“Coalesce” Middleburg Reception: Recap

I have been looking forward to this show at The Byrne Gallery in Middleburg, VA for months! This show has been a lot of hard work for both Marta Staudinger and myself. The two of us were asked by The Byrne Gallery to create a body of work together for this show. It is rare that a gallery will ask you to do a show, but on top of that, the let us have complete creative control. I can’t even describe to you what kind of generous opportunity this was.

Middleburg_Art_Byrne_GALLERYFrom Left: Bill Byrne, Christine Olmstead, Marta Staudinger, and Susan Byrne

Next week I will share about our creative processes, and what it took to get this show up on the wall, but in the meantime, here’s all the info about what you missed at our reception last weekend.

Last weekend we hosted the opening reception of the show in Middleburg at the Byrne Gallery. If you weren’t there, let me tell you that you seriously missed out. It was an evening to remember. Throughout the course of the evening we saw a few hundred people trickle through. There were the faces of friends and family, collectors old and new, and new faces from the local Middleburg scene.


With champagne in hand the evening was a night of good conversation, lots of laughs and an upbeat atmosphere. The mix of Marta’s paintings and mine in the same space bring such a synergy and a warm glow. I can’t think of a more enjoyable evening spent with some of the loveliest people.

If you missed out on the reception do not worry! You can join is this weekend, October 20 from 2-6pm in Middleburg, at the Byrne Gallery for an artist talk. Pop by whenever and we will be there to show you around. The show will be up till November 4! See these pieces in person before they’re gone.


If you liked this post, please share it with your friends and family! Follow me on Instagram @christineolmstead. Follow Marta, on her website www.martastaudinger.com, on Instagram @martastaudinger.To read Marta’s thoughts and experience with this show, read her blog post here!

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