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A William & Mary alumnus and former visiting professor at the college is returning to Williamsburg to exhibit his new series of prints and paintings at the Williamsburg Contemporary Art Center.
“The Memory of Light” by Brian Kelley will feature 34 works of art, all of which deal with the relationship between light, memory and emotion in art.
Kelley drew inspiration for the series through both direct observation and imagined subject matter.
In celebration of the new exhibit, WCAC will be hosting a “Meet the Artists” reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday at the gallery.
Kelley will be giving a talk during the reception about his creative process and the meanings behind the different prints and paintings.
Ginny Fisher, Beth Turbeville and Diane Kroniess will also be present, displaying their latest collection of pottery entitled “Pottery Girls.”
As for Kelley, he has placed special significance on debuting “The Memory of Light” in Williamsburg due to many of the pieces ties to the area.
“I have always found Colonial Williamsburg at night after a light rain to be one of the most beautiful light environments. Several pieces in the show are specific to places in Colonial Williamsburg, like the Robert Carter House and ghost of Lady Skipwythe,” Kelley said. “Some of these works were created in Williamsburg during 2013 but until now have not been exhibited. I have been saving them for an in-town debut.”
Both series will be on display in the gallery from July 28 through Aug. 28 during the gallery’s normal operating hours. The reception is free to attend and open to the public.