Art Resources in Middleburg, VA

National Sporting Library & Museum. Photo © Eryn Gable.

National Sporting Library & Museum. Photo © Eryn Gable.

Whether you’re an artist, an art collector or just interested in the arts, the quaint town of Middleburg, Virginia, has plenty to offer.

The town is host to three major galleries — Red Fox Fine Art, the Sporting Gallery and the Byrne Gallery — that have served as the heart of the town’s art scene for many years. But you can also find art at many other local establishments, including Barrel Oak Middleburg, Middleburg Common Grounds and the Shaggy Ram.

Middleburg is also the home of the National Sporting Library and Museum, which has more than 200 works of sporting art in its collection, including portraits of famous race horses by Edward Troye and Alvin Fisher, paintings of hounds by Gustav Muss-Arnolt, bronzes by Herbert Haseltine and John Skeaping, portraits of horses and their owners by Franklin Voss and Jean Bowman, American weathervanes from the collection of the late Paul Mellon, and watercolors by Henry Thomas Alken Sr. In addition to displaying works from its permanent collection, the museum and library also feature special exhibitions when it receives items on loan from private owners and other institutions. Current exhibits include Teaming with Nature: James Prosek (through Jan. 30, 2014), Angling in the Western World (through March 23, 2014) and Contemporary Artist-Naturalists Robin Hill and Meg Page (through February 23, 2014).

The community’s vibrant art scene includes a local art organization known as the Middleburg Arts Project, an artist-run group that is dedicated to promoting visual arts in Middleburg. To get the latest information on art happenings and exhibits year-round, be sure to check out the council’s event calendar.

We are curious: What are some of  your favorite art resources in Middleburg, VA?