Local artists behind the works in “Red Clay and Blue Mountains: Celebrating Amherst County” will be on hand for a reception from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1 in Benedict Gallery. The event is free and open to the public.
The exhibition, which will be on view through Nov. 20, is a nod to Amherst County’s 250th anniversary year, says Sweet Briar Art Galleries director Karol Lawson.
The show includes 16 paintings, drawings, watercolors and photographs by a dozen artists from Amherst and the surrounding area. Lawson sought interested artists who would submit works depicting or inspired by Amherst places and people.
Bonnie Davis, whose Amherst County roots pre-date the Revolutionary War, has been inspired by the landscapes, animals and birds surrounding her all her life. She began capturing them through art in her teens.
“I grew to love God’s handiwork across our land with morning mist rising from the James River, clouds piled high over the mountains, and the light in evening skies after a storm,” she writes in her artist statement. “All begged to be placed on paper and canvas.”
Rosalie Day White also has a long family history in the area. Two of her seasonal paintings are included in the show. White, a school teacher of 36 years and the granddaughter of a former Amherst town mayor, leaped at the opportunity to participate in the exhibition.
“I feel like I’m part of the red clay,” White says.
Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. For more information, call (434) 381-6248 or email [email protected].