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Traveling art museum to bring interactive exhibit to Hampton Roads

BERRYVILLE, Va. (WDVM) -- The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts has brought a new exhibit to portions of northwestern Virginia, but it won't last long.

The Richmond-based museum's Artmobile opened in Berryville on Thursday, where it will remain until Saturday evening.

The touring exhibit features artists from across Virginia -- all of whom work in a variety of mediums and are part of the museum's fellowship program..

Tablets alongside the artists' work allow visitors to hear artist interviews and gain insight into the work. Visitors can also experiment with the exhibit's interactive functions, including creating their own art on a touch screen panel. 

The exhibit will make stops across Hampton Roads including Suffolk, Gloucester, Norfolk, Accomack County, Virginia Beach and Williamsburg. See the full schedule here.

Museum staff say they want the exhibit to be for everyone, regardless of their age or prior exposure to fine art.

"This program started in 1940 and it's still going on today," said Sukenya Best, the On The Road Coordinator for the museum. "We wanted to make sure we spanned the areas in the counties in Virginia in addition to spanning the 76 years. So we have a work from 2017 and we have a work from as early as 1941."

Diana Kincannon, the board chair of the Barns of Rose Hill, says bringing the Artmobile to Berryville is a huge success for the cultural center.

"It is part of the mission of the Virginia Museum to reach out to communities throughout the state of Virginia and to expose them to the artwork of the museum," KinCannon said. "Our organization is the center for the arts, education, and community. So it was a perfect fit for the Barns of Rose Hill to host VMFA On The Road."


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