Recently, Gary Gillespie Israel, a good friend of Lalo and the son of well known artist Dorothy Gillespie, attended the opening of a major exhibition at the Taubman Museum of Art, formerly the Art Museum of Western Virginia, in Roanoke. Titled “Legacies: Honoring Artistic Luminaries from Southwestern Virginia,” the posthumous exhibition celebrates twenty artists who shaped the artistic landscape of the region. The entrance to the exhibition states:
The featured artists provided significant artistic contributions to the community from the 1800s to the very recent past.
Legacies honors artists who have departed this life and yet whose artistic achievements continue to influence new generations of artists.
In a recent letter to the Licksons, Gary said, “I really enjoyed the exhibition and learned so much about the artists from Southwestern Virginia. I know my mother would have been so happy to have her work among such artistic luminaries. I am also quite proud to have my mother’s art in such a prominent location.”
According to Della Watkins, Executive Director of the Taubman Museum of Art, “Your mother’s work surely does dynamically welcome guests.”
The Taubman Museum exhibition opened Saturday, August 27, and lasts through Sunday, January 22, 2017.