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Opening Reception at the Baker Gallery - TWO: Lincoln Perry and Frank Hobbs

Opening Reception at the Baker Gallery - TWO: Lincoln Perry and Frank Hobbs
Opening Reception at the Baker Gallery - TWO: Lincoln Perry and Frank Hobbs

Festival Details - "Opening Reception at the Baker Gallery - TWO: Lincoln Perry and Frank Hobbs"...

Start: Saturday, November 18, 2023 5:00PM
End: Saturday, November 18, 2023 8:00PM

The Baker Gallery at Woodberry Forest School is honored to host painters Lincoln Perry and Frank Hobbs for their November/December Exhibition, TWO. members of the public are invited to the opening reception on Saturday, November 18th, and the Student Reception on Wednesday, November 29th.

SHOW STATEMENT by Steven Francis Coates:

A painting is a kind of dialogue between opposing forces held in tension. Light and dark, warm and cool, saturated and neutral, form and void, surface and depth ... these are just some of the classic polarities that painters engage with in making an image. In any dialogue, two is the minimum number - two people, two forces, two poles of thought, feeling, and experience that define spectrums of possibility. Like an electric motor, polarity makes things spin, generating visual and psychological energies that animate and enliven a painting.
Lincoln Perry and Frank Hobbs present two such poles in this exhibition, which viewers may consider as a conversation that is both amicable and respectfully argumentative. Like a Venn diagram, these painters' visions, their aims and motives, and their formal language often overlap and intersect in unpredictable ways, while retaining singularities that are idiosyncratic and personal.
Viewers of the exhibition are invited to join the conversation, to enlarge the circle and find their own meaningful overlaps and intersections with the works presented here.


Frank Hobbs, Professor of Art at Ohio Wesleyan University, is a painter, printmaker, and draftsman. Originally from Lynchburg, he has an MFA from American University and is co-founder of the Beverley Street Studio in Staunton, Virginia. Hobbs is a recipient of fellowships and grants by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. His work is in numerous corporate and private collections.

Lincoln Perry, who speaks of the history of art as "an extended family," has been a Distinguished Visiting Artist at the University of Virginia. He is a 1971 graduate of Columbia University, receiving his MFA at Queens College. In addition to his work as an easel painter, Perry’s large-scale mural works include a 22-panel commission at Cabell Hall at UVA. Perry’s work can be seen in the PBS documentary, "The Murals of Lincoln Perry." Perry lives with his wife, novelist and short story writer Ann Beattie, in Staunton, Virginia.

Opening Reception: There is a free and open reception to the public in the Baker Gallery at Woodberry Forest School on Saturday, November 18th from 5PM - 8PM. Light food and drink from Provisions Market in Orange, VA will be served. Please visit for more information.

Student Reception with Artist Talkback: There will be a Student focused Reception with the Artists on Wednesday, November 29th at 7PM. Light food and drink will be served. Please visit for more information.

To see the virtual exhibition, visit All works are available for purchase. If interested, please enquire with Steven Coates at

For more information on The Baker Gallery, contact Elena Kritter at

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Woodberry Forest School
898 Woodberry Forest Rd
Woodberry Forest, VA 22989
United States

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