Armand Cabrera, A One Man Exhibition will open at Berkley Gallery on November 7th, with an Artist Reception from 4-8 pm. This One Man Exhibition represents Armand Cabrera’s first major show of work since moving from California to the East Coast a few years ago. The idea began as he traveled throughout Central Virginia, observing the landscape for the first time and studying the great history of the area. The Piedmont is many things to many people. For Cabrera, it is an endless source of inspiration for his painting. “Paintings of the Piedmont” could not transpire without the kindness of the people of the Commonwealth of Virginia. “Although I paint in public places, much of the land I’m painting for the show is private. Getting introductions has taken some time, but everyone has been very generous in allowing me access to their land. These 30+ paintings represent a year of work, capturing 4 seasons. Of course I’ve only made a small dent in the subject matter. And I will paint this place for the rest of my life. Still, these are my first impressions of this unique and historic territory.” In the planning stages of the show, Cabrera and Berkley Gallery decided to donate a portion of sales to the Piedmont Environmental Council . As we all know the PEC safeguards the landscapes, communities and heritage of the Piedmont by involving citizens in related public policy and land conservation. Doug Larson, the Vice President of PEC, continues to be instrumental in making this show a reality, suggesting places to paint and opening doors to private properties protected by conservation easements.
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“As a landscape artist, I often act as a preservationist, recording the land in my paintings before it has vanished to modern development or the ravages of time. I am concerned about disappearing wildlife habitat, small farms and forestland. The Piedmont Environmental Council has been helping preserve lands in Virginia for over 35 years, and now has over 300,000 acres of land protected. I am honored that my paintings can contribute in a small way to conserving this beautiful land.”
The Berkley Gallery is located at 31 & 40 Main Street, Warrenton, Virginia 540. 341. 7367