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Historic Lynchburg hotels, Art on Main subject of First Friday receptions this week |

Historic Lynchburg hotels, Art on Main subject of First Friday receptions this week

The Academy Center of the Arts, 600 Main St.

The exhibit “Blue and White and Virginia Life,” featuring the oil paintings of Lauren Bruce, will open in the Academy Gallery, while the mixed media work of Meredith Peveril will be on display in the Up Front Gallery and art created by fifth graders from Sheffield Elementary School in the Arts Education Lobby.


The First Friday reception runs from 5 to 8 p.m. (434) 528-3256, www.academycenter.org.

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Satellite galleries:

Magnolia Foods (2476 Rivermont Ave.) and Flint Property Group (2484 Rivermont Ave.): The watercolors of Solly Blank through July 1.

Westminster Canterbury (501 VES Road): Tyler Hutchison’s mixed media work through June 23.


James River Council for the Arts Humanities, 901 Jefferson St., Suite 109

The work of artists who participated in the Art on Main public art project will be on display in the council’s offices in June. The project, which started in 2015, originally brought local art to vacant storefronts in downtown Lynchburg; this year, the project expanded to include open businesses, and the work was up throughout May. www.jamesriverarts.net/art-on-main.


The Lodge of the Fisherman, 4415 Boonsboro Road

The paintings of Michelle Snyder will be on display. The abstract artist, originally from Fayetteville, North Carolina, creates her work by pouring pools of pigment-laden water onto large, stretched canvases; the pigment settles while the water evaporates, leaving shapes on the canvas. There won’t be a First Friday reception, but the Lodge is open from 8 to 11 a.m. every Friday and by appointment. (434) 470-6378. 


The Lynchburg Art Club, 1011 Rivermont Ave.

“Three Women: Rosalie Short, Gay Tucker and Cindy Vener” opens with a First Friday reception from 5 to 8 p.m. and runs through June 25.

Short, who was born and raised in Lynchburg, owned a small custom art store before going into interior design and furniture sales; since retiring, she’s rekindled her love for creating art and has served as co-chairwoman of the Lynchburg Art Festival for the past three years.

Tucker, also a native Virginian, has been interested in art since her childhood and spent many years living and working in Lynchburg in both teaching and real estate. Her paintings typically feature people going about their daily lives: eating in restaurants, walking in public venues or attending art openings and concerts.

Vener, whose artwork is inspired by local Virginia landscapes and from her travels, started painting more after her retirement in 2009; her style is influenced by impressionists, her love of gardening and the joy of experimenting with a bold color palette. (434) 528-9434, www.lynchburgartclub.org.


The Lynchburg Museum, 901 Court St.

The museum will exhibit memorabilia related to six historic Lynchburg hotels: Franklin Hotel/Norvell House (1817-1885), Hotel Carroll (1894-1959), Western Hotel/Joseph Nicolas Tavern (1814-still standing), Kentucky Hotel (1826-still standing), Virginian Hotel (1913-still standing), and Westover Hotel (1891-1970).

Items on display will include photographs, postcards, dinnerware and advertisements. The First Friday reception runs from 5 to 8 p.m. and the museum also will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. (434) 455-6226, www.lynchburgmuseum.org.


Renaissance Theatre, 1022 Commerce St.

Baltimore artist Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon will continue showing his most recent project, “Esoterotic,” which explores “the elusive nature of identity, the mysteries of sexuality and the chaos of existence.” The First Friday reception runs from 5:30 to 8 p.m. (434) 845-4427, www.renaissancetheatrelynchburg.org.


Riverviews Artspace, 901 Jefferson St.

“The Exceptional Larry Bassett Collection,” an exhibition of original art and objects by more than 30 artists, will continue in the Craddock-Terry Gallery with a reception from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Bassett has been a resident and supporter of Riverviews since it opened 14 years ago and during exhibits, he has always tried to obtain a piece of original art when possible — supporting many artists over the years. (434) 847-7277, www.riverviews.net.


Riverviews Co-op Gallery, 901 Jefferson St.

The show “Reflections and Shadows” continues with a reception from 5:30 to 8 p.m., with featured artist Dave Keebler, and runs through July 2. (434) 847-7277, www.riverviews.net.


WNRN, 901 Jefferson St., Suite 114

WNRN’s Emerging Artist Series will feature the work of Angie Reiko. www.wnrn.org.

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