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Style · May 12, 2019

72nd art show and sale this weekend in The Plains

Photos/Grace Episcopal
Founded in 1947, Piedmont Regional Art Show & Sale averages more than 300 entries.
Last year’s Best in Show winner, “Serenity” by Kitty Dodd of Rapidan.
The 72nd annual Piedmont Regional Art Show & Sale will take place this weekend in The Plains.

Grace Episcopal Church will host the event, which attracts hundreds of artists and art lovers, Friday through Sunday, May 17-19.

The show will open with a gala from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $15. Admission will be free for the rest of the show, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

A major fundraiser for the church, the show and sale netted $18,500 in 2018 for Grace’s ministries and the continuation of the event. Over the past six years, the show has averaged 316 entries in a variety of media — each an original work by a local artist.

Robin Hill, Marci Nadler and Claudia Pfeiffer will serve as jurists for this year’s show.

Mr. 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. 

Ms. 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 media has won many awards and is in private collections throughout the U.S. Her paintings have also been exhibited at American embassies overseas. She works from the Bunting & Nadler Gallery in Marshall.

Ms. 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 2012. She is the former director of Red Fox Fine Art gallery in Middleburg.

Lilla Ohrstorm is the honorary chairwoman of this year’s show.

Last year, Kitty Dodd of Rapidan won Best in Show for “Serenity,” a colored pencil portrait of a cow.

“I love the show at The Plains,” Ms. Dodd said. “I’m impressed with the way it’s set up. I’ve been showing there for six or seven years now.”

Last year paintings in oil or acrylic took center stage, with Dana Thompson taking home the first-place ribbon in that 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.

The show this year has added a $500 prize for the Best in Show winner.
The Rev. Harold Peters, himself an artist, inspired the Grace Episcopal Church Women to start the show in 1947. The show and sale has grown to involve volunteer efforts of the entire parish. Throughout its history the event has featured the works of artists of all ages and levels of experience, including the work of established professionals. 

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