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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.

Appleton Campbell Earns 2014 Angie’s List Super Service Award

Appleton Campbell earned the service industry’s coveted “Angie’s List Super Service Award in Heating & Air Conditioning” for the fourth consecutive year. This award reflects Appleton Campbell’s exemplary year of service to the local and regional market place and members of Angie’s List.

Mike Appleton and Scott Wayland

Mike Appleton and Scott Wayland

Mike Appleton, president of Appleton Campbell, said, “We are honored to receive this award. Exceptional service is the cornerstone of Appleton Campbell’s business and what the Appleton Campbell team strives for every day.”

Angie Hicks, the founder of Angie’s List, said, “Only about five percent of the heating and air conditioning companies in the Greater Piedmont and Northern Virginia Region perform consistently well enough to earn our Super Service Award.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2014 winners have met strict eligibility requirements that include an “A” rating overall, a recent grade, and a review period grade. The company must be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check, and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

For more information about Appleton Campbell, visit their site

 

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: www.vagardenweek.org

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: http://www.thepiedmontonline.com/page.cfm/go/Old-Towns


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