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Rappahannock Art League tours Richmond exhibits

RAL members view the sarcophagus at the University of Richmond mummy exhibit.

Not knowing quite what to expect at the University of Richmond (UR), 36 art-lovers boarded a Rappahannock Art League (RAL) charter bus on March 7 for a day of discovery, reported Agnes Carter who, along with Susan Judd, organized the event.

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) was the ultimate destination, however, the morning was to be spent at UR to see an art exhibit and an exhibit of its mummy. The beauty of the campus and the professionalism of the docents made for a memorable stop.

Joan Snyder’s “Dancing With the Dark” print exhibit lived up to its title. Snyder, a recipient of the McArthur “genius award,” expressed her dark side brilliantly. “Ti-Amen-Net: an Ancient Mummy, an Egyptian Woman, and Modern Science” is an exhibit that mirrors the VMFA exhibit, but on a more personal level.

The afternoon was spent at the VMFA where, along with the main attraction of the “Mummy: Secrets of the Tomb,” including the spell-binding 3-D movie produced by the British Museum, the group enjoyed the other special exhibits of “Elvis at 21” and the ”Mourners,” extraordinary alabaster statues on loan from France.

posted 03.21.2012

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