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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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New Artist: Lee Plevney

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New Artist: Lee Plevney

One of our newest artists, Lee Plevney, uses "porcelain clay" in her truly unique pieces - fine ceramics that are true to the nature of the art that we love to share with our audience.

Quoting Lee directly:

"My artistic practice engages the Hawaiian Islands—its landscape, sea life, animals and people—as I explore a deep connection to my ohana, my family, through stoneware and porcelain clay.

As I work from within the rhythm of the islands, it is as if I am standing on my paddleboard, challenging my fear of the great waters surrounding me, dipping my paddle into the creative source, the ola ‘ana, and drawing up inspiration from the ocean below.  I shape and carve my world into vases, bowls and vessels.  Texture and movement arises unexpectedly, leaving behind a new story. 

I use a single fire technique to capture the movement of the ocean and lush green growth of the islands in my crystalline matte and sponge glazes.  With my glazes, I seek to reflect the beauty and the mystery of  the islands, from the dark lava, frozen in ancient flows, to the vibrant colors of the ocean and sea life, to the open spirit of aloha permeating the culture.

When complete, each piece will “talk story” about the Hawaiian world I experience."

We imagine that you will enjoy her as much as we do.

Here are 2 of our website links directly to her work:

- Lee Plevney bio page: Lee Plevney Artist

- Lee Plevney gallery: Lee Plevney Gallery

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