Linda Volrath from the Shenandoah Valley was our 2024 judge. She is a classically trained artist working in the traditional medium of oil in a painterly representational style. “My goal is a certain level of abstract shapes within a foundation of classical composition, color harmony and strong design.” The dominant subjects of her paintings are equestrian scenes, animals, landscapes, people and still life. To capture the effects of light and atmosphere Linda paints landscapes en plein air and works under natural lighting in her studio. Linda worked as an Art Director and Illustrator for 15 years, during which time she studied with nationally renowned artists. She has had gallery representation since 1994 and has had two solo exhibitions. Her work is included in many private collections across the US and UK, many of Virginia’s prestigious horse farms, and in the permanent collections of the National Presbyterian Church in Washington, DC and Oatlands Historic Plantation, Leesburg, VA. She is a signature member of the American Academy of Equine Art and has served as the judge for their national exhibitions. Linda is a native of northern Virginia. She and her husband, also an artist, reside in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.
Her website is:

Judge Linda Volrath with Best-In-Show winner

For a video of Linda’s comments about the award-winners, click here.  

2024 Spring Fine Arts Show Winners

1st Place Kristen Colebank “Field Day”

2nd Place Joe Gainer – “When Buster Bites”

3rd Place Dustin Davis “Bookshelf Sculpture #1”Dustin Davis with Bookshelf Sculpture #1


Honorable Mentions

1) Jill Baldinger “August Sky”watercolorJill Baldinger August Sky watercolor

2) Robert Shobe “Mariposa” a mixed media pieceRobert Shobe - Honorable Mention for "Mariposa" a mixed media piece

3) Jeff Keister  “Open for Business” a photographJeff Keister Honorable Mention for "Open for Business" a photograph

4) Jan Gillies – “Aboriginal Snail”  a shell and polymer clay Jan Gillies - Honorable Mention for "Aboriginal Snail" a shell and polymer clay      

5) Ed Mauer  “Through the Window” a photograph Ed Mauer Honorable Mention for "Through the Window" a photograph

People’s Choice Award:  

A 3-way tie for 1st place!
 Karen Dimaio “Capon Bridge”-colored pencil, Beck Hartman “Apollo”- oil, and Ed Mauer – “Through the Window” – photograph

Capon Bridge, colored pencil by Karen Dimaio

A nice turnout for the opening reception and awards ceremony.