A highlight when we’re staying in Abingdon is a visit to the William King Museum of Art. Set in an old school building, there is always something interesting to view. On our most recent visit in early June, there were three extraordinarily interesting exhibits. You get a hint at one of them from the outside…an unexpected visit from King Kong.
It’s an introduction to “Roadside Attractions: The Weird and Wonderful Worlds of Mark Cline”. Mr. Cline is a native Virginian who creates an array of fantastical creatures which adorn everything from haunted houses to miniature golf courses around the country. The exhibit is as imaginative as he is, and gives us his history, both the ups and downs. This exhibition is on display until June 26.
On an entirely different level is “Normal: Nazi Germany in Found Photographs”. These are found photos of anonymous Germans and shows their lives living under the Nazi rule. It’s dramatic and sobering. To quote from the exhibit, it “asks us to consider what human beings are capable of when the fundamental principles of right and wrong are overthrown…”. This is on display until July 17.
Upstairs, on a lighter note, !Viva Appalachia!. The culture of the area is becoming more diversified as the Latin-American population increases. The exhibit celebrates this diversity with a variety of multi-media art displays. You can catch this exhibition until August 7.
Once you’re done inside, there are several pieces of art on display outside the museum. And you have a great view of Abingdon and mountains.
So if you’re in Southwest Virginia, be sure to stop by the William King Museum of Art. It’s one of the top attractions in the area and is sure to be a memorable visit.