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. Eppss
220 South Mecklenburg Avenue
South Hill, Virginia 23970
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Portraits from the Paul Mellon Collection
The Colonial Center is excited to have a special art exhibit from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts featured in our gallery. Looking Toward an Inner Light—Portraits from The Paul Mellon Collection, can be seen all month in the second floor gallery.
A portrait, in the most traditional sense, is the image or representation of a person. When the interpretation is expanded, the portrait serves as a document in which a portion of the individual’s life can be read in depth. At this level we can see the history and culture in which the portrait was produced, and have insight into who a person was, how they lived, and what they thought about themselves.
The twelve photographic reproductions of paintings featured from The Paul Mellon Collection focus on the art of eleven 19th-century French painters whose work matured when photography was first enjoying widespread use as a portrait medium. The exhibition explores the ways in which the artists broke with tradition by depicting ordinary people in the contemporary world. As a result, we have a realistic glimpse into the world of both the artist and the model.
From Gustve Corbet’s robustand realistic painting Gustave Chaudry to Impressionistic portraits by Edgar Degas and Berthe Morisor these artists created images of everyday people filtered through unique artistic styles.
Stop by The Colonial Center, 220 South Mecklenburg Avenue, South Hill, Monday through Friday 8:30 to 4:30 to view the art work through March.