Two treasured paintings from the Bethany College art collection are featured in a special exhibition devoted to the works of Edward Troye at the National Sporting Library & Museum in Middleburg, Virginia, through March 29.
“Faithfulness to Nature: Paintings by Edward Troye” features two of Troye’s signature works: A Bazaar at Damascus (1856) and Syrian Ploughman (1856), on loan by Bethany to the Museum (www.nsl.org). The works were highlights of a preview of the exhibition on October 25 in Middleburg. Dr. Mort Gamble, Executive Assistant to the President, represented Bethany College at the preview, which included a presentation on Troye’s works by Jeffrey Allison, Paul Mellon Collection Educator at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond.
The mural-sized paintings required months of planning for professional removal from their permanent home in Bethany’s Academic Parlour in Old Main and transport to Virginia for the exhibition.
“As Bethany College prepares to celebrate our 175th anniversary in 2015 as West Virginia’s oldest college, we are honored to have these works represented in the exhibition,” President Scott D. Miller said. “It is a fitting way for us to share the paintings with a wider audience through the National Sporting Library & Museum, as we highlight our own mission and heritage in liberal arts education.”
The Museum and Library are located at 102 The Plains Road in Middleburg (540-687-6542). Hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sundays 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is closed on federal holidays. Admission is free Wednesdays and the last Sunday of each month.