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Martinsville Bulletin: A Creative Life -- Henry County art teacher's work highlighted in competiton

Martinsville Bulletin: A Creative Life -- Henry County art teacher's work highlighted in competiton

April 4, 2017

MARTINSVILLE-The money wasn’t what interested her about the contest. Sure, winning hundreds of dollars would be nice, but that’s not why Mercedes Fleagle entered the art competition at Roanoke’s Taubman Museum of Art.

Instead, it was the draw of having a piece of art created by her own two hands in a recognized art museum that motivated the Fieldale-Collinsville Middle School art teacher to submit her work.

The museum recently held its first juried triennial, called “Homeward Bound.” Artists of all types from across the commonwealth were encouraged to submit their material for consideration, with Bradley Sumrall, chief curator of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans serving as the judge. A triennial is an art competition that occurs every three years. With this marking the first year, the next one will be in 2020.

Fleagle created the piece she submitted, “Deliverance,” in 2016. The work, which took three days to complete, is made of graphite on hand-stitched Dura-Lar, a transparent graphic film.

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