The Firehouse Gallery, Berryville, VA
 

Gallery Hours

Tues, Wed, Thu, Sat 11-3

Fri 11-5

The Fire House Gallery is an economic development project of Berryville Main Street and  is partially supported by funding from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

    

 



What Customers Are Saying About The Gallery ...

"I love having you here in town as a place to see -- and purchase -- wonderful local art.  We need MORE shops like yours!"
Lisa Adams Clarke County, VA

"A great asset to Berryville.  MUCH needed."
Carol T. Bayliss, Winchester, VA

 

CONTACT

23 East Main Street
Berryville, VA  22611
540-955-4001
info@firehousegalleryandshop.com

 

 

Fiber Artists Will Demonstrate 19th Century Weaving and Spinning Techniques As Part of Virginia’s Sesquicentennial Commemoration of the American Civil War

Demonstrations 12 noon to 3pm September 5th and 6th

Even as the war raged around them, women still had to manage their households including spinning yarn and weaving textiles for daily use.  Towels, bed linens, fabric for clothes – all of it either had to be made in their own homes or purchased from a friend or neighbor who made it in hers.

 

What is astonishing is the beauty and complexity of the work – much of it heirloom quality as those who attend this amazing demonstration will discover.

 

Visitors will see how cotton is spun into yarn; explore how a loom is set up and complex patterns, requiring great mathematical skill, are worked out on paper before being transferred

to the loom.

 

The cotton coverlet woven in the “overshot” pattern by fiber artist, Sue Groundwater will be on display both days.  Visitors will have a chance to meet the artist and learn more about  the art of weaving.   

 

Virginia Commission for the Arts Awards Town of Berryville Its Fourth $5,000 Grant

 Berryville Main Street’s Fire House Gallery to Benefit from the Funding

 Once again the Virginia Commission for the Arts said “YES” to the town of Berryville’s request for funding to support art in the community.

 Why is the town of Berryville interested in fostering art?

  Because art has proved a remarkably robust engine for economic development in US towns, large and small alike.

 As U.S. House of Representatives, Louise M. Slaughter put it “across America, cities that once struggled economically are reinventing and rebuilding themselves by investing in art and culture.  Both are proven catalysts for growth and economic prosperity.  [Non-profit] art businesses help cities define themselves, draw tourists, and attract investment.”

And she’s not alone in this conviction.

According to a study released in 2012 by Americans for the Arts, during the economic meltdown, the arts continued to be a boon, pumping billions of dollars into the nation's economy.

 According to the findings, during 2010, when the study was being conducted, the nonprofit arts and culture industry generated $135.2 billion dollars of economic activity—$61.1 billion in spending by nonprofit arts and culture organizations, plus an additional $74.1 billion in spending by their audiences.  This, despite the extreme economic challenges the country was facing at that time.   This economic activity had a significant impact on the nation's economy, supporting 4.1 million full-time equivalent jobs, and generating $22.3 billion in revenue to local, state and federal governments—a yield well beyond their collective $4 billion in arts appropriations.

 The data comes from a landmark study Arts & Economic Prosperity produced by Americans for the Arts. It is the fourth study of arts and cultural organizations, and their audiences, the organization has produced as well as the largest and most comprehensive of its kind ever conducted.

(To see how the arts influence both the culture and the economy in Clarke County go to: http://www.artsindexusa.org/where-i-live?c4=51043)

 These findings, of course, are no surprise to Berryville Main Street -- which is part of the Main Street movement started by the National Trust of Historic Preservation.  The goal of the program is to reinvigorate retail commerce in towns across the US through the creation of novel business enterprises capable of driving traffic and revenue to downtown historic districts.  

 In 2008, Berryville Main Street identified two distinct assets – a large base of talented and varied local and regional artists and a cherished building just waiting to be refurbished – it believed could be deployed for this purpose.

 Two years and a $100,000 fund-raising campaign later, the Fire House Gallery opened for business on January 9, 2010.

 Since then the gallery has hosted close to 20 “Art of Making Art” educational programs, featured live demonstrations of art-making from more than 25 artists; launched four Community Supported Art initiatives showcasing the work of twelve gallery artists; and conceived and created more than a dozen major art exhibitions.

 Funding from the Virginia Commission for the Arts helped make most of these programs possible.  So news of another 5K grant is good new indeed for the gallery.  Gallery artists, volunteers, and staff have already begun planning how they will use the funds to help underwrite a year’s worth of programs and events to celebrate the Fire House Gallery’s 5th Anniversary, starting in January.


Copyright 2009 by Berryville Main Street