The Firnew Artists have had a creative and exciting year, hosting three exhibitions in 2021.

2021 Exhibitions from the most recent to the first:

Into the Light, an In Person and Virtual Exhibition in the Baker Gallery, Woodberry Forest School, August 28 – October 30, 2021.

We the Artists, an In Person and Virtual Exhibition in the Grand Salon at James Madison’s Montpelier August 29 – September 30, 2021.

Close to Home, a Virtual Art Exhibition in the Baker Gallery, Woodberry Forest School, March 15 – April 25, 2021.  View the Art & Artists Catalog and the Slideshow at Firnew Exhibits.

From Firnew Founder and Director, Trish Crowe: “Until early March 2020, before COVID-19, artists met weekly at The Studio at Firnew Farm and hosted two shows each year.  The Annual Spring Show in May at Firnew Farm, in The Barn Gallery and Silo and the Annual Fall Show at the Woodberry Forest School, Walker Fine Arts Center, Baker Gallery, September – October.  Both shows for 2020 were cancelled.

A new door opened in the summer of 2020.  Roy F. Young II, President and CEO of James Madison’s Montpelier, invited the Firnew artists to create Plein Air Art at Montpelier.

A bit of Firnew history. In 2003 I turned the old milking parlor into a studio and began inviting artists to join me on Thursdays.  We painted together and held an afternoon review and critique of new works on a weekly basis.  This small group became known as the Firnew Farm Artists’ Circle.  The milking parlor was turned into The Studio, which also served as a Gallery to host the early shows.  As the circle of artists grew, the Firnew Barn and Silo were converted into a gallery and exhibition space.

Firnew at present. The Circle now features over 40 artists working in varied mediums; watercolor, acrylic, oil, photography, mixed media, pottery, jewelry making, and fiber arts.  The focus is the natural Virginia Piedmont landscape that surrounds us.  It is the perfect muse.  It is line and color.  It is ever-changing and precious; and each artist has a unique and individual response to it.  It is my great fortune to share this community with such talented artists and friends and celebrate the beauty of this magical place.”


John Berry’s video from the 2018 Spring Show, “Firnew at 15”.

Photographs courtesy of the Circle’s artists.