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Vraisemblance of Lexington

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Vraisemblance of Lexington

It’s hard to believe Ed Hatch isn’t from Lexington. Many of his paintings here at the Cabell Gallery of Virginia Art offer a true slice of life for any Lexingtonian. One instantly recognizes the Washington Street gallery row, the interior of the Southern Inn, and the Maury River. In fact, Ed is from Spring Grove, Virginia, nearly three hours away. His studio is located in the exact location his grandparents once owned a general store. A professional, accomplished, and honored artist of over twenty years, Ed Hatch captures the beauty, warmth, and community spirit that only a native, rural Virginian can encompass. 

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Ed’s luminous and realistic paintings give the feeling of being able to jump into them and participate in the action. Place. Time. See your reserved table at the Southern Inn for the evening, float down the Maury River in your kayak or inner tube in the afternoon, and walk down Washington Street’s gallery row in the morning. When you do, don’t forget to stop in and see us, Cabell Gallery of Virginia Art, and see all the great things we have to offer Lexington, our many visitors, and friends.

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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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