PRESS RELEASE: Art of the Piedmont Art Auction & Reception to be held Feb. 20


Middleburg, VA  – Jan. 20, 2015 – Middleburg Montessori School will host its 4th Annual Art of the Piedmont Art Auction and Reception at the Middleburg Community Center on Feb. 20, 2015.

Unison Farm III by Mary Champion

Unison Farm III by Mary Champion

Twenty artists will be featuring their works this year, including Anthony Barham, whose oil paintings capture the animals of Virginia’s Hunt Country; Mary Champion, who interprets the rural Virginia landscape in light-filled paintings; Gail Guirreri-Maslyk and her dynamic oil paintings; Katherine Riedel with her inspired paintings of the Piedmont landscapes; and Diane R. Weiner, whose award-winning oil paintings study the emotional lives of bovines.

The event benefits Middleburg Montessori School, which has employed Maria Montessori’s uniquely successful method to educate a diverse student body for more than 30 years. The school is expanding rapidly at its Atoka Village location, having added elementary grades in 2011 and toddler and middle school programs last year, and plans to begin construction on a new building at its campus this spring.

Last year’s auction drew 350 people and $42,000 in art sales proceeds, which was divided evenly between the local participating artists and the school. For more information about this year’s auction, please visit

WHAT: Art of the Piedmont Art Auction and Reception
WHEN: Friday, Feb. 20 from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
WHERE: Middleburg Community Center, 300 W. Washington St., Middleburg, VA
WHO: Hosted by Middleburg Montessori School

BethAnn Slater

High-resolution images available upon request.

Middleburg Montessori School is an AMI-recognized Montessori school that fosters independence and the love of learning in children ages 1 1/2 through 15. For more information, visit


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