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Cabell Gallery Receives "Best of Virginia 2019" Honor

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Cabell Gallery Receives "Best of Virginia 2019" Honor

Virginia Living magazine, a source for “celebrating all things Virginia” has distinguished Cabell Gallery of Virginia Art as one of the best art galleries in the Commonwealth. In a reader survey conducted in January 2019, 45,000 people voted in over 100 categories including Shopping, Food & Drink, Entertainment, and the Arts. The top three establishments in each category are featured in the magazine’s current May issue, Best of Virginia 2019. Lexington, Virginia businesses took many of the awards spanning multiple categories, including a second place honor for the Cabell Gallery of Virginia Art in the “Best Art Gallery” section.

Lexington, Virginia has much to offer visitors and residents alike. Not only are there award-winning restaurants, shops, and entertainment venues, but the scenery and location among the Blue Ridge Mountains is breathtaking. The beauty of the area is often captured by Virginia-native artists. The Cabell Gallery of Virginia Art has carefully curated works featuring the local and regional landscapes and cityscapes by these artists, which is no doubt one of the reasons they earned a “Best of Virginia 2019” award.

Come visit the gallery to see why they are named one of the best in the Commonwealth and take a piece of Lexington, Virginia home with you.

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Capturing the VMI spirit with Maria Reardon

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Capturing the VMI spirit with Maria Reardon

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Another school year is about to pass and once again there will be a new crop of eager VMI graduates ready to take over the world. This year is kind of special as Cabell’s son Jack graduates. He comes from a long line of VMI grads including his father, uncle, and both his grandfathers. But that is not that unusual with Virginia Military Institute. Tradition is a core value, it practically seeps from the imposing walls. It’s a feeling that you recognize as soon as you walk onto post, but it is not necessarily an easy thing to capture in a painting, unless, or course, you are Maria Reardon. Maria knows about VMI tradition. Her husband is a graduate (‘87) and her twin boys both graduated in 2014. It is with this familiarity that she is able to capture simple moments of life at VMI and allows you to truly feel the emotion of what it must be like to be there.

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Maria works in pastels and she loves being outdoors, immersed in the world, observing and experiencing everything going on around her. She's drawn to the unique and ever-changing relationships of form and color. She is intrigued by the unexpected combinations of light and color which characterize her work. If there is one thing people always remark to me is that her work has so much color, but she is able to do this while maintaining the realism of her subjects.

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Maria is a Virginia native and received her formal education from Virginia Commonwealth University earning a Bachelor’s of Fine Art in illustration. She lives in Richmond but has a getaway home in Goshen, here in the wilds of Rockbridge County. This love for Rockbridge County and Lexington also shows up in her work, her ability to capture the slices of life locally is as intimate and impressive as those she does of VMI.

The Cabell Gallery is proud to feature Maria Reardon’s work year round. True, many people seem to get sentimental around graduation time. But the thing about VMI tradition it is a lot more than one season. And the thing about Maria Reardon is she has the uncanny gift of the ability to capture it all.

Click here to see Maria’s available works.

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Two Artists - One View

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Two Artists - One View

I wish I could take credit for this compelling idea, but it was Michele Fletcher who brought the idea to us. Michele is a local photographer and a longtime friend of Cabell Gallery. Her work is remarkable, I will say that I have a piece or two adorning my own walls at home. But when she suggested this exhibit, we just couldn’t say “no.”

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Michele Fletcher

The idea was to get two different artists perspective on the same view. In fact, we would have a painter work directly from Michele’s photographs to create her own work. How fascinating to see a photograph and a painting of the same view! Michele enlisted her friend Tammy Hinkle, a well regarded artist out of Richmond, to take up the challenge.

How fascinating it was to see these works side-by-side.

Autumn Morning - Michele Fletcher

Autumn Morning - Michele Fletcher

Lee Chapel - Michele Fletcher

Lee Chapel - Michele Fletcher

Stonewall On Watch - Michele Fletcher

Stonewall On Watch - Michele Fletcher

Autumn Morning - Tammy Hinkle

Autumn Morning - Tammy Hinkle

Lee Chapel - Tammy Hinkle

Lee Chapel - Tammy Hinkle

Stonewall On Watch - Tammy Hinkle

Stonewall On Watch - Tammy Hinkle

The exhibit was in place throughout March 2019 and was extremely popular. I honestly can’t say that I’ve ever heard more “I heard about this from so-and-so and had to come see it.” Although Michele and Tammy were both guest artists at Cabell Gallery, we continue to get questions on their work. If you have any interest in owning a piece of either of these talented ladies’ art, just give us a ring or shoot us an email at Cabell Gallery and we will be happy to facilitate that for you.

