Greene County Record: Firnew at 15, Sunday, May 6, 2018, 1-5 PM

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Photo by John Berry

We are pleased to share the following article written by by Pat Fitzgerald, Editor of the Greene County Record.  Thank you, Pat!

With a theme of windows, this Sunday’s “Firnew at 15” annual juried art and photography show will let hundreds of people look into the artists’ circle’s — and area high schoolers’ — creativity.

The centerpiece of the “Firnew at 15” show, which takes place from 1 to 5 p.m. May 6 at the Firnew Barn Gallery at 19 Wolftown-Hood Road in Hood, is Madison County resident John Berry’s 12-foot by 24-foot photograph of William Monroe High School Advance Placement art student Catherine Gausman.

“I have to say I have had my eyes on the silo for a while,” Berry said. “That’s about as big as you can go around here.

“One Thursday on the drive home from here to Sheetz, all this stuff went through my head,” he said. “I just had the idea of ‘wouldn’t it be cool if we had a window in the silo of where we were looking in at an artist at work. I’m thinking of 15 years of art here, and all the artists who have gone through here.”
After coming up with several ideas, he finally found one that was perfect. “Here in the last few years we’ve been working more and more with student artists with all the high schools,” Berry said. “I thought, ‘what if we’re working in at a young artist at work?’”

Though not wanting to focus on one person, he thought Gausman, who he worked with before, would be the perfect subject. And then he found the perfect window — the one from the red house on the hill by Firnew.

“When I took the photos of her looking in the window, it actually ended up being … one of her looking out. She’s at work on an art piece,” Berry said. “I wasn’t sure you would see her face in the final photo, but the one that I chose – from far as I am concerned – is perfect.”

In addition to highlighting the works of more than 30 local and regional artists, this Sunday’s show will showcase student artwork from Madison, William Monroe and Woodberry Forest high school students.

In addition, Woodberry Forest Fine Arts Chairman Kelly Lonergan will have some pieces of his works in the show. He’s also putting together 30 small pieces of work from his art students that’ll create a bigger picture. “It’s a lot of little pieces that get put together [to make] a large piece,” said Trish Crowe, Firnew Farm Artists Circle founder.

Naturally, Sunday’s show will feature works in various media – oil, photography, watercolor, pottery, jewelry and mixed media. “This group is working at such a high level, it just takes your breath away,” Crowe said of the group’s artists from Greene, Madison, Fluvanna, Fredericksburg, Louisa, Albemarle County, Culpeper and Rappahannock.

“The other part I think is so exciting is that the people who come here [are those] who have been coming,” Crowe said. “I love that kind of local support from the community that says, ‘I wouldn’t miss this for the world’ because they’ve also watched all the artists grow.”

At least 800 visitors – if not 1,000 – are expected at Sunday’s show. The show also will include music by Madison County resident Toni Clare at 1 p.m., a May Pole dance by Grymes Memorial School students at 2 p.m. and a presentation of Firnew’s Tucker Hill Memorial Scholarship recipients at 3 p.m.

Refreshments from Sombrero’s Mexican Cuisine and Snow Mountain Ice Cream and Kettle Corn will be available for purchase.




3 Directions: Paintings by Leslie Barham, Chee Kludt Ricketts and Richard Young.

Art Show at Noon Whistle Pottery

Opening Reception, Saturday, April 7, 2 – 6 PM

328 Main Street, Stanardsville, Virginia

Studio 6 River Distrist Artists

Our space with the River District Artists (located on Rt 211 at Hazel River Art & Antiques, formerly Ginger Hill Antiques) is spiffed up with new furnishings and paintings on display, as well as a table for our visiting artists to sketch or paint. Drop by and see us if you’re near Sperryville or little Washington! Address is 12625 Lee Highway, Washington, VA.

Photograph courtesy of Carole Pivarnik


Middle Street Gallery, Washinton, VA

An invitation to the Middle Street Gallery, Washington, VA. Solo and group shows in the new gallery right next door to the Inn at Little Washington.

Solo show by Rosabel Goodman-Everard, Doodling in the Dark, and group show featuring Mary Allen and other Middle Street Gallery Artists.

Through January 14, 2018

Middle Street Gallery, 325A, Middle Street, Washington, VA.

Painting by Rosabel Goodman-Everard




Painting Virginia: Invitational Exhibition
Wayne Theatre Gallery, 521 W Main St, Waynesboro, VA.

Exhibit runs through February 25, 2018, and features six premier Virginia artists who work in plein air: Shay Herring Clanton, M. Stephen Doherty, Christine Rooney, Chee Kludt Ricketts, Peg Sheridan and Jeffrey Stockberger.

Their works highlight Virginia as a land rich and abundant in natural beauty with mountains, valleys, forest, rivers, streams and ocean landscapes.

“There is a determination and enthusiasm demonstrated in this work to capture a mood or emotion, a fleeting moment in time where the visual imprint was interesting enough to follow the creative process through to completion,” curator Elizabeth Moss said. “The exhibit allows the viewer to explore the Blue Ridge Mountains, travel through the fields, forests and waterways of Virginia and celebrate each of the artist’s unique point of view and passion for the natural world.”

Chee Ricketts’ painting, “Reaching the Summit”.

Chee Ricketts: Painting Virginia Exhibit

Chee Ricketts: McGuffey Art Center Holiday Show and Sale

Chee Ricketts, participating artist in the Holiday Show and Sale at McGuffey Art Center, through December 31st.

Reception with snacks and drink on Friday, December 1st from 5:30-7:30 pm.

The December members’ show is full of wonderful winter gifts! Get a jump start on holiday shopping, the show is open early and runs  to December 31st.  This show is CASH & CARRY so you can take your art with you when you buy it- also that means NEW ART will be rotating so keep visiting us this month! In December we are open on MONDAYS too so it’ll be easier for y’all to visit.