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A Love Letter to Lexington in the Snow

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A Love Letter to Lexington in the Snow

<photo credit: Gail MacLeod>

Lexington in the snow…you are one of the most beautiful sites I have ever seen.  I love the way the snow clings to your brickwork on your old buildings and caps your iron railings like frosting.  You have always been charming, but in the snow you are somehow magical. 
I’m not naive, I know not everyone appreciates you like I do. I know some people say, “Oh the snow looks nice, but I don’t want to go OUT in it. It’s too much hassle.” Really?? They must not remember what it was like to be a kid and play in the show for hours.  So I get some snow on my boots, no big deal.  It’s worth this to be with you when you are so beautiful.
I know there are some who say, “I can’t go DOWNTOWN in the snow, there is no place to park.” These people don’t know that it’s the perfect time to discover downtown Lexington.  So you might not be able to park right in front of where you are going; Lexington is meant to be walked. I have wandered through your downtown, Lexington, and I always find something unexpected. I moved here in 1983 and often I see things that I didn’t know about (or forgot about?) when I walk your streets.
I hope others love you like I do, Lexington. I hope that they appreciate your restaurants, and shops, and quirks. I hope they love walking down West Washington and seeing all the art at the Cabell Gallery and Artists in Cahoots, and the Nelson Gallery. There are so many places a person can find in Downtown Lexington where people show off their talents. For such a small town, I could spend a whole weekend just walking your streets…and yes, even in the snow! People can pop in to the Lexington Coffee Shop for a coffee or hot chocolate, or maybe into Sweet Treats for one of their juicy hamburgers or warm sandwiches. And if they are from out of town they can stay right downtown at the Georges or the R. E. Lee.
Lexington, I’ve never known anyone who visits you that doesn’t fall in love. I hope that more people appreciate all that you have to offer…especially in the snow.

 

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HOUSE MOUNTAIN AFFAIR

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HOUSE MOUNTAIN AFFAIR

House Mountain. It’s as much a part of the Lexington landscape as W&L or VMI. Maybe more…it’s been there longer. But something about that mountain seems to stay in Rockbridge County residents’ minds, and in their hearts. Perhaps Harry Hathaway Warner said it best when he said he’d been “having an affair with House Mountain…stretching over 60 years.” In fact, he wrote a book about it and you can own a copy yourself while helping to raise money to benefit House Mountain.

The book is called House Mountain Affair: A Personal Journal and Pictorial Study of the Signature Landmark of Lexington, Virginia, by Harry Hathaway Warner.

And this Friday, December 4th from 5:00pm to 7:30pm, Cabell Gallery welcomes local author Harry Hathaway Warner for a book signing, reception, and an exhibition of Virginia landscapes artwork. 

All proceeds from book sales will go to the Rockbridge Area Conservation Council to aid in their mission of protecting Rockbridge County’s natural treasures, including House Mountain. Those who purchase a book will also receive a voucher for a 10% discount on one Cabell Gallery item valid for 60 days following the event.   

It’s nice to support local authors and to have your money go to a deserving cause. But there is something magical about House Mountain, and to read Mr. Warner’s book makes you see that others, past and present, know that too. To own the book makes you feel as if you own a piece of the mountain itself. The way he invites you into his heart and hopes and dreams is so intimate. And yes, you get lots of beautiful pictures and maps and historical context, but Mr. Warner also shows you a piece of himself, the piece that has spent all these years in a House Mountain Affair.

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Harry Hathaway Warner Author "House Mountain Affair" Book signing Dec 4. 5-7:30

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Harry Hathaway Warner Author "House Mountain Affair" Book signing Dec 4. 5-7:30

 

“I have had an ‘affair” with House Mountain, Lexington’s (and Rockbridge County’s) monolithic natural sculpture, stretching over sixty years, and in the latter half of that time I have dreamed of paying homage to it.”

- Harry Hathaway Warner

The Book:

House Mountain Affair

A Personal Journal and Pictorial Study of the Signature Landmark of Lexington, Virginia

By Harry Hathaway Warner

Join us on Friday, December 4th from 5:00pm to 7:30pm at the Cabell Gallery to welcome local author Harry Hathaway Warner for a book signing, reception, and an exhibition of Virginia landscapes artwork. 

All proceeds from book sales will go to the Rockbridge Area Conservation Council to aid in their mission of protecting Rockbridge County’s natural treasures, including House Mountain. Those who purchase a book will also receive a voucher for a 10% discount on one Cabell Gallery item valid for 60 days following the event.   

We look forward to seeing you!

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Nationally known Artist, Christopher Wynn Presented By Cabell Gallery

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Nationally known Artist, Christopher Wynn Presented By Cabell Gallery

Join Cabell Gallery November 6 for the show opening

Christopher majored in fine art at the University of Washington, Seattle, and the University of California Berkeley, where he graduated with a B.S.. Further art studies include Otis Parsons art institute and Santa Monica JC, and Foothill JC in Los Altos, CA.

After graduating, he worked for years as an art director and creative director for numerous corporations and advertising agencies on the West Coast. In 1992 he began wynncreative.com and produced artwork and campaigns for many of Silicon Valley's largest and most successful companies.

In 2005 and 2006, Christopher circumvented the globe solo for seven months to paint watercolors plein aire in over 24 countries.

Currently, his watercolors are represented by a number of art galleries and art venues on the East and West Coast, and in and around Richmond, Virginia in particular

Christopher has won well over 65 National and International Awards for both his design and fine art. 

The artist is a member of numerous professional organizations, including:

A Signature member of the Southern Watercolor Society, Baltimore Watercolor Society, the Virginia Watercolor Society, the Philadelphia Watercolor Society, the Alabama Watercolor, Missouri Watercolor Society, The American Artists Professional League, NYC and in 2015, the Georgia Watercolor Society.

Further memberships in:

National Watercolor Society
American Watercolor Society
Transparent Watercolor Society of America
Watercolor West
Bon Air Artists Association

 

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