A purveyor of fine art, custom framing, eclectic gifts and photography services.
The Gallery @ Barr Photographics LLC is a fine art gallery featuring local regional and national artists, a custom archival framing shop, photography studio and upscale gift shop serving the greater tri-cities area of Southwest VA and Upper East TN. Established in 1986, The Gallery @ Barr Photographics LLC hosts six feature artists per year, is a purveyor of original wall art, sculpture, lithographic prints and is a producer of custom giclee canvas and paper prints. Utilizing a combined design and framing experience of over fifty years the Gallery @ Barr Photographics LLC is equipped to handle any project large or small. Stop by...You may find something you can't live without!
The Gallery @ Barr Photographics LLC is located in the heart of the historic district of Abingdon Va. at 152 East Main Street, in the Greenway Trigg Building. Built in 1879, The Greenway-Trigg Building, that houses the Gallery @ Barr Photographics LLC is a four story Italiante Victorian brick structure featuring extensive walnut and oak trim inside and out, ten foot ceilings(that have been dropped three feet!), eight foot windows with stained glass borders, imported from France. Each room features an exquisite fireplace of either walnut or oak, some with hearths of inlaid decorative tile. The elegant appointments inherent in the 130-year-old home insure that aesthetically, the physical interior of the gallery is a warm, comfortable, inviting, Victorian space featuring original pine wide plank hardwood floors with beautiful patina. The walls are antique white, bathed in both natural light from the massive windows and daylight balanced track lighting that enhances true color representation for works, perfect for exhibition of artwork..
The historical perspective for the gallery: Established in 1986 as a photography studio by R. Dean Barr, Barr Photographics, is Abingdon's oldest traditional photography studio, offering a full line of photographic services including: portraiture, advertising, weddings, sports, passports, pets, fashion, portfolios, legal, reunions, commercial products, black and white, digital production, restorations and giclee printing for fine art. In 2001, Barr Photographics added fine art exhibition, sales and services to the business model with the incorporation of two fine art exhibition galleries specified as the Corner Gallery and the Studio Gallery; a custom frame gallery specializing in archival framing and an upscale southwest styled gift gallery, giving rise to The Gallery @ Barr Photographics LLC.
The “Corner Gallery” located within the gift gallery, is the limelight exhibition space where displays featuring local, regional, national, and international artists are appreciated on a rotating basis of six exhibits per year. The mission of the Corner Gallery is twofold, initially to seek out artists, both emerging and established, who desire to exhibit works, and provide a space for exhibition of those works, thereby allowing artists to gain marketplace exposure. Secondarily, but of equal importance, to provide a space where patrons of the arts may enjoy art, meet artists during receptions given in honor of works exhibited, and capitalize on opportunities to purchase works. A smattering of the forty plus artists who have shown works in the Corner Gallery include Charles Vess, ink fantasy artist, who was the first to show, followed, in no particular order, by: Paula Melton, watercolor; Helen Stratakes, beaded jewelry; Jeremy Sutherland, air brush music icons; Penelope Mosely, oil; Jack Hagerman, oil wildlife; Ellen Elmes, watercolor; Ed Biggar, neon; Addren Doss plein air oil; Howard Alexander, watercolor; Alexis Lavine, plein air watercolor; jarata, colored pencil; Robin Mullins, mixed media; Richard Houser, mixed media; Amy Evans, plein air oil; Polly Heffinger, oil; Elizabeth Scroggin, plein air acrylic and Terry Chandler's acrylic Smoky Mountain stylings. Since 2001 The Corner Gallery has showcased over fifty artists. Any artist interested in showing work in the Corner Gallery is encouraged to inquire about scheduling availabilities.
The Studio Gallery is an additional exhibition space where selected works from artists who have enjoyed exhibits in the Corner Gallery are displayed for sale, also on a rotating basis. This room serves as the photography studio proper hence its’ name. Artists whose work may be seen presently in the Studio Gallery include multiple works by: Thelma Blake, oil; Terry Chandler, acrylic; John Sauers, oil and watercolor; Anne Hardin, acrylic; Jennifer Baker, encaustic mixed media; Steven Reeves, oil; Elizabeth Ogletree, fantasy colored pencil; Joyce Schueller, cross stitch fabric art; Pat McCarthy, oil; Romagean Personne, old master oil; Robin Mullins, watercolor; Laura Ann Sorrell, wood block prints and carvings; Jack Hagerman, acrylic and R Dean Barr, fine art photography. The range of styles, mediums, subject matter and price points ensure that there is art for the most eclectic, discriminating tastes exhibited in the Studio Gallery.
The Frame Gallery is a state of the art, archival, custom frame gallery. The term archival framing indicates that all mats, mounting and backing materials used in the framing process are acid free museum quality; the glazing offers UV protection for the works and the framer is trained in archival techniques to achieve accepted museum quality. The Frame Gallery features a Wizard computerized mat cutter assuring clients of innovative mat designs, a dust controlled production room utilizing premier frame mouldings. These assets combined with archival materials and techniques ensure museum standards of framing quality for encapsulating treasured art objects. The Frame Gallery product lines include shadow boxes, oval frames, bubble glass, plein air mouldings, encapsulation domes and boxes, in addition to traditional framing. Artists should inquire about professional framing discounts available for multiple works.
