Two gallery openings: “Feral and Invasive Pigments" and “What Fuels the Flesh”

School of Art Design and Art History

New Image Gallery: “Feral and Invasive Pigments”
2022 Fall semester

-30-minute painting demonstration, Sept. 14, 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. in the gallery
-Opening reception with the artist Sept. 14, 5-7 p.m.
-Artist lecture Sept. 15, 11:10a, Duke 2004
-Plant walk and demonstration at the Arboretum’s Terrace, Sept. 15, 2:30-4 p.m. 

Feral and Invasive Pigments” features New York-based artist Ellie Irons' work using leaves, petals and berries to create watercolor paint from "the spontaneous plant beings–commonly known as weeds–who thrive in areas heavily impacted by extraction, industry, urbanization and climate change."  Over the past decade, Irons learned how to tune into the vibrant life animating urban landscapes, working with plants valued as native species, overlooked as common weeds, and maligned as invaders. 

Visitors to the exhibition are invited to take away handbooks, paint flyers and postcards, and, if desired, contribute to the archive of pigments from Harrisonburg using the tools and materials provided. 

ArtWorks Gallery: “What Fuels the Flesh”
Sept. 14 - Sept. 30

Opening reception Sept. 14, 5-7 p.m. 

ArtWorks Gallery opens its first fall 2022 exhibition with “What Fuels the Flesh,” showcasing student artwork inspired by their ideas surrounding human persistence. This collection of works reflects a contemplative look inside the lives and minds of students and what motivates, inspires and unites all people to complete our day-to-day routines and thrive. 

ArtWorks will host a virtual tour of the exhibition at

ArtWorks and New Image galleries are co-located at 131 W. Grace St. in Harrisonburg, Va. Free public parking is available in front of the building and the adjacent area on Chesapeake Drive. 

The in-person receptions on Sept. 14, 5-7 p.m. for both shows is open to the public and will have refreshments.

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Published: Thursday, September 8, 2022

Last Updated: Thursday, November 2, 2023

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