Volume III| June 19 2020

Dear DMFAH Members and Friends,

We appreciate your tremendous support during our temporary closure to help stop the spread of COVID-19. The Museum plans to reopen our doors to members beginning on Wednesday, July 1, and to the public on Tuesday, July 7. The museum will continue to follow recommendations provided by the Commonwealth of Virginia, the CDC and our Museum partners at the Virginia Association of Museums. We remain committed to providing you with a safe visitor experience and we are very excited to welcome you back!

While putting your safety and well being first we will continue to ask that you adhere to the safety measures in place at the museum which ensure that our staff, visitors and volunteers remain healthy. We will be asking everybody to wear PPE and to adhere to physical-distancing standards as they go through the museum. We have hand sanitizers at all the entry and exit doors and will also have our facilities, bathrooms and campus clean and ready for each visitor. We will also have clear partitions for the visitor’s services desk. DMFAH will be open on Tuesday through Friday from 10am -5pm and on Sunday from 2pm to 5pm.

Timed ticketing will be in place for the highly anticipated exhibition: A View From Home – Virginia Landscapes (VMFA on the Road Gallery), which opens to the public on Wednesday, July 15. Outdoor Porch seating will be spaced to meet physical-distancing standards and will be limited to 12 seats. The Camilla Williams exhibition-closing has been postponed to Friday, August 28 in order to accommodate those who have not yet had the opportunity to view this national opera star’s life and her narratives of growing up in a segregated Danville. Payment by credit cards, debit cards, and checks will be recommended for ticket purchases, membership transactions, and purchases in the DMFAH Shop.

Updates to our operating status and scheduling details will continue to be communicated on our website at  www.danvillemuseum.org and on our social media channels.

We will work hard within this next week to ready the museum and look forward to seeing you soon!
The DMFAH will continue to work to be a place of inspiration, learning, equity, contemplation, conversation, and community for all. The Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History is committed to providing a safe space for each individual who enters its Museum doors and its campus. When we thrive as individuals, we thrive as a region. We hope that you will share your stories with us and provide a platform where all voices can be heard. We remain optimistic that we will all stand together to collaborate on a future built by mutual respect, empathy and unity. Please read our full statement and support for those seeking justice HERE
RICHMOND, Va. (WSET) -- Governor Ralph Northam proclaimed June 19, 2020 as Juneteenth Freedom Day. Juneteenth is the oldest known commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States. “The history of Juneteenth is not just Black history—it is American history,” said Northam. “Juneteenth marks a pivotal moment in the American story that should be commemorated by all of us. I encourage Virginians across our Commonwealth to take the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and understanding of Juneteenth and celebrate the numerous contributions of Black and African Americans that have, for far too long, been overlooked.”
J une 24 at 6:30pm
We would like to invite you to join us for a reading on the lawn of the Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History. This will be a chance to social distance and read a play together, so come join us for our first reading of the summer! All ages welcome. Bring a chair or a blanket and please maintain all current safety guidelines, including maintaining 6 feet of distance from anyone not in your household. This will not be a performance, but you are welcome to watch if you do not wish to participate. Reading roles are limited so please reserve your spot if you wish to read.
View From Home:Landscapes of Virginia
On July 15th and 16 th , the Statewide Artmobile for the 21 st Century (VMFA On the Road) will be parked behind the museum and feature an exhibition called: A View From Home:Landscapes of Virginia. This exhibition of paintings, photographs, woodblock prints, and engravings from the VMFA’s permanent collection explores the diversity and beauty of these natural realms. The collection showcases artists of various styles and periods, who together record both the sublimity of unspoiled nature and the impact of human activity throughout the commonwealth.

The gallery will be open from 9:30am – 6pm (Wednesday, July 15 and Thursday, July 16) and have a limited number of people allowed inside. Face masks are required and visitors will be asked to register for this viewing at [email protected] .
Hullihen Williams Moore, American, born 1942
Appalachian Trail and Mist , Shenandoah National Park, 1994 – Pigment Print
The Attic Sale has got many more highlights and many curiosities still waiting for the right eye to spot that one valuable item. An additional feature of this week’s Attic Sale will be the introduction of an online bidding form for all the larger items. If you are interested in the ONLINE AUCTION and participating in the bidding please find the bidding form HERE.
Friendly Skies and Busy Hands
For last weeks rose garden workday we had friendly skies and quick workers as we were finished in less that 2 hours. Hollis Stauber, Pam Pulley, Jan Barnett, Niki Fallis, Jan Lester, Liz Russell, Susan Daniel, Anne Geyer, Nan Freed, Elsabe Dixon and Kris Carbone made quick work of dead heading the spent blooms and weeding. It was good to have some outdoor visiting time with our Garden Club of Danville friends.  
Virginia Artist Relief Fund
A special program to assist visual artists affected by the COVID-19
Forty(40) visual artists from the Commonwealth will be selected to each receive a $5,000 grant.
To be eligible, applicants must live and work in Virginia, be 21 years of age or older, and derive a significant part of their income from their artwork including sales and lectures.
Applications must be received online between  June 16, 2020 and July 10, 2020.  Recipients will be notified of grant awards on July 24, 2020. Complete eligibility requirements and the application can be found on the museum’s website at  www.VMFA.museum