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July's Artist - Tanya Broderick

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Tanya Broderick is truly interesting. She was born in Russia and moved to Ukraine where she earned her master's degree in geophysics engineering. She worked in Kiev as a fashion designer for several years creating custom knit–works for a select group of clients. After meeting her now-husband, John, Tanya and her daughter, Masha, moved to Charlottesville, Virginia. This alone would make for an interesting life, but there is more.

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In 2010 she started painting and with no formal training began to produce these astounding works of art. It's almost a modern folk art style but the fine detail is just incredible. Maybe it's the engineer in her that helps her reproduce nature and architecture with such precision. It would be very easy for one so skilled in accuracy to turn out a cold blue-print like reproduction. Tanya does not. The artist side of her takes the details and puts them in a painting filled with warmth and admiration. If you have the opportunity to come see her collection in July, don't miss it.

Appreciation and respect is what I see when Tanya shows me what she sees through her eyes. Whether it is a bird, a building, an animal, or one of her favorite subjects, the American flag, she fills it with that same emotion. Yes, her detail is beyond impressive, but her appreciation for what she's painting comes through so strong, you can't help but smile.    

See Tanya's work on our website cabellgallery.com                        

 

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The Art You Treasure Most

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The Art You Treasure Most

So we just went through the crazy busy time of year here in Lexington. Where the parents and families of all the graduating students from VMI, SVU, and W&L descend on Lexington. Don't get me wrong, we love it! Any opportunity to show off our town to other people we'll take it. 

I NEVER get tired of hearing out-of-towners say, "Lexington! What a wonderful town. I had no idea! You have such a great art vibe here."

Yes :)  We do.

When all the families come for graduation, they come in looking for art that will remind their graduate of their school or maybe just Virginia. Having grown up in Lexington, I can certainly speak for VMI and W&L that their graduates love this town so dearly that many of them grow up to get second homes here, or retire here. Or, like me, just move back to the best place they could find on the planet. 

When picking out a graduation gift, many of the families get what I get. Nothing is a better gift than art. See, some people think you shouldn't buy art for other people. Not true. Especially when it is someone young. When they are graduating and going to live in their own place, perhaps their first apartment, few young adults can prioritize art. It's just not what they are spending their money on yet. But somehow, when they are given art, hanging an original work in their home makes them feel like an adult. There is a right of passage almost to "Now I have more than framed posters of Monet or Bob Marley. Now I have original art." And when that art reflects on a very important time in their life, say, college, that makes you treasure it even more. And you have created an heirloom, perhaps their first. One that their kids and maybe their kids will always know too. The gift giver always like to think that they will be remembered when they give a gift. Well, something as meaningful and permanent as art certainly does that.

At the Cabell Gallery we really focus, not just on Fine Art, but on Fine Art from the central Virginia area. Sometimes even scenes of the schools themselves. I tell you, it's a real kick for me to see a young person get their first real piece. The first of many hopefully. So think about it; if you have a young adult in your life, whether they have graduated or not, maybe it's birthday, Christmas, new baby, or no reason at all, the gift of art is something that you treasure your whole life. And, if it is a work that represents an important time in their life, even more so. Stop by or check out our website. And if you have something specific in mind, tell us about it! Many of our artists would gladly paint you the vision that you have in your head. Talk about a personal gift! People who say that you "can't" give art as a gift don't know what they are missing. Art, it may be the gift they will always treasure the most.

 

 

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Before The Cabell Gallery : The Storied Past of 5 West Washington St.

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Before The Cabell Gallery : The Storied Past of 5 West Washington St.

Picture above: Family of Dabney C. Carver IV

We recently had the pleasure of meeting descendants of 5 West Washington Street's previous occupants...

Before the gallery was established, the building was used as a hair salon, and before that a law office for Larry Mann (blacksmith and husband of photographer Sally Mann), who's hand wrought sign hanger now holds our sign out front.  

