Past Speakers 2013

Our sincere thanks to all the guests who attended the 2013 Virginia Art Chat events!

An additional thanks to all the speakers who took time from their Saturdays to speak with us:

Mr. Richard B Woodward, Curator of the VMFA African Art Collection, Pam and Bill Royall, art collectors, Mr. Alex Nyerges, Director of the VMFA,  Mr. Jay Barrows, Curator of the Frances and Sydney Lewis Collection and Kathy Whitby, arts program administrator of the Federal Reserve Bank.

A super, big thank you to Gallery Flux for letting us use their space, as well as, providing their projector, chairs, parking assistance, refreshements,  publicity  and all manner of  generous and thoughtful things!




 We’re Looking forward to trying to do it again in 2014, look for our new schedule after the new year!


Virginia Art Chat Director, Dianne Miller, and Co-Founders, Ann Aman and Jane Warner


Jay Barrows, curator of Frances and Sydney Lewis’ private art collection and art broker, riveted the Virginia Art Chat audience for an hour and a half as he shared his experiences in and insights into the last four decades of the art market.


Jay had advice for artists to find their own voice and collectors to collect what spoke to them.


Jay encouraged artists to take advantage of the internet, as the art world was now “flat”, with collectors from around the world collecting works from around the world.


Jay stayed to talk with the guests, who appreciated his down to earth approach to the art world.


The guests enjoyed tea from Carytown Teas and fruit, sweets and salty snacks. We’re grateful to Jay Barrows and all the guests for coming out in the rain for a wonderful afternoon talking about art.


Virgina Art Chat was honored to have Mr. Alex Nyerges, Director of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, join us for the Saturday September 14, 2013, event.


Mr. Nyerges discussed Virginia artists in the VMFA collection and encouraged Virginia artists to participate in the museum’s fellowship program. Learn more at


The program ended with a question and answer session, and Mr. Nyerges shared an amusing story of the only other museum in the world open 365 days a year. The museum’s key is kept under a pot and the museum has no electricity.


Once again the presentation was followed by a reception featuring custom blended teas from Carytown Teas and salty and sweet nibbles.


The guests enjoyed the show….


….and the opportunity to talk with Mr. Nyerges.


Mr. Alex Nyerges, Mr. Hugh Joyce, owner of Gallery Flux, and Mr. Robert Lindgren, President of Randolph-Macon College.


Our sincere thanks to Mr. Nyerges and Gallery Flux for another wonderful Virginia Art Chat.


Pam and Bill Royall delighted guests with witty and engaging stories at the May 11 Virginia Art Chat.


They chronicled the evolution of their fascinating collection of works by Oscar Bach. Visit the Friends of Oscar Bach website at


The Royalls discussed their collection of approximately forty paintings by Emilie Charmy, most not publicly displayed in the United States. The collection will be at the The Fralin Museum of Fine Art at the University of Virginia from August 23 to December 22, 2013. Visit the Fralin website at


Pam and Bill shared stories of their collection at the Try-me Gallery, the pleasure of getting to know the artists, what it is they look for as collectors and the exciting developments with the Institute of Contemporary Art to be built at Virginia Commonwealth University. Visit the Institute of Contemporary Art website at and the Try-me Gallery at


The Royalls stayed for a reception and chatted with the guests.



Once again Gallery Flux hosted the event. The reception featured teas from Carytown Teas along with pastries, fruit and cheese.


Many thanks to Bill and Pam Royall, and Gallery Flux for a delightful event.


Mr. Richard B. Woodward, Curator of the African Art Collection at the Virginia Museum of Fine Art, captivated an audience of 50 guests for the first Virginia Art Chat at Gallery Flux in Ashland on Saturday, April 13.


Presenting “Glimpses of a Thousand Narratives,” Mr. Woodward wove enthralling tales of history and culture as they related to objects in the VMFA African collection. He shared stories of works donated by Virginia collectors, and Virginia’s many connections to Africa. He explained the details of objects and presented historical photos of the artifacts as they were used in African communities and ceremonies.


The presentation was followed by a reception featuring hand-blended tea from CaryTown Teas, sweets, fruit, and cheese.


Gallery Flux is hosting the Virginia Art Chat events for 2013. The light and airy gallery has a projection screen, state of the art sound system, and can easily accommodate a large crowd.

Our sincere thanks to the Mr Woodward, Gallery Flux and all the guests for an exciting and enjoyable afternoon.


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