughout the school  year. This exhibit is rotated every 6-8 weeks.

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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