Art at the Barn brings changes to annual auction

Supporters of Belle Grove Plantation can mingle at the museum’s second Art at the Barn show and auction that focuses on more than 50 works by local artists beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday.

All of the artwork will be sold via silent auction except for one – a painting by Elizabeth McClung, Belle Grove Plantation’s former executive director . That piece will be sold at a live auction later in the evening.

Volunteer and outreach coordinator Karen Haizlett said that since the initiation of this event many years ago, other museums and venues around the area have followed suit by featuring the close-to-home talents of local artists. For Saturday’s show, many of the pieces depict the plantation itself.

“We have a good list,” she said. “It’s nice that local artists have a lot more resources to get their art out there.”

For a $25 admission fee that directly benefits Belle Grove’s education and preservation programs, guests can sample hors d’oeuvres and beverages and participate in silent auctions for more than 50 pieces in many different media. Part of the auction money will go to the artists and part will go to  Belle Grove.

A new element to the show this year is the option to purchase the artwork outright. If patrons would rather guarantee their purchase of a work, they may choose to buy it for a predetermined “buy it now” price.

The 1918 Bank Barn behind the Belle Grove Manor House provides a casual and rustic atmosphere to complement the casual dress code. This will be the second year Art at the Barn will actually be held in the barn — previously it was called “Art by the Glassful” and held in various different venues, some outside of Belle Grove.

Strasburg-based bluegrass band Five of a Kind will perform, and attendees can enjoy a relaxed evening with a view from the barn’s sliding doors and discussion with other patrons and some of the artists.

“It’s definitely more laid back – it’s fun because you have the freedom to look at all the work,” Haizlett said. “It’s a different kind of crowd. The artists also come, so sometimes you can talk to the artists about their piece.”

Contact staff writer Rachel Mahoney at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or

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