March 18, 2011

Maryland artist David Grafton will feature his painterly landscapes and seascapes from March 18 through May 8, 2011 in the Danville Museum’s Jennings Gallery. While he works in several mediums, including pastels, the majority of the work in this exhibit will be in high viscosity acrylic and alkyds. David Grafton is truly elegant in several mediums. His contemporary art rendering of classical landscape subject matter creates images of universal appeal. Grafton has the insight to pull out the essence of the landscape so that it has its own sense of place.


n addition to being accepted into 2008 and 2009 Plein Air Easton competitions, Grafton has work in private and corporate collections in over twenty-five states, England, Germany, Canada, and Norway. Grafton maintains a studio in his gallery in Easton, Maryland. He also conducts art classes, workshops and symposiums and is a juror for art shows, including the 15th Annual Art on the Lawn to be held May 7, 2011 at the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History. His work may be viewed on his website at and at


For me the physical act of painting has become the most important part. Certainly the end result is always something to look forward to, but I’m most interested in the journey – David Grafton.


(Grafton’s) understanding and technical mastery in the use of color as well as the high degree of draftsmanship in creating his work in tandem with his own personal translation of subject matter…is outstanding. The emotional index of the paintings is felt by the viewer and is apparent to anyone looking at the work. To see a collection of his work in one venue will be a real treat to museum visitors. I congratulate you and the museum on selecting an artist of this caliber.   -  Joe Mayer -retired college professor and artist

Mr. Grafton will present a short gallery talk at the opening reception. He will also demonstrate how to use high viscosity acrylics and how to paint with it like oils on Saturday, March 19 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm. Viscosity refers to the relative fluidity of the paint - resistance of a fluid to flow. The painting demonstration is free but pre-registration is encouraged.


David Grafton’s exhibit and demonstration is sponsored by the Danville Department of Community Development Local Challenge Grant Award, Kate and Tony Gioia, and in part by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and The National Endowment for the Arts.


All opening receptions at the Museum are free and open to the public. There is a small admission fee at other times. Museum Hours: Tuesday – Friday 10 am – 5 pm. Saturdays and Sundays   2 – 5 pm. The Museum is closed to the public on Mondays

Admission to the Museum is free to residents of Danville, Pittsylvania County and Caswell County on the first Saturday and Sunday of each month.