May 12, 2014
Danville Museum Juried Show Award Winners

The Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History recently awarded two local artists cash awards at its annual Juried Art Show. Part of the Sutherlin Art and Wine Show, the event attracted over four hundred people to the grounds of the Museum to purchase fine arts and enjoy wine and live music. The Judge was Lee Walton, Associate Professor at UNC-Greensboro.

The Gordon Neal Memorial Award was presented to Robin Emerson of Dry Fork, Virginia. Emerson, a student of Jonathan Scollo in the Museum’s Swanson Studios, creates pottery that often reflects her tobacco farm lifestyle. Emerson’s pottery continues to be for sale in the Museum Gift Shop.

The Lynn Bjarnesen Memorial Award was presented to Billy Newcomb of Axton, Virginia. Newcomb, new to this art show, demonstrated his blacksmithing throughout the show. A recent graduate of Averett University, Newcomb also painted two murals in the Museum’s Civil War exhibit in 2013, which are on permanent display.

In addition to these cash Jury Awards, Purchase Awards were presented to Douglas Cave, Linda Gourley, and Jonathan Scollo. Gourley and Scollo both teach at the Danville Museum. Danville, Virginia will host another juried art show October 11th at the River District Festival.


Award WinnersThe awards are made possible with sponsorship from ERA Holley & Gibson Reality, PTL Contractors, Audiologists Hearing Aid Associates, Awards &Trophy & Custom Framing,

Supply Resources, Eden Jewelry, Gourley Jewelry & Repair, First Citizen Bank, Lawrence Distributing, Motley Florist, and Daniel, Medley & Kirby. The event also raised funds for the Museum with a Silent Auction of artwork donated by participating artists. The next Danville Museum fundraiser will be “Danville Museum Meets Margaritaville” on Saturday, August 23. Tickets are on sale now at the Museum.

Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History, located in Danville, Virginia, is a culture knowledge campus which includes the historic Sutherlin Mansion, rotating art galleries, Civil War exhibits, art studios, artisan and gift shop, and a research library. Call (434) 793-5644 for more information.