Artists reception at Riverside Cafe

Published 5:00 am Friday, July 26, 2019

There will be an artists reception on Friday, Aug. 2 from 6-8 p.m. at the Riverside Café, 801 N. Main, Farmville.

There will be three CVA member artists displaying their works during August and September. Dean Lord, Brenda McMillian and Donna McRae-Jones.

Lord has been drawing and painting since his youth. In his 30s, he had the opportunity to attend college and study art. He graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts. After graduation, he worked in the arts related field until he retired nine years ago. He currently enjoys painting as a hobby and loves finding inspiration in unusual places.

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McMillian has lived in Crewe for over 45 years, but she is originally from Kentucky. She attended Longwood University. McMillian prefers to work with oil, watercolor, pencil and pastels. She has always had a passion for the arts. She once owned her own picture framing shop in Crewe. McMillian’s artwork has been enjoyed by many, especially her family. This will be McMillian’s first show in Farmville, and she is excited to share her art with the community.

McRae-Jones is a native Washingtonian with strong ties to the state of Virginia. She is retired from Allstate Insurance Company and currently resides in Buckingham County. She loved traveling with her late husband, Lanny R. Jones. Since her retirement in 2009, her interests are photography and philanthropy. Her photos focus on people, animals and seasonal landscapes.

McRae-Jones is a member of the Central Virginal Arts, involved with the Buckingham Relay for Life, a member of the Piedmont Area Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors, Chairman of Buckingham Builds, a member of the 4H Leadership Council, a member of Buckingham Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Buckingham Friends of Library, and a member of the Central Virginia Regional Library Board representing Buckingham. McRae-Jones cherishes her involvement in the community and looks forward to more challenges and meaningful contributions to the county she proudly calls home.