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closeups Woman of the “Opry” ....Victoria Phillippe



Suzy Woollam ...Holistic & Alternative


Where in the World is... ....Kyle Snyder


porch talk


Our Heritage... the crhc collection history’s stories.: butterfield monument


companion care: grrr! scrap the grilling


autoknown better: what’s with that?


Senior Care: elder abuse


safe grilling with marinades & rubs


Art in the ‘burg


scene & the ‘burg!


now Open for submission art for kids abound


community link: sweet 16 & 61


my own pathg $1001.50


porchlight: ....advertisements for ourselves


Betsy Glassie: From her front porch to our hearts



on the in fredericksburg Messages



Braehead Farm: agri-tourism emerges in FXBG


Quiet moments: Song of the Cicada


Embrey Mill


retired on the back porch AC tops Angie’s 2012 list


Vino: white wines of summer espressed so well: iced latte recipe


season’s bounty: june bugs


Will power:: where can’t it go?


Calendar of Events

BETSY GLASSIE From her front porch to our hearts

By rob grogan


in my “Front Porch Series,” an NBC Producer from DC visited my studio at Libertytown to buy a couple of paintings. I was quite happily surprised when she contacted me to see if I’d be interested in participating in a pilot video series she wanted to make entitled “Create America”, interviewing artists around the country as to why art matters.” The producer spent a day in-studio and at public places where Betsy’s art hangs: Martin Thompkins at Mary Washington Hospital; the medical office of Dr. Mark McClanahan; the office of Judge Martin Bass; all the while filming a narrative of Betsy’s art, how it’s made, where it ends up, and what impact it has on those who see it. “It will be interesting to see how the project develops,” says the artist. Last fall, Betsy enjoyed participating in Bill Harris’s 1st

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Summer of Hope


Plastic Fantastic


thru the eyes of the forrest & other exhibits


FPF new website...check it out! Cover art by Betsy Glassie

For June Brides And Caffeine Highs

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With Love in Every Cup!


June 2013

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When a community looks at its finest qualities, it is a very fortunate community that can claim art as one of its cornerstones; an even rarer one that can turn to its artists in time of need. Perhaps that is why such a gifted and talented artist as Betsy Glassie has overwhelmed us here at Front Porch in our time of need. I am currently undergoing treatment for a rare form of cancer known as carcinoid, which comes with it a hefty price tag for my monthly injections and my ongoing plan of care; a price tag well beyond what insurance chooses to cover. In response, my family and friends, spearheaded by Brynn Pacitti and Katie Dunn, are planning a Silent Auction for the fall to raise money for my cancer fund Betsy has generously donated her June cover painting to our Silent Auction fall fundraiser for my cancer support fund. The painting will be one of many featured auction items from talented artists, chefs, business owners and service providers in Fredericksburg. Details, as they become available, will be posted on the FP facebook page and at the website highlighted above. The painting, of Betsy’s own front porch, graces our cover and is one of a series of paintings she began in a VCU Off Campus Masters Program last Summer. Titled “Perhaps Bonnard Will Come,” the 40x30, oil on canvas, was juried into “Uniquely Fredericksburg” curated by Joe DiBello. “It’s been an interesting year,” says Betsy. “While finishing the paintings

Annual “Art Attack” with many other local artists painting on Caroline for a day of demonstrating and sharing their art-making (see photo). “Out of that experience I decided to try my hand at plein air painting, painting directly from nature rather than from photographs, joining art friends Kathleen Walsh and Wendy Atwell-V Vasey by scenic venues.” Betsy is truly enjoying the challenges, “Even though the light changes, the canvas may blow over in the wind, and one has to get used to hauling a studio on wheels. There’s nothing quite like being in the moment surrounded by beauty!” One place of beauty she attended is the farmland gardens of Olney, MD, where acres of buttercups, iris, azaleas, ponds, and rolling hills are surrounded by woodlands. “I’m looking forward to an upcoming painting trip to Maine, which will be full of scenic opportunities as well!” In tribute to LibertyTown founder Dan Finnegan, Betsy took part in the gallery’s 10th anniversary celebration June 1. She has a show scheduled with Exposure Unlimited in Lake Anna in July, a solo show in September at the DC Hill Center on Capitol Hill, and “I plan to enter the Plein Air Exhibit at LibertyTown this summer. Like fellow artists, I feel fortunate to work at what I love and share what I create.” We feel very blessed to receive such a talent as Betsy Glassie and her “front porch” painting. And we totally get the meaning of why art matters. Thank you, Betsy, with all our heart. Rob Grogan is editor of the magazine. front porch fredericksburg

June 2013


June 2013 - Front Porch Fredericksburg  

"Sweet 16" Issue, celebrating 16 years of local good news. About the cover: Betsy Glassie has donated her June cover painting to our Silent...

June 2013 - Front Porch Fredericksburg  

"Sweet 16" Issue, celebrating 16 years of local good news. About the cover: Betsy Glassie has donated her June cover painting to our Silent...