An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until November 9, 2019
The Byrne Gallery in Middleburg is proud to present “Blue Ridge Harmony,” a new exhibit for the month of October that celebrates Gerald Hennesy’s latest oil on canvas landscapes of verdant pastures, woodland views and the beauty of the Virginia countryside. This exciting one-man exhibition will showcase local scenes of both Loudoun and Fauquier counties and feature Goose Creek, the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Sky Meadow and the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers. There will a special reception for the artist on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 4-7 p.m. and all are invited to attend.
Gerald Hennesy is 98 years young and paints in his studio every day. For this special October exhibition, he has just completed a large-format oil on canvas painting entitled “Blue Ridge Meadows.” This majestic and ambitious work spans 72 inches in width and is 48 inches high. It is the centerpiece of the show and embodies the reason why people love to come to enjoy the Virginia countryside. The open expanse to the Blue Ridge Mountains through the foothills is unencumbered by buildings or mankind — just nature as we first found it long ago. It inspires our desire to conserve the landscape for future generations to admire and revere. The entire exhibit has that awe-filled quality that lifts the heart and spirit.
Hennesy paints in an impressionistic style, working both in plein-air and in his studio. A master of composition and the landscape, it is important that the subject he has chosen for the painting is exciting to him, so it will then also be exciting and interesting to the viewers of his completed work. Once a scene has been selected and the composition sketched in, Gerald paints rather rapidly, while attempting to achieve a freshness of color and expressiveness in his brushwork. He is particularly concerned with depicting the effect of light on his landscapes.
His work has been exhibited widely in commercial and museum galleries including the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Georgia Museum of Art, The Corcoran Museum of Art and the Smithsonian Museum. His paintings are in numerous private, corporate and public collections, including the U. S. House of Representatives, the State Department, the Maryland State Mansion, the DAR Headquarters and the American Legion Headquarters. He is listed in “Who’s Who in America” and “Who’s Who in American Art.”
The autumn season is a time for enjoying cooler weather, taking a drive to admire the changing season and stopping to enjoy the view. This exhibit of “Blue Ridge Harmony” will give you that feeling even on a rainy day. Please come see us during October and early November when your travels bring you to Middleburg!
The show will begin on Oct. 2 and continue through Nov. 10.
Contact the Byrne Gallery for more information at 540-687-6986. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. through 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and Sunday noon through 5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday are by appointment.
The gallery is located at 7 W. Washington St.