Saturday, October 16, 2010

A brief look at Finnegan's Liberty Town





We passed through Fredericksburg, Va., a couple of weeks ago, on the way to North Carolina's rains and potteries. Stopped in to have breakfast and coffee with Dan Finnegan, our fine potter friend, fellow blogger and art entrepreneur, whose LibertyTown Arts Workshop is the art center of the Fredericksburg community.
The workshop is in an old plumbing warehouse, now renovated and sectioned off into galleries and individual studios and workshops, housing somewhere over 50 artists working in all media. Printmakers, potter, fiber artists, painters, sculptors, jewelers ... it's a long list. There is also a pottery school in the building, which only adds to the number of creative people working there.
I should know when this whole thing started ... but I can't remember. It must have been 10 years ago that Dan first had the idea of creating a community arts center. Maybe it was longer than that. In any case, the place is a success. It's lively at all hours of the day and the once-a-month First Friday events are crowded and noisy with Fredericksburgers (Fredericksburgites? Fredericksburgians? ... lots of people from the town, anyway) eating and drinking and catching up with friends after the workweek.
These photos are just a look at the lobby gallery. There are many, many studios lining the winding corridors on two floors. Worth a stop if you find yourself in or passing through the town about an hour south of Washington, D.C.
Top photo: Dee and Dan at Hyperion, the nation's second-greatest community coffee shop; next, the lobby gallery with the pottery classroom in the background; then, some of Finnegan's pots, with Anne Timpano's print, "Venus as Cover Girl" above; then, more Finnegan pots and more wall art.

9 comments:

Cindy Shake said...

How wonderful to see the beautiful facility! Thanks Hollis.

Linda Starr said...

I hope next trip to get further north, definitely on my list of places to visit, great photos and what a wonderful facility that looks to be.

cookingwithgas said...

what a really put together place.
Nicely done.

Dan Finnegan said...

Thanks for the 'coverage' Hollis. I'm glad you haven't started including your videos yet!

ang said...

err wow what a great hub.. love the black shelvage it even follows the tile layout....:)) noice!!

Anna said...

It is an AWESOME place to work. It was a tough place to leave (though Dan says he doesnt think I have...) Im sorry I wasnt there to finally meet you!

Hannah said...

Blimey! What a chap, that is a hell of an achievement Dan. You didn't tell us the half of that place. Looking forward to seeing the place in the not too distant future.
Just one question though, does the second best community coffee shop serve good proper tea?

FetishGhost said...

I'm knocked off my chair! I didn't know the Liberty Town project was on that scale... WoW!

janet said...

I'm with Fetishghost - completely knocked off my chair - and so elegant!