Barnstone Gallery Kicks Off Holiday Celebrations with Special December Event

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Barnstone Gallery will kick off the holiday season in style with a new art exhibition featuring two acclaimed local artists. The show will begin with a special First Friday event and will run through December 31, 2005. As part of the event, guests will have the opportunity to meet the featured artists, browse the unique gallery offerings and enjoy complementary refreshments. The public is invited.

Barnstone Gallery, southeastern Pennsylvania’s premier destination for contemporary American fine-art, will be kicking off the holiday season on First Friday, December 2, with the opening of a month-long show featuring local artists Mia Muratori and Cynthia Brantley.

Born in Heidelburg, Germany, Mia Muratori is an encaustic artist. Literally meaning “to burn in,” encaustic is a 2000-year-old art form using molten wax. She describes her work as dealing with the cyclical nature of consciousness, and her interest in changing myths and symbols. Mia Muratori studied painting at the Art Students League in New York, and ceramics at the Ceramic Institute in Faenza, Italy. She exhibits her art work nationally and internationally.

Cynthia Brantley creates sterling silver jewelry and collectibles. Natural objects play a large role in much of her artwork. Incorporating a variety of multi-cultural influences and an attention to detail, her work is designed to be both functional and unique. Her company and studio, Lillie Orbeck, is located in Phoenixville, PA.

The First Friday event will be held in the gallery space Friday, December 2, from 6 to 9 p.m., and will feature complementary refreshments. Both artists will be in attendance.

This dual exhibit will remain for sale at the gallery through the end of December.

Barnstone Gallery is located in the upper levels of an historic Chester County barn, and offers contemporary painting, craft, and jewelry from more than 35 nationally-acclaimed artists. With five large exhibit spaces, Barnstone is one of the largest galleries in the region devoted exclusively to contemporary American fine art. In addition to painting and sculpture, Barnstone sells a full complement of original creative arts, including glass, ceramics, and jewelry. Barnstone is the fulfillment of gallery director Lynn Detwiler’s lifelong dream to present fine art in a friendly, down-to-earth setting.

The gallery is open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and First Fridays until 9 p.m.

To learn more about the gallery and other upcoming events, please visit or call 610-917-0140 to be placed on the Barnstone mailing list.

For more information about Mia Muratori, visit

For more information on Cynthia Brantley, visit

Barnstone Gallery

388 W. Pothouse Road

Phoenixville, PA 19460

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