Best in Show

Robert York poses with his Best in Show winning painting, J.J.’s Studio.

Special to the Register & bee

More than 100 people attended the Oct. 27 opening reception for Artist’s Choice, Danville Art League’s fall judged exhibition.

With almost 40 participating artists and close to 100 submissions, both galleries at the Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History were full of colorful work. The diverse show will run through Dec. 20. Most of the paintings, photography, digital art and 3D work is for sale.

“The buzz and excitement among the art patrons today, has been great,” said Jerry Franklin, Danville Art League president.

The group’s mission, according to Franklin, is to “provide, for local artists, the encouragement to try, education to improve skills and opportunity to exhibit their works.”

Brooke Marcy, curator at Riverviews Artspace in Lynchburg, served as the judge for the show.

“Not only did I have the opportunity to spend time looking at fantastic works of art, but I also meet an amazing group of people.” Marcy said. “The quality of the work was evident in my difficulty of narrowing down the winners.”

Robert York captured the Best in Show award with his painting, J.J.’s Studio.

“This was a great experience for me,” said first-time show chair Felice McWilliams said. “I learned that the DAL Board of Directors is a strong, small, dedicated team, on a mission to expose and unite our artists in Danville and surrounding areas.

Elsabe Dixon, the museum’s executive director also praised the Artist’s Choice show.

“Wow ... What an amazing introduction to an amazing crowd of people and what a beautiful show with strong work,” she said.

The art league is seeking interested individuals to be part of the team. For more information about the membership, activities, events and shows, contact Jim Jennings at


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