Volume II | November 14 2020
Bringing Exhibitions To Where YOU are.
David A Douglas Exhibition opening on Craghead Street’s 500 Block.
The Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History is pushing cultural venues beyond its Main Street Museum campus. We are launching in collaboration with Rick Barker, our first "satellite" STOREFRONT Gallery in the River District on Craghead (536 Craghead). The DMFAH will be looking for new city venues in the future as we take the white cube gallery space into the community, bringing art to you, where you are through storefront and pop-up as well as traveling exhibitions.
David Douglas offers digital assemblage as a narrative for remembrance. This show can only be described as beautiful and haunting with a mighty touch for Southern nostalgia.

This is an exciting show on multiple levels. The exhibition will be installed in a brand new Storefront space developed by Rick Barker and this will be an opportunity for Danville River District pedestrians to experience the cultural potential held by the Historic District’s beautiful 500 Block Craghead buildings. This also offers Danville art collectors an opportunity to view works by an artist who is represented in multiple museum collections: VMFA, Academy Art Museum, Chrysler Museum of Art and the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art.
David will be installing on Saturday November 21 and the exhibition opens to the public on Sunday November 22 at 2pm.
Because of Covid-19 we will not have an official opening but will be standing by with museum trained interns to lead small groups of people in and out of the exhibition space. All visitors are asked to wear masks. The artist will possibly be present for the first hour on Sunday. To find out more about Storefront Galleries and how they can activate communities, press HERE.
Looking for a spot that will transport you back in time and still smells like tobacco? Go and visit ODAC.

The Danville Museum of Art stopped by the Old Dominion Agriculture Complex on Route 29 North to ask for support from Director John Harris for a possible Smithsonian Traveling Agriculture Exhibition. ODAC is a multipurpose facility home to a variety of businesses and government offices. It also hosts the Virginia Grown Farmers Market and the Tobacco Exhibition. The Danville Museum and ODAC has had a long relationship in stewarding the Tobacco Museum’s traveling Tobacco Exhibition, which has been on display at ODAC since February 2013, after coming out of a 10 year storage at the Danville Museum. This exhibition pays homage to the significant impact tobacco had on this area’s economic growth and is open and accessible to the public from 9am-4pm, Monday through Friday at the ODAC.

Also currently on display on the main campus in the Sutherlin Mansion at the DMFAH is the exhibition “Tobacco Trade That Built Hearth & Home,” which opened on July 1. Artifacts and memorabilia in this exhibition as well as the exhibition at ODAC echoes Danville’s unique role in marketing and processing tobacco. The installation includes an 1899 Sanborn (Fire Insurance) Map, covering much of a large wall, keyed to identify local tobacco trades flourishing some 120 years ago.
Have you Checked the DMFAH Calendar ?
Did you know…
That you can find out very quickly what is going on at the museum by going to our website calendar. The calendar can be very useful for those who want to find out about when classes are scheduled, when yoga workshops are offered, and just generally what is going on!!!
So please check out our calendar HERE and please tell us what needs to go on that calendar by writing in to [email protected].
IALR Trees for a Cause goes Virtual
The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR) Holiday Tree Decorations is going virtual this year. A photo gallery will be created for the trees and will be pinned to the top of IALR’s Facebook wall for the duration of the voting period. If you would like to participate in this year’s festivities and support the Danville Museum, please “like” the tree the DMFAH is submitting this year. We have submitted a postmodern colorful prototype tree for a community exhibition that will take place on the RiverWalk in June of 2021. We hope this community installation will help us get through an emotionally difficult winter. To find out more about this community built exhibition called WANDERLOVE: A Stitch in Time, please contact us at [email protected]
The VOTING PERIOD starts on Monday, November 30 (9a.m) – Friday, December 18 (4p.m.)
The winner will be determined by the number of “likes” on the IALR facebook page. And will receive a $2000 check.  
Kevin & Melanie Vaughan Farewell
The DMFAH Wishes you both the very best!

Many of us have come to know and love Kevin and Melanie Vaughan during their 15 years here in the Old West End. Sadly for us, the lure of children and grandchildren in other states has become too strong. They will be leaving us on Thursday.
But never to pass up the opportunity for a party, join your OWE neighbors at Crema & Vine on Wednesday, 11/18, from 5:00-6:00 for a toast to their new adventures. If you can't make the get- together, feel free send messages and contact Melanie HERE. To the Vaughan’s we say: Be well, continue your good work for the arts, and stay in touch!
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Need a large open space to do some crucial holiday gift shopping? The Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History will be participating in the ODAC’s annual Holiday Bazaar. The DMFAH will sell $35 Museum Baskets for Art Lovers, History and Book Lovers. We will also be featuring a Coffee & Tea with authentic “regional historical edible treats” basket. Come out to the Old Dominion Agriculture Complex (ODAC) on Saturday, November 28th from 8am-2pm for this event. With many (socially-distanced) vendors, you will be sure to find the perfect gifts for your loved ones AND be able to support local organizations and crafters! For more information about this event please email Liz Herndon at [email protected]
“Democracy is not a state. It is an act, and each generation must do its part to help build what we called the Beloved Community, a nation and world society at peace with itself…When historians pick up their pens to write the story of the 21st century, let them say that it was your generation who laid down the heavy burdens of hate at last and that peace finally triumphed over violence, aggression and war.” 
Representative John Lewis, February 21, 1940 - July 17, 2020
Veterans Day was November 11 of this week
Veterans Day November 11
The Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History honors Veterans Day, and all of those who have served the country in war or peace. This day is largely intended to thank living veterans for their sacrifices, Veterans day was originally called Armistice Day, commemorating the end of World War I.
Nov. 11, 1918
At the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, fighting between the Allied Forces and Germany stopped, putting an end to the bloodshed of World War I per the terms of an armistice agreement signed in France that same day.
June 1, 1954
World War I was not the War To End All Wars, and lawmakers believed that veterans from World War II and the Korean War also deserved their own day of remembrance. So President Eisenhower signed a bill changing the name of Armistice Day to the more inclusive Veterans Day, a holiday to thank all who had served the United States of America. Eisenhower published a proclamation in the Federal Register, instructing citizens to recognize Veterans Day on Nov. 11.