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"Spring Abloom" by David L. Browning is part of the group exhibit in Abingdon, Virginia. The oil by David L Browning.

"Spring Abloom" by David L. Browning is part of the group exhibit in Abingdon, Virginia. The oil by David L Browning.

Gallery holds group exhibit

February 23, 2021

The Gallery @ Barr Photographics announces the inaugural installment of the Corner Gallery’s 2021 exhibition series with a collection of oil, watercolor and acrylic paintings, fabric art and photographs entitled “Jubilee” by the artists represented by the gallery.

Artists represented in “Jubilee” include David L Browning from Bristol, Virginia, whose medium is acrylic; Caroline H. Baker from Olney, Maryland, who creates abstracts in mixed media; Renee Ledford Pitts from Bluff City Tennessee, a plein aire oil, acrylic and watercolor painter; John Sauers formerly of Green Cove Virginia, now from Darlington Maryland, who also paints “en plein aire” with oil or watercolor; Shauna Henard Slaughter from Rogersville Tennessee, who is an emerging artist who paints with oil and watercolor; Howard Alexander from Jonesborough, Tennessee, a studio artist painting in oil and acrylics offering signed, numbered, limited edition giclée prints; Carol Thomason, naturalist images, from Rogersville, Tennessee, utilizing oil and watercolor; Kyle Buckland from Abingdon, Virginia, a plein aire oil painter; Terry Chandler from Hieskell, Tennessee, offering giclee on canvas prints of his palette knife oil paintings; Gary Dagnan, an oil artist from Knoxville, Tennessee; Jeremy Lee Queary, from Abingdon, Virginia, offering acrylic abstracts on canvas; Brett LaGue from Fincastle Virginia, a plein aire painter working in oil, acrylic and watercolor; Charles Vess, Hugo Award winning fantasy artist offering signed, numbered, limited edition giclée prints from “Earthsea” and “Stardust”; Barbara Clemmons from Johnson City, Tennessee, a fabric artist working in counted cross stitch; Jack Hagerman, from Horsepen, Virginia, oil on canvas; Frank Herzog from Radford, Virginia, a studio artist working in acrylic and watercolor; Laura Ann Sorrell from Johnson City, Tennessee, offering wood block etchings; Brenda Mask from Knoxville, Tennessee, a studio expressionist artist painting with acrylic; Jane Wilson of Abingdon, Virginia, a fabric artist weaver who incorporates organics into her work and R. Dean Barr, photographer and proprietor of The Gallery @ Barr Photographics, offering signed, numbered, limited edition photographs, giclée printed on canvas.

“Jubilee” is the first group exhibit in the history of the gallery and kicks off the 20th year of exhibitions hosted by the venue. In the 20 years of curating exhibits in the Corner Gallery, there have been 115 exhibits mounted, with approximately 50 of those exhibits featuring emerging artists’ first solo exhibits. Barr says, “According to the mission statement, half of the exhibition schedule is reserved for emerging artists who have never mounted a solo exhibit. It is a point of pride that the Gallery @ Barr Photographics has been able to promote so many emerging artists. Some of whom have gone on to have successful careers as artists.

“From a historical perspective, The Gallery @ Barr Photographics is the only privately funded art gallery remaining in Abingdon that hosts feature artists on a rotating basis. There used to be seven or eight in 1997 but by the summer of 2008, there was one. The great recession decimated the art scene in Abingdon, and it has never fully recovered to its former glory, but the Gallery @ Barr Photographics found a way to and is now focused on remaining viable through the COVID-19 pandemic. Hopefully, the gallery will resume the exhibition schedule in April or June and is actively seeking artists who would like to be considered for an exhibit for 2021.”

“Jubilee” is on display through March 31 in The Gallery @ Barr Photographics. Visit http://barrphotographics.com for other works available by these artists. There will be no opening reception because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, with private appointments during evening hours, contact the gallery for an appointment.