Roberley Bell Opening Party

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Be the first to explore Roberley Bell's brand new sculpture exhibition, [un]natural landscapes, at the Hermitage. Meet Roberley and view her colorful and thought-provoking indoor and outdoor works created specifically for the museum and gardens. Dance the night away on Astro Entertainment's light-up dance floor, taste out-of-this-world hors d'oeurves by Omar's Carriage House, and indulge in our cupcake bar, signature drink, and other refreshing beverages.

Space is limited for this unforgettable evening!
$20 members | $30 non-members
*Includes one free beer or wine ticket

Purchase Tickets Here


About the Exhibition

What do we consider our natural environment?

This fall, explore Roberley Bell's indoor and outdoor exhibition, [un]natural landscapes, created specifically for the Hermitage. Her colorful, playful forms will delight visitors of all ages as they encounter pieces and plantings reminiscent of the museum outdoors and organic, biomorphic forms in conversation with the museum's collection indoors.

The exterior project invites visitors to discover Bell's conversation between the real and artificial in nature. Her lively, mobile forms of brilliant color provide seating areas for social engagement. Live plantings of flowers and trees mimic the statuary inside the museum. The backdrop of the installation is a secluded area, surprising visitors as they walk the path from the museum to find the area now brilliantly alive and enticing.

The indoor project introduces site-specific works into six of the museum’s galleries to create a dialog between Bell’s abstract, organic forms and the more conventional artifacts from the museum’s collection. These works ask us to revisit our assumptions about what we consider to be our natural environment. The tableaux balances the colors and materials of the 21st century with those of artifacts in the collection. Visitors are invited to see the collection in a completely new light and to consider the distance between the art forms.

Roberley Bell lives and works in upstate New York. Her work has been exhibited in one person and group exhibitions nationally and internationally, including at deCordova Sculpture Park in Massachusetts, Laumeier Sculpture Park in St. Louis, and museums in Turkey, Austria and Russia. In 2001, she exhibited at the Old Dominion University gallery. Bell has completed public projects in Cambridge, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Baltimore, New York, Kaliningrad, Russia and Istanbul, Turkey.

Supported by:

David & Susan Goode | Anonymous | Distinctive Event Rentals
Ashlin & Wayne Wilbanks | Cottrell Contracting Corporation | McGuireWoods LLP
Jane Wright & John Rathbone | Smartmouth Brewing Company | Astro Entertainment
Omar’s Carriage House | Carolina Cupcakery | Coastal Virginia Magazine