I am not one to often pick up a newspaper, but I just happened to see a friend of mine, Dave Levinson, in the newspaper with his associates at their new art gallery. The Purcellville Art Gallery opened on July 31st, and after reading the Loudoun Now article I immediately got in contact with Dave.
The Purcellville Art Gallery (PAG) was founded by Michael Oaks, Anne Stine, and Dave Levinson with a focus on western Loudoun art. The nonprofit serves as a great place to get involved in the art community, showcase original work, and network with local artists. It has a fantastic layout, vibrant colors, adjustable lighting, comfortable music, and helpful staff members. Don’t forget to grab yourself a cup of complimentary coffee while you browse! A classic Purcellville cliche is to have a building that looks small from the outside, but upon entry it’s almost unbelievable how much space there is inside. The gallery falls into this category as you can easily get lost in it’s magnificence and find something perfect for you.
Although the PAG is brand new, there are big plans for the future. Currently there is a large focus on visual art. Dave discussed that they are hoping to also incorporate music, poetry, prose, and film related events. Open mics, readings, and speaker series’ will promote artists outside the visual art world while bringing all forms of expression together in one collaborative location. Make sure to browse the physical copies of music available by local musicians as well!
The gallery is mostly comprised of dedicated volunteers, enough to keep the place running and then some! In fact, the gallery received 7x more volunteers than they expected for their first meeting – I love seeing that support from the community! If you’d like to get involved with the PAG, volunteering offers a wonderful way to sustain the gallery’s operations while supporting local art. Volunteers can be help with day-to-day management, events, and other activities. If you are interested, fill out this form.
The gallery also offers art lessons, so if you like learning or teaching then they have space for you! PAG offers local artists the opportunity to rent a room for teaching classes during Gallery hours. If you’d like to reserve a space to teach, contact PAG here.
The Purcellville Art Gallery is something that Purcellville has needed for a long time and the support from our small town is showing in big numbers!
You can find The Purcellville Art Gallery at 760 E. Main Street, and at their website, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. For any questions about their services, events, and volunteering, contact them at 540-338-0800, their email, or here.
Huge thanks to Dave Levinson for taking the time to chat with me, looking forward to my next visit!