“Coming Together” Fall Show – People’s Choice Award Winners

Congratulations to the winners of “Coming Together” People’s Choice Awards, a Memorial Recognition in honor of late artists Tucker Hill and Diana Fackenthal.

Richard Young of Madison, Virginia was selected as the first place winner for his oil painting, “Distance Ridges”.  Two artists tied for second place; Leslie Barham of Stanardsville, Virginia for her mixed media piece, “Sheltering Tree” and featured artist, Richard Wyvill, of Fredericksburg, Virginia for his oil painting “January, Wolftown Road”.

Photographs courtesy of the artists

Distant Ridges by Richard Young

Sheltering Tree by Leslie Barham

January, Wolftown View by Richard Wyvill




“Coming Together” 6th Annual Group Art and Photography Show at Woodberry Forest

Firnew Farm Artists’ Circle’s 15th year of creativity and artistic exploration continues. We are “Coming Together” with our artists and our community for the 6th Annual Group Art and Photography Show at Woodberry Forest’s Walker Fine Arts Center: Baker Gallery, from August 27 through October 27. The artist reception is Saturday, September 8, from 5:30 – 7:30 pm.

The show, an on-going collaboration between Firnew founder Trish Crowe and Woodberry Forest School art teacher Kelly Lonergan, will feature over 80 pieces of art from 35 local and regional artists from Virginia, working in varied medium; oil, photography, watercolor, jewelry and mixed media. Richard Wyvill, the featured artist, will exhibit several large oil paintings and the Firnew artists have come together to create a large composite piece made up of 36 12” x 12” unique canvases.

From Trish Crowe, Firnew founder and director, “As we celebrate our 15th anniversary as a group of artists and our 6th anniversary exhibiting at Woodberry Forest, it is fitting to recognize Richard Wyvill as one of our earliest Firnew Artists’. He joined us in 2004 while still working in D.C. and for years drove weekly from Arlington to paint with us in one of the most beautiful spots in the Piedmont.

His commitment to his practice is paralleled by the signature quality of his work. He works primarily in palette knife, often plein air, and you know immediately this painting is Richard’s.

His humor and intellect are part of the mix of what makes the Firnew Farm Artists’ Circle unique. We are delighted to ‘Come Together’ and share all our work with you.”

In Richard Wyvill’s words, “My landscapes are chronicles recording what I see in the Virginia countryside. I attempt to instill some mystery into the painting so as to portray the feelings that I have. While these paintings are only silent witnesses, our memories and imaginations can move into these canvas landscapes and recreate the half-remembered places. And when the muse is working, the sense of place flows with the paint, and these scenes become so real that although we may not know where they are, we know we have been there.”

A People’s Choice Award will be announced at the end of exhibit. Visitors are encouraged to cast a vote for their favorite piece of artwork. The award honors the late Firnew artists Tucker Hill and Diana Fackenthal

Mary Allen
Leslie Barham
John Berry
Maria Carter
Trish Crowe
Anne Dean
Bonnie Dixon
Tony Ford
Frances Lacy
Sue Linthicum
Kelly Lonergan
Stephanie Mendlow
Larry Patterson
Jon Perry
Carole Pivarnik
Caroline Banks Planting
Terry Pratt
Cheryl Ragland
Chee Ricketts
Janice Rosenberg
Mack Rowe
Sara Lee Schneidman
Bertha Scholten
Ida Simmons
Susan Stover
Patricia Temples
Gail Trimmer-Unterman
Tina Wade
Barb Wallace
Nan Mahone Wellborn
Beppy White
Patricia Williams
Claudia Wisdom-Good
Richard Wyvill
Richard Young

Mack Rowe Artist Reception Narmanda Winery


Narmanda Winery, New Artist Exhibit

LightSearch by Mack Rowe

Meet the Artist Reception, Saturday, August 18th, 2-5pm

43 Narmada Lane, Amissville, VA 20106

My search for the Light in visual imagery is the same as in my life. The Light is primary; it is positive. It is in all I do and create. So, it is in my Water Color Painting and in my Color Photography. My Search is always for the effective use of colors as well as the inclusion of dramatic darks to give life to those colors.

My photographs are created with non-digital technology and involve only extreme closeup lenses, traditional color film, and my personal judgment through the lens. The results please me as they take me into a special visual world.

My Watercolor paintings also reflect my search for Light and Color in the beauty of Virginia. The shift from film to watercolor and special paper has been both long and rewarding. It’s pure pleasure seeing the beauty of a painting take shape before me after considerable effort to communicate with highly changeable transparent watercolor paint.

Enjoy your trip into my visual adventures.

Mack Rowe


Chee Ricketts Artist Reception at Kilwaurwen Winery

“Central Virginia Cloudscapes’ watercolors by artist Chee Kludt Ricketts through September 30th.
Kilaurwen Winery Tasting Room on Sunday, September 16th, 3 to 5pm, for Meet and Greet Artist’s Reception featuring Chee Kludt Ricketts

Enjoy sipping on complimentary Kilaurwen wines and nibbling on a light assortment of snacks while admiring Chee’s beautiful artwork.

In addition to browsing her works, the reception presents the perfect opportunity to visit and talk with this wonderful artist, and perhaps you’ll find a piece or two you’d like to make your own!

To learn more about artist Chee Kludt Ricketts and her artwork visit her website – http://www.cheekludtricketts.com

The reception is free and open to the public!



Firnew at 15: Scholarship Awards and Photo Gallery

Silo Installation
100% Goat Approved
Photo by John Berry

The Firnew Farm Artists’ Circle Annual Art and Photography Show at the Firnew Barn Gallery, on Sunday, May 7th, was a great success with over 850 people in attendance. The show featured more than 70 pieces of studio work, traditional plein air painting, photography, jewelry and pottery.

From Trish Crowe, Firnew founder and director, during the award ceremony for the scholarship recipients, “Thank you to our artists. Special thanks to Alex Vargas and an extra special thanks to John Berry, our fellow artist and photographer who thinks BIG. The show is not just about the land, the community, family, school or creativity; but about the SPIRIT we bring to each of these. John Berry captured the amazing image of Catherine Gausman peering out of the silo, gazing for a split moment across the land, across her future .. but also beckoning us to the interior silo, the interior mind where all imagination takes place. I am pleased to announce that this year’s Tucker Hill Memorial Scholarship recipients are; Petra Tuzun, Catherine Gausman, and Adriana Taylor, all from William Monroe High School.

Pictured from left to right: Trish Crowe, Robert Tierney, Beth Laine, Petra Tuzun, Catherine Gausman and Anna Taylor. Photograph courtesy of FFAC photographer John Berry.

Other highlights included music by local musician Toni Clare, a May Pole dance, and artwork from Madison, William Monroe and Woodberry Forest high school students.

A photo gallery with several pieces from the artists of Firnew Farm Artists’ Circle.


Woodberry Forest’s 21st Annual Area High Schools Student Art Show

Artwork from Highland School, Madison County High School, Orange County High School, William Monroe High School and Woodberry Forest School

Woodberry Forest School Walker Fine Arts Center – Baker Gallery

Gallery Hours: Mon-Fri 9:00 to 5:00 / Sat-Sun 1:00 to 5:00May 7 – May 26, 2018

Reception: Thursday, May 10 6:30-7:30 pm

Woodberry Forest School Walker Fine Arts Center – Baker Gallery

Artwork from Highland School, Madison County High School, Orange County High School, William Monroe High School and Woodberry Forest School

Woodberry Forest is located 4 miles north of Orange off of Rt. 15

Woodberry Forest, VA 22989 (540) 672-3900 http://www.woodberry.org 21st