Congratulations to Firnew artist Sue Linthicum.

We are proud to announce Sue’s painting “Chickens” was juried into the The 38th Annual Virginia Watercolor Society’s Exhibition 2017. Of 470 paintings submitted by 200 artists, 81 paintings were selected for inclusion in the exhibition.  Sue is also a member of the Central Virginia Watercolor Guild and the Virginia Watercolor Society.

The 38th Annual Virginia Watercolor Society Exhibition 2017
Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, VA
October 14, 2017 through January 7, 2018

Mike Bailey, signature member of the American Watercolor Society and the National Watercolor Society and nationally known instructor and award-winning water-colorist, will serve as juror of the Exhibition.

Awards: Trish Crowe, Sue Linthicum and Chee Kludt Ricketts

Congratulations to Trish Crowe, Sue Linthicum and Chee Kludt Ricketts.

The judges of the 70th Annual Piedmont Art Show in The Plains, VA awarded Trish 1st Place for her watercolor painting “A Styria Interlude”, a scene from Styria, Austria (photo attached) and Sue honorable mention for her oil painting “Gnarled Tree”.

A Styria Interlude

Chee’s Dreamer’s View, watercolor on canvas, received a purchase award and was sold at the 5th Annual Art Speaks by the Bay Juried Exhibition at the Bay School Community Arts Center in Matthews, VA.

Dreamer’s View

Leslie Barham and Patricia Temples

Congratulation to Leslie Barham and Patricia Temples!  Leslie’s mixed media piece “Hosta” and Pat’s photograph “Sunrise on Tangier Island” have been accepted into the 14th Annual Juried Art the Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community (VMRC) in Harrisonburg, VA.

Reception/Awards Presentation, Sunday, June 4, 2 – 4 PM,            Exhibit: Sunday, May 28 -Friday, June 30
Park Gables Gallery, 1491 Virginia Ave., Harrisonburg, VA

The show is an amazing variety of original, one-of-a-kind works of art by national artists demonstrating mastery of design, technique, and creativity utilizing a range of media. Thousands of people flock to the campus each year to view the show, purchase art and vote for their favorites.  If you are interested in seeing all the work in the juried show, please visit:…/2017%20Juried%20Art%20Exhibition%20-%….

Patricia Temples has a solo show of twenty-one photographs gracing the walls of Jack’s Shop Kitchen in Ruckersville, Virginia. Eric Bein, the owner/chef is a farmer, and he has a Farm-to-Table philosophy. Eric wanted artwork that would convey local farms and landscape.  Most of the photos are farm scenes. Stop in for a great meal at lunch or dinner, or for brunch, lunch or dinner on the weekends, and take a look at Pat’s photographs.




2017 Tucker Hill Memorial Scholarship Recipients

The Tucker Hill Memorial Scholarship Recipients were announced at our 13th Annual Art and Photography Show “Virginia Threads of American Gothic” on Sunday, May 7th. The scholarships, given on behalf of the Blue Ridge Foothills Conservancy and the Firnew Farm Artists’ Circle, went to Lindsay Knights, Morgan Prior and Kristen Shifflett from William Monroe High School and Sarah Coates from Madison High School. Lindsay Knights will be attending the University of Virginia; Morgan Prior, Old Dominion University; Kristen Shifflett, James Madison University; and Sarah Coates, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Tucker Hill was a printmaker who excelled at expressing his talents in the form of making monotypes of the Piedmont landscapeAfter Tucker’s death in 2010, his business partner Robert Tierney donated many of Tucker’s prints to Artist Cory Caulfield. Cory sells the prints and the monies go to finance the scholarships. Tucker’s legacy lives on through the scholarships, and we are grateful for the generosity and support of Robert and Cory.

One of our Firnew photographer’s, John Berry, captured the special moment.  In the foreground: Trish Crowe, founder and leader of FFAC, and her granddaughter.  Back row, from left: Beth Laine, William Monroe High School Art Teacher and Lindsay Knights, Morgan Prior and Kristen Shifflett from William Monroe High School and Sarah Coates from Madison High School.



May 7th: Virginia Threads of American Gothic

We thank all who attended our 13th Annual Art and Photography Show.

Firnew member John Berry created a wonderful video capturing the events of the day.  It features the bluegrass band Pickin’ Daisies, the May Pole Dance by Grymes Memorial School Students and the award of the Tucker Hill Memorial Scholarships to Madison senior Sarah Coates and to William Monroe seniors Lindsay, Knights, Morgan Prior and Kristin Shifflett.