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What’s Going On?- Artist Talk with Nancy Polo

September 24, 2021 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

What do a school bus and a sea monster have in common? What would you say if an artist answered COVID? Nancy Polo’s show “What’s Going On?” (September 1-30, 2021) is the artist’s attempt to make sense of Covid 19. There’s a long history of artists employing their work to record and process global health events. Art related to plagues date to the first century. The Antonine or Galen plague took place across the Ancient Roman Empire, and may have struck in Eastern Han China. It’s estimated to have killed five million people. The physician for whom the plague was named, Galen of Pergamon, was a pioneer of medicine. His image did not appear until the early 6th-century in a group portrait in an illuminated manuscript.

Art related to plagues was often made many years after the threat of the disease receded. We don’t have that luxury today. Response to the quarantine has varied. To fully comprehend the isolation, anxiety and fear related to COVID, it can be helpful to look at works of art. “The Danger Within” was painted by Polo a month after quarantine began. The idea for this painting came from a desire to understand how Corona 19 compared to other historic pandemics, in particular the plagues that came to Europe in the 14th and 17th centuries. Four versions of the artist sit across from each other, playing a game of poker under a chandelier that is modeled on a microscopic image of the pathogen.

Come to a talk with the artist Nancy Polo in a closing reception on September 24 to understand how her creative expression in watercolor was her art therapy for COVID. The artist will explore the major themes in her collection of paintings. There will be time to ask questions after a 40-minute presentation.

Ticket Prices & Info:

General Admission- $10

All Tickets are General Admission. Kids 12 and under get in free.

Advance Price tickets available until 3:00 PM the day of the scheduled concert. Tickets may be purchased in advance either online or by calling the Barns of Rose Hill Box Office at (540) 955-2004 (open 12-3 PM, Tuesday through Saturday). If you call when our Box Office is closed, please leave a message and we’ll return your call within 24 business hours.


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Your safety is important to us. We are  following the CDC and Virginia state recommendations for public events.

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Where are you located?

We are located in downtown Berryville, Virginia between the Rose Hill Park and the Berryville-Clarke County Government Center / Clarke County Library. View Map & Directions »

Where do I park & is it free?

Free parking is available next door at the Berryville-Clarke County Government Center / Clarke County Library / Barns of Rose Hill parking lot. View Map & Directions For Details »


September 24, 2021
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
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Barns of Rose Hill
95 Chalmers Ct
Berryville, VA 22611 United States
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