Palette Art Gallery: Retrospective


October 27 2023 -March 23 2024


Photo credit D. D. Lester Collection Christiansburg Palette Art Gallery, 1964-08-13

The Palette Art Gallery was, according to a founding member, an attempt “to see good art in every home in this county and state.” Operated by a group of local artists pledged to support the gallery through the sale of their work, it opened in 1961 and is thought to be one of the earliest art galleries in the county. The gallery was located in a modest building a few miles outside of Christiansburg and captured tourist traffic along U. S. 11 prior to the completion of Interstate 81. The Palette Art Gallery helped launch the professional careers of several commercially successful artists including noted painters Vance Miller and P. Buckley Moss. After operating for more than three decades, the gallery closed in 1996.

Entrance to the Bank Vault at the Museum



Artwork on Display:

Artist Medium Title
Vance Miller Framed Print from Oil Painting Burrus Hall and Virginia Tech Drill Field
Maude Claxton Watercolor Two Gray Cats with Red Geraniums
Maude Claxton Oil Ocean Scene
Barbara Capps Oil on Canvas Unicorn
Barbara Capps Oil on Canvas American Indian woman
Barbara Capps Oil Black, Gray, Red Flowers
Barbara Capps Oil Yellow Rose
Rosalie Jurisson Watercolor Autumn
Rosalie Jurisson Watercolor House Going to [Claytor] Lake
Rosalie Jurisson Oil Yellow Iris
Rosalie Jurisson Oil Winter Scene
Rosalie Jurisson Oil White Amaryllis
Virginia Simpkin Watercolor Little River at Elliston
Virginia Simpkins Watercolor Landscape with Two Trees and Fence
Virginia Simpkins Watercolor Still Life with Wine Bottle