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
Caroline Banks Planting
Sara Lee Schneidman
Nan Mahone Wellborn