Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History News https://www.danvillemuseum.org Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History News Fri, 01 May 2020 05:08:58 EST HD CMS en daily 1 https://www.danvillemuseum.org/news/details/ID/93 Camilla Williams: The Jewel of Southside VA https://www.danvillemuseum.org/news/details/ID/93 Sat, 28 Mar 2020 12:00:00 EST Saturday, 28 March 2020 12:00:00 EST I am so thankful that a local news station reported on the exhibit honoring Camilla Williams at the Danville History and Fine Arts Museum in Danville recently.  View Full Article Courtesy of The Charlotte Gazette https://www.danvillemuseum.org/news/details/ID/95 Camilla Williams https://www.danvillemuseum.org/news/details/ID/95 Wed, 29 Jan 2020 12:00:00 EST Wednesday, 29 January 2020 12:00:00 EST Camilla Ella Williams (October 18, 1919 – January 29, 2012) was an American operatic soprano who performed nationally and internationally. After studying with renowned teachers in New York City, she was the first African American to receive a regular contract with a major American opera company, the New York City Opera. She had earlier won honors in vocal competitions and the Marian Anderson Fellowship in 1943-44. View Full Article Courtesy of Black Kudos https://www.danvillemuseum.org/news/details/ID/89 'Madame Butterfly' singer Camilla Williams honored at Danville museum https://www.danvillemuseum.org/news/details/ID/89 Sun, 12 Jan 2020 12:00:00 EST Sunday, 12 January 2020 12:00:00 EST The Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History is honoring a famous Danville icon. The Camilla Williams exhibit opened on Sunday to remember the life of the famous singer. Williams, a Danville native, was the first African-American woman to appear and receive a contract from the New York City Opera with "Madame Butterfly." View Full Article Courtesy of ABC 13 News https://www.danvillemuseum.org/news/details/ID/90 Photos: Camilla Williams Exhibit Opens at Danville museum https://www.danvillemuseum.org/news/details/ID/90 Sun, 12 Jan 2020 12:00:00 EST Sunday, 12 January 2020 12:00:00 EST The Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History held a reception for the Camilla Williams exhibit Sunday highlighting the Danville native’s life and her distinguished career as an opera performer. Williams, who was born in Danville in 1919 and died in Bloomington, Indiana, in January 2012, was the first African American woman to appear in a major American opera house, performing the role of Cio-Cio San in “Madame Butterfly.”  View Full Article Courtesy Newsbreak https://www.danvillemuseum.org/news/details/ID/88 Danville Museum to Open Camilla Williams Exhibit Sunday https://www.danvillemuseum.org/news/details/ID/88 Wed, 08 Jan 2020 12:00:00 EST Wednesday, 08 January 2020 12:00:00 EST On Sunday, the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History will unveil its newest exhibit, a tribute to Camilla Williams. The Camilla Williams exhibition “highlights the relationship of the famed New York opera diva and her hometown, Danville, while exploring the difficult path to fame in a racially divided South during the civil rights movement.” View Full Article Courtesy of GoDanRiver https://www.danvillemuseum.org/news/details/ID/91 Danville Museum to Open Camilla Williams Exhibit Sunday https://www.danvillemuseum.org/news/details/ID/91 Wed, 08 Jan 2020 12:00:00 EST Wednesday, 08 January 2020 12:00:00 EST On Sunday, the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History will unveil its newest exhibit, a tribute to Camilla Williams. The Camilla Williams exhibition “highlights the relationship of the famed New York opera diva and her hometown, Danville, while exploring the difficult path to fame in a racially divided South during the civil rights movement.” View Full Article Courtesy of Newsbreak https://www.danvillemuseum.org/news/details/ID/83 Artist's Choice https://www.danvillemuseum.org/news/details/ID/83 Wed, 09 Oct 2019 02:30:00 EST Wednesday, 09 October 2019 02:30:00 EST https://www.danvillemuseum.org/news/details/ID/82 String Theory Project https://www.danvillemuseum.org/news/details/ID/82 Sat, 24 Aug 2019 10:00:00 EST Saturday, 24 August 2019 10:00:00 EST The String Theory Project is presented by the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History (DMFAH) in collaboration with the Blue Ridge Institute Museum at Ferrum College, local musicians and luthiers.   