"Houses" by four Virginia artists, Ron Boehmer, Rob Browning, Margaret Embree, and Gray Dodson


curated by Beth Nichols
March 17th through May 31st

Throughout the history of landscape painting the depiction of dwellings have created a kind of surrogate for the human figure in an image, A place that we would call home evokes memories of family and relationships and stories. This Spring, Nichols Gallery Annex in Barboursville is featuring an exhibition of “Houses” by four Virginia artists, Ron Boehmer, Rob Browning, Margaret Embree, and Gray Dodson.

In his surreal landscapes, Rob Browning includes images of houses because, he says, “I can’t think of any physical thing, other than the human body or possibly food, that is more important to humans.” Margaret Embree defines her work as “portraits of houses.” She is drawn to “old or abandoned houses, as they emanate some sort of soul.”

Ron Boehmer and Gray Dodson follow a more traditional American approach of placing a dwelling or home within the landscape to show triumph of man over nature, of the pioneer over the wilderness. The “Old Homeplace” represents a comfort as a secure and peaceful retreat.