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Meet Marian Van Landingham, Nancy Reinke and Pat Barron

Thursday, July 12, 2012


Renown Art League Artists Provide Legacy for Future Artists

Through the sale of their work and their many artistic and non-artistic contributions to the Art League, these three artists provide a rich legacy for future generations of Art League artists. The following is re-published from The Art League's website, with its permission.

Marian Van Landingham
In 1974, Art League president Van Landingham proposed a project that would renovate the City-owned, former U.S. Naval Torpedo Station into working studio spaces for artists. With the lease on its Cameron Street space expiring, The Art League was looking for a new location. After the renovation of the new art center, the League rented one-fifth of the space for its gallery and school. The success of the Torpedo Factory helped to launch Van Landingham’s political career as representative to the Virginia House of Delegates. After a 25-year career in the Virginia House of Delegates, Van Landingham returned to her studio in the Torpedo Factory where she continues to work on her large-scale oils and enamels. The Art League was the recipient of her large body of silkscreen prints from early in her career. Van Landingham is still active in The Art League and Torpedo Factory community.

Nancy Reinke
Nancy Reinke, Art League member and Torpedo Factory artist from the very beginning, displayed her prints and paintings in studio 5 of the Torpedo Factory Art Center, known for its homey and eclectic decor. The subject matter of her artwork included thoughtful portraits and unique etchings and woodblocks. She was famous for her complex woodblock prints of oriental carpets that required multiple intricately carved blocks of wood. Her great sense of humor was evident in many of her works. Reinke exhibited extensively in many public buildings, including the Library of Congress and the State of Virginia Legislative Building. Her work is represented in numerous corporate and private collections including the Hilton Corporation and the Marriott Corporation. Commissions include the American Institute of Architects and the Folger Shakespeare Library. The Art League was the recipient of her work after she passed away in 2009.

Pat Barron
Pat Barron, beloved Art League instructor, long-term Torpedo Factory artist, and Membership Chair of The Colored Pencil Society of America Inc is well-known for her colorful, engaging, and thought-provoking artwork. Barron received her training at the University of Missouri, Hochschule fur Bildenende Kunste, Corcoran School of Art and American University. She is currently retired and living with her family in California. The Art League was the recipient of much of her work.

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