November 22, 2020

Gallery Space at 536 Craghead Street in River District

Gallery will be open on Thursday / Friday / Saturday  •  noon – 8pm   |   Sunday  •  noon – 5pm

Shadows of Place_List of Works

New Storefront Gallery in Danville, by John Crane/Register & Bee


David Douglas has worked with photo, drawing and conceptual digital assemblage for over thirty-five years. He received his B.A in painting from Virginia Intermont College in1981 and his MFA in painting from James Madison University in 1984. His most recent work brings him to the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Virginia. These large-scale works explore the unique beauty and haunting landscape of this region. David Douglas’ work has been exhibited in major galleries in the U.S. and overseas. In August of 2013 his large-scale work was exhibited in his first museum solo exhibition “ These Places that I Know” at the Academy Art Museum in Easton Maryland. David Douglas resides in Alexandria Virginia where he teaches painting, drawing and photography at EHS, John McCain’s Alma mater. David Douglas’ work can be seen in several Museum Collections – VMFA, Academy Art Museum, Chrysler Museum of Art, and Cedar Rapids Museum of Art.


Gallery Space at 536 Craghead Street in River District: Beginning in November, 2020, the 536 Craghead Street Gallery will present two DMFAH fine arts exhibitions in Danville’s River District, to complement the Museums regular programing at its Main Street facility. Rick Barker Properties has recently restored the Venable Building’s (c. 1899) commercial storefront at 536 Craghead Street. Before this space is made available for lease, it is being offered as a gallery space featuring a solo exhibition by David A. Douglas in November, 2020. The DMFAH’s Craghead Street Storefront Gallery will present two fine art exhibitions in collaboration with the museum to promote the visual arts in Danville, Virginia. This collaboration is consistent with the artistic rhythm of The 500 Block, a development project focusing on the restoration of eight antique commercial buildings.

Reverend Venable, the building’s first tenant and eventual owner, was a black minister who operated a restaurant on the ground floor and resided on the second floor. The upcoming art exhibitions will bring activity to the building, not seen in decades. The museum’s November opening will offer large-scale photographs by David A. Douglas. This exhibition will be curated for the unique 536 Craghead Gallery space. This show will be followed by a Spring show featuring Tim Duffy photographs. Duffy’s black and white portraits of regional blues musicians are currently displayed at The Garage - Artisian Smoked Meats, also in The 500 Block.


  • Danville Regional Foundation (residency program for panel)

  • Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History

  • Rick and Kristen Barker

  • The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region

  • Parks and Rec (Virginia Commission for the Arts)

  • Sam and Fay Kushner and Anonymous Donor Foundation

  • Helen S. and Charles G. Patterson, Jr. Charitable Foundation Trust