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WKMA After Hours celebrates 'Earthsea Imagined'

Sarah Nobles, community contributor • Feb 2, 2019 at 10:30 AM


William King Museum of Art (WKMA) in Abingdon will host WKMA After Hours from 6 to 8 p.m., Feb. 7, to celebrate two new exhibitions, "Earthsea Imagined" and "A Material World: Photographs from the 1980s."

The inaugural After Hours event will feature a costume party, refreshments, music, and a fun self-guided art project for families to enjoy.

The first of the exhibitions, "Earthsea Imagined," accompanies dragons and wizards through fantastical landscapes and gives local residents an opportunity to see world-renowned artist and local favorite Charles Vess’ 56 original illustrations for legendary novelist Ursula K. Le Guin's "Earthsea" saga. Visitors can meet Vess during the WMKA After Hours reception. "Earthsea Imagined," sponsored by Johnston Memorial Hospital, runs through Feb. 24.

The second exhibition, "A Material World: Photographs from the 1980s," features photographs from the Richmond Times-Dispatch documenting a now legendary time in history. The 1980s were big. Remembered by many as a time of excess and extremes, this was not the case for all Americans. The photographs also help us understand today’s culture, which is being shaped by 80s kids who are bringing back that decade’s values, worldviews and attitudes. The exhibition, organized by the Virginia Museum of History & Culture, runs from Feb. 7 through April 24.

The Feb. 7 After Hours reception is free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to wear their best "Earthsea" or 80s-inspired outfits.

William King Museum of Art is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays through Saturdays, and 1 to 5 p.m., Sundays. Admission is free. William King Museum of Art is located at 415 Academy Drive, off West Main Street or Russell Road, in Abingdon.

To learn more about exhibitions or events, visit www.williamkingmuseum.org or call (276) 628-5005

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