Volume IV | November 22 2020
Your monthly news & updates
The DMFAH Gives Thanks
It is the season to remember those who have helped the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History through this very difficult pandemic year. We are thankful for the unbelievable support, and hope, offered by all our Board of Directors, Community Partners, Membership, Staff, Interns, and our much beloved Volunteers.

Thank you also to neighbors and friends, who have boosted our spirits by visiting the campus with their dogs, or who came out for the community yoga sessions given by Firefly Yoga. Thank you for everyone who participated in ceramic, painting, printing and life drawing classes this year.

This Thanksgiving, we want to share our genuine appreciation with you. Without you, we would not be where we are today, and we’re so thankful for all of your support throughout the year. We hope you have a joyous holiday and we look forward to serving you again.

To our valuable intern and volunteer team members: We’re so thankful for all you’ve done for our museum this year. All of your hard work and dedication has helped us reach so many of our collection and exhibition as well as education goals for 2020 (in spite of Covid-19). On this holiday, we want to make sure you know how much you’re appreciated as a member of our team and how much we value you. Have a wonderful holiday with your family and loved ones and we can’t wait to see what our team can accomplish together in 2021.
We will be closed for Thanksgiving day
The Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, but will reopen for the Friday right after. The museum is a wonderful place to bring family for the holidays, but we ask that everybody masks up. We will be checking temperatures at the door while welcoming you into the Sutherlin House with its many exhibitions.
Shadows of Place
The David Douglas exhibition: Shadows of Place opened to the public this weekend in the River District and will be on exhibition through this winter season, closing in March, 2021. We hope that you will take a trip down to the storefront space donated by developer Rick Barker to the museum, for the duration of three exhibitions. This space on Craghead Street’s 500 Block brings cultural offering to the public and businesses to the River District. We will be sending out surveys over the next months to gauge your feedback on taking art exhibitions into Danville. Thank you to all the businesses who helped us get this beautiful show off the ground. PIP and Logan Koontz, who did our banners and signage; Piedmont Printing, who did our postcards and our annual report, and KG graphics who prepared the uniforms for the interns. We appreciate the "heavy lifting" help with these exceptionally large format work from Board President Jeff Gignac, and his team: Justin Ferrell, Thomas Clark and Butch Dalton (who installed the exhibition). And thank you to Rick Barker for this beautiful gallery space. We’re deeply grateful to our sponsors Sam and Faye Kushner, Rick and Kristen Barker, Danville Regional Foundation, the Community Foundation and the Helen S. and Charles. G. Patterson, Jr. Charitable Foundation Trust. To find out more about what is happening on the Craghead 500 Block press HERE.
Decorating the Trees
The DMFAH will be participating in the seasonal program offered by the IALR called: Decorating the Trees Goes Virtual. 
Voting will begin on Monday, November 30 (9 a.m.) - Friday, December 18 (4 p.m.) The winner will be determined by the number of likes on the IALR’s Facebook wall only; you can support the museum by voting for the Danville Museum of Fine Arts Tree and by inviting others to vote for us, too.
The Colorful Post contemporary "knit" Tree will be a tree representing the Museum Coalition(DMFAH, Dan River Nonprofits & Smokestack):
(This is the prototype tree for a large tourist community "yarn-bombing" art project on the Riverwalk in June of 2021, which includes the Chamber, Parks and Rec, the River District as well as other organizations such as Boys & Girls Clubs/ Gods Storehouse/ Big Brothers and Sisters/ Averett / CCECC/ DCC/ UVA State Cancer units etc.)
The tree with the most likes will receive a $2,000 donation check. If the DMFAH receives the most likes we will be sharing the donation check with our community partners on campus: Dan River Non-profit Networks and Smokestack Theater company.
A photo gallery will be pinned to the top of IALR’s Facebook wall for the duration of the voting period starting November 30 and ending December 18.
Have You Visited The DMFAH Gift Shop?
Gifts Abound!
Gifts Abound!
If you have that one person in the family who seems to have “everything,” don't be dismayed – come out to the ODAC Holiday Bazaar to pick up a DMFAH History basket (For the History Lover), or a DMFAH Art Basket (For the Art Lover). If you have grandkids that you need an interesting gift for try the Danville Museum’s Children’s basket with toys and books for the curious. We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, November 28 from 8- 2pm and we hope you will find a DMFAH holiday basket that is just right for what you need. https://tockify.com/olde.dominion.ag.complex/detail/238/1606568
Also, do keep in mind the Swanson Open Studio (Distanced with only five people in the building at one time). On Sunday December 6, from 2- 5pm, the DMFAH will be opening the Swanson Gallery for an Open Studio to those who want to pick up unique gifts that are handmade and crafted to give your loved ones a one-of-a-kind holiday present. Our online Museum gift shop, with many new vendors and consignors will be opening right after Thanksgiving, so be sure to check out our gift shop online if you can’t stop by. We will have soaps, and jewelry, ceramics, cards and exquisite hand crafted items as well as Danville tree ornaments. We also are fully stocked with local honey products to make sure you stay healthy and strong through this winter.
The DMFAH sets up a $10,000 Community Foundation Fund
The DMFAH sets up a $10,000 Community Foundation Agency Fund.
We thank Kathy Milam, Director of the Community Foundation, who worked with our Development Committee Chair, Connie Fletcher, and board member, Sherry Gott, to bring to fruition this agency fund. This permanent endowment fund, opened with legacy gifts from Elizabeth Compton and Deborah Kleisch, gives organizations such as the DMFAH the opportunity to create a fund that generates investment income, year after year, which can be drawn down in annual payments to the organization for specific programming, or reinvested in the fund to grow over time. The permanence of an endowment fund is both appealing and reassuring to donors and nonprofit boards of directors, who seek the enduring value of a dedicated source of income to support the organization they love, today and forever. 
We Are Happy to Welcome Veronica Jackson
December Artist in Residence: Veronica Jackson
The Title of her Residency Program, (a lunch and community leadership presentation on Wednesday December 16, 2020) is called: Exhibition Narratives – That’s Pop's Money and other Tales of Invisibility. The site visit to the 500 Craghead Gallery (with plans for a one-person show in April, 2021),and and presentation event (1pm - 3pm) at the Danville Museum with community leaders, will include a short discussion on programming for Danville.

Veronica Jackson’s work is autobiographical, and stems from her position as a black woman marking space; her work responds to the travails of her ancestors. She has a multidisciplinary visual art practice based on an interpretive exhibit design and architecture career spanning more than three decades. Jackson tells stories using everyday objects such as felt-lined bulletin boards, clothing, hair, handmade paper, timecards, and text. Her work addresses several internal queries arising from her plight as a black woman in America: What does it mean to be invisible? How does the designation of invisibility affect her identity and sense of self? 
Jackson’s background encompasses the critical examination of visual culture. As an architect and designer, she creatively solved problems related to the structural systems within virtual and built environments. As an artist, she records, interprets, and makes aware the complexities in which humans exist and affect their social surroundings. Her visual art making practice is a combination of past professional disciplines, present lived experiences, and the cache of contemporary and historic research accumulated. Jackson’s initial and ongoing project—The Burden of Invisibility—is the physical manifestation of her evolution from designer to visual artist, as well as a reaction to the world around her. This work forms the foundation of Jackson’s practice, which investigates how black women see, don’t see, value, or devalue themselves in visual culture, and how these attitudes affect their sense of agency in constructing their own imagery or endeavors to mark space.  To find out more about Veronica Jackson’s work please visit her website at: https://jacksondesigngroup.com/veronica-jackson