Celebrating 30 Years!

Silent Auction benefiting Blue Ridge Arts Council
(Bidding Concludes September 29, 2017 12 noon)
Save Our Gateway (Circa 2005) By Artist Patricia Windrow

THE CURRENT BID AS OF THIS POST  (September 19) IS $700!!

The owner of this painting, who wishes to remain anonymous, has offered this piece to the Blue Ridge Arts Council as a fundraising item – the proceeds will benefit our ongoing programs. The painting was created by Patricia Windrow around 2005, and donated by Patricia for a raffle benefiting Save Our Gateway, a local non-profit organized to protest the building of a Wal-Mart on the corner of 522 (Winchester Road) and 55 (Strasburg Road). If you are interested in learning more about the history of the Save Our Gateway Committee, please visit http://www.saveourgateway.com/.

You can view the work in our gallery located at 305 East Main, Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm, and leave your bid on the auction sheet displayed with the item. Please remember to leave your name, bid price, and a contact phone number or email. It is crucial that we be able to reach you once the bidding ends if you have the winning bid. If we do not have complete information your bid will be invalid. You can also contact the office at kcrump@blueridgearts.org or 540.635.9909 to continue bidding. We will update the bidding on Facebook, so you can follow the progress there as well.

 

Flora and Fauna,  An exhibition of work by Patricia Windrow

Opening Reception Sunday, September 10, 2017
2:00pm to 4:00pm with program at 2:30pm

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Opening Reception

Sunday, September 10, 2017 2pm to 4pm

Hors d’oeuvres by Element and Desserts b y Joan Kay, The Woodward House on Manor Grade

Music by Jimmy Gaudreau, mandolin, and Moondi Klein, guitar

This second annual exhibition of paintings by Patricia Windrow (1921-2013) brings together two of the Front Royal artist’s favorite things to paint: flowers and fish. Known widely for her keenly observed floral paintings, Patricia Windrow produced a series of large paintings (measuring four feet square) of single blossoms – roses, iris, bromeliads – a number of which will be included in this show. She also took great pleasure and care in making wooden sculptures of various kinds of fish. A realist painter, she created highly detailed Piscean pieces which are accurate as well as decorative. These colorful and quirky items will punctuate the show.

The exhibition will also include work by the three winners of this year’s Patricia Windrow Young Artist Awards. The winners are Savannah Long, a graduate of Skyline High School; Cheyenne Jenkins, a graduate of Warren County High School; and Cameron Lower, a graduate of Warren County High School. The awards consisted of a cash prize of $500 and a gift card from Michaels Stores worth $200. The awards were presented May 24 and 25 at Warren County High School and Skyline High School at each school’s senior awards ceremonies.

About Patricia Windrow

Patricia Windrow was a master artist who lived and worked in Front Royal. Largely self-taught, Windrow mastered her craft through keen observation, hard work, and constant effort. She modestly called herself “an American painter,” and she produced thousands of works of art. She ran her own gallery on Main Street to which an appreciative public came, looked, and bought. She was born in London in 1921, and died here in 2013 at the age of 91. That year, the Mayor and Town Council “in recognition of the manifest and numerous contributions of Patricia Windrow Klein to the community as a whole,” proclaimed September 12 as “Patricia Windrow Day” in the Town of Front Royal.