May 4 – 26
Prefaces 2019: High School Student Juried Exhibition
by LAND(scape) or by WATER(color)
Virginia’s geography has inspired art since the European settlers landed on its shores and no medium captures landscapes as well as watercolor. This exhibition spotlights how color, lighting, flora, wildlife, and water features and transform through the various times of the day and over the four seasons.
June 7 – September 15 , 2019
This colorful exhibit invites both children and the young at heart to “take a trip back in time… back to when there were no cell phones or video games, and batteries were never included.” Participants can engage with tumbling, sliding, rocking, spinning, dancing, and flying folk toys that demonstrate the effects of gravity, inertia, rhythm, harmonic motion, and mechanics. Many of the wooden toys can be traced to early civilization, but what is most interesting is how they have been a part of American culture since the day our country was settled.
Toys as Art
As artists and their works have evolved through the decades, so have the materials that they utilize in their art. From canvas to marble to bronze, the options are endless. The exhibition examines the work of artists who use toys to produce inventive works that address “the kid in all of us.” These engaging artworks invite the viewer, young and old, to reimagine how we play and the toys and memories of our childhood. Artists include Peter Emanuel, Christian Faur, Freya Jobbins, Margaux Lange, Jonathan Lopes, Billie Grace Lynn, Ryan Lytle, Wade Mickley and Monique Sarfity.
Based in Los Angeles, Mitchell Wu creates and crafts stories through toy photography…capturing the illusion of motion and emotion where none exists. He received his degree in illustration from the California College of the Arts in Northern California and has been focused on creativity throughout his career. Prior to embarking on a career in photography, Wu worked at the Walt Disney Company followed by creative collaborations with Sony Pictures, Warner Bros, Lucasfilm and Cirque Du Soleil.
Kyleigh Parker is a figure photographer and collector from the Midwest. As a Nintendo Brand Ambassador, Parker loves all things video game and anime. She strives to bring the world of toys to life through her photos and miniatures! Many hours each week is devoted to creating this content. The behind the scenes work includes crafting the props, developing ideas, trial shots to actually traveling to the locations.
Brian Korte: Artworks
Most of us played with LEGO toys when we were younger- in fact, LEGO reports that this year more than 400 million people around the world will play with LEGO bricks.
Brick artist Brian Korte got his first LEGO set early in his childhood and has been infatuated with the medium ever since. This exhibition includes work that combines art, popular culture and LEGOS.
In 2007, Brian was commissioned to design a Guinness World Record-breaking Lego mosaic, the “Largest Lego image” in the world! The piece was more than 44 ft long x 22 ft high, and contained more than 1,200,000 LEGO parts.