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
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
again the Virginia Commission for the Arts said “YES” to the
town of Berryville’s request for funding to support art in the
is the town of Berryville interested in fostering
art has proved a remarkably robust engine for economic
development in US towns, large and small alike.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
years and a $100,000 fund-raising campaign later, the Fire House
Gallery opened for business on January 9, 2010.
then the gallery has hosted close to 20 “Art of Making Art”
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.
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
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
starting in January.