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Monthly art series planned in Urbanna

Work of local artists sought

Representatives of the Commonwealth and Virginia non-profit groups are holding seminars urging small communities to use art to help enliven their downtowns, provide enjoyment for local residents, and attract visitors.

In that vein, local artist H. Trainor Roden and businessman Lawrence Fuccella are enlisting Middle Peninsula artists in a rotational art offering in Urbanna, “Café Art.”

Each month, timed to the Urbanna Farmers’ Market on the second Saturday of each month, two area artists will show examples of their work at the Cross Street Coffee shop and in the front hallway of its historic Taylor Building. This rotational show provides enjoyment for the public and exposure for the artists. The works of in-house artists Trainor Roden, Peper Heunemann and Livia Erwin also will be displayed.

Painters, photographers and other 2-dimensional artists, even those who have not shown before, are invited to stop by the Trainor Photo Art Gallery above the coffee shop at 51 Cross Street in Urbanna and leave contact information and an example of their work. Urbanna artists Jacquie Colligan and Elise Ritter also are seeking new artists for these shows.

Roden said the monthly series “was inspired by the 500 people who took advantage of the April ‘Meet your Local Artists’ event at the Taylor Building after reading about it in the Southside Sentinel, and by the many activities in Urbanna planned by Jennifer Millington’s Urbanna Business Association special events group.”

posted 05.27.2009

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