A look at how ‘Sweet Briar Creates’

| August 23, 2012

Helen M. Turner (1858-1958), The Old House, 1919, oil on canvas, 30 ¼ x 24 inches. Sweet Briar College Art Collection; gift of the artist in honor of Dr. Mary Harley, 1933.

Sweet Briar College will open its fall arts season on Thursday, Aug. 30 in Benedict Gallery. The first of a series of three exhibitions, “Sweet Briar Creates I” celebrates artwork by professors, students and friends during the early days of the College. The show is on view until Nov. 18 and is free and open to the public.

Featuring landscapes and portraits in oil and watercolor, the exhibit includes the work of Virginia Randall McLaws (1868-1967), the College’s first and longtime art professor, and Elizabeth Hunt Barrett (1863-1955). A professional painter, Barrett lived just one mile from campus — near what is now the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA) — and “opened her home to generations of Sweet Briar students,” said Karol Lawson, director of Sweet Briar galleries. Among others, the exhibition will also feature works by Dorothy Carnine Scott (1903-1993). The wife of a Sweet Briar professor, Scott studied with Barrett and went on to become a professional painter in Colorado.

The series will continue with “Sweet Briar Creates II: Faculty and Staff Invitational Art Exhibition” from Feb. 7-March 24, 2013, followed by “Sweet Briar Creates III: Student Print Exchanges from the Studio Art Department,” March 28-April 28, 2013.      

Benedict Gallery is open from 9 a.m to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, and for special programs and events as announced. Closed for all College holidays and breaks. For more information, contact Karol Lawson at (434) 381-6248 or klawson@sbc.edu.

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