Barn raising at Middle Street Gallery

‘Barns are treasure chests for painters’

By Gary Anthes

Special to the Rappahannock News

These barn paintings by local artist Katrina Ann could be mistaken for photographs upon first glance. See for yourself at the Middle Street Gallery through Sept. 23.Courtesy pho
These barn paintings by local artist Katrina Ann could be mistaken for photographs upon first glance. See for yourself at the Middle Street Gallery through Sept. 23.
Courtesy photoCourtesy photo

Regional painter Katrina Ann will offer her artistic views of the “Barns of Page County” through Sept. 23 at the Middle Street Gallery in Washington. A public reception will be held at the gallery from 5 to 8 p.m. this Sat., Sept. 1.

“The ‘Barns of Page County’ was born from driving back roads, jumping cattle gates, and befriending neighbors,” Katrina explains. “Exploring these farms, I soon realized barns are treasure chests for painters. I love building up the oil paints to capture the various textures, colors, and designs of each barn.”

“These barns are a part of a simpler way of life,” she says. “They tell the story of the hardworking farmers connected to their land. My paintings aim to reconnect people with the land.”

The artist grew up in rural Virginia, by the Shenandoah River, near her family’s canoe outfitter. That shows in the rustic beauty and simplicity of her art.

“My oil paintings are an exploration of my childhood landscapes, where the Shenandoah Valley cultivated my imagination,” she says.

While barns are the focus in these paintings, the forces of nature are never far away in Katrina’s work.

“Growing up, the forest and river were my playgrounds. My sister and I raced barefoot, skipped stones, discovered history and fought battles with mud. Nature fostered my creativity and is a recurring theme in my art.”

Katrina’s work has been exhibited in professional and student exhibits in Virginia, Vermont, and Florence, Italy. She has a fine-arts degree from Green Mountain College, an environmental liberal arts college in Vermont.

The gallery is located at 325a Middle Street, next to the Inn at Little Washington. Hours are Friday-Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please call (540) 675-1313 or visit www.middlestreetgallery.org

for more information.

See more of Katrina’s work at www.katrinaannart.com.

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