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Becky Parrish’s Floral Artistry

Spring Peonies, 30″ x 24″, oil on panel 

Becky Parrish’s paintings are featured in the spring 2014 issue of The Piedmont Virginian.

A self-described contemporary impressionist, Parrish is best known for her floral paintings.

“Her paintings convey an honesty, a simple beauty to be found in expected ways, through flowers or vegetables, for instance, but also beauty found in unexpected objects—old tools, cans, jars, a beat up old chair,” Greg Huddleston, associate editor and author of the Art Gallery section of The Piedmont Virginian, said.

Her art shows are clearly successful. She recently sold five out of six paintings exhibited at a opening reception at Warm Springs Gallery in Charlottesville.

For a glance at her beautiful paintings, visit our website:  or pick up a copy of the spring issue.

To learn more, visit


Historic Garden Week 2014, right around the corner

Glenbrook, Loudoun, by Missy Janes, Stone Barn Photography 

April 26 to May 3 marks the annual historic garden week in Virginia. Almost 200 private homes and gardens will be open for 31 separate tours across the state. Stroll through scenic gardens while you celebrate spring. For 81 years, the grounds of some of the Commonwealth’s most cherished historic landmarks have been restored or preserved using proceeds from the tour including Mount Vernon and Monticello.

Hickory House, Loudoun, by Missy Janes, Stone Barn Photography 

Notable locations in the Piedmont include:

Saturday, April 26

Old Town Alexandria

Clarke County and Winchester (also open Sunday)

Orange County: Gordonsville

Charlottesville: Morven

Sunday, April 27 and Monday, April 28

Albemarle: Charlottesville

Middleburg and Upperville

Tuesday, April 29

Fredericksburg: Caroline Street

Charlottesville: University of Virginia

Tickets may be purchased at any tour location throughout Virginia on the day of the event. Prices vary from $15 to $40 per tour. For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit:

This year, the Albemarle Garden Club celebrates its 100th anniversary with several locations open for tours including Redlands, Esmont and Bellair Farm. Morven Estate , the gardens at Monticello and the University of Virginia’s Pavilion gardens will also be open for tours.

Read about Garden Week in old town Gordonsville in our new spring issue. Preview the article on our website:

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