Sue Steele Thomas, photo courtesy of Radford ThomasOpening May 21, Automotive Elegance: Works by Sue Steele Thomas captures the excitement of sunshiny days and breezy afternoons cruising on the Blue Ridge Parkway. This artist’s bright and airy gouache paintings combine masculinity and femininity, machine and nature, with the elegance of Bentleys, Alfa Romeos, Jaguars and BMWs.
Thomas, a professor of art at Virginia Western Community College, has been painting automobiles since 1988 and has built a national reputation with her in collections around the country. Thomas holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Radford University and has a a BA from SUNY Fredonia. Thomas’s paintings have been featured in many publications around the world including Hemmings Sports & Exotic Car, Hemmings Classic Car, Octane, Automobile Quarterly, ASCOMAXX, Road & Track and Distinction magazines. In 2016, she received the Chairman’s Award at the Classic Car Club of America exhibit in Michigan, one of many awards she holds. You can see examples of her works at http://www.autofineart.com.
The Historical Society of Western Virginia will showcase Thomas’ works May 21 through Aug. 26 in the historic N&W passenger station on Shenandoah Avenue, which now houses both of the society’s museums, the O. Winston Link Museum and the History Museum of Western Virginia. A free opening reception will be held May 21, 2-5 p.m.