Art at Belle Grove show underway

MIDDLETOWN- Roughly 75 paintings, by three local artists, Wayne Laws, Sally Veach and Kelly Walker, are on display for Belle Grove’s annual Art at Belle Grove show and sale.

Kristen Laise, executive director, said while the plantation barn is undergoing renovation, the show and sale will continue inside the historic home.

Artist Wayne Laws, of Severn, Maryland, said his interest in painting began as a young boy. Working mostly in acrylics, Laws paints a wide range of subjects including landscapes, floral, portraits, whimsical themes and still life.

“I take pictures of things I see, mostly in nature, put them together and create,” Laws said. “I don’t like to do just one thing. I like to mix it up. I think that’s what helps me define my artistic talents.”

Sally Veach, of Woodstock, will present her abstract, expressive barn series, “Barns of Shenandoah County, ” along with other abstract works of art from her collections. A portion of the sales from the barn series will go toward funding barn preservation in Shenandoah County.

Kelly Walker, of Front Royal, will present a wide selection of her work including landscapes, fruit,  vegetables and animals. Working with various mediums, Walker is known for teaching adults and children at The Studio on Main Street in Front Royal.

“I think the best part of this year’s show is the fact that artistically we’re all different,” Laws said. “We each touch on a different medium that somehow comes together in this beautiful plantation home.”

That uniqueness is something Laise said keeps the community coming back each year.

During the exhibit and sale, visitors will have the opportunity to meet the artists Saturday during Belle Grove’s Meet the Artist party. Admission is $25 and includes appetizers, wine, beer and live entertainment from Shenandoah County musicians Bill Foster and Don Crigler.

Walker will conduct two art classes at Belle Grove during the show. At 10 a.m. Saturday, Walker invites artists of all ages to participate in Wildflower Painting. The fee is $30 and includes supplies. At 2 p.m. Sunday, she will teach an adult class on the steps to create a landscape painting as participants paint the view from Belle Grove. The fee is $35 and also includes supplies.

On Sunday, Laws will be on site painting and will speak with visitors about his works and artistic process.

Belle Grove’s Manor House will maintain its regular touring hours, Monday through Saturday, with tours beginning 15 minutes past each hour. An admission fee applies to view the house. Visitors can opt out of the home tours if they wish to only see the art.