More than 50 people enjoyed viewing nearly 100 entries in the Danville Art League’s spring show, “A New look at Familiar Things,” on Sunday.

The artwork will remain on display for public viewing during banking hours at American National Bank in downtown Danville through April 26.

Artists from Danville, Lynchburg, Halifax and Greensboro, North Carolina, are represented.

“The work in this exhibit is wonderfully varied which tells me each artist has found a personal way to make art,” said Vera Dickerson, judge of this year’s show. “That is so important. We should push our limits, try new ideas and continue to grow as we work.”

Dickerson has been recognized with entries in Who’s Who in American Art since 1986, Who’s Who in American Women and Who’s Who in the South and Southeast. She also gained signature status in the American Watercolor Society in 2004 and the National Watercolor Society in 2001.

She has served twice as president of the Virginia Watercolor Society.

“Selecting awards was a difficult choice, and a juror’s selection is always personal,” Dickerson said. “I look for a good grasp of composition, a skilled use of materials and a sure hand.”

The Danville Art League awarded ribbons and cash prizes in two categories: painting and photography.

» Rebecca Rodgers won first place in the painting category for “The Red Queen.”

“What a surprise this is. A bold red, regal woman flanked by flamingos,” the judge wrote in comments. “When rules and expectations are broken, and replaced by a surprise, like the reference to Alice in Wonderland, it intrigues me and makes me spend time with this painting. That should be the goal of artists.”

» John Ranson captured first place the photography category is for “On the Way Down(towner).”

“The artist finds a striking pattern and beauty in a derelict building and celebrates something we generally would dismiss,” the judge wrote. “This is so much what the abstract basis of composition is about.”

» Jane Carter was honored with best in show for her watercolor “Meet Me at The Grille.”

“First, an interesting point of view, seeing this from above. It pulls the viewer in to study what the paint marks are, and I’m rewarded when I discover figures and patterns both,” the judge wrote. “Keeping this arranged on a grid composition adds structure and unity.”

For more information about the Danville Art League and its member activities and exhibits, email Melanie Vaughan at

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