July 20, 2008

jeannelavinder1A native of Danville, Virginia, Jeanne Russell Lavinder studied art at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond and Averett University in Danville where she graduated in 1974 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Beginning in her teens, Lavinder has won numerous awards and several “Best in Shows.” Her accomplishments also include a large number of portraits in collections throughout the nation, as well as three portraits which are displayed in the Pittsylvania County Court House.

For the past twelve years, Lavinder has also taught volunteer art classes in the Dan River area county schools, and she loves working with young people, made evident by her continued dedication as an instructor of Museum art classes and camps, including drawing, watercolor, acrylics, oils, batik, and printmaking. Lavinder also gives private lessons in these various art forms.

Lavinder has four grown children and resides in Ringgold, Virginia with her husband, Michael, two cats and a dog.

On display this summer will be a collection of Lavinder’s works in the multiple media forms that she has mastered over the years. This show will include several of her portraits as well as paintings, prints, and batiks of flowers, animals, and figures. Lavinder considers her recent oil flowers to be “large, lyrical close-ups” examining the details of form and color, while she describes her batiks as being expressions of her “freedom and enjoyment in the use of color.” This exhibit will also showcase some items from Lavinder’s “Outdoor Girl” series, a set of paintings that create a symbolic narrative representing Lavinder’s faith. According to Lavinder, “The Outdoor Girl series lets the viewer see some of the very heart of [my] passion to study life through creation and [my] Creator.”