Firnew at Montpelier: Plein Air Art, Summer 2020

Collaboration between Montpelier President and CEO Roy F. Young II, and Firnew Founder and Director Trish Crowe, has opened the door to Plein Air Art at James Madison’s Montpelier on the beautiful grounds outside. We meet, ‘socially-distanced,’ on the Montpelier grounds on Thursday’s during the summer. An Artists’ Reception is planned, more  details to follow.

The land and its history has been the muse of the artists, so Montpelier could not be a more perfect venue. Visitors to Montpelier will have the opportunity to watch artists at work. They may stumble along a painter in the field, or a photographer capturing nature in its glory, or the unfolding story being revealed by the archeological dig on site. Tintype photography, common during James Madison’s day, can also be experienced. It will be our pleasure to welcome you to our Firnew Farm Artists’ Circle in a new and timeless place, Montpelier, the circle ever expanding.

We now number close to 40 phenomenally inquiring and productive artists, representing 10 counties in Virginia, working in varied media: watercolor, acrylic, oil, photography, mixed media, pottery and jewelry making.

Photographs courtesy of Larry Patterson.

3 thoughts on “Firnew at Montpelier: Plein Air Art, Summer 2020

  1. Diane Gulick says:

    May I join you at Montpelier the first Thursday in August?

    I have painted with watercolors for thirty years.

    I have photographed with Nikon for even forty years.

    My degree from Mary Washington is a BA in Historic Preservation.

    You can see why I would enjoy joining you in August.

    My contact information follows:

    Diane Gulick
    Rowleywren Cottage
    236 Winchester Street
    Warrenton, Virginia 20186
    (540)347-9186
    gulickdm@earthlink.net

    • Diane, you are welcome to join us on Thursdays from 10-4. There is a $10 entry fee per visit, unless you have a membership to Montpelier.

      Bring your lunch and join us at the Picnic area behind the Visitor’s Center at 12:30. Following lunch, We do a critique session at 1:15

      Best,
      Deb Erickson

    • Diane, you are welcome to join us on Thursdays from 10-4. There is a $10 entry fee per visit, unless you have a membership to Montpelier.

      Bring your lunch and join us at the Picnic area behind the Visitor’s Center at 12:30. Following lunch, We do a critique session at 1:15

      Best,
      Deb Erickson

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