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MARCH 2013 Down on Main Street

News from Berryville Main Street Robert VanMeter


When Robert Van Meter died unexpectedly in early De- cember, the Fire House Gallery decided it was imperative that a show be mounted to honor him and his work. As Gallery Director, Kate Petranech ex- plained: “Not only were Van Meter’s turned pieces of the highest quality, the range was enormous— including every- thing from stunning turned art bowls to practical nut crackers and rolling pins to just-for-fun pieces, such as a mos- quito house, refl ecting Van Meter’s droll sense of humor.” Taken as


whole, says Pe- tranech, the work

demonstrates a qual- ity found in all truly great artists: need to keep trying new things. More than a dozen objects will be on display during the show’s

a two-

week run, on loan from the family and mem- bers of the Apple Valley Woodturners,

which Van Meter helped launch.

One of the members, Mark Zimmerman, who shows and sells his work through the Fire


“He was always willing to offer comments, tips and a joke.”

House Gallery, will curate the show. “I met Robert when I joined the Woodturners four years ago,” said Zimmerman, who is now secretary of the group. “He took me under his wing. I’d go to his shop ev- ery week or so, for talkin’ and turnin’.”

“Robert was always very en- couraging to me and wanted to see me and other members of the Apple Valley Woodturners club improve their woodwork- ing skills,” said Rich Vossler, president of the turn-


Vossler said that in the last few years Van Meter became much more interested in teach- ing than turning. “I knew if I had a woodturning question Robert would have an opinion about it, and be willing to offer help and a solution,” he said. “I would sometimes have to fi gure out when he was giving me real advice or simply kid- ding me, but in the end I always came away having learned a great deal.”

The show opens Friday, March 22, from 5:30pm till 8pm, and will run through mid April.

Berryville Main Street Mixer

The Berryville Main

Street board of directors is hosting a Meet and Greet reception on opening night of the Van Meter retrospec- tive, across

the street

from the gallery at 20 East Main Street.

BMS invites you to get the weekend off to a fun start with light refreshments and a relaxing stroll through the Van Meter exhibit at the Fire House Gallery. Then head across the street for more drinks, snacks, and a chance to chat with fellow community mem- bers, many of whom are mem- bers or on the board of Ber- ryville Main Street. Hear the latest news--about the Clarke


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County Farmers Market, for instance. Meet fellow business owners. Share your ideas for making Berryville even better than it is already.

Lively Up Yourself It’s A Reggae Party For Berryville Main Street. Fly to a Caribbean Island

to spend time on the beach and “jahm” to the sounds of reggae music at Factory B upstairs of the Fire House Gallery! Sponsored by Factory B Photography Studio and The Observer, the event is a benefi t for Berryville Main Street and the Fire House Gallery, held on opening night of the gallery’s

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Faraway Places: Travel Inspired Art exhibit, April 26. Plan to dress for an evening on the beach, show off your wildest cabana wear, get decked out in your favorite sundress in celebration of the sun. Do your hair in dreadlocks, your feet in fl ip fl ops, and come upstairs to Factory B.

Details soon at vaOBSERVER. com and on Facebook.

Downtown Berryville

Yard Sale The spring Yard Sale is Sat- urday, April 13, 8am–3pm (the rain date April 20). More than a hundred vendors!

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