Piedmont Arts will host Richmond based photographer John Plashal for a presentation and art talk, “A Beautifully Broken Virginia,” on Nov. 17 at 6:30 p.m. During the talk, Plashal will take audiences on a photographic journey through the beautifully decaying rural places with which so many Virginians have become fascinated. For admission, a donation of $20 is suggested.
“A Beautifully Broken Virginia” is part of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts’ Statewide Programs. The abandoned architectural gems captured in Plashal’s work will be delivered to you in a presentation by the artist, full of powerful imagery and emotional stories. This is an opportunity like no other to experience the unseen side of Virginia and the houses, churches, schools, asylums, diners and secret societies that have been frozen in time through the lens and perspective of the artist.
John Plashal is a photographer, author and speaker based in Richmond, Virginia. In addition to pursuing extreme landscape photography, John spends a considerable amount of his free time assimilating into rural communities in Virginia, ultimately with the goal of tapping into local knowledge in order to identify, photograph and document places that offer beauty in decay and unique histories. He also is a member of the Statewide Faculty Speakers Bureau for the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, speaking to VMFA affiliates about his journey, in the form of a presentation full of captivating imagery and amazing stories.
Piedmont Arts, a nonprofit art museum in Martinsville is located at 215 Starling Ave. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is free. Learn more at PiedmontArts.org.