Art in Our Community

72nd Annual Piedmont Regional Art Show and Sale

May 17-19, 2019
Grace Episcopal Church, The Plains

Now a firmly established and very popular tradition in the Piedmont, the Piedmont Regional Art Show and Sale is looked forward to by artists and art lovers alike every May. Averaging about 316 entries over the past six years, this year’s honorary chair will be Lilla Orhstrom. Guests will be welcomed to Grace Episcopal Church’s beautiful hall filled with original creations by local artists in a variety of mediums. Throughout its history the art show has featured the works of artists of all ages and levels of experience, including the work of established professionals.

Inspired by the Reverend Harold Peters, an artist himself, the first art show at Grace began as a project of the Episcopal Church Women and was held in 1947. Today, the show and sale has grown to involve volunteer efforts of the entire parish. The show and sale is a major fundraiser for the church, benefitting the church’s many ministries and the future of the show.

Kitty Dodd of Rapidan won Best in Show last year for “Serenity,” her colored pencil portrait of a cow. Growing up in Detroit, it was at the city zoo that Dodd fell in love with animals and the art of illustrating them. She plans to enter at least three pieces in the Piedmont Show this year, two of which will have a chicken as the subject; one in oil and one in pencil. Art is an emotion for Dodd, a true passion. “Art should be approached with an open mind, and finding the parts in the composition that make you happy … and doing them,” she says. “I love the show at The Plains, I’m impressed with the way it’s set up. I’ve been showing there for six or seven years now.” This year, the Best in Show winner will receive a prize of $500.

Last year paintings in oil or acrylic took center stage, with Dana Thompson taking home the first-place ribbon in the oils category for “A Look Back,” and Louann Larkin winning in watercolor for “Hollyhocks.”  David Gardner placed first in photography for his depiction of the 13th-century Valle Crucis Abbey in Wales.

Among this year’s jurists are Robin Hill, Marci Nadler, and Claudia Pfeiffer. Hill is one of the world’s most distinguished watercolor bird painters, who, during a career spanning five decades, has expanded his repertoire to include many oil portraits of dogs, farm animals, wildlife, still-life, landscapes, and other subjects. His first exhibition of bird paintings, hosted by the Australian Galleries in Melbourne, was a critical and commercial success. He also has written and illustrated several award-winning books on nature. The Aussie-born artist/naturalist relocated to the United States in 1971, establishing studios in Middleburg and Washington, D.C.

Nadler is a contemporary colorist painter working in oils, acrylics, watercolor and ink. Her paintings straddle a fine line between representational and abstract. Her work in varied mediums has won many awards and is in private collections throughout the U.S. Her paintings have also been exhibited at American embassies overseas. She currently works from the Bunting & Nadler Gallery in Marshall, VA.

Pfeiffer has a 20-year background in fine art and exhibitions. She has been the George L. Ohrstrom, Jr. Curator at the National Sporting Library & Museum in Middleburg since the position was underwritten in 2012 by the George L. Ohrstrom, Jr. Foundation. She is the former director of Red Fox Fine Art gallery in Middleburg, VA.

Schedule of Events:

May 17, 6-8:30 p.m. Opening Gala
Complimentary for artists and sponsors. Additional guests are welcome at a $15 admission charge.
The show and sale takes place May 18, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and May 19, noon to 4 p.m. There is no admission fee, although donations are gratefully accepted.

Grace Episcopal Church
6507 Main St., The Plains, VA
540-253-5177, Ext. 104. 

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