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May 15, 2017

70th annual art show, sale May 19-21 in The Plains

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The Piedmont Regional Art Show & Sale organizers expect 400 entries.
Grace Episcopal Church in The Plains will host its 70th annual Piedmont Regional Art Show this weekend.

Last year, 138 artists submitted 352 entries. Organizers expect 400 submissions this year.
“This is a wonderful show, because there’s so many different mediums,” says Susan Gibbs, last year’s Best in Show winner for “Sweet Fragrance,” an oil painting on canvas.

A Haymarket resident, Ms. Gibbs has entered work again in this year’s show.

Throughout its history, the art show has featured the works of artists of all media, ages and levels of experience, including the work of established professionals.

The late Rev. Harold B.W. Peters, rector at Grace from 1945 to ’64, and women of the church started the show in 1947. Seventy years later, the show and sale remains the church’s major fundraiser.

The show will kick off Friday, May 19, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. with the opening gala for artists and sponsors. The event continues from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

There is no admission fee the last two days, but donations are appreciated. Admission to the opening gala is complimentary to exhibiting artists and sponsors. There is a $15 admission charge for additional guests.  

This year’s jurists are Charlie Westbrook, Robin Hill and Diana Bunting.

Mr. Westbrook is an award-winning, self-taught, expressionist oil painter represented by Richmond-based Manchester Contemporary Gallery. He has been a Fauquier County resident since 1996.

Mr. Hill, who has a studio in Georgetown, is one of the world’s most distinguished bird painters and artists. His career has spanned five decades and three continents.

Ms. Bunting teaches at her gallery in Marshall. She’s a contemporary plein air painter. Her works hang in private collections in the U.S., Peru, Canada, Uruguay and Argentina.

Proceeds from the show benefit local ministries of Grace Church and help ensure the continuation of the show. This year’s show is in memory of Gail Matheson, whose support and dedication through the years helped make this event a success.

For more details, visit, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), check out the show’s Facebook page or call 540-253-5177, ext. 104.  
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