Belle Grove to host art show

Belle Grove Plantation will host the annual “Art in the Barn” show from Aug. 5 to Aug. 7.

Kristen Laise, executive director of Belle Grove Plantation, said this is their third year for this event, but this will be the first year the event has been expanded to a full weekend.

The art show and sale will feature more than 130 works by 46 regional artists. Works will include paintings, drawings, pottery, along with unique photographs, glass pieces, quilts and jewelry.

Laise said they hold this event “to raise funds for Belle Grove’s preservation and education programs and to support local art and artisans.”

The weekend-long event will begin with a preview party from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 5 where the artwork will be displayed and sold during a private auction. The party will also include live music from Five of a Kind Bluegrass Band, along with appetizers, beer and wine. The sunset can also be seen over the Allegheny Mountains. Tickets are $25 per person and are available at, the Museum Shop or by calling 540-869-2028.

The artwork will continue to be displayed from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 6 and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 7. Free demonstrations will also be held Aug. 6 and 7 that will last 30 minutes to an hour with time allotted to speak with the artist. There is no fee to view the art show or attend the demonstrations.

Below is a schedule of events for Saturday and Sunday:

Saturday, Aug. 6, artist demonstrations
• 10 a.m. – Neena Jhaveri will give a talk on how she makes her unique pressed flower pottery and fabrics, some of which use flowers from Belle Grove’s garden. She will have her items for sale all day on the lower level of the Manor House.
• 11 a.m. – Martha Mobley will do a watercolor demonstration in the 1918 Barn
• 1 p.m. – Beth Christy will do a mixed media demonstration in the 1918 Barn
• 1 p.m. – Dee Dee Volinsky will be doing plein air painting on the property all afternoon

• 3 p.m. – Julia Read and Cindy Redmon will do a watercolor demonstration in the 1918 Barn

Sunday, Aug. 7, artist demonstrations
• 2 p.m. – Christy Dunkle will do a jewelry making demonstration in the 1918 Barn
• 3 p.m. – Patricia Whiddon will do a scratchboard demonstration on the lower level of the Manor House
• 4 p.m. – Kim Strader will do a coiled basketry demonstration in the 1918 Barn

Throughout the event, Belle Grove’s Manor House will remain open for tours beginning at 15 minutes past each hour. The last tour on Saturday will be at 3:15 p.m. and the last tour on Sunday will be at 4:15 p.m. An admission fee applies for these tours.

Art in the Barn will be held in Belle Grove’s red, 1918 Bank Barn located behind the Manor House at 336 Belle Grove.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or