Tuesday, April 5, 2016

April Showers Bring . . . Art Shows!

April is looking like an artsy, busy month! Three art shows, and one plein air event, all in Virginia for a change! The first place I took two paintings, one oil and one pastel, for a show, was the England Run Libray in Fredericksburg, VA. That will be the Virginia Equine Artists Association's Member Show, which runs into May.

"Fire" - pastel

                                          "Dock Dog" - oil, 30"x42"
"Dock Dog" & "Bend in the River I" waiting to find a place on a wall at 
Art at the Mill, in Millwood, VA
Temporary hanging on the weekend when everyone brought their artwork
The second place is Art At The Mill, at the Burwell Morgan Mill, in Millwood, VA. This show, 2016 being the 26th year, runs twice a year, and is a fundraiser for the Clarke County Historical Society. It is an amazing show, with usually about 1,000 pieces of artwork, from 300 artists! April 23-May 8. If you haven't been to Art At The Mill, or to Millwood, you really should try to get there. Millwood is a tiny village, that time has forgotten, right off of Rt. 50, outside Winchester, VA. You can see wonderful artwork, get some wonderful food at The Locke Store, which was built in 1836. You can sit outside the store, or take your amazing food, and wine or beer if you want it, to sit at picnic tables on the gorgeous grounds of the mill.

"Patriotic Truck - oil, 5"x5"

 The third show, is the first show of the Village Artisans of Port Republic, which will be held April 28-May 1 at the newly renovated Town Hall in the middle of the village of Port Republic, VA. This show will highlight artists and artisans, musicians, food and other wonderful things made by people living in the village of Port Republic, or who have Port Republic addresses. We are planning to hold four shows during the year, April, July, October and December, 2016. I will have have paintings there, as well as some fiber art. I will also be playing music with our group, the Countryside Garage Band, on Sunday, May 1, 2:00-4:00. I hope to see you there!

"Fire" - pastel

The last event is another new event, put on by the Beverly Street Studio School in Staunton, VA. They are starting a new plein air painting festival, the 
Queen City Plein Air Festival, April 22-24. There will be many well known artists painting around Staunton, as well as a Quick Draw event, which I will be particiaping in on Friday, April 22. The paintings will be done that day, then offered up for sale. Hope to see you there too!

So, lots going on just in April! Come enjoy our beautiful Shendandoah Valley spring, and some wonderful artwork! 

Burwell Morgan Mill, Millwood, VA

"The Beast" - oil, 16"x20"

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