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The Byrne Gallery is proud to present “April Allegro,” recent still life and landscape oil paintings by well-known Virginia plein-air painter, Robert Thoren.  This new exhibition for the month of April features impressionistic landscapes that showcase the seasonal beauty of Northern Virginia.  Piedmont farms, vineyards, Potomac river are some of the subjects. Also included are works from recent painting trips to Paris, France and San Miguel de Allende in Mexico. Still lifes, florals and several street scenes round out this very diverse exhibition.  There will be a special reception for the artist on Saturday, April 10, from 4-7 p.m. and all are invited to attend. The exhibit will begin on April 1st and continue through Sunday, May 2. It is open to the public and everyone is invited to attend.

Robert Thoren
An avid proponent and practitioner of plein air painting, Robert Thoren has relished the opportunity to paint the Northern Virginia landscape, particularly the lush terrain of the Shenandoah Valley. Before moving to Virginia in 1993, Robert studied with teachers closely associated with the late Russian emigre impressionist Sergei Bongart, whose work was featured in a show at the Frye Gallery in Seattle together with that of fellow emigres Nicolai Fechin and Leon Gaspard.

Robert’s paintings emphasize strong design, vivid color and the employ of dramatic brushstrokes. His artistic goal is to suggest spontaneity while maintaining a firm mastery of drawing and painting techniques. In his many still lifes, Robert celebrates the Bongart school’s focus upon color and its ability to transform everyday objects into scenes of powerful emotion.  Robert is an active member of the Washington Society of Landscape Painters. 

Please come to visit the Byrne Gallery to see and enjoy April Allegro an exhibit beginning on April 1st and continuing through May 2nd. The Byrne Gallery is located at 7 West Washington Street in Middleburg, Virginia. Gallery hours are Monday and Tuesday by appointment only, Wednesday through Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday noon-5 p.m. Contact the Byrne Gallery for more information at (540) 687-6986.