Patricia Williams’ Solo Show at Touchstone Gallery

Ode to Pi Day, Watercolor, 26″ x 22″

Firnew artist Patricia Williams invites you to her second solo show at the Touchstone Gallery.

Touchstone Gallery, 901 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC
August 30 –October 1, 2017
Ordered Complexities New Paintings by Patricia Williams
Opening Reception ▪ Friday, September 8, 6-8:30 pm
Meet the Artists ▪ Saturday, September 23, 1-4 pm

“Both science and art have to do with ordered complexity.” –L. L. Whyte, 1957

In 2015, a lively discussion of Pi Day (March 14, based on π’s value of 3.141592…) inspired Patricia Williams to paint a π pie. This led to a series of works that seek to translate mathematical and scientific principles into paintings that express the essence of a concept. Whimsical and colorful, the paintings integrate the artist’s lifelong fascination with science, math and creativity in all its forms.

“Creativity is one of the most basic traits of humanity, but we articulate it in different ways, depending on our inclinations and abilities,” Ms. Williams says. “I hope that art people will gain a little appreciation for math and science and that math and science folks will enjoy seeing their subject matter portrayed as a different kind of art.”

The paintings are comprised of layers of transparent watercolor and watercolor pencil or water-soluble graphite on Multimedia Artboard™, a rigid paper substrate. In some paintings, intense colors and murky darks all but obliterate the underlying text. In others, wispy lines of water-soluble graphite are punctuated with jolts of color. The paintings are driven by content, but content is secondary to the interplay of color and form.


“A View with a Room” Exhibit and Opening Reception


Please join us on Friday, September 8, 5:30 – 7:30 PM, for the opening reception for “A View with a Room” at Woodberry Forest School. 

Exhibit dates: August 28 – October 29, 2017.
Gallery hours: Mon – Fri, 9 AM – 5 PM & Sat – Sun, 1 PM – 5 PM

Firnew member and photographer John Berry is our featured artist. “A View with a Room” will showcase two of his 8′ x 12′ life size prints of cows. After the exhibit is over, John will install the prints outdoors, on buildings or as freestanding pieces.

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.


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.

The Central Virginia Watercolor Guild’s 26th Annual Exhibit

We are proud to announce that Firnew Farm Artists’ Circle will be well represented at The Central Virginia Watercolor Guild’s 26th Annual Exhibit at the McGuffey Art Center, Charlottesville, Virginia.

Paintings by Trish Crowe, Sue Linthicum, Caroline Planting, Chee Ricketts and Susan Stover have been juried into the show. Congratulations.

Friday, September 1: Opening reception and announcement of awards
4:30 pm: Gallery Talk (on second floor) by juror Steve Fleming
5:30-7:30 pm: Reception in the main halls of McGufffey Art Center.

In the words of juror, Steve Fleming, long time instructor at the Art League in Alexandria, Virginia, “Good art is the result of hard work and dedication. It only happens when the artist finds his or her own story to tell and then learns to do so with his or her own unique language.”

Bath County, Virginia, Arts Association Annual Show

For several years, Firnew artists have participated in the Bath County (VA) Arts Association annual art show. This year’s 54th annual show was no different.

Congratulations go out to the following Firnew artists for their recognition at the show:

ELINOR HOPKINS AWARD: Mary Allen, Best Flower, watercolor
GEORGE & MARY BEACH MEMORIAL AWARD: Trish Crowe, Best Iris, any medium
Honorable Mention: Former long-time Firnew artist Lou Messa, Acrylic Painting

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.

Awards: Trish Crowe, Sue Linthicum and Chee Kludt Ricketts

Congratulations to Trish Crowe, Sue Linthicum and Chee Kludt Ricketts.

The judges of the 70th Annual Piedmont Art Show in The Plains, VA awarded Trish 1st Place for her watercolor painting “A Styria Interlude”, a scene from Styria, Austria (photo attached) and Sue honorable mention for her oil painting “Gnarled Tree”.

A Styria Interlude

Chee’s Dreamer’s View, watercolor on canvas, received a purchase award and was sold at the 5th Annual Art Speaks by the Bay Juried Exhibition at the Bay School Community Arts Center in Matthews, VA.

Dreamer’s View