Summer Art Series Culmination

The first Picture Farmer Films Plein Air Art series, Images of Place and Grace came to an end over the July 4th weekend. Months in the making, this event was the culmination of incalculable coordination and creativity.Beginning with a weekend of painting in early June, exhibit opening two weeks later and auction a few weeks thereafter, this fresh exhibit encapsulated the spirit of the valley. 


To hear from some of the artists about their experience painting at the monastery, and learn more about the monastery, watch the video.

A warm reception kicked off the closing party on Saturday where visitors took their last looks at the gallery paintings before heading to the program upstairs. George Patterson welcomed patrons, showed four film clips that displayed vivid illustrations of the messages embedded in Saving Place, Saving Grace, and shared important commentary on the film’s purpose and the community’s progress toward sustainability.

Next, auctioneer Clark Carr brought a sense of humor to the stage as he rattled through 21 paintings. As each painting was brought to the stage artists stood and hands started popping up. The end of the auction marked the conclusion of the exhibit. Visitors left with art in hand; we wish them happiness with their new investments!

Appreciation goes to the Barns of Rose Hill for partnership and for hosting these events at their beautiful facility. And a warm thank you to the artists for inspiring us and helping support our cause.

Funds raised during the series benefit the final stages of production for the upcoming documentary, due to be aired by PBS this fall. This art series helps us get closer to our goal. We still need $92,000.


We enthusiastically announce our next major initiative–a crowdfunding campaign! Watch for details as we strive to spread the word farther and more broadly to our wide range of target audiences.

Ecology and theology are not often spoken of in the same conversation, but the story of Saving Place, Saving Grace dives into the intersection. This film discusses the unexplored–and often neglected–connection between place and grace in an unsung setting, Holy Cross Abbey in Berryville, Virginia. Join us as we take this next step!
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