Plein Air Painting Event: Images of Place and Grace

Images of Saving Place, Saving Grace, Planned as Fundraiser for Film About Holy Cross Abbey

(June 4-5, June 18-July 2, 2016)

BERRYVILLE, VA − Beginning in early June 2016, Picture Farmer Films, a film production company based in Winchester, hosted a series of art events to benefit the completion of a documentary about Holy Cross Abbey in Berryville. The film, Saving Place, Saving Grace, tells the story of the monks at Holy Cross and their efforts to maintain ecological and economic sustainability,


The film offers viewers an opportunity to explore and learn about the Cistercian monks’ land stewardship, prayer practice and work ethic as they serve as responsible caretakers of their “sacred ground.”

Four separate events coalesce to display and sell art inspired by and created on the monastery property: an en plein air painting weekend, opening night reception, art exhibit and auction.

On June 4 and 5, eminent regional artists gathered at the Holy Cross Abbey and painted outdoors from various vantage points on the property.

Two weeks later an exhibit of works created during the outdoor painting weekend took place, beginning with an opening reception at the Barns of Rose Hill on Saturday, June 18 from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm. All were invited to view the exhibit, meet artists, purchase paintings and talk with the film producers.

From June 19 until July 2, the exhibit will be available to the public during regular open hours at the Barns of Rose Hill. Certain pieces of art will be on preview for the live auction July 2, and patrons may enter silent bids on those pieces through the duration of the exhibit. An end-of-exhibit party on the evening of July 2 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm will feature film clips and a live auction of paintings.