Enjoying the arts

George H. Ben Johnson, American, 1888-1970 (Artist); Idyll of Virginia Mountains; 1945

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Mobile Museum comes to Emporia Saturday, Sept. 26, showcasing its new exhibition A View from Home: Landscapes of Virginia. The mobile museum will be at Veterans Memorial Park all day Saturday.

This exhibition of paintings, photographs, woodblock prints, and engravings from the museum's permanent collection explores the Commonwealth's natural landscape's diversity and beauty. The collection showcases artists of various styles and periods, who together record both the sublimity of unspoiled nature and the impact of human activity in the countryside.

"Besides welcoming visitors to enjoy our collections and educational programming in our Richmond campus, VMFA is committed to bringing works of art to Virginians across the Commonwealth. VMFA on the Road has done a fantastic job of doing just that," said VMFA Director and CEO Alex Nyerges. "We are delighted to be showcasing works that highlight our own beautiful landscapes."

This exhibition is curated by Jeffrey Allison, VMFA's Paul Mellon Collection Educator and Manager of Statewide Programs and Exhibitions. A View from Home: Landscapes of Virginia features multiple artists such as Adele Clark, Hullihen Williams Moore, George H. Benjamin Johnson, Miwako Nishizawa, and others.

In 1953, VMFA became one of the first museums in the world to have an Artmobile. For four decades, as many as four Artmobiles toured 59 exhibitions and served more than 2.5 million Virginians. Due to conservation concerns and the fragility of traveling works of art, VMFA replaced the program in the early 1990s with a strategy to develop stronger partnerships with schools, community centers, and museums around the state.

VMFA re-launched its state-of-the-art traveling museum and art studio called VMFA on the Road in October 2018. The climate-controlled 53-foot Volvo trailer includes Wi-Fi to connect visitors with VMFA educators and interactive components to meet their 21st-century expectations. However, the main attraction of VMFA on the Road is the opportunity for residents of the Commonwealth to see and experience original works of art from VMFA's collection up close. VMFA on the Road is traveling to remote corners of Virginia through the museum's Statewide Partners program, which includes 1,000 locations—from community centers and small museums to colleges and universities.

For the duration of the COVID-19 crisis, the Artmobile gallery may accommodate up to 10 people, students and adults included, for 15-minute visits. All staff and visitors are required to wear masks. More information about VMFA on the Road can be found at www.VMFA.museum