Coloring lives at arts center

Anyone looking to add some color to their day would do well to visit the newest exhibit at the Louisa Arts Center’s Purcell Gallery.

Titled “Color Therapy,” the exhibit, which opened on Aug. 2, boasts 88 pieces of art from nearly 60 different artists from Louisa and surrounding counties, many of whom are displaying their work for the first time.

“For us to be able to offer this opportunity for artists at a very young, beginner level to get their art shown in a professional gallery is amazing, and to welcome back artists who have shown work here time and time again is really lovely,” Meagan DuBois, director of programs and strategic planning at the arts center, said. 

In addition to the local artists who are displaying their work, the exhibit’s curator also has ties to Louisa County. Monty Montgomery grew up in here, graduating from Louisa County High School before attending Longwood University and pursuing a career as an artist. He is currently based in San Diego, California.

“This was a massive honor,” he said. “I drove across the country to do this and I just got more excited the closer I got [to Louisa].”

As the curator, Montgomery was responsible for looking at the more than 130 pieces of art submitted for the exhibit and choosing which to display.

“It wasn’t easy,” he said. “There was a lot of amazing work submitted. I wish I could have chosen more.”

In making his selection, Montgomery said he wasn’t just looking for the most colorful pieces to fit the theme.

“I looked at the patterns of color,” he said. “There was a lot in some work, while others were black and white. Some brought in the color through natural light. I really tried to choose pieces that represented different types of therapy.”

While the majority of works on display are paintings, the exhibit also features other mediums, including sculptures, photography and fashion.

In addition to selecting the artwork to display, Montgomery was also in charge of deciding how best to display the art in the gallery.

“I worked hard to find the right flow of the art,” he said. “I wanted the energy around the room to be part of [the exhibit].”

The exhibit opened on Aug. 2 with a well-attended opening night event, and repsonse to the exhibit since has been positive.

“Having a theme like ‘Color Therapy’ where it’s just so wide-open and allows the artist to interpret what that means to them has allowed us to have a very unique exhibit,” DuBois said.

Color Therapy is open to the public Tuesdays through Fridays from noon to 4 p.m. through Sept. 20. On Sept. 27, the gallery will open its next exhibit featuring Montgomery’s work titled “Geometric Sandbox.” That exhibit will be on display through Nov. 15.

For more information about the exhibit, visit https://louisaarts.org/purcell-art-gallery. For more information about Montgomery and his work, visit montymontgomeryart.com.