News From Berryville Main Street

Budding Artists Through June 22

There is still time to stop by Berryville Main Street’s Fire House Gallery at 23 East Main Street to see the Budding Artists exhibit, hosting in partnership with Heritage Child Development
Center. About 80 pieces are on
display, all created by children—some as young as three months old.

Gallery Welcomes Watercolor Artist

Andrea Burke has been painting since 2000. While living in Sad Diego, she had take a watercolor class in 200 at the San Diego Art Museum. Since moving to Martinsburg, W.Va., in 2003, the Montana native has quickly become part of the regional artists community.

In addition to being the newest member of the Fire House Gallery and Shop in Berryville, Burke is a member of Washington Street Artists’ Cooperative in downtown Charles Town, the Potomac River Artists Guild, and a juried member of the West Virginia Watercolor Society.  She also is a member of the Valley Art Association and the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts (WCMFA) in Hagerstown, Md., and the Randolph County Community Art Center in Elkins, W.Va.

A self-professed “education junkie” — Burke’s resume includes a Ph.D in Metaphysics — Burke has  continued to work on her craft through studies with such local artists as Anna Hogbin, Leia Wood, and Kent Roberts as well as nationally known ones such as  Karlyn Holman and Laurie Goldstein-Warren.

Among her awards is an Honorable Mention in the 2012 West Virginia Water Color Society show.

Art of Making Art

The Fire House Gallery’s education series on the Art of Making Art continues July 21 with fiber artist Norma T. Colman. The series showcases live art demonstrations of every form—from sculpture to photography, and from stained glass to fiber. Visitors to the gallery are invited to watch artists work, asking questions about the materials or technique being demonstrated as they occur. By seeing as well as hearing about each medium’s unique requirements, program planners hope community members of all ages and backgrounds will gain a deeper understanding of what it takes to make a work of art. And why it’s worth doing so.

Colman creates visual images with fabric using traditional quilting methods of piecing and applique.  She also discharges dye, paints, and embroiders to enhance her design work which has been influenced by years of garment construction and alteration. In addition to wall hangings, Norma makes garments, accessories for wardrobe and home, and church banners to adorn people, places, and sacred spaces.

Her primary sources of inspiration are rural landscapes, daily life with family and friends, and stories of faith which springboard her work with just a word, quotation, or song.  Then she picks up the scissors, and the cutting begins.

The Fire House Gallery and Berryville Main Street are located at 23 East Main Street, Berryville. Gallery hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday 11am–3pm; and Friday 11am–5pm. For up to date information on gallery programs, visit

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