Grace Episcopal Church in The Plains has announced the return of the Piedmont regional art exhibition and sale, after the COVID-19 pandemic forced its cancellation in 2020.Normally a spring event, the exhibition of This year’s art showcasing 250 works of art will be held from October 22 to 24 in the Parish Hall of Grace Episcopal Church, located at 6507 Main Street in the Plains. This will be the 73rd art exhibition since it was first held in 1947. The exhibition serves as a fundraiser for the church and a showcase for area artists to display their work, according to a press release from the church.
This year’s show opens with a gala on Friday night from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on October 22. Admission is $ 15 per person. The event is free for artists and sponsors. The show is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, October 23 and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, October 24. Entrance to the show is free. Proof of a COVID-19 vaccination or proof of a negative PCR test within 72 hours is required to attend the gala or show.
Over the years, the art exhibition has showcased the work of regional artists of all media, ages and levels of experience, including the work of established professionals. Prizes are awarded to the winners in the categories oil or acrylic, watercolor, graphics, photography and other media. Art can be purchased by guests.
Local artists Debbie Cadenas, Lilla Ohrstrom and Patricia McMahon Rice will be judged among the nominees for this year’s show. Cadenas studied art at university, but it wasn’t until she moved to Middleburg in 2004 that she began to paint in earnest. She says Virginia’s scenic countryside and the sheep and horses in her pasture inspire her works. Cadenas chaired the Middleburg Arts Council and was the founder of Foxes on the Fence, an art exhibition in Middleburg.
Ohrstrom resides in the plains where she is the Creative Director of Youngblood Art Studio and the principal art therapist. She studied at Parsons School of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, and Skidmore College’s University Without Walls. She completed a Masters in Art Therapy and has a private practice in Art Therapy at The Plains. Ohrstrom’s preferred medium is clay, but she experiments with metal, wire, plaster, paint and paper.
Rice is an award-winning artist specializing in fine art oil paintings in the classical realist tradition. Rice is an active member of the Portrait Society of America, the International Guild of Realism, and the Oil Painters of America.
More information about the art exhibition and the Grace Episcopal Church is available at www.piedmontartshow.org and www.facebook.com/artshowatgrace. Telephone 540-253-5177, ext. 104. A gallery of the works of the winners of the 2019 exhibition can be viewed at https://www.gracetheplains.org/2019-art-show-winners-gallery/