The Ann White Academy Gallery is located at 600 Main Street and is named in honor of Ann White. Exhibits change monthly.
Deliece Blanchard - "Interesting Places" Oil Paintings
December 4 - January 2, 2021
First Friday Opening: December 4 from 5-8pm
Deliece Blanchard Artist’s Statement My paintings are organized works of reticulation, repetition, stripes, tremolos, and patches – like the handsome markings of a pickerel frog, or the doubled sixteenth notes of the violins in Mendelssohn’s string symphonies, or the repeats of William Morris’ textile designs. Rhythmic patterns attract and trigger a yearning within me. It is the process of mark making that brings this ineffable attraction into focus. The act of painting shows me something I can’t find through intellectual searching. The essential thing is to work hard and follow the yearning. My educational background is in biology and music, and this education, along with childhood experiences in nature, guide my curiosity. Painting en plein air is often how I begin, not only because it hones my ability to understand what I see, but because I love landscape. Early challenges in my life taught me that one can choose optimism as a world view, and my paintings lean into “beauty.” I was born with a resilient nature and a drive to excel. Outward success is less important to me than meaningful striving. Deliece Blanchard paints landscapes, with lyrical and rhythmic marks that reveal her background in music. Her plein air and studio paintings are colorfully impressionistic, and frequently depict her favorite environment, the Blue Ridge Mountains. A cellist, as well as a painter, Deliece has degrees in biology and music from the University of Virginia. She describes plein air painting as being a fellow creature “outside with a purpose.” Selected Juried Exhibitions and Awards THIRD PRIZE – Riverviews Juried Art Show – Lynchburg, VA, Nov-Dec/2020 “Homeward Bound” Second Juried Triennial – Taubman Museum, Roanoke, VA – 2021 Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine – painting “Blueberry Harvest,” April 2020 issue “The 20th Annual AIS National Exhibition” – the Salmagundi Club, NY, NY – 9/2019 HONORABLE MENTION – “Gloucester Plein Air Festival” –Gloucester, VA – 6/2019 “American Impressionist Society Small Works Showcase” Petoskey, MI –6/2019 JUROR’S CHOICE AWARD – “Academy Juried Show” – Lynchburg, VA – 4/ 2019 Glave Kocen “Hung Juried” –Richmond, VA – 3/2019 “2019 Biennial Juried Exhibition” –Roanoke College, Roanoke, VA – 1-3/2019 SECOND PRIZE - Hudson Valley Plein Air Festival, Middletown, NY, 10/2018 “Central Virginia Watercolor Guild Juried Show,” Charlottesville, VA – 9/2018 "Oil Painters of America 2018 Juried Salon Show," Traverse City, MI – 6/2018 FIRST PRIZE - "Lynchburg Paint Out," Lynchburg, VA – 5/2018 HONORABLE MENTION - "Queen City Plein Air Festival,” Staunton, VA – 4/2018 Artist Fellowships: Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Amherst, VA www.vcca.com awarded 6 times, 2016-2020 Arts on Main Artist in Residence Program, Gloucester, VA https://gloucesterarts.org/artists-in-residency-program/ 2019 Tyrone Guthrie Arts Centre, Co. Monaghan, Ireland http://www.tyroneguthrie.ie 2021 Gallery Representation Lindor Arts, 306 First Street, Roanoke, VA, 24011 501-400-8442 “(Deliece’s) style and colors just send us to the moon. Lots of color and a strong command of style make her so sought after.” Dorsey Taylor, LinDor Arts Gallery, Roanoke, VA Deliece Blanchard Fine Art www.delieceblanchard.com [email protected] 434-907-7456
Monday-Friday, 12:00pm-5:00pm and Saturdays by appointment. Request an appointment here. All spaces are fully handicap accessible.