By StephenNielson – The Winchester Star
The Fire House Gallery has entered its fifth year of providing shoppers local art, and a new di-rector has taken over the gallery to move it into the next phase of its life. Amy Barley, 50, director of the Fire House Gallery at 23 E. Main St., said she has plenty of plans for the community art resource. Read More
Gallery visitors have been exploring the highlights of the gallery’s first five years – a novel economic development project created and managed by Berryville Main Street to drive traffic and revenue to the downtown historic district. This fascinating exhibit illustrates the growth and development of the gallery from a place which sells local and regional art to one which also enhances knowledge and appreciation for art in all our lives. Visitors will be amazed by the range and talent of the gallery’s “small town” artists’ and gratified by the way its events and activities have helped foster lasting ties across diverse groups within the community.
Congratulations to Fire House Gallery artist Anita Baarns who won the prestigious American Academy of Equine Artists Sporting Art Award at its Fall Open Exhibition. The winning oil on linen painting measuring 24″ x 24″ is entitled “VA Gold Cup.”
The American Academy of Equine Art, Inc. was established in 1980 by a group of ten distinguished artists, individually famed for their work on equine subjects. Their aim was to maintain a degree of excellence within the genre and to promote the academic representation of the equine form in drawing, painting and sculpture. Loosely based on the Royal Academy of Arts in London, the AAEA serves to educate and encourage a broad awareness and appreciation of contemporary equine art as a specific and distinctively worthy segment of fine art in America. Visit aaea.net for more details.
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 2014 grant to support Berryville Main Street’s Fire House Gallery initiative. The funding – also received in 2011, 2012, and 2013 — has helped the gallery create dozens of events and activities, attracting over 10,000 visitors since opening in 2010.