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April 9, 2012


Filed under: The Churchill Gallery — Virginia Wentworth Barnes @ 3:21 pm

After almost forty years operating in historic downtown Newburyport, The Churchill Gallery is closing its doors. It has been a fabulous long run during which many wonderful friendships have been forged amongst artists and patrons alike. But the new beckons!

It has been a tremendous privilege to have worked with such an outstanding family of artists & artisans, and I thank all friends of the gallery for their loyal patronage throughout the years.

Virginia Wentworth Barnes

The Sweet Farewell, Shannon Richardson, oil on canvas, 20" x 15"

The Sweet Farewell, Shannon Richardson, oil on canvas, 20" x 15"

February 1, 2012

Welcome 2012!

Filed under: The Churchill Gallery — Virginia Wentworth Barnes @ 1:13 pm

The Churchill Gallery continues to be open by appointment, occasional weekends and by happenstance during the month of March.  Phone and email messages are checked daily!

Our website continues to reflect our evolving portfolio.

Take Me With You, detail, by Shannon Richardson, 24" x 18"

January 17, 2012

Welcome 2012!

Filed under: The Churchill Gallery — Virginia Wentworth Barnes @ 1:17 pm

The Churchill Gallery will be open by appointment and occasional weekends, weather permitting, during the month of January. Phone and email messages are checked daily!

To a peaceful, healthy and bright New Year!

Joppa Flats, Newburyport

December 1, 2011

Newburyport’s Holiday Invitation Nights!

Filed under: The Churchill Gallery — Virginia Wentworth Barnes @ 5:55 pm

As the Snow Gently Fell, by Jhenna Quinn-Lewis, oil on linen, 18" x 14"


Join us for Newburyport’s Holiday Invitation Nights!

Celebrate the season,
 delight in the festivities and enjoy our annual Holiday show!

December 2 & 9, 2011

Reception 6 – 9 pm

November 4, 2011

A Mouse in the House; Perils and Prizes!

Filed under: The Churchill Gallery — Virginia Wentworth Barnes @ 8:23 pm

Donut Lover, oil on panel, 7" x 5"

an exhibition of new works by

November 12 – November 27, 2011

Saturday, November 12 | 3 – 7 pm

Sunday, November 13 | 3 pm

Join us on for a festive weekend celebrating the whimsical and wondrous work of painter Stuart Dunkel!
Meet the artist at Saturday’s opening reception,
and enjoy his artist demonstration & book signing on
Sunday afternoon in the lower gallery. The exhibition features over fifty new works!

Painter Stuart Dunkel at his easel.

October 23, 2011

AUTUMN ARTWALK | Saturday, October 15th, 2011

Filed under: The Churchill Gallery — Virginia Wentworth Barnes @ 4:38 pm

AUTUMN ARTWALK | Saturday, October 15th, 2011
RECEPTION 3 – 7 pm

Newburyport’s final ArtWalk of 2011 drew record crowds to the gallery. Saturday proved a spectacular fall day with bright skies and cool temperatures. A brilliant and celebratory evening unfolded on the heels of a passing shower.

The gallery walls resonated with marvelous new work! We welcome to our roster of award-winning artists contemporary painter Whitney Heavey, equine artist C. Tanner Jensen, landscape painter Robert Watkins, photographer Dennis Skillman and glass artist John Soward.

The exhibit runs through Sunday, November 6, 2011.

Transition, by Nella Lush, oil on canvas, 48" x 24"

Blue Note Surfacing Triptych, by C. Tanner Jensen, oil on panel, 22" x 22" each

Haysyacks at High Tide, by RS Jackson, oil on canvas, 20" x 30"

Serenity, by Robert Watkins, oil on linen, 18" x 24"

Survivor, by Patricia Gordon, oil on linen panel, 12" x 12"

Grounded Diptych, by Whitney Heavey, oil on panel, 12" x 12" each panel

I Climb, You Sail, by Shannon Richardson, oil on board, 20" x 16"

Shy, by Stuart Dunkel, oil on panel, 4" x 5"

Bathed in Light, by Dennis Skillman, archival digital print, 6" x 18"

Rainbow Trout, by John Soward, hand made Italian glass, 3" L





October 3, 2011

The Churchill Gallery welcomes Patricia S. Gordon!

