19 September 2018
5:30PM — The Artful Lawyer
Art Discussion with Donald Sunshine

“This exhibit, Social Commentary, is the rich tradition of the arts. Whether visual, literary, music, or performance, artists have used their artistic voices for commentary. Indeed, I consider it an artist’s responsibility to so comment.”

And comment Donald Sunshine has. On display are 25 pieces of art that are minimal, almost sparse, in style, each captioned with a question. It is in each painting’s starkness that the question asked echoes and doubles upon itself over and over. Questions that provoke the viewer to really think, to unpack the very simplicity of what is asked. Consider the painting here which asks, “Is it okay to protest” (yes, it’s our right to speak out) followed by the pregnant pause of the ellipsis…”isn’t?” (maybe not…let’s consider the consequences of that right).

Sunshine’s artistic commentary is active in the dialogue it creates and pointedly addresses relevant contemporary concerns, such as immigration, poverty, the environment, and race relations.

On Wednesday, September 19th, Sunshine will introduce his art and lead an open discussion.

Free of charge; light refreshments available.

Our Social Commentary exhibit will end on October 10th.

Donald Sunshine, Professor Emeritus of Architecture, Virginia Tech, has exhibited widely, including Chicago’s Art Institute and Museum of Science and Industry, as well as in Hawaii, Virginia, Florida, and elsewhere.

— Diana R. Francis, Firm Administrator & Gallery Manager

Ongoing Sunshine exhibits:
AUG 1 – OCT 10
ARTFUL LAWYER GALLERY – “SOCIAL COMMENTARY” –  DONALD
318 N. MAIN ST., BLACKSBURG

AUG 1 – SEPT 30
HAHN HORTICULTURE GARDEN – “SIMPLY ELEMENTAL” –  JOANNA AND DONALD
200 GARDEN LANE, OFF WASHINGTON ST., VT CAMPUS, BLACKSBURG

AUG 1 – AUG 31
MONTGOMERY MUSEUM – “MY WINDOW ON THE NEW RIVER VALLEY” –   JOANNA AND DONALD
300 PEPPER STREET, CHRISTIANSBURG