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 21st

Firnew at Fifteen: Sunday, May 6, 2018

Hood, Virginia – April 9, 2018 – Celebrate Fifteen Years of creativity and community with the Firnew Farm Artists’ Circle. Join us for our annual juried art and photography show on Sunday, May 6, 1–5 pm, at the Firnew Barn Gallery. The show will feature works of art by more than 30 local and regional artists, all from Virginia, working in varied medium – oil, photography, watercolor, pottery, jewelry and mixed media. You will be delighted by our show’s offerings, all of which share our ongoing artistic exploration as individual artists and collectively as a group.

From Firnew founder and director, Trish Crowe, “Our focus is the natural Virginia Piedmont landscape that surrounds us. It is the perfect muse. It is line and color. It is ever changing and precious; and each artist has a unique and individual response to it. We are proud of our growth throughout these 15 years. The old milking parlor was turned into The Studio, which also served as a Gallery to host our early shows. As the circle of artists grew, adding more painters and photographers, the barn and silo were converted into an exhibition space where the annual spring show is now held.”

Photographer John Berry takes his passion for large prints to a higher level. “Firnew at Fifteen” features 2 large outdoor installations. John takes a photograph, prints it in large sections (on adhesive backed paper), and installs it in sections. Our invitation features his 12 foot by 24 foot silo installation photograph. John’s second outdoor installation is a surprise – folks have to attend the show to see it!

This year we will showcase student artwork from Madison, William Monroe and Woodberry Forest High School students. You will be amazed and inspired by the talent and creativity of these young artists.

The show will also include music by Madison County resident Toni Clare at 1 pm, a May Pole dance by Grymes Memorial School students at 2 pm, and presentation of the Tucker Hill Memorial Scholarship recipients at 3 pm. Refreshments from Sombrero’s Mexican Cuisine and Snow Mountain Ice Cream and Kettle Corn will be available for purchase.

The show is free and open to the public. Invite family and friends on Sunday, May 6th, 1–5 PM. Firnew Barn Gallery, 19 Wolftown-Hood Road in Hood, VA.


Studio 6 at River District Artists, Washington, Virginia

We are proud to once again be a part of River District Artists at their new location in Washington, VA.

Studio 6 features paintings and photographs by Maria Festa Carter, Trish Crowe, Anne Dean, Larry Patterson, Carole Pivarnik, Jon Perry, Stephanie Mendlow, Janice Dunn Rosenberg, Ida Simmons and Patricia Williams. Also featured is turned wood functional art by Mike Pivarnik of Tulip Hill Woodworks.

Stop in and visit Studio 6, River District Artists, in The Shops at Ginger Hill Antiques located at 12625 Lee Highway, Washington, VA. Open Studio and Gallery Hours: Thursday through Monday 10 am to 6 pm.

Photographs courtesy of Carole Pivarnik.

Congratulations to Firnew artist Sue Linthicum.

We are proud to announce Sue’s painting “Chickens” was juried into the The 38th Annual Virginia Watercolor Society’s Exhibition 2017. Of 470 paintings submitted by 200 artists, 81 paintings were selected for inclusion in the exhibition.  Sue is also a member of the Central Virginia Watercolor Guild and the Virginia Watercolor Society.

The 38th Annual Virginia Watercolor Society Exhibition 2017
Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, VA
October 14, 2017 through January 7, 2018

Mike Bailey, signature member of the American Watercolor Society and the National Watercolor Society and nationally known instructor and award-winning water-colorist, will serve as juror of the Exhibition.

2017 Tucker Hill Memorial Scholarship Recipients

The Tucker Hill Memorial Scholarship Recipients were announced at our 13th Annual Art and Photography Show “Virginia Threads of American Gothic” on Sunday, May 7th. The scholarships, given on behalf of the Blue Ridge Foothills Conservancy and the Firnew Farm Artists’ Circle, went to Lindsay Knights, Morgan Prior and Kristen Shifflett from William Monroe High School and Sarah Coates from Madison High School. Lindsay Knights will be attending the University of Virginia; Morgan Prior, Old Dominion University; Kristen Shifflett, James Madison University; and Sarah Coates, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Tucker Hill was a printmaker who excelled at expressing his talents in the form of making monotypes of the Piedmont landscapeAfter Tucker’s death in 2010, his business partner Robert Tierney donated many of Tucker’s prints to Artist Cory Caulfield. Cory sells the prints and the monies go to finance the scholarships. Tucker’s legacy lives on through the scholarships, and we are grateful for the generosity and support of Robert and Cory.

One of our Firnew photographer’s, John Berry, captured the special moment.  In the foreground: Trish Crowe, founder and leader of FFAC, and her granddaughter.  Back row, from left: Beth Laine, William Monroe High School Art Teacher and Lindsay Knights, Morgan Prior and Kristen Shifflett from William Monroe High School and Sarah Coates from Madison High School.



May 7th: Virginia Threads of American Gothic

We thank all who attended our 13th Annual Art and Photography Show.

Firnew member John Berry created a wonderful video capturing the events of the day.  It features the bluegrass band Pickin’ Daisies, the May Pole Dance by Grymes Memorial School Students and the award of the Tucker Hill Memorial Scholarships to Madison senior Sarah Coates and to William Monroe seniors Lindsay, Knights, Morgan Prior and Kristin Shifflett.