Complementing the menu of fine art services available through the Frame Gallery, the Gallery @ Barr Photographics LLC is promoting the addition of an Epson 9880 glicee printer available to artists for the production of highest quality giclee prints. The Epson 9880 is a 44 inch wide flatbed printer that utilizes digital files on a wide variety of archival printing substrates from 85 gram photo paper to 300+ gram watercolor papers, canvas, matboard and sinage substrates. The range of archival printing substrates available is truly amazing! Employing Epson's Ultrachrome 3 archival inks, rated to 150 years, the quality of prints produced by this printer, are exquisite. Many artists are already participating in this print on demand service. By utilizing this service, artists dramatically increase sales and catalog exposure by offering giclee prints to patrons!
A continuing focus on art in the “Gift Gallery” is apparent by the Art File, which contains multiple unframed works by several artists, allowing collectors to acquire these unframed works, for custom framing to compliment personal framing tastes and decor coordination. Represented in the Art File are selected original works in various media by the late Dr. George Chavatel, giclee prints by Howard Alexander, Charles Vess and jarata. Selected original works by Thelma Blake, early watercolors by John Sauers, Signed, numbered, lithographic prints include works by thoroughbred horse racing artist Michael Geraghty, the “College Art” series by Jane Blevins, collectibles by Bob Timberlake, wildlife art by Jack Hagerman, the Coal Miner series and other works by Ellen Elmes and many more originals, giclee and lithographic prints by various artists. The gift gallery also offers eclectic art jewelry including Landstrom’s Black Hills Gold creations from South Dakota, Stuart Nye silver from Asheville, North Carolina, a beaded, semiprecious stone collection entitled “Casual Elegance” by Abingdon Virginia artist, Helen Stratakes, fine silver with turquoise creations from the Navajo Nation and fine silver works from Taxco, Mexico. Pottery from the American Southwest includes museum quality, signed works from the Navajo and Acoma Nations, complimented by pit fired, porcelain glazed creations from Ouray Colorado artist, Romagean Personne. Sculptural steel designs by Robert, Shields, Neil Rose, Kathryn Darling, Daniel Kirtchner and others, inspired of southwest lore, are creations in the Lazart line; exquisite Cattail Baskets by Bristol Tennessee artist, John Robbins, industry leading sandstone coasters and trivets by ThirstyStone of New Mexico, blown glass creations from Nodrog Studio Colorado artist, Donna Gordon, and art glass light benders entitled “Moondancers” from New Orleans. International merchandise includes delicate Russian eggs, wonderful Karelian birch vessels, stunning mother of pearl boxes from Egypt and beautiful soapstone with mother of pearl inlay boxes from India, among other various types of art boxes. A limited selection of fabulous vintage hand pieced, hand quilted heirloom quilts from the estate of the late Marie Miller, a well known Chilhowie Virginia quilting artist. Finally, the crown jewel of the gift gallery is Carthusia Perfume from the island of Capri in Italy. From 1948, when commercial production of the ancient formulas began, Carthusia was available exclusively on Capri and the line gained the nickname “The Scents of the Stars” because of the A-Listers who would travel to the island to purchase the heavenly perfumes. In 2004 The Gallery @ Barr Photographics LLC selected as a distributor in the initial group of applicants vying for franchises and Carthusia became a gallery exclusive. If “different” is what you seek you will find it here!! Artisans should inquire about the consignment program available for the gift gallery.
For any fine art gallery, the symbiotic relationship between artists and gallery owners is undeniable. Many artists spend countless hours producing fine art only to have the works languish in a studio or storage facility. Gallery spaces are available for display, enabling works to enjoy by patrons who have the desire and the means to add such to private and corporate collections.
The primary mission of The Gallery @ Barr Photographics LLC is to bring these market aspects together for the mutual benefit of all concerned, by providing opportunity, space and publicity for works in various media, be they fine art photographs, original paintings, giclee prints, etchings, sculpture, jewelry, pottery, or any other art medium, to be seen and purchased. To that end, this gallery proprietor works hard and fully embraces the ultimate gallery responsibility to represent artists and their works in a climate that facilitates promotion of fine art, resulting in sales. This relationship is integral to the success of both the artist and the gallery. Properly executed the artist - gallery relationship may be very rewarding for all concerned and artists are encouraged to experience for themselves the level of success that may come with representation through The Gallery @ Barr Photographics LLC. Coming soon: BarrPhotographics.com designed as an online store, complete with shopping cart to facilitate the world wide sales of works by artists who are represented by the gallery…SO GET INVOLVED!!!!! The Gallery @ Barr Photographics LLC at 152 E Main St. Abingdon, VA is open 10:00-6:00 Monday thru Saturday. For further information, call proprietor R. Dean Barr at (276) 628-1486. Better yet, “Stop by…..You may find something you can’t live without”!!!