Here is a painting done by Gray Dodson on site during the Skylark event. Gray is a Nelson artist. This June 13 Skylark Farm hosted the 75th Anniversary Celebration of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Gray S. Dodson, a Norfolk, Virginia native, spent the majority of her life in Virginia Beach before moving to Nelson County in 1995. She toyed with pursuing art as a major while at Mary Washington in the class of 1960. Instead she chose English and shortly after, left the academic world for a serious major as wife and mother. Her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree was awarded years later in 1981 from Old Dominion University, followed by post graduate work at ODU and the Vermont Studio Center. Dodson’s career as a painter has been enriched through fellowships granted by The Virginia Commission for the Arts, the Vermont Studio School, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Traveling and painting experiences in France, Italy, Mexico, Canada and the United States have extended her vision beyond a regional perspective with her work included in numerous exhibitions and placed in private and corporate collections throughout the U. S. and abroad. She is an associate member of the McGuffey Art Center in Charlottesville, Virginia, a member of the Mid Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association, and the Art League at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, Virginia. Galleries representing her are the Nichols Gallery Annex, Barboursville, Virginia, Spruce Creek Gallery, Nellysford, Virginia, and GlaveKocen Gallery in Richmond, Virginia.