Berryville Main Street

Jewelry Showcased in Art of Making Art Demonstration

Berryville Main Street’s Fire House Gallery offers its next installment of the Art of Making Art series, December 7, from 11am to 3pm at the gallery, 23 East Main Street, Berryville. The event features the jewelry of Christy Dunkle, Charmaine Jackson, and Linda Sinish.

Visitors are welcome to stop by the gallery, meet the artists and talk with them about their art and creative approaches to making it. The artists’ works will be for sale during the show—a fine opportunity to do a little Christmas shopping, points out gallery director Kate Petranech.

Light refreshments will be served.

The Art of Making Art is a series of live art demonstrations launched by Berryville Main Street with help from a grant from the Marion Park Lewis Foundation in 2010 to increase knowledge about art and raise appreciation for its value in our lives. Every form of art is explored from sculpture to photography and from stained glass to fiber art.  The monthly sessions are extremely informal.  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 from every background – will gain a deeper understanding of what it takes to make a work of art. And why it’s worth doing so.

The event is sponsored in part by a grant from the Virginia Commission for the

Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.


Gallery Holiday Baskets

Leaves have fallen and the smell of wood smoke floats on the country winds. The holiday season is coming. Time to visit Berryville Main Street’s Fire House Gallery for the annual seasonal gift basket.

“It’s guaranteed to delight family and friends on your shopping list,” said gallery director Kate Petranech.

This year’s holiday basket, which sells for $85 is once again filled with beautiful handmade items made by gallery artists, but, says Petranech, chosen with a slight twist. Instead of asking a jury to determine the contents, the gallery looked to customer preferences for direction, selecting four of the gallery’s most frequently purchased items for the basket.  These are the “crowd pleasers” the gallery can’t keep on its shelves, items like fiber artist Joyce Badanes’ tie-dyed bamboo cotton socks.

“Besides the socks,” said Petranech, “basket purchasers will find a stunning custom-glazed pottery vessel with lid by Robert Craig, charming hand blown lamp work earrings from jewelry artist Charmaine Jackson, and a distinctive hand-turned wine stopper by Terry Lund.”

In addition, Barns of Rose Hill, has donated a “Buy One Get One Free” voucher for an upcoming program at the beautiful performing arts center.

If purchased separately, the combined value of all these goodies would be $115.

“Historic Rosemont has provided a fabulous bonus gift to make the basket virtually irresistible,” said Petranech. All purchasers will be entered in a raffle to win “Tea for Two” at the historic home including a tea with all the trimmings plus a private tour of the rooms.  This alone is valued at $120.

You can give the entire basket or separate the items to make four gifts. And if you win the bonus gift? “Reward yourself and a special someone with an afternoon of pure enjoyment at one of the most beautiful, and historic, spots in Clarke County,” said Petranech.

Only 15 baskets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Stop by or call the gallery at 540-955-4001 to reserve a basket.  Payment by credit card or check must accompany the order.

The gallery’s 2013 Holiday Basket initiative is sponsored in part by a grant from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.