Memorial to Miners – Sally Mook

Memorial to Miners – Sally Mook

“Coal Miners Memorial Monument at McCoy Community Park.” The monument itself has the names of 44 miners lost between 1905 and 1957.

Early Warning System – Sally Mook

Early Warning System – Sally Mook

Caged canaries have been used as detectors of potential danger in coal mines. An agitated, sick, dying, or deceased canary served as a warning for miners to leave the mine immediately.

Anguished Wait – Sally Mook

Anguished Wait – Sally Mook

This painting is based on a photograph taken by Howard Hammersley on April 18, 1946, at the site of the Great Valley Mine explosion in McCoy, Montgomery Country, VA.

The boy is 3-year-old Doug Breeden who waited with others until every miner was found. No dog appears in the photograph, but I added a dog to the painting as a source of comfort for the little boy as he waited.

Dudley Scott – Leslie Gregg

Dudley Scott – Leslie Gregg

Keeper Dudley Scott was passionate about keeping the stories of Southwest Virginia coal mining alive. He was an underground coal miner for much of his career. He eas a native of Pulaski County and  lived in the McCoy area of Montgomery County.

Detail Coal Wagon – Aileen Fletcher

Detail Coal Wagon – Aileen Fletcher

Interpretation of mining equipment on display on the Huckleberry trail at Merrimac. Lush vegetation grows around each rusting piece.

Coal Cart – Aileen Fletcher

Coal Cart – Aileen Fletcher

Interpretation of mining equipment on display on the Huckleberry trail at Merrimac. Lush vegetation grows around each rusting piece.

Merrimac Memories and History – Aileen Fletcher

Merrimac Memories and History – Aileen Fletcher

The collage contains several overlapping transparent images showing the transition from reality to history.   I felt it demonstrated the history of coal mining in Montgomery County. Coal mining has now disappeared but was a thriving industry early in the 20th century.

Two Appalachias – Judy Niehaus

Two Appalachias – Judy Niehaus

After thirty years of admonishing biology students at Radford University to “draw exactly what you see,” I had had enough of super realism and now paint in abstract and impressionist styles. Oils are my favorite medium, followed by acrylics and the occasional water color or gouache. In my younger years my artistic pursuit was piano, and I gave a senior recital before studying for a career as a biochemist. My piano skills began to wane as I went into administration, and it would have taken years to recover, so upon retirement I took up painting instead.