Written by Dulcy Hooper | Photos by Alexa Wolff

The Middleburg Community Center was the place to be Friday, Feb. 24, for the sixth annual art auction and reception. There were over 300 individuals viewing the works of 29 participating artists who provided 43 pieces of art for the benefit of the Middleburg Montessori School.

For the first time this year, Art of the Piedmont offered select pieces that did not sell at the auction for gallery prices online.

According to Christopher Patusky, co-chair of the benefit, the event raised just under $40,000 in art sales, with half going to artists and half to the Middleburg Montessori School. Along with ticket sales, the school netted more than $20,000.

“It was a great success,” said Patusky. “And on behalf of the volunteer committee that organized the event, I want to thank all the parents, volunteers and members of the community who made this such a fun and successful event for the school and the artists. Onward!”

Award winning artist, Libby Stevens. Visit her studio, Loudoun Street Studio.

Award winning artist, Libby Stevens. Visit her studio, Loudoun Street Studio.

Local award winning artist, Marci Nadler with friend Michaela Mazuchova.

Local award winning artist, Marci Nadler with friend Michaela Mazuchova.

Misia Broadhead with some of her paintings. (Credit Richard Hooper.)

Misia Broadhead with some of her paintings. (Credit Richard Hooper.)

Artist Lilla Ohrstrom and owner of Youngblood Art Studio.

Artist Lilla Ohrstrom and owner of Youngblood Art Studio.

Head of School and Host, Beth Ann Slater with local artist Gail Guirreri-Maslyk and William Ley.

Head of School and Host, Beth Ann Slater with local artist Gail Guirreri-Maslyk and William Ley.