An exhibit highlighting the Mountain Lake Workshops and Symposiums will be presented at the Montgomery Museum from September through October. The important artists' retreats were sponsored by the Virginia Tech Foundation during the 1980's and 1990's.
This extensive exhibit will help define the influence of the Mountain Lake experience on the regional art and artists of Southwest Virginia. The emphasis will be on small works by widely acclaimed artist and workshop presenters; John Cage, Howard Finster, and Ray Kass. There will also be works from the regional artists who were among the workshop participants; Chico Harkrader, Brian Seveiking, Pat West, and others.
The Arts Council of the Blue Ridge will partner with our museum to present "Mountain Lake Workshops, A Retrospective." a publication which highlights the influence of the workshops on regional artist, and their art will accompany the exhibit. Workshops and lectures will be held to create an opportunity for the continued educational componet of the workshops and to aid in advocacy for the arts in the community.
Plans are now being formulated to present Cage's work's of art in exhibits next year in the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke, and museums in New York City and the United Kingdom. This is a wonderful opportunity for the museum to offer our community a very special experience.