Opus Oaks to Close at the End of December

Opus Oaks, An Art Place – the school, the library, and the frame shop – are closing at the end of December. The Berryville art school has been in operation since 1999. Founded by Bonnie Jacobs, Malcolm Harlow and Gale Bowman-Harlow, the school has provided art classes, after school programs and weekend workshops.

Gale Bowman-Harlow has served as executive director since the beginning, building classes, designing programs as well as overseeing the financial components of the school. She is heading in a new direction as well.

The school has served hundreds of students in Clarke County and around the region, but has always relied heavily on grants and donations to continue operations. Opus Oaks is preparing to move out of our First Street building by the end of December and to sell supplies that are no longer needed. We are looking for a home for our 3,000 volume library of cataloged art books.

The Board of Opus Oaks would like to extend its most sincere thanks for all of the community support throughout the years. Our donors have been most unbelievably generous with their financial support, and our volunteers have given with their hearts, enthusiasm, loyalty and dedication. Manci and George Ohrstrom, Bob and Bonnie Jacobs, your everlasting support has been immeasurably helpful and a true blessing.   Our creative teachers over the years have been cohorts in bringing magical art to many people in a spirit of collaboration and “out of the box” projects.  Thank you all!

We would also like to express our appreciation for our partners. Clarke County Parks and Recreation has been a companion of mutual support and a brilliant avenue to connect with students. Most recently, our partnership with Shenandoah Conservatory Arts Academy has been a blessing and an ideal resource within the Winchester community.

On a personal note from Gale and Malcolm: “We deeply appreciate all of the board members, both past and present, who have given their guidance, time and volumes of ideas and plans to keep Opus Oaks as a resource for the people in our communities.”

Students who have items stored at the studio, should pick them up before November 22 – sooner would be even better. Supplies that are no longer needed will be for sale, probably on a date sometime in December.

Also, one of our board members, Pam Lettie, is putting together a book of Opus Oaks memories; if you have something you would like to share, please email her at pamlettie@gmail.com.

Opus Oaks Adult Students Art Show

Fire House Gallery and Shop
23 E. Main Street, Berryville, VA

Opus Oaks

Opening and Artist Reception
Saturday, October 24
5 to 7 PM
The show will be in place until November 7

Opus Oaks, an Art Place, Inc. was founded in 1995 by Malcolm Harlow and Gale Bowman-Harlow. In 1999, Bonnie Jacobs and Gale Bowman-Harlow established a studio art school called Studios East & West. In 2004, Opus Oaks was formed as a non-profit 501c(3) to be the parent organization over the MALCOLM Museum, Studios East & West, and the art library. The main part of the school was moved to 109 First Street in Berryville, VA. at that time.

Opus Oaks provides an avenue for pre-school, school-age, and adults to learn and explore the world of art while developing their talent. The school provides classes for those just beginning their journey and advanced classes to build on previous knowledge. Key areas of study are in drawing, painting, and sculpture. Other areas of interest are stained glass, print making, and photography.

For more information: 955-4226

Check out our new Fall Schedule in both Berryville & Winchester VA.

All your favorite classes and some new ones:  oil, acrylic & watercolor paintings, stained glass, fused glass, sculpture, drawing, plus several art labs, and our Copper Forging and Blacksmithing Workshops

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Registration is now Open!
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Lots of Workshops, Camps & Classes in both Berryville & Winchester.  All your favorites and some exciting new offerings.


  • Junior Art Camps
  • Painting & Printmaking
  • Metal Tools & Bookmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Copper Forging & Wood Sculpture


  • Sewing Basics
  • Pleating & Smocking
  • Design a Garment
  • Historical 18th Century Pockets
  • Silk Painting
  • ArtShop
  • Landscape Painting
  • Fused Glass Basics & Open Studio
  • Figure Drawing
  • Blacksmithing

Summer Schedule – Click on  Summer Camps & Workshops

We