It is wonderful to see the snow gone and the early spring flowers starting to come up. Next Tuesday will be St. Patrick’s Day, and we’ll be celebrating our Irish side.
Our Blacksburg, VA, gallery is ready for St. Patrick’s Day.
I’ve been working on a painting of historic Warner Hall in Gloucester, Virginia, which I will be releasing soon as a giclée on paper. The current owners of Warner Hall operate it as a bed and breakfast, and I went there for lunch once with some of my Mathews neighbors—“the girls.” I absolutely fell in love with it.
My painting of historic Warner Hall in Gloucester, Virginia, will be released soon as a giclée on paper.
Warner Hall is located at the head of the Severn River in Gloucester County. (Mathews County, where my publishing company and distribution center is located, was once part of Gloucester County.) The original 600-acre plantation was established in 1642 by Augustine Warner as a land grant from the British Crown. George Washington, Robert E. Lee, and Meriwether Lewis of the Lewis & Clark Expedition are descendants of Augustine Warner. Queen Elizabeth, II, of England is also a direct descendant of Augustine Warner through the Bowes-Lyon family and the Earl of Strathmore.
Today, Warner Hall consists of a Colonial Revival manor house (circa 1900) which was rebuilt on the earlier 17th and 18th century foundation. Like the previous structures at Warner Hall, all of which indicated the prominence of their owners, the Colonial Revival core is a grand architectural gesture. The original 17th century west wing dependency (the plantation schoolroom and tutor’s quarters) has been completely restored and offers a rare glimpse into the past. Historic outbuildings include 18th century brick stables, a dairy barn, and smokehouse. The Warner-Lewis family graveyard, maintained by the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities, offers a remarkable collection of 17th and 18th century tombstones.
The P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education is holding another quilt raffle. This exquisitely made quilt was pieced and stitched by Jeannine McNeill and Linda Gorman, and they have titled it Curiosity Did What? Tickets are 1 for $3 or 2 for $5, and the drawing will be held on December 6, 2015. For more information on the quilt or to purchase tickets, please contact the Foundation office at 540-932-1728.
The P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education is raffling this exquisitely made quilt, featuring one of my hand-painted centerpieces. Curiosity Did What? was pieced and stitched by Jeannine McNeill and Linda Gorman. For tickets, please call the Foundation office at 540-932-1728.