New Beginnings

New Beginnings 10 amazing years! the Firnew Farm Artists have been putting on art shows. First, in the old milking parlor, now The Studio; then, the Barn Gallery … and now: our 2nd year at Woodberry Forest School in the Walker Fine Arts Gallery and Baker Gallery. “New Beginnings’ is our strongest and most diverse exhibition to date.

Leslie Barham’s Firnew muses are stunning in the center of the Gallery. Thank you, Alex Vargas, for creating and crafting the display case. Sharon Zarambo’s “New Beginning,” mixed media wonder – all 75 pounds of it! – wonderfully balances out the gallery space.

We were fortunate to have the ‘bonus’ gallery space display Pat Temples’ “Voices of the Land.” It is beautifully lit, and with internet connection; you can hear the Lamb brothers tell their stories of life on Fairview Dairy Farm.

When you enter the Gallery, notice John Berry’s “Molly” from OUTSIDE. She stands on the front porch in her hand-made red shoes with her violin just beckoning us into the space and wondering where she is going. What does the future hold? For her? For us?

Special thanks to Kelly Lonergan, head of Woodberry Forests’ art department, for his ingenious eye for arrangement, placement and masterful curatorial skills. What an honor to have this beautiful gallery space showcase all the Firnew artists’ art and photography.

Claudia did a great job laying out a local spread with Kites ham, Everona Farms’ sheep cheese, DuCard Vineyards red + white wines, Tina’s yummie apple bites and France’s real apples. Gail’s beautiful flower arrangements filled with Bertha’s zinnias that now grow at Firnew Farm graced the table.

All in all, “New Beginnings’ is a show to be proud of. Please continue to bring your friends and family until November 3rd.

Carole Pivarnik at MAD Arts

We are very pleased to welcome Carole Pivarnik as a Fine Arts instructor at MAD Arts. She will be offering several workshops over the next few months, starting with the following offering. Space is limited, so please register early.

Dog & Cat Portraits in Ink and Watercolor

Join us for a fun half-day workshop where you will paint a beautiful 8” x 10” ink and watercolor sketch portrait of your
own dog or cat from a photograph. Step-by-step demos followed by guided practice will lead you through a tried-and-true process for getting consistently good results. Along the way, you’ll get tips for creating a perfect likeness, achieving realistic textures and shading with line work and color, and getting a more painterly result with wet-in-wet brushwork.

When: Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Where: MAD Arts, 7353 S. Seminole Trail, Rochelle VA 22738
Time: 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Cost: $60

Experience: Participants should have basic familiarity with watercolors, including managing paint consistency, applying washes, and softening edges.

Supplies: The Supplies List is available at MAD Arts or by visiting the instructor’s Workshops page at