Belle Grove to hold annual Art in the Barn

Belle Grove Plantation will hold its annual Art in the Barn show today through Sunday. The event is a juried art show and sale with more than 100 works including paintings, drawings, pottery, baskets and jewelry by 40 regional artists.

Belle Grove Executive Director Kristen Laise said this is the fourth year for the event and it usually brings out a hundred people to the Friday preview party and a similar number for the weekend show and demonstrations.

She added that they are trying to grow the event to entice more people to stop by.

“They love meeting the artists and seeing the demonstrations,” Laise said.

The event will be held in Belle Grove’s red 1918 Bank Barn behind the Manor House in Middletown. Art in the Barn begins with a preview party from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday with a silent auction of the artwork. Live music from Five of a Kind Bluegrass Band and appetizers, wine and beer.

The event, which benefits the artists and Belle Grove’s preservation and education programs, continues throughout the weekend with artwork on display and on sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Artist demonstrations will also be held during the two days, and there is no charge to attend the art show or demonstrations. For the kids, a craft project is available.

If You Go

Tickets to the preview party: $25 per person and are available at www.bellegrove.org, the Museum Shop or by calling 540-869-2028. The art show and demonstrations on Saturday and Sunday are free.

Events Schedule


• 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Sunprint crafts for kids

• 10 a.m. to noon: Kelly Walker, acrylics

• Noon to 1 p.m.: Robin Palmer, colored pencil

• 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.: Bonnie Lane, alcohol ink

• 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Joani Stotler, oils


• 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.: Martha Mobley, watercolors

• 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.: Mary & Bob McIntire, jewelry making

• 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.: Wayne Laws, acrylics