First Friday Art Opening – Memory and Place by Joey Laughlin


Downtown Harrisonburg’s First Friday – June 1, 2018, 5 pm – 8 pm

Each month, we host a new artist in our building’s 2nd floor gallery at the Chesapeake Western Depot at 141 W. Bruce St. (second floor entrance is on Chesapeake). Artwork will remain on exhibit through the month. Come view the show and get a tour the Depot! We will have food and drink available!

First Friday Harrisonburg

Artist Statement:

Hi, I’m Joey Laughlin. I’m an architect by training and enjoy drawing and painting on the side. I began water-coloring a couple years ago to explore the dynamic of place through more than just a sketch. I enjoy the somewhat messy and unspecific process of water-color and particularly appreciate it as a lens to learn from and soak in qualities of space.

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Name of Show: Memory and Place

Each place is unique in quality and atmosphere. Even the same space exhibits different qualities when experienced over time or by different people. This show looks to explore the connection between memory and place through the use of ink and color. As a process, ink is applied with varying levels of specificity. Some lines have significant wiggle to them, while others are more specific. Following the ink, water and color are then applied with varying ranges of hue and saturation. Some pieces exhibit a single wash of color, while others boast a variety. Additionally, most pieces are also paired with an associated color study, which serves to explore the range of hues best representative of the place. As a collection, these works are used as a lens through which to observe, learn about, and remember uniqueness of place.

Type of Medium: Watercolor and Ink on Paper

Joey Laughlin’s artwork will be on display throughout the month of June.

View past gallery artists here:

May – Ellen Vanover

April – Aaron Zook

Massanutten Technical Center to Hold Auction

Massanutten Technical Center is holding a Community Day on Saturday, June 2, 2018. This will be a chance to eat good food, visit with students, shop at the community yard sale, play in the kid zone, enjoy the petting zoo, and get cool stuff at the Auction.

The auction will include refurbished automobiles, school surplus items, and a 1,400, square-foot 3 bedroom / 2 bathroom student-built house.

MTC Community Day

Massanutten Technical Center Student Built House featuring…

  • 1330 square feet
  • Attention to detail
  • Quality Construction
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Full Baths
  • Living Room
  • Separate Master Suite
  • Kitchen/Dining Area

This student built house is designed to set on a crawl space foundation or basement. It is offered with completed drywall and trim. All necessary inspections have passed to the satisfaction of the City of Harrisonburg, Virginia. The house is ready to put on your site. New owner must move house and get final inspections.

Minimum bid – $36,000

MTC House

As part of the MTC Foundation, we helped with some design elements of the house. We also partnered with Massanutten Technical Center on a modular classroom and restaurant services classroom remodel. Why support this school? It is a good question. We are facing a huge problem in the construction industry. Our skilled workers are aging out of the industry and young people are not entering the workforce at a rate that is sustainable. We are in need of carpenters, plumbers, electricians, and even painters. We have seen a large spike in labor rates recently as those in the industry are struggling to keep up with demand. Massanutten Technical Center is doing incredible work to train the next generation of builders, electricians, masons, and plumbers. Your support of this auction will give the faculty needed resources to guide these students into the future.