“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!



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

100% Goat Approved
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