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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Mr. and Mrs. Dog: Our Travels, Trials, Adventures, and Epiphanies

Mr. and Mrs. Dog: Our Travels, Trials, Adventures, and Epiphanies
Thursday, June 20, 2013
Time: Noon–1:00 PM
Place: Conference Rooms,  Free

Although Donald McCaig is a noted fiction author, his latest book, Mr. and Mrs. Dog, features the adventures of his beloved sheepdogs, June and Luke. McCaig draws on 25 years of experience raising sheepdogs to vividly describe his—and his dogs'—unlikely progress toward and participation in the World Sheepdog Trials in Wales. As always, McCaig will share more than dog training tips. He will offer vivid recollections of cross-country trips with his first dog and stories of relocating from New York City to Bath County. Above all, he'll show the powerful connection between humans and their animal companions. A book signing follows the talk.


Dark Side: Night Photography in Virginia

Dark Side: Night Photography in Virginia
Monday, June 10, 2013 — Saturday, October 05, 2013
Time: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
Place: Exhibition Hall,  Free

Night photography compels viewers to look at the world from a slightly different perspective. Dark Side: Night Photography In Virginia introduces us to the unique world of darkness and shadows. The exhibition surveys the many ways in which professional and amateur photographers have used their cameras over the past century to create compelling nocturnal images of the commonwealth. While it examines the materials and historic processes that made night photography possible, Dark Side, also introduces several contemporary Virginia photographers who are currently using it as an artistic medium.


The Importance of Being Cute: Pet Photography in Virginia

The Importance of Being Cute: Pet Photography in Virginia
Monday, June 10, 2013 — Saturday, March 01, 2014
Time: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
Place: Lobby,  Free

Photographs of animals dominate the web. From the cute to the ridiculous, millions of pet images are viewed and shared each day. The historical precedent for this online phenomenon can be found in The Importance of Being Cute. This entertaining exhibition focuses on the relationships that have existed between Virginians and their pets since the advent of photography. Vintage images from the Library of Virginia's collection allow visitors to explore more than a century and a half of pet photography, including photographs from Victorian cartes de visite, cabinet cards, and original glass plate negatives. Today's visitors will be able to participate by submitting a picture of their furry loved ones to become part of the exhibition.