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Purcellville Blog: Purcellville decorates town with locally made artwork

Local artist Carla O'Brien participated in this year's painted ornaments around Purcellville holiday decoration event. her ornament is located on Main Street in front of Happy Creek Coffee. Courtesy Photo
For the second year, local artisans have decorated holiday ornaments which are on display around the town of Purcellville. This year, nearly 150 pieces of art are on display, contributing to a festive atmosphere as the town gears up for its annual holiday weekend with trolley tours, a parade on Sat. at noon, an open house at Town Hall and photos with Santa.

Liz Jarvis, chair of the Purcellville Arts Council said she is thrilled to be able to promote the “incredible local talent we have.”

“Any time you can bring art to the public sphere it is a positive thing for the artists and community. The painted decorations show the breadth of this talent,” Jarvis said.

Jarvis said she works closely with Discover Purcellville and other non-profits in the area to help each other by sharing opportunities and support for “any artistic endeavor.”

“The decorations have been paid for with proceeds from the Painted Benches & Planter auction held in November. The Town of Purcellville installs, takes down and stores the decorations that will be used year after year to bring a festive look to Purcellville. Discover Purcellville's goal is to have 300 decorations around town by 2019,” said organizer Michael Oaks of Discover Purcellville, a nonprofit established to promote local artists.

Carla O'Brien, a local artist whose work is featured in front of Happy Creek Coffee on Main Street, said she has been on a “personal art journey for expression and growth” over the past couple of years.

“I appreciate this opportunity to participate by decorating an ornament, almost like a coming out party as a sort-of new artist. It gives everybody the chance to show the beauty of where we live. It makes the town feel like home,” O'Brien said.

Jarvis said another local event featuring artists is the Jingle Bell Holiday Studio Art Tour which will be held Dec. 9 from 12 to 5 p.m. The self-guided tour will showcase a variety of work in a range of mediums – including painting, pottery, ornaments, and more from local artists in Western Loudoun. Artists include Garden Corner Studios, Butterfly Bend Pottery, Kaarin Nelson's Whimsy and Barefoot Weaver's Studio. An online map is available at https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/1/embed?mid=1ENx3CoG7uXgzYsM9MPo2yst10DBX9KTh

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