I'm so excited to finally finish up all my barn paintings and prepare them for display at the Delaplaine Arts Center in Frederick, MD! The show runs from February 3-25, 2018, and the opening reception will be Saturday, February 3, from 3:00 to 5:00 PM. I will be giving an artist's talk during the reception when we'll discuss my paintings, their meanings, processes, and inspirations. There will also be another artist showing work in an adjacent gallery, and visitors will be able to enjoy both openings and artist talks.
We'll also present the Shenandoah County Historical Society's newly-formed Shenandoah County Barn Program, and talk about their goals and my vision for establishing a fund to support it. It is my greatest desire for the fund to one day be substantial enough to grant financial assistance to barn owners for maintenance and preservation of these beautiful but obsolete structures. I am trying everything I know how to make that a reality for us, the future residents of Shenandoah County, and those who find solace and rejuvenation by visiting! While it is uncertain at this beginning stage, how extensive fundraising will be, at the very least any donations received will be used towards the Historical Society's barn preservation program. So much depends on whether the public gets excited about the prospect of saving barns and wants to help!
To kick off this effort I will donate 20% of proceeds from all Barns of Shenandoah paintings to the Shenandoah County Historical Society's barn program, led by Shenandoah County Historical Society board member, John Adamson. For questions regarding the program, please contact either me at email@example.com or John at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I would love to see you at this celebration of my finished body of work, the kick start to creating awareness of our barns' peril, and the possibility of doing something about it! Frederick is also a great town with many creative restaurants, shops, and located in a beautiful part of the country.
Hope to see you there!
PS. Oh, I also have published a catalog of the Barns paintings. If you would like to purchase one you can do so here!