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Muses of Stone: Women Lost to Time's Embrace

June 7, 2019
Carson Barnes Exhibition

THIS SHOW IS OPEN UNTIL AUGUST 11, 2019

Born in Monterey, CA 1956, reared in Maryland with convenient proximity to the National Gallery (my mother had her BA in art history from Wellesley, ’52).  I began painting at 8, silkscreen printing in 1971, and photography in 1974, photo silkscreen in an industrial shop in LA in 1975; BA in fine arts Haverford College, 1978, printmaking and photography; went back to California in 1979, and made silkscreen prints constantly, MFA  California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA 1989, printmaking. Working from my photographs of sculptures in Photoshop, using layers much as I ever did in screen printing but more precisely.  It’s a must to do the printing myself, because it’s my job to make with all the skill I can. I use the same uncoated French paper in making these photo prints that I used in silkscreen printing, the image comes out just slightly softer, fleshier, analog, than the digital image. I moved to rural Georgia from California in 2012.  I doubt I’d have begun this contemplative work if I had remained in busy California; I see no end to it.

After photographing live models and hand pulling photosilkscreen prints for 45 years I now photograph and “bring to life” female portrait statues.

These women’s stories are legion, many heartbreaking, some are sweet.  They were allowed to show emotions forbidden to men, so are a record of how life felt then: childbirth often fatal, disease swept many away, famines and wars ever possible. I find who they were, who sculpted them, why. Several views may combine for a 2D image, even as we mentally combine views of sculpture to comprehend them. These forgotten women:  I am their medium, this is my calling. It feels as though some feminine power chose me and it’s burning me up. To remember them is to honor them; I depict them to celebrate them. I hope you can’t stop looking at them.

 They deserve remembrance.

 I work from my raw images in Photoshop on an iMac, using layers much as I ever did in screenprinting but more precisely.  It’s a must to do the printing myself, it’s my job to make with all my skill.

 

 

 


A Night at the Races & A Day with the Artist

March 17, 2019
Bob Zirillo Exhibition

THIS SHOW ENDS ON MAY 26

A Night at the Races-A Day with the Artist, an equestrian and landscape themed art exhibition by American Impressionist artist, Robert W. Zirillo, opens at the Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History on March 17, 2019, and remains on display through May 26, 2019.  The exhibition corresponds with the museum’s annual Derby Day celebration on May 4!  

 

Mr. Zirillo’s website, zirilloart.com, where images of his artwork may be viewed states: “His Impressionistic style of painting captures all the beauty, grace and excitement of thoroughbred racing which brings the canvas to life.        

Horse racing is not his only passion.  Bob also paints landscapes, seascapes, still lifes as well as equine polo paintings with all the same color, excitement and movement. His artwork can be found in private collections across the United States.  Bob and his wife of forty-two years, Lynda, reside in North Carolina.                                                                                                                  


Here, There, & Everywhere Inara Dodson, Journey in Art

January 13, 2019
Here, There, & Everywhere

 

Starting January 13, the museum is proud to announce the exhibition of Inara Dodson, entitled "Here, There, & Everywhere." We are happy to bring this unique exhibition of painting to the museum. 

Opening reception will be Sunday, January 27, 2:30-4:30pm. 

for any further Questions please contact the museum at (434)793-5644. 


The 1963 Civil Rights Movement: the People, the Protest, the Stories

January 13, 2019
The 1963 Civil Rights Movement: the People, the Protest, the Stories

Starting on January 13, the museum is proud to announce the exhibition of the Civil Rights Movement in Danville, entitled "The 1963 Civil Rights Movement: the People, the Protest, the Stories." We are happy to bring this unique exhibition of history to the museum. 

Opening reception will be Sunday, January 27, 2:30-4:30pm. 

COME ON BY AND SEE THIS POWERFUL EXHIBIT IN PERSON!

 

for any further Questions please contact the museum at (434)793-5644. 


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