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August 17, 2010


Ray Matthews captured his memories of South Hill, Virginia on canvas for years and tucked the paintings away in his apartment. He worked low-wage jobs and continued to paint. It was when he sold one painting to the local general store to get some money for medicine for his mom that Janet Hubbard took notice and set out to meet Ray. She fell in love with his work and helped give Ray his very first gallery opening. She also convinced him to enter a prestigious local art show. Dick Gordon talks to Ray and Janet about their unexpected partnership, the art contest results and how they're dealing with the sudden popularity of Ray's work.

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