'They Call It Stormy Weather'

“They Call It Stormy Weather” is an exhibition of 13 photographic reproductions selected from the permanent collections of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

To celebrate the changing seasons as local residents are preparing for their summer holidays, a new arts based exhibit is coming to the South Boston-Halifax County Museum of Fine Arts and History.

“They Call It Stormy Weather” is an exhibition of 13 photographic reproductions selected from the permanent collections of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Beginning June 5, the collection will be on display at the South Boston-Halifax County Museum every Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This exhibition is one of more than 12 educational exhibitions currently organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts for statewide travel and is supported by the Paul Mellon Fund.

“They Call It Stormy Weather” explores the numerous ways in which weather and the seasons have inspired artists throughout the ages,” says Jeffrey W. Allison, curator of the show and Paul Mellon Collection Educator at VMFA “From thunderstorms on raging seas to sunny skies above spring fields, artists have responded to weather and other natural forces through a range of media and styles.”

Allison points out some of the works in “They Call It Stormy Weather” use weather to directly represent a mood or state, while others convey more subtly the reflection of human experience in natural forces.

Still other works reflect the spiritual meaning that weather holds for many artists. A variety of artists are represented including Vincent Van Gogh; Japanese woodblock artist, Hiroshige; John Constable; Eugène Boudin; and Henry Ossawa Tanner.

While this exhibition is SOL-based and perfect for K-12 students, anyone interested in the changing effects of weather or art history will find the diversity of works fascinating.

The collection will be open to the public until Saturday, July 6.