On permanent display at the Center are 15 historical murals painted by Sidney E. King. The collection, on loan from the U.S. National Park Service, depicts scenes from the battles of Chancellorsville, the Wilderness, and the Battle of Fredericksburg. The paintings had been displayed outdoors at Civil War battle sites to offer visitors a glimpse at what would have been seen at that location during the war. It is the first time the murals have been under one roof.
King was a prolific painter who produced a wide range of works. Portraits, landscapes, and local scenes are also represented at the center on a permanent or rotating basis.
Arguably Caroline County's most surprising temporary resident was Salvador Dali. Famous for his surrealist paintings, Dali and his wife Gala took refuge from World War II at nearby Hampton Manor as guests of owner Caresse Crosby. Fellow guests included Anais Nin and Henry Miller.
While in Caroline County, Dali completed 5 paintings and his autobiography, The Secret Life of Salvadore Dali.
for more information, please reference :
Virginia Living magazine, February 2014
Time magazine April 4, 1941
We are partners with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and will be featuring exhibits on a rotating basis. Special exhibits by local and regional artists are announced regularly on our website and on our Facebook page.