In her role as Chief of the Nottoway Indian Tribe of Virginia, Lynette Lewis Allston encourages and mentors
the citizens of the Tribe to embrace traditional creative art forms, while incorporating their contemporary interpretations. As the past President of the Rawls Museum Arts in Courtland Virginia, she strives to promote a broader appreciation of all art expressions in smaller communities, where resources are scarce.
Following a career as a small business owner, Lynette returned to her childhood home in Drewryville, Virginia. In the decades preceding her retirement, Lynette was a committed advocate for an array of community activities, commissions and boards in Columbia, South Carolina. These included serving on the Board of the Columbia Museum of Art (CMA), and a term as the Chairman of the CMA Commission.
In the spring of 2017, Lynette opened the intimate Gallery 1606 in Capron as an inclusive showplace for local art. Concurrently, Lynette organized the” 1st Saturday’s Artisan Market in Capron “as a free venue for the numerous local area artists and craftsmen.
As a result of wider outreach, Tribal artists have shown their work at various museums, art and cultural shows, demonstrated at cultural events, and enhanced the economic viability of their artistry. Lynette hopes her encouraging artists to step outside their comfort zone, to constantly refine their techniques, and to creatively market their talents, has had a meaningful impact in her rural community. Artists in her Tribe, and in her broader Southeastern Virginia community, have an enriched vitality to expand, develop and grow as artists.
She currently serves on the Board of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Southampton County Planning Commission and the Chairman of the Virginia Indian Advisory Committee. She is a graduate of Duke University with a degree in history.