Art Talks

Art Talks bring art history and appreciation to the Studio Gallery on the fourth Monday of each month from September through May. Many of the Forums bring expert staff from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts to share the resources of the Museum. RAL is proud to be affiliated with VMFA as a statewide partner.

Next Art Talks, Monday, October 1, 6:30pm

William H. Clarke, Jr., Folk Artist


William H. Clarke, Jr. is an accomplished Folk Artist, teacher and philosopher. His self-taught painting style reflects the rural Virginia life he experienced in Nottoway County. Some of his work will be on display and for sale in the Nook Gallery for the month of October. “Emotions that a Folk Artist goes through when creating a painting are deep. Emotions that Folk Artists live and feel, the joy and often stress of everyday life come out in their art,” says Mr. Clarke.

Mr. Clarke’s honest depictions have resulted in a strong national following. His work is in numerous private and museum collections throughout the United States as well as featured in many publications. His paintings tell stories of proud people and their honest hard labor. “I try to paint the untold stories… of their labor of love,” Clarke says. 

Mr. Clarke will present an Art Talk on Monday evening, October 1. A reception to meet Mr. Clarke will begin at 5:30 pm, followed by his 6:30 presentation. The public is always invited to Art Talk special events.

Everyone is invited to attend this free Art Talk at the RAL Art Center, 19 North Main Street in Kilmarnock.