Martinsville, Virginia


Aug 31 see award-wining artist Whiteside’s exhibit Dark Age at PHCC’s art gallery

The Walker Fine Art Center Gallery at Patrick Henry Community College will host the Dark Age exhibit by award-winning Abstract Expressionist, Shaun C. Whiteside. The exhibit will begin Monday, August 31 and is free and open to the public in the Walker Fine Art Building.

Professor of Fine Arts Gerry Bannan stated, “We invited Shaun C. Whiteside to exhibit his work here because his participation fits so well within [the gallery’s] mission […and] provides a fulfilling and interesting visual experience.”

PHCC art department’s 20-year-long mission is to share with the community an array of artistic visions. The Dark Age exhibition provides students and community members the opportunity to experience a unique form of art.

Bannan describes Whiteside’s work as “large, beautiful paintings and drawings in an abstract style which possess a haunting, yet inviting atmosphere. Simply put, this exhibition is well worth a long, lingering visit.”

At the close of the exhibit, on October 8 at 1:00 pm, the gallery will host a Reception and Gallery Talk for the exhibition.  During the reception, Whiteside will meet with guests and answer any questions they may have regarding his artwork, life or career.

Students may also find the gallery and reception to be a networking opportunity. Whiteside is a faculty member at Radford University which has a strong art department and is a transfer destination for many of PHCC’s students.

“Having the opportunity to meet this artist and see examples of his work will be instrumental in helping students make important life decisions and encourage them to pursue their longer-term goal,” explained Bannan.