The Artists in Middleburg (AiM) is now in its 5th year of supporting our community!
Through our educational outreach, we have provided and will continue to provide art and cultural opportunities that are open to all.
Cultivates and challenges the development of the brain
to think critically and creatively.
Opens one's eyes to other viewpoints.
Encourages personal expression and growth.
Requires discipline to develop the tools needed to create.
Stimulates and inspires communication.
Encourages cultural awareness.
Is part of everyday life.
Motivates continual education, in and out of the classroom...
Needless to say, art is vital to each and every one!
Your contributions will support and strengthen the local arts community by increasing the vitality, awareness, and appreciation of the arts.
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Spotlight on Artist
Laura Hopkins paints expressive, atmospheric landscapes in oil. Her work captures the enduring beauty of hill, field, stream and marsh, and the reflection of expansive skies in water. The golden moments of twilight, dawn, autumn and winter serve as favorite motifs.
Laura finds inspiration in the moody landscapes of the 19th century American Tonalists, whose subtle color harmonies and pastoral subjects evoke her childhood roaming the fields and woods of southeastern Connecticut. She now resides in rural northern Virginia, a land of rolling hills, open country, and ancient stone walls that evokes the New England of the Tonalists.
Laura is largely self-taught, having come to painting late in life. She studied for one year with contemporary Tonalist Deborah Paris and for two years with contemporary Tonalist Dennis Sheehan. An inveterate learner, Laura continues to explore the work of the historic Tonalists and to study with contemporary painters.
“The mission of Artists in Middleburg is to nurture, develop, and provide arts educational opportunities for all, especially the youth, in our area utilizing our rich resource of local artists to teach and share their art. In so doing, AiM will support and strengthen the local arts community in Middleburg and the surrounding Piedmont area by increasing the vitality, awareness, and appreciation of the arts.”
As indicated by the National Endowment of the Arts (“NEA”), “American communities are strengthened through the arts.” AiM seeks to join what the NEA describes as “Communities across our nation…leveraging the arts and engaging design to make their communities more livable with enhanced quality of life, increased creative activity, a distinct sense of place, and vibrant local economies that together capitalize on their existing assets.”