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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.”

Michele Fletcher

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. 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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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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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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