Simms’ Work Featured in Black History Exhibit

The Purcellville Arts Council will celebrate Black History Month with a continuing show of paintings and historic memorabilia in the Train Station during February.

Lifelong Purcellville resident Reginald “Reggie” Simms, with a background in graphic art, has a longstanding affinity for National Geographic magazine. During his formative years, racial segregation prevented Simms from using the public library, but he learned that he could see the world through the pages of the magazine. Simms’ photo-realism style provides vivid acrylic on canvas depictions of the iconic magazine covers.

Joining Simms’ paintings are the various literary and memorabilia collections of his brother Larry Simms, a retired high school history teacher. His collection of books on African-American culture, history and the arts will be on display, as well as various culturally significant memorabilia.

The Lincoln Preservation Foundation has provided historical panels and a model of the Grace Church restoration project. History and memorabilia will be on display and members will be available to discuss the project.  Further information on the Grace Heritage Center can be found at lincolnpreservation.org.

A reception will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 18. Hours for the exhibit are Fridays, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Saturdays/Sundays, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission is free.

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