New ArtBeat Exhibit Highlights Local Historic Treasures

Many area historic treasures and Civil War vistas will be depicted in works by artists at ArtBeat Gallery in Manassas during Journey Through Hallowed Ground, an exhibit opening January 4, 2011.

The exhibit, mounted in coordination with The Manassas Museum, involves local artists in the city’s commemoration of the Sesquicentennial, or 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Exhibit coordinator Alice Long says artists who heard about plans for the commemoration in Manassas wanted to play a part in the Sesquicentennial by sharing the beauty of historic sites and by reimagining that time of conflict in their paintings.

On a crisp fall day, several ArtBeat artists set up their easels at the city’s historic 1825 house, Liberia Plantation, for a day of plein air painting. “It’s such a beautiful place,” Long says. “It’s like a big oasis of calm and almost a rural scene right in the middle of town. And the house itself has some nice architectural details.”

The Liberia paintings will be included in the exhibit, along with Civil War-related still life works, paintings of soldiers and battle scenes, landscapes, and depictions of objects in the museum’s collection. The exhibit runs through February 27, 2011.

Other ArtBeat shows in 2011 will also focus on the Civil War. Civil War History, which runs from May 3 to July 3, 2011, will highlight the works of noted local artist Richard Guy. Native Virginia, which runs from August 30 through October 30, 2011, will showcase historically themed paintings and photographs.

ArtBeat is an artists’ cooperative gallery at 9407 Main Street in Manassas, where a diverse range of works are for sale. ArtBeat is open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. till 6 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. till 8 p.m., and Sundays from 12

noon till 6 p.m. Although usually closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, ArtBeat will be open on December 20 and 21 from 11 a.m. till 6 p.m. Call 703-365-8558 or visit www.artbeatgallery.org for more information.

The museum is open Tuesday through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Monday Federal holidays, and on Christmas Eve from 10 a.m. till 3 p.m.. Call 703-368-1873 or visit www.manassasmuseum.org for more information.

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