This was as far back as spoken history had taken us until this past Saturday, when we had the privilege of meeting the family of Dabney C. Carver IV, who owned and operated Lexington Lighting and Electric Company here at 5 West Washington Street from 1976 until the late 1980's.  

Mr. Carver's daughter Carole Carver Avery, her husband Guy, and their two daughters Ellie and Molly stopped by the gallery last Saturday for a trip down memory lane.  Mrs. Avery noted the many changes to the space and reminisced about her summers spent behind the sales counter.  She also mentioned that the desk lamps sold in the store were a hot ticket item for local students at both VMI and Washington and Lee.  

We loved unlocking another chapter in the history of our great location at 5 West Washington St and would love to learn more!

Do you recall a memorable moment at 5 West Washington, if so, share it with us! Leave comments below or visit our Facebook page!

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Lexington 4th of July Events.

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Lexington 4th of July Events.

 

Come see art at the Cabell Gallery. New artist opening show Friday July 3 5:00-7:30. 

 

19th ANNUAL LEXINGTON SUNRISE ROTARY 
CORNERSTONE BANK BALLOON RALLY
AND JULY 4TH CELEBRATION

July 2,3, 4, and 5 2015 at VMI Parade Ground
Lexington, Virginia

                                                     

For the 19th consecutive year, Lexington's Sunrise Rotary Club Foundation and its local community sponsors will bring thousands of people to the Virginia Military Institute's Parade Ground to celebrate our nation’s Independence Day with a hot air balloon rally that includes the launch of hot air balloon rides, fun, food, music, festivities, and fireworks.

Admission to the event is free.

Visitors seeking a breathtaking trip over the beautiful Shenandoah Valley may purchase either morning or evening rides, starting on the evening of July 2 and continuing through Sunday morning, July 5.  

For balloon ride information and reservations, call 540-460-7606.  Click on the balloon related links at the bottom of this page for information about how to reserve a balloon ride and eligibility requirements to participate in a hot air balloon flight.

Vendors will be on hand selling delicious foods of all kinds and many kinds of crafts and similar festival products throughout the festivities on both July 3rd and July 4th.

Expanded activities at the VMI Parade Ground begin on July 3rd with the first of six planned hot air balloon launches in the late afternoon.  Visitors may bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnics to the Parade Ground to enjoy good food, and music from a live band, and the balloon launches, and, after the balloons lift off, with weather permitting, there also will be tethered balloon rides and also a “glow” at dusk at the Parade Ground, displaying the colors and pageantry of the hot air balloons.

A free bus shuttle is provided on the 4th of July for your convenience, running between off-site parking and the VMI parade ground.

Weather permitting, tethered balloon rides, for adults and children, will be available at the VMI Parade Ground at 7:30 p.m. on July 3rd & 4th, and also the morning of July 4th at 9:30 a.m.  Reservations are not required or taken for tethered rides.

One of the biggest draws each year is "Eleanore's Market Place," (a tag sale of gently used items) which will open on July 4th, beginning at 9 a.m., and continuing until about 3 p.m.

At noon on July 4th, the Parade Ground at VMI comes alive with vendors, music, kids’ activities, including a kid’s tent featuring face-painting and other entertainment for kids. 

There will be an antique-car display on July 4th. 

July 4th is concluded with a spectacular fireworks display at dark, shooting high into the sky over the Barracks of the Virginia Military Institute.  

Lexington Sunrise Rotary donates all the proceeds from the event to more than a dozen area charities, especially to ones that help children.

In addition to the balloon rally, historic Lexington offers many other things to see and do during the July Fourth week, including short walks to the VMI Museum, The George C. Marshall Museum, the Robert E. Lee Chapel and Museum on the Campus of Washington & Lee University, and with a short drive into town you reach the Rockbridge Tourist Center, the Stonewall Jackson House, the Rockbridge Historical Society, and the Lexington Cemetery where Stonewall Jackson and other notables from history are buried.  For more information on what to do and see in the area, please view the Rockbridge Area Tourism website by clicking here.

Main Street Lexington holds its annual and well attended children's bicycle parade early on July 4th in downtown, on Main Street, starting at the Library. 

Lexington, Virginia is at the intersection of Interstate 64 and Interstate 81 in Rockbridge County, and also may be reach by the famous “Lee Highway “(State Route 11), that runs basically north-south through the beautiful and historic Shenandoah Valley, called “the Valley of Virginia.”

 

 

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