Today! Clermont Forum II Opening Reception

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We can’t wait to see you all today! The exhibition starts at 3:00 musical performances start after 4:45 by Anetra Summers and Madeline MacNeil.

Clermont Forum II: Interpreting Clermont’s History Through Art.

A multi-media arts exhibition running April 12, 2014 through May 31st

LOCATION: Clermont Farm, 801 E. Main St., Berryville, VA 22611


Opening Reception: Saturday, April 12th 3pm-7pm

Including musical performances by Anetra Summers and Madeline MacNeil starting at 4:45.

Panel and Artist’s talks: Saturday, April 26th 3 pm-7pm

Closing Reception: Saturday, May 31st 3pm-7pm



The Artists:

Lauren Frances Adams

Michael Benevento

Anne Bouie

Laura Cherry

Elizabeth Crisman

Oletha DeVane

Todd R. Forsgren

Carrie Fucile

Chris Mona

Sally Myers

Doug Pifer

Jamea Richmond-Edwards

Andrew Shenker

Melissa Webb


Baltimore based curators the Rotating History Project  (Teddy Johnson and Heather Rounds), in cooperation with the Trustees of The Clermont Foundation and the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, is presenting a multi-media arts exhibition entitled The Clermont Forum II: Interpreting Clermont’s History Through Art. This is Clermont’s second interpretive forum and the fourth conceived exhibition by the Rotating History Project.

The six-week exhibit is scheduled to open Saturday, April 12, 2014, at Clermont, a 360-acre farmstead at Berryville in Clarke County, Virginia, in the northern Shenandoah Valley. A state historic site currently under intensive study, the farm consists of a well-preserved complex of buildings ranging in date from 1755 to the mid-twentieth century and remains a working farm, involved with local food production and university-related historic and agricultural education.   The farm was divided from the 5.5 million acre Fairfax Proprietary in 1750, based on a survey conducted on October 19 of that year by the 18-year old George Washington. 

Clermont Forum II includes fourteen visual artists—some local to Virginia and some national—working in a broad range of mediums, to explore and create interpretive and site-specific works that draw on any number of the topics relevant to Clermont’s history. Topics include agriculture and rural life, African American and Native American history, women’s roles, architecture and material culture. The artworks will be installed in multiple locations on the property, including in The Owner’s House (1755-1970), The Slave and Farm Worker’s House (1823), The Smoke House (1802), The Bank Barn (1917), and the surrounding grounds. 


Through various artistic mediums, the Rotating History Project aims to draw attention to the threads running through our history, culture and environment, without compromising the integrity of our subject matter. For us, history does not begin and end on a page. It moves all around us; alive wherever we may turn our head next. It’s a tool for informing our present and future. Although our mediums are the arts, we see our target audience as the larger community, far beyond the scope of art patrons and practitioners. The Rotating History Project was founded by Baltimore based artists Heather Rounds and Teddy Johnson, who work in collaboration with a variety of individuals and organizations, specific to the themes of each event. Their first project was The Child Ballads Show in September 2010.


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