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

In the Main Gallery through September 21:
Artworks by Deborah Horne



Mrs. Horne is a retired elementary school teacher who dedicated 35 years of her life to educating 3rd and 4th grade students. At the beginning of her career, she taught for one year in Wilmington, NC.  She then transferred to North Myrtle Beach, SC, for a short period of time. Upon moving to South Hill, she taught at South Hill Academy for two years before finding her more permanent “home away from home” at South Hill Elementary School, where she worked for the remainder of her career.

Deborah has always had a talent for drawing and she transferred her love of art into her classrooms by including many art projects in her class curriculum. Throughout her life, she has credited her grandmother with being the person who inspired her to create. Deborah spent many hours of her childhood watching her grandmother create oil paintings and pen-and-ink drawings.

In 2007, Sally Tharrington, former principal at South Hill Elementary School, offered an after school oil painting class to any teachers who wanted to participate. Deborah loved the painting class and she has been painting in her spare time ever since. She mainly paints nature scenes, landscapes, and scenes from around her yard. Several examples of her oil paintings are currently on display in the gallery.

Mrs. Horne’s Colonial Center exhibit also includes examples of her cross-stitch works. She began by creating embroidery samplers which were similar to old Victorian samplers, but when cross-stitch became popular, she transferred and applied her skills to making cross-stitch samplers and pictures, including a  cross-stitch sampler which depicts her family tree. According to her, this was a labor of love which began in 1989 and was finally completed earlier this year.

Additionally, Mrs. Horne has dabbled in other mediums including a short foray into watercolors and a few acrylic paintings. She enjoys crocheting Afghans, candle-wicking bedspreads, embroidering, and cross-stitching tablecloths. She also regularly makes jackets for Methodist Ministries who donate these clothing pieces to children in impoverished areas around the world.

When Deborah isn’t creating artworks, she enjoys spending time with her family. Her husband is former South Hill Mayor Earl Horne and together, they have two children: Ashleigh Zincone and John Horne, and four grandchildren: Emily Zincone, Justin Zincone, James Horne, and Lydia Horne.

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

In the Craft Gallery through September 21:
Hand-crafted Duck Decoys
by Jerry Klingenberg


Jerry Klingenberg has been carving for the last 16 years. He started carving for the same reason many of the old time carvers did; he wanted a duck decoy and could not afford the price of a professionally carved one.

When Mr. Klingenberg went to the library to get a book on carving, he was told that a man named Ron Seward had been asking around to see if anyone was interesed in carving. Ron was trained in decoy carving by a professional carver in Delaware and wanted to start a group at the lake where he lives. Jerry and Ron have been carving ever since. They not only do decoy carving but anything in wood, ranging from walking sticks to turtles.

Jerry asserts that carving has been a very joyful hobby.

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


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