Location: The Schoolfield Gallery, DMFAH, 975 Main Street, Danville, VA 24541 (434) 793-5644 Dates:  August 24-October 20 The public is invited to the opening reception Saturday, August 24, 5:30-7:30 p.m.  Welcome and remarks at 6:00 p.m. Music provided by Dos Guitars ABOUT THE EXHIBITION:  THE STRING THEORY PROJECT An exhibition of rare and unusual stringed instruments, exploring the work of both builders and musicians, 19th century to the present    This exhibition offers a curatorial platform from the perspective of Dr. Larry Wilburn, former Interim Director of the Museum.  Of particular interest is the Blue Ridge collection from Ferrum College which features “home-made” instruments from counties in Southern and Southwestern Virginia.  There are also examples of recently built instruments, showing new techniques, exotic woods and unusual designs from regional builders. Also featured are performances by local musicians who will interact with Museum visitors, explaining styles of music and their instruments.  Among those scheduled to appear are Jeff Liverman, luthier and guitarist/singer (September 14), Larry Wilburn, playing classical guitar (September 28) and Kinney Rorrer and friends (October 12).  All performances will be from 2-4 p.m. in the Schoolfield gallery, on the Museum’s lower level.  As a special tribute, Tony Rice, renowned guitarist inducted into the Bluegrass Hall of Fame, will be inducted into the DMFAH’s Hall of Fame, 2 p.m. October 12. One marvelous aspect with local ties is the Kinney Rorrer collection of artifacts from the string bands popular at the textile mills in the Danville region.  Many of the mill workers relocated their families from the Appalachian and Blue Ridge Mountains, bringing their music and instruments with them.  The collection pays tribute to these musicians who were the forerunners of bluegrass. Curator: Dr. Larry Wilburn Curator Bio: A native of Richmond, Larry Wilburn has lived in Danville with his wife, Joyce, for more than 50 years.  A lifelong educator, he has taught in the Danville Public Schools, as a teaching assistant at UNC-Chapel Hill and at Averett University from 1986 to 2012, when he retired.  In addition to teaching French and Spanish, his administrative assignments at Averett included Registrar, Director of Study Abroad and Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences.  He earned a B.A degree in French from the University of Richmond, M.A. and Ph.D. degrees (French Language and Literature) from UNC-Chapel Hill and, a B.A. degree in Music: Classical Guitar Performance from Averett in 2003.  He has served three-year terms on the Museum Board and the Danville Concert Association Board.  His hobbies include painting classes, playing guitar and bass, reading and travel abroad.  Acknowledgements: Special thanks to Ariel Hundley, curator of the Blue Ridge Institute Museum; Kinney Rorrer for his collection of photos and records of mill worker musicians; Jeff Liverman, director of the Floyd Art Center, in Floyd Virginia; Larry Wilburn; Museum staff including Wenn Harold, C.B. Maddox, Annie Chappelle.  We gratefully thank those individuals who loaned their instruments for this exhibit: Gayle Barts, Phil Baughman, Mira Becher, Bonnie Brumfield, Dave Corp, Cesar Guanzon, Hutch Hutcheson, Jeff Liverman, Mark Percario, Kinney Rorrer, Jay Shelton, Tom Townsend, and Joyce Wilburn. We also thank the Danville Museum exhibition fund donors and the Helen S.  and Charles G. Patterson, Jr. Charitable Foundation Trust. The Danville Museum of Fines Arts and History is Danville, Virginia’s center for self-expression and stories of the self through the study and creation of fine arts and history.  The Museum’s mission is to promote art and history in the Dan River Region through rotating gallery exhibitions, permanent Civil War and Civil Rights exhibits, local history installations, an events auditorium and a children’s “See & Do” room.  Programs include an annual story-telling festival, concerts, guided tours, an Historical Halloween cemetery tour and other educational and cultural events.  