Silent Auction & Talk at the Montgomery Museum

5-7 p.m. on October 20th

The Montgomery Museum of Art & History has partnered with Friends of the Huckleberry Trail to bring you Matt Gentry’s wonderful watercolors of the Huckleberry Trail. Through Matt’s generosity, the 14 original watercolors of the Huckleberry Trail are available through a silent auction happening now through October 20th. To participate, stop by the Museum to view the collection and place your bid.

Join us in person on October 20th from 5 PM – 7 PM for light refreshments and a talk given by Friends of the Huckleberry’s President, Beth Lohman, on the latest plans and projects for the trail. At 6:30 PM, the silent auction will close, and we’ll announce the winners at that time.

For more information on Matt’s work, visit the Friends of the Huckleberry Trail . The proceeds from the sale of his prints and artwork will go to support both the Friends of the Huckleberry Trail and the Montgomery Museum.

Matt Gentry

Trails, rivers, pathways — these outdoor settings provided inspiration for artist Matt Gentry’s upcoming watercolor display at the Montgomery Museum of Art and History. Come and view more than two dozen paintings on display through October.

The Blacksburg native began this leg of what he calls his “home grown journey” during the pandemic, sketching and painting outdoors (“en plein air”). Drawn to the places he loves most, Gentry began a series of watercolors along the New River. He and his dog, Toby, could be found immersed in the scenery at various locations on The Huckleberry Trail. Despite changing weather and light conditions, bugs and other distractions, Gentry enjoys the challenge and immediacy of painting in nature.

Matt and Toby at work

Gentry, a Roanoke Times photojournalist, has been a visual communicator for 40 years and his sketching experience goes back to high school, where he was a cartoonist for his Blacksburg High School newspaper, the Tattle Tale. He credits comic book illustrations as his earliest inspiration to sketch.

He is passionate about the value of public art. “Art displayed in public spaces demonstrates you care about your community,” stated Gentry. The Huckleberry Trail has been important to his family, and proceeds of the sales of the original watercolors will benefit the Friends of the Huckleberry Trail, a 30-year-old organization that works to maintain, improve and expand the trail. (Read the full article here)

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