Filed under: The Churchill Gallery — Virginia Wentworth Barnes @ 4:30 pm

Survivor, oil on linen panel, 12" x 12"


A native of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, Patricia Gordon acquired a respect for her natural surroundings at an early age. She received her B.A. degree in Fine Arts from the College of William and Mary where she majored in art history. Residing now in New Hampshire, Patricia draws inspiration from the beauty around her. Her landscapes are characterized by a soft, ethereal quality, reflecting the peaceful essence of the areas she chooses to represent.

“In my work, there is an expression of the tranquility and timeless appeal sensed in the landscape around me. Inspired by the visions of tonalist painters, both contemporary and historical, I follow an intuitive process to move beyond the physical manifestation of reality and portray the emotion that naturally emanates from the rural landscape for me. The resulting painting is a journey into a deeper exploration of the spiritual connection I feel for my environment, where even the simplest of scenes becomes imbued with poetry and grace.” P.S. Gordon

Unfurled, oil on linen panel, 11" x 14"

September 16, 2011

The Churchill Gallery welcomes Dana Levin!

Filed under: The Churchill Gallery — Virginia Wentworth Barnes @ 4:01 pm

Echo, oil on canvas, 32' x 26"


Dana Levin received a BFA in painting and drawing from the acclaimed School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Subsequent study took place in Italy at the rigorous Florence Academy of Art, where she trained in the painting and drawing techniques of the Old Masters. After teaching at the academy for several years, Dana returned to the United States and opened The New School of Classical Art, in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. It was closed in 2008 so she could devote herself full-time to painting.

Dana has received awards and honors from prestigious national and international juried shows and museums. She has been profiled in many prominent publications, including Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, International Artist Magazine, American Art Collector & Artist’s Magazine. She is also included in important museum collections, as well as in private and corporate collections nationwide.

Dana in her studio

August 7, 2011

The Churchill Gallery welcomes Grace G. Cooper!

Filed under: The Churchill Gallery — Virginia Wentworth Barnes @ 3:09 pm

Shifting Tide, Plum Island, oil on linen, 36" x 24"


Grace Cooper received her formal art education at the School of Visual Arts in NYC, where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1985. Before dedicating herself to painting full time, Grace was a textile designer for printed fabric working in both the apparel and home furnishing fields. That experience proved to be invaluable in developing her technical skills and use of color.

“My work is inspired by nature and the varying aspects of light, color and atmosphere. Painting in my studio, I use photos and sketches primarily as a starting point. Here the process takes on a life of its own, revealing an emotion more than a literal interpretation of a scene. By layering thin veils of paint onto the canvas, the work is given a soft, diffused and ethereal quality. I’m drawn to compositions that are minimalist in design, which for me evoke a sense of peace and serenity, something I feel we all yearn for at times.”

Living and working in New London, New Hampshire, Grace’s paintings are held in many private collections, represented in numerous galleries, and displayed widely in juried shows and exhibitions.



Summer Haze, oil on linen, 10" x 30"

June 24, 2011

June ArtWalk | Opening Saturday, June 25, 2011

Filed under: The Churchill Gallery — Virginia Wentworth Barnes @ 3:03 pm

June ArtWalk
June 25 – July 24, 2011

Gallery Reception 3 – 7 pm

Celebrate the visual arts! With fifteen participating galleries, Newburyport’s June ArtWalk features a marvelous spectrum of original Fine Art. Enjoy a preview some of the many new works at The Churchill Gallery!

Through Crimson Fields, by Robert Scott Jackson CM, oil on canvas, 15" x 30"

Cerulean Sky, by Jessica Pisano, acrylic, oil & silver leaf on panel, 20" x 20"

The McArdle Bridge Transit, by Steven Lush, watercolor, 15" x 22"

Evening Silhouette, by Dennis Sheehan, oil on linen, 16" x 24"

Blue Icing, by Stuart Dunkel, oil on panel, 5" x 7"

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