Located on Millionaires Row in Danville, Virginia, the Museum is housed in the historic home of Major William T. Sutherlin. https://www.danvillemuseum.org/news/details/ID/81 The Movement: Danville's Civil Rights WBTM Radio interview https://www.danvillemuseum.org/news/details/ID/81 Sat, 10 Aug 2019 02:00:00 EST Saturday, 10 August 2019 02:00:00 EST   https://www.danvillemuseum.org/news/details/ID/87 Exhibit to open at Danville Museum to show city's role in Civil Rights Movement https://www.danvillemuseum.org/news/details/ID/87 Fri, 09 Aug 2019 12:00:00 EST Friday, 09 August 2019 12:00:00 EST "The Movement: Danville's Civil Rights Exhibit" highlights Danville's Civil Rights Movement. The museum will hold an opening reception starting at 2 p.m. on Saturday to honor Emma Edmunds, the historian who donated the exhibit to the museum. View Full Article Courtesy of ABC 13 NEWS https://www.danvillemuseum.org/news/details/ID/86 Danville Museum to Unveil Permanent Civil Rights Exhibit on Aug. 10 https://www.danvillemuseum.org/news/details/ID/86 Mon, 29 Jul 2019 12:00:00 EST Monday, 29 July 2019 12:00:00 EST There’s now a replica of part of a 1960s lunch counter at the Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History. There’s also a replica of a voting booth from that era, as well as photos and information about participants in Danville’s civil rights movement. View Full Article Courtesy of GoDanRiver https://www.danvillemuseum.org/news/details/ID/80 The Movement: Danville's Civil Rights Permanent Exhibit NOW ON DISPLAY https://www.danvillemuseum.org/news/details/ID/80 Tue, 04 Jun 2019 12:00:00 EST Tuesday, 04 June 2019 12:00:00 EST The Movement: Danville's Civil Rights is now on display at the Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History.      https://www.danvillemuseum.org/news/details/ID/79 ART SMART colors and shapes https://www.danvillemuseum.org/news/details/ID/79 Thu, 08 Nov 2018 12:00:00 EST Thursday, 08 November 2018 12:00:00 EST ART SMART is a program that helps students understand the basic forms, shape, and color to art and how to produce their own art. They learn by experimenting with colors, shapes, and ideas to form their own unique perspective on their piece of art. Teachers follow the SOL's for Virginia schools and Common Core for North Carolina schools. The students learn from actually experimenting with the forms and colors.  Please call (434) 793-5644 or email wenn@danvillemuseum.org to reserve a spot for your students and school. Grant funding is available. Also ask about our funding for transportation. We look forward to hearing from you! https://www.danvillemuseum.org/news/details/ID/96 Danville museum offers free admission to view exhibits on slavery https://www.danvillemuseum.org/news/details/ID/96 Sun, 18 Jan 2015 12:00:00 EST Sunday, 18 January 2015 12:00:00 EST Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History will offer free admission Friday, June 19, in recognition of the 150th anniversary of Juneteenth and in recognition of the tragic event at the Charleston AME Church. Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. View Full Article Courtesy of the Star Tribune https://www.danvillemuseum.org/news/details/ID/92 Legacy of Camilla Williams honored in Danville service https://www.danvillemuseum.org/news/details/ID/92 Sat, 25 Feb 2012 12:00:00 EST Saturday, 25 February 2012 12:00:00 EST The late Camilla Ella Williams, renowned as the first black woman to sing with a major U.S. opera company, returned home to rest in Danville on Saturday. View Full Article Courtesy of The News and Advance https://www.danvillemuseum.org/news/details/ID/94 Unsung African American Opera Star Camilla Williams Is Silenced At The Age of 92 https://www.danvillemuseum.org/news/details/ID/94 Tue, 14 Feb 2012 12:00:00 EST Tuesday, 14 February 2012 12:00:00 EST We still have Leontyne Price, Kathleen Battle, Jessye Norman, Denyce Graves, and Barbara Hendricks, to name a few of the most famous African American opera divas of today, but there were great ones before these who paved the way. Before Marian Anderson there was Camilla Williams. View Full Article Courtesy of Birmingham Public Library