Colonial Heights Art Gallery Presents ‘Virginia in Bloom’ Art Exhibit

COLONIAL HEIGHTS – In honor of Historic Garden Week, Side Street Gallery presents “Virginia in Bloom.” The multimedia juried art exhibition includes entries with scenes of flowers, landscapes and gardens.

Saturday on opening day, the Rosecrest Garden Club displayed floral designs inspired by the show’s artwork.

When attendees arrived, artist Henry Kidd, president of the Side Street Gallery, led them into the room filled with works by hometown artists and craftspeople. He provided guests with voting instructions and refreshments.

Colonial Heights resident Donna Neatrour and her 21-year-old granddaughter, Paisley Loucks, visited the art exhibit together.

“Paisley had art on display here in high school,” Neatrour said. “She wants to be an art teacher.”

Side Street Gallery art students Cindy Hamlin of Chester and Ann Allen of Colonial Heights spent some quality time talking with the artists who submitted entries. The two artists, Hamlin and Allen, have produced graphite pencil lesson projects on display at the gallery.

Prizes were awarded to the following winners:

  • First Pat McNamara, “Lonely Iris” pastel painting
"solitary iris" pastel painting by artist Pat McNamara on display at the Side Street Gallery in Colonial Heights.
  • Second Carolyn Shiflet, “Love In Display” colored pencil drawing
Artist Carolyn Shiflet poses in front of her colored pencil drawing "love in display" on display at Side Street Gallery in Colonial Heights on Saturday, April 23.  A member of the Rosecrest Garden Club designed the floral arrangement.
  • Third Faye Henderson, watercolor “End of July”
"End of July" watercolor painting by artist Faye Henderson on display at the Side Street Gallery in Colonial Heights.
  • Honorable mention Sheila M. Holland, acrylic painting “The Visitor”
"The visitor" acrylic painting by artist Sheila M. Holland on display at the Side Street Gallery in Colonial Heights. "butterfly paradise" floral arrangement designed by Rosecrest Garden Club member Natasha Hester.
  • Honorable mention Carolyn Jolly Widmoyer, batik on silk “Lily Garden”
"lily garden" batik on silk by artist Carolyn Jolly Widmoyer on display at the Side Street Gallery in Colonial Heights.

The “Virginia in Bloom” art exhibit ends on Saturday, May 28. To view entries to the exhibit, visit the gallery at 135 Pickwick Avenue in Colonial Heights Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Over 50 artists and artisans have original paintings, prints, pottery, photography, jewelry, woodwork and stained glass for sale in the art gallery and non-profit shop. For more information, follow on Facebook @sidestreetartgallery.

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