We are looking forward to — and working hard on — covering arts in the Piedmont for our fall issue, but here’s a follow up on a Middleburg gallery we covered in our summer issue.
By Sandy Danielson
Artists in Middleburg: A multi-faceted “Artists’ Gallery right in the heart of Middleburg.
AiM represents a wide variety of artists working in an equally wide variety of media; sculptures in recycled materials, ceramics, photography, and paintings in watercolor, oil, acrylic, and tempera. What really sets AiM apart from other galleries is the “hands on” involvement of all the artists in developing the direction and growth of the organization. All artists creating, exhibiting and selling their art through the gallery work there as well, greeting visitors, keeping the gallery open, and giving lectures and demonstrations. So much more than just an art gallery, says Sandy Danielson, “At AiM, we teach, we paint, we educate, we are a voice for art in the community, we are a place where artists can thrive and patrons can explore and invest in professional art and artists.” And AiM has something for all echelons of patrons; the cost of the art represented varies greatly from small token oils and painted ceramics to oils on large scale canvases.
AiM Gallery has its sights set much farther than being a first-rate gallery to local artists. The ultimate mission of the organization is to develop, organize, and strengthen the local arts community in Middleburg and the Piedmont with the goal of developing the area into an arts community and destination, thereby increasing the economic vitality and base for all involved.
The gallery plans to transition into a 501c3 nonprofit soon. Every day is a step forward, and to echo Van Gogh, “We are seeking. We are striving. We are in it with all our hearts.”
Profiles of AiM Artists Barbara Sharp and Debbie Hunt
At left, AiM member artist Barbara Sharp, landscape and floral artist, working on a sketch while at the gallery. Since member artists actually work at the gallery, visitors can speak to the artists about the art and their process, and even watch them as they work on a personal project.
Also displayed are images of acrylic paintings by another member artist, Debbie Hunt. Debbie paints whimsical images of landscapes and colorful characters. People who see her paintings at the gallery love the enchanting tales they convey. Debbie has studied with respected northern Virginia artist Judith Thompson, who has greatly influenced Debbie’s painting.
These are just a few samplings of the many wonderful artists to discover at AIM Gallery!
102 W. Washington St., Middleburg