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Diana Thorpe Exhibit coming to the Prizery in May

    Parsons-Bruce Art Association is sponsoring a two month art exhibit featuring the works of Diana Thorpe.  The exhibit will open Sunday, May 3 with a reception from 3 pm until 5 pm in the R. F. Cage Gallery at the Prizery.

    Drawing and painting have been lifelong interests for Diana Thorpe who says she began painting at the age of 14.  “I cannot remember a time I did not draw the things I see around me,” she said.

    Thorpe took numerous drawing and painting courses in college and studied with professional artists.  She enjoys painting a variety of subjects and is especially drawn to color and movement.  “I paint in a representational style because I cannot imagine anything more beautiful and inspiring than the world around me,” she said.

    Her paintings of acrylic, watercolor and oil engage viewers to see things around them that they may not otherwise notice.  “My goal is to engage viewers so they hear the birdsong and distant thunder, feel the wind and the warmth of the sun, and see the clouds moving.  I try to capture a moment in time to be experienced whenever the painting is viewed,” she explained.

    Diana Thorpe and her husband, Curtis W. Thorpe, M.D. (retired), relocated from Richmond to Charlotte County in 2009.

    The public is invited to attend the opening reception Sunday, May 3 from 3 pm until 5 pm in the R. F. Cage Gallery at the Prizery.  Diana Thorpe’s exhibit will be on display until the end of June and will be available for viewing and purchasing during the Prizery’s regular operating hours.  


In the midst of all this ice and snow, think FLOWERS!

The Parsons-Bruce Museum Trip Bus is gearing up and preparing for a springtime treat!!


 We are planning a visit to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts to view the newest exhibition

Van Gogh, Manet, and Matisse:  The Art of the Flower

The show focuses on French floral still life from the 19th century and features about seventy paintings by thirty artists.  Other painters include Delacroix, Courbet, and Fantin-Latour.

We hope you can join us for a fun filled day of flowers and a gourmet lunch in the museum’s Marble Hall.  Travel in a modern, comfortable bus, and leave the driving and parking to someone else!!!!

When:  Wednesday, April 29

Departure:  8:30 am, promptly, from Main Street Methodist Church, South Boston

Return:  5:00 to 5:30 pm

Price includes admission to The Art of the Flower, lunch, and round trip transportation

Members:  $60

Non-members $65

Museum members $48 (must be verified by museum)

Deadline for reservations, with payment, is April 10.


Payment:  Checks should be made out to PBAA, and mailed to

P. O. Box 234

South Boston 24592

The bus trip will be preceded by a power point presentation on the exhibition.  The speaker will be Jeffrey Allison, the museum's Mellon Collection Educator and Manager.

April 22, 2;00 pm, the Prizery, free, reservations not necessary.


Any questions:  this email address or Martha at 349-9812.


We look forward to including you in this trip!!!

Parsons-Bruce Art Association is Sponsoring the 2015 Kids Kollege at The Prizery

The Parsons-Bruce Art Association is sponsoring the 2015 Kids Kollege at the Prizery this summer.  For more information, please see the brochure and registration form linked below or contact Peggy Crews (434-572-4778) at, Pat Burgess (434-476-6210) at or Tay Bost (434-579-0061) at  Register today, as the registration deadline is July 1, 2015.

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