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.




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.


Firnew Farm Artists’ Circle 15th Anniversary

From Firnew photographer Larry Patterson:

For the last few weeks, there have been occasional hints about something big happening at Firnew. Here it is.

John Berry, a photographer in our group, has gone not big, but huge, to help celebrate the Firnew Farm Artists’ Circle 15th Anniversary. Over the last year or so, John has been printing big and large, with life-size creations of people, goats, and cattle. Obviously, life-size was not good enough for him!

This year also marks our 15th Annual Show. This farm is private property, and the only opportunity for the general public to see this project is to attend our show, on May 6, 2018, from 1-5 PM. The artwork from our approximately 30 artists will be on display and available for purchase.

As an added bonus, student artwork from Madison County High School, William Monroe High School, and Woodberry Forest School will also be on display.
(Photo by Larry Patterson)

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Sunday May 6, Spring Show Teaser

A message from Firnew photographer John Berry, March 1, 2018:

Testing complete….I think. Thanks to Jerry, and especially Sebastian for their help modeling for photos. As I’ve mentioned before, be sure to put Sunday, May 6 on your calendar. The real installation on the silo will be a lot bigger 😳. May 6 is your only chance to see this, and our show “Firnew at Fifteen”. The show features art by the Firnew Farm Artists of course, but also work by Madison County High, William Monroe High, and Woodberry Forest art students. We’ll have @ToniClareMusic ( there as well. Not to be missed. More to come. Stay tuned.

John Berry, Spring Show Teaser


Mystery Test Piece Revealed

Firnew photographer Larry Patterson shares another photo and message:

Remember that mess we posted two days ago? This is what is beneath it. Where does this take us? To the Firnew Farm Artists’ Circle exhibit ‘Firnew at 15’. You are invited to our 15th anniversary celebration on May 6, 2018 to see what this little test turns into!

Firnew Mystery Test Piece, Revealed