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Urbanna Harbor Gallery opens new exhibit Friday

Cloyde W. Wiley III and Barbara M. Hartley

Urbanna Harbor Gallery will present its first exhibit of the year, “Escape to Ireland,” beginning January 24 and continuing until mid-March. It features works by owners Barbara M. Hartley and Cloyde W. Wiley III, who have not featured their own art since opening the gallery in 2011. They have well over 65 years of combined experience in professional art.

The images of Ireland are sumptuous: lush green countrysides, shorescapes, ancient ruins, quaint villages, and workboats. The exhibit, based on their two trips to Ireland, was to include new paintings and photography by each of them. Hartley explained that they have been so busy building the business, and promoting everybody else’s art, that there has been no time to paint, other than walls, ceilings, and floors. “So, this exhibit is purely photographic,” she said.

Cloyde grew up in Urbanna and graduated from Middlesex High School. He has taught photography and print-making for more than 35 years at the college level, and his photography is included in the Virginia Museum of Art’s permanent collection.

Barbara’s career has been more varied. She started as a music teacher who earned an additional degree in communication arts. Both are award-winning fine artists. Barbara also has earned awards in advertising and publications.

The couple made the permanent move back to Urbanna in 2007. “The plan was to open a gallery and framery where we could feature our own art,” explained Hartley. “When the Middlesex Art Guild folded, we sought to fill its void as well as that of the antique mall, and combine it with our framery.”

Urbanna Harbor Gallery is at 202 Virginia Street in Urbanna and is open every day except Mondays. The art gallery and custom framery share the front room, adjoining a moderately large antique mall in the back.

posted 01.22.2014

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