Reynolds Homestead offers trip to see Rugaber Collection

Marion Post Wolcott, Bayou Bourbeaux Plantation, 1940. Gelatin silver print. Collection of Walter and Sally Rugaber. Photo by Kyra Schmidt.

More than 50 black-and-white works by prominent photographers are featured in the exhibition 20th Century Photographs from the Rugaber Collection, which are on display in the Main Gallery of the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University.

The Reynolds Homestead is sponsoring a trip to visit the collection on Thursday, April 11. The group will depart from the Reynolds Homestead at 9:30 a.m. and return around 4 p.m. Lunch (on your own) will be a Lews Restaurant, a cozy, casual restaurant known for great food and service. The cost per person is $20 and seating is limited.

Loaned to the museum by Walter and Sally Rugaber, the collection includes historic landscape, architectural, and portrait photography from the Farm Security Administration (FSA) program instituted by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to promote effective photojournalism. Many of the images have become icons of American photography.

Walter and Sally Rugaber, residents of Patrick County, are longtime supporters of the arts. They have lived in Roanoke and southwest Virginia since 1982.  The couple, both journalists, met while working at the Atlanta Journal. While traveling in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the Rugabers purchased their first photograph from the Farm Security Administration era – and found they loved the scenes from the 1930s and began to collect them.

There also will be time to tour the other two current exhibitions at the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum – Diane Edison: 2019 Frances Niederer Artist-in-Residence, which feature intense, honest, larger-than-life, close-range portraits of the artist herself and images of family, co-workers and friends.  Also, we will see the  works of Installation artist Momoyo Torimitsu: Somehow I Don’t Feel Comfortable, which investigates the phenomenon of “cuteness syndrome” through the lenses of irony and humor.

To register, call the Reynolds Homestead at (276) 694 7181.



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