Since opening in 2010, the gallery has received recognition for its inspired design and funding to support its work. Here are just some of many important milestones we are proud to share.
Commission member Betsy Fields commented on the architecturally sensitive manner in which the building had been remodeled, using funds from a grant from the Town, a grant and loan from Clarke County, and many private donations from individuals and businesses within the community. She commended the not-for-profit for not only creating a retail destination showcasing local artists, but also for offering programs that educate the public about the visual arts and history of the area.
The gallery, one of only 12 projects selected, was recognized as an example of how to grow in ways that respect local character, create livable communities, complement historic resources, and conserve natural assets.
“We seek to honor projects that show successful innovation right here in our backyard,” said Sara Hollberg, author of VCC’s book, Better Models for Development in the Shenandoah Valley 2010. “Each developer and each community has choices they can make that will help keep the Valley a unique, beautiful, and vibrant place even as we continue to grow and prosper. These projects and many like them demonstrate these better ways to develop.”
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Main Street program in Virginia, the state’s Department of Housing and Community Development identified “25 Treasures of Main Street.” The gallery was chosen as a top spot for arts and crafts in Berryville, describing it as a “new beacon of cultural activity” made possible by a strong partnership among local governments, Berryville Main Street, citizens, and the arts community.
Berryville Main Street received a $1,500 grant from the Marion Park Lewis Foundation in 2011 to launch a Saturday arts’ education series, which continues today. Entitled “The Art of Making Art,” the program features live art demonstrations throughout the year ranging from oil painting to wood-turning by gallery artists.
Knowing art to be a powerful economic engine, proven to drive traffic and revenue to downtown historic districts, The Town of Berryville applied for the grant to support Berryville Main Street’s Fire House Gallery initiative. The funding has helped the gallery create dozens of events and activities, attracting over 10,000 visitors since opening in 2010.