Wilson Downtown Gallery: Dietrich Maune

Dietrich Maune: Selected Works

We are excited to welcome Dietrich Maune to the Wilson Downtown Gallery for October and November. Join us for our First Fridays Receptions October 7th and November 4th from 5-7pm. 

Meet Dietrich Maune

Dietrich Maune’s creative work focuses on our relationships with each other and the world as seen through the relationships of animals and their places. It often looks at how difference can exist together and how the needs of different species and their desire for each other are mutually beneficial and often supportive, even between species. We see ourselves in the work, either through our connection to pets and animals, or with each other.

His work has been exhibited in numerous solo, group and juried exhibitions and resides in the corporate collections of the Greenville Museum of Art, NC; DSM Pharmaceuticals, NC; Green Tree Financial, SD; Pouch Cove Foundation, Newfoundland; Rockingham Memorial Hospital, VA and Augusta Medical Center, VA among others; and private collections in Arkansas, Colorado, Maryland, Montana, New York, North Carolina, Tennessee, South Dakota, Virginia, Washington and London, England.

Dietrich Maune received his Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts from East Carolina University in Painting and Drawing and is a Professor in the School of Media Arts and Design at James Madison University.

Artist Statement

The animals I choose as subject in my work serve a variety of purposes. They are used much as a figurative artist might choose to represent the human form. But they also carry form and meaning which we can connect to through our lives and our relationships with pets and animals. The compositions are ultimately about relationships. Our relationships with others through the world around us and the relationships which exist within the animal world which we observe from a distance, and are often reflective of ours.

The images also capture a perspective of a place or event and at times an intimate view of the subject by focusing on singular forms in the landscape, or an iconic representation of the subject. Many of the works are actually complex stories about an event, object, or place, involving an animal, and its story. Although the painting may capture some of the complexity of that story, it may be as much about the energy and personality of those involved.

Join us for our First Fridays of the Valley Reception

October 7th and November 4th from 5-7pm

Light refreshments will be provided and a chance to chat with the artist (November only)

83 S. Main Street 
Downtown Harrisonburg

About Claire Wayman

Claire manages details of real estate contracts, coordinates social media and the Wilson Downtown Gallery, and keeps the team organized on a day-to-day basis. In her free time, she enjoys playing flute in various area groups and participating in local community theater.