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An Art Exhibition to Remind Us of Warmer Days

Line Dance

“Line Dance” by Peter Corbin

“In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer,” the dour existentialist Albert Camus once wrote. This sentiment bears repeating. The heaps of snow Jonas left behind are melting, warm sunny days have mounted a counterattack, and Punxsutawney Phil recently voiced his support of an early springtime platform.

"Broad River Redfish"

“Broad River Redfish” by Peter Corbin

Together these signs point towards the coming spring. These hints are tantalizing; we close our eyes and imagine a warm breeze, only to open them and find ourselves in the car with the heat blowing out at gale-force velocities.

There is a cure for these seasonal delusions: art.

The National Sporting Library and Museum in Middleburg opened a new exhibit January 30th. “Line Dance–The Art of Fly Fishing” features the work of angler and painter Peter Corbin.

"Ligonier Point" by Peter Corbin

“Ligonier Point” by Peter Corbin

“How do you start a painting? Go fishing. Experience the awe. See the fish, the land, and the seascape. Take notes with your mind, camera, or sketch book. Gather all the information you can in every way you can,” Corbin says.

His works capture the ocean’s vibrant blues, the warmth of a cloudless sky, the excitement of reeling in a gleaming striped bass. His works show the influence of the Hudson River School, and capture the intensity of Winslow Homer’s seascapes.

For more information, check the National Sporting Library and Museum

1796573_10202889919310186_4960203201090092007_nMorgan Hensley is a recent graduate of William & Mary where he studied English and creative writing with an emphasis on poetry. He is the Assistant Editor of the Piedmont Virginian and enjoys writing about music and the arts.

Looking at Art in a New Way with Online Galleries

In The Same Boat, 24 x 30, Oil.

In The Same Boat, 24 x 30, Oil.

By Nancy Wallace

Technology is always changing; it seems like whatever skill I’ve acquired becomes obsolete by the time I get proficient at it. For example, blogs like this one are replacing websites as the go to place for up to date information.

Galleries are changing too. Artists can now easily take excellent photos of their work, post the images immediately, and even put their work into auctions on sites such as eBay,, and

The movement towards selling art online has picked up speed in the last ten years. In 2004, a fellow from Richmond, VA,  Duane Keiser, started posting a new painting every day on eBay with a few words about his process.  His success was contagious, and many other artists joined the “painting a day” challenge, posting on their blogs and sending  their work out for the world to see.

Beach Conversation, 14 x 18, Oil

Beach Conversation, 14 x 18, Oil

A benefit of galleries in cyberspace is that artists are able to keep their prices lower without the burden of steep gallery commissions. Because daily paintings are usually small (under 8 x 10 inches), many collectors will buy more than one painting.

For the buyer, a visit to any of these sites provides an array of work to choose from with easy to use built in filters to narrow the search. Looking for landcapes of a certain area, in a given price range? Click and browse. No obligation and lots of time to think it over.   For collectors, it can be entertaining and enlightening to read the blog post that provides a few sentences of information about making a particular painting. And it’s more personal; visiting an artist’s blog every day reveals who is behind the art.

I recently signed on to the the “painting a day” challenge and created a blog, (they’re free!) to go with it.  Visit my blog and my website.  Browse the online gallery daily at paintworks, and check out Charlottesville artist Paul Charlton.

On a Path to the Arts

Traveling the Piedmont north of I-66 from The Plains to Middleburg and out to Millwood, you will find the beautiful historic villages have preserved their charm and the glorious rolling countryside that lays between them.  This is horse country, hunt country, wine country, or some say, a culinary wonderland. What about art? Oh yes, there is art!

This region is home to a variety artists – authors, musicians, visual artists and performers. The Red Fox Gallery, The Sporting Gallery and The Byrne Gallery have been the visual art anchors in Middleburg for many years. Of course the Museum at the National Sporting Library is world-class.  Recent additions include the Middleburg Arts Project Gallery and the Artists in Middleburg Gallery.

In the Plains you’ll find artists Tom and Lina Neal’s Live An Artful Life Gallery, along with the Zig-Zag Gallery and Youngblood Art Studio. Millwood is “art” famous for its Art at the Mill each spring and for several years now has enjoyed contemporary art at the Duvall Design Gallery next to the historic Locke Store. So much art in these small towns.

Middleburg showcases several events in February. The Middleburg Arts Project Gallery will host “Beginnings” from February 6th thru March 15th, which features local emerging artists. The Middleburg Arts Council is sponsoring “On Main Street” at The Byrne Gallery from February 7th thru March 1st with artworks regarding America’s cultural icon, Main Street. The most popular one night art event of the month will be the Art of the Piedmont Art Auction & Reception, a benefit for Middleburg Montessori School. It is a wonderful art and social event to be held on Friday, February 20th from 5:30  to 8:30 pm at the Middleburg Community Center located at 300 W. Washington St. in Middleburg. A tremendous showing for the shortest month of the year.

This Piedmont region arts community is working hard to bring you local, regional and world-wide art for your destination experience. You can find all the art events on Come enjoy the arts with us!

Peter Wood is a local metal sculptor, founder of the Middleburg Arts Project and Chair of the Middleburg Arts Council. More about his art: Learn about the art events in the region at

SEPT 30 COLOR LECTURE AT THE ARTS CENTER IN ORANGE you are an artist, quilter, floral arranger or just struggling to choose the right color for a shower curtain … COLOR IS EVERYTHING! And, who better to learn about color harmony than from the man who wrote the book?

A full-time artist since 1996 and author of the book “Color is Everything“, Dan Bartges is a recognized expert on color, lecturing at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

Visit the VA H2O exhibit in the Morin Gallery at The Arts Center In Orange during August and September to see examples of his fine work in oil and his clear knowledge of color harmony.

A Hampden-Sydney grad, Bartges went on to earn an M. A. from the University of Richmond, and has studied under several prominent artists, at the Modlin School of Art (U. of Richmond) and the Studio School of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. He and his family live in Richmond.

The lecture on September 30 at 1pm is free, although a donation of $5 is appreciated.  The Arts Center In Orange is located at 129 East Main Street in Orange, VA and online at Hours: 10-5, Monday – Saturday. Funded in part by a grant from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

CONTACT: Laura Thompson
Executive Director
The Arts Center In Orange
129 East Main Street, P.O. Box 13
Orange, VA,  22960

h/t to Kush Arora Attorney at Law.

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