Historic Collection of Alexander C. Graham, Jr. to open this week
The Petersburg Area Art League will open the new year with an exhibit of paintings and painted objects from the collection of local resident Alexander C. “Sandy” Graham, Jr.
The sampling from the Graham collection is comprised mostly of American and European paintings executed between 1850 and 1930, as well as American folk art. The common theme in all the pieces on display is paint: from 17th century colored Dutch maps to 18th century engravings to a 20th century painting by Grandma Moses, the painted pieces illustrate different styles, techniques and subject matter.
The exhibit opens on January 11, 2013 for Friday for the Arts and runs through February 2. Petersburg Area Art League (PAAL) members are invited to a free gallery talk and private opening on Thursday, January 10. The public is invited to the opening on January 11 and to a free gallery talk by Mr. Graham on January 25 at 6 p.m.
Last year, Graham exhibited his first show at PAAL, “American Paintings (1840-1940),” arranged to highlight the evolution of American painting from early portraiture and Hudson River School examples to works completed shortly before World War II.
Graham began collecting fine art and folk art about 10 years ago to complement his collection of period American antique furniture. “Years ago, my mother criticized my home as looking like an antique shop – a clutter of brown furniture devoid of any art, porcelain or silver,” comments Graham. “She was right, of course, and I turned my attention to acquiring fine art for my high-style, period furniture and folk art pieces for my country furniture,” explains Graham. He goes on to joke that, “Today, my mother says that my rooms ‘look like a museum.’ It is not always easy to please your mother.”
The Friday for the Arts! gallery shows start at 6 p.m. with light refreshments. Call 804-861-4611 for more information or visitwww.paalart.org. The Petersburg Area Art League is located at 7 East Old Street in Old Towne Petersburg.
Posted: January 8th, 2013 under Current Exhibits.