Thursday, July 26, 2018

Reynolds Hosts James River Art League 

Annual Judged Show


Crisp lines, bright reds, oranges, and greens against blue. Muted yellows, purples, soften by shades of white. Animals to apples. Lighthouses to little girls. Beaches to barns. The work of the artists of the James River Art League (JRAL) spans as wide a spectrum as the color wheel.

Reynolds Community College is pleased to host the JRAL Annual Judged Exhibit in the Conference Center Gallery in the Workforce Development and Conference Center on its Parham Road Campus. The Show is open from Wednesday, September 5 to Thursday, November 8. Faculty, staff, students and the public are invited to view work by these talented regionally and nationally recognized artists. An open reception will be held Thursday, October 4 from 6 to 8 p.m.


JRAL is one of Richmond’s oldest art groups. Organized in 1964, the group celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2014. JRAL artists work in a variety of media including oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, graphite, collage, silk screen, scratchboard, and sculpture. JRAL is a nonprofit organization with more than 120 juried members from throughout Central Virginia. The goal of the group is to encourage creation and appreciation of the visual arts. Members receive motivation, support, and education through programs and opportunities to exhibit their work. JRAL also maintains a gallery at the Crossroads Art Center at 2016 Staples Mill Road in Richmond which houses member exhibits rotated every two months. 

The JRAL show will be judged by the “Reynolds Art Duo,” professors Meredith and Tony Mullins. The Mullins are artists and teachers of art at Reynolds. They have been married for 19 years and have been teaching together for nearly 14 years. Meredith’s current works focus on the female figure in contemplative moments of rituals and routines. Tony’s paintings are explosions of color and recognizable faces such as Johnny Cash and Prince. The Mullins’ work is being exhibited in the Conference Center Gallery from Thursday, July 5 until Tuesday, September 4.

Show awards will be given in the categories of Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor, and Other Media, and one work will be named Best-in-Show.

Pictured above: 2017 Award Winners, Top: Best in Show: Carol Mullen, “Woman in Grey” (Oil), and Bottom: Renee Gleason, “Casa Del Pellegrino” (Oil).