Behind the red door at 19 North Main Street, in Kilmarnock, is a place to be inspired by art in the community and the community in the arts.”  

The RAL Art Center is incorporated as a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization community resource that welcomes everyone to discover how art can enrich our lives and bring people together. It provides a place for residents and visitors to create and appreciate the visual arts and to buy quality artwork by regional artists.  Since 1949, the RAL has been the largest and most active visual arts presence on the Northern Neck.  Run almost entirely by volunteers, it is they who organize monthly exhibits, community events, art education programs and a cooperative artist gallery… truly an impressive history of art in the community.

RAL is a community partner of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and is partially supported by grants from Virginia Commission for the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts and River Counties Community Foundation.

Mission Statement

The mission of this corporation is to: (a) organize, sponsor and foster the visual arts through exhibits, educational programs and cultural activities that reflect and enrich our broader community; (b) provide an environment for the creative growth of our members and the community; and, (c) to inspire community interest and interaction by celebrating our area’s cultures, heritage and natural beauty through the creative arts.

2018-2019 RAL Board Roster

Executive Officers:

President:  Harold Burnley    hgbjr@me.com
Vice-President:  Barbara Kershner     baba2@kaballero.com
Secretary:  CarolAnne Taylor    carolanne.taylor3@gmail.com
Treasurer:  Michelle Lewis lewis.chelle1@gmail.com
Past President:  Mary Ellis     mary1ellis@aol.com

Board Members:

Alfie Butts /  2017-2019     jab@rumseyandbugg.com
Carol Clark /  2016-2018     cclarkral@yahoo.com
Cheryl Mihills /  2016-2018     cmihills@fiberarts.us
Anne Papparella /  2016-2018     info@lancasterva.com
Patty Richards /  2017-2019     amblersalpacas@yahoo.com
Karen Williams /  2016-2018    larkarwilliams@gmail.com

Managing Directors:

Hope Towner & Dale Coburn   ral@ralartcenter.com

2019 RAL Board Roster PDF


RAL Art Center
19 North Main Street
Kilmarnock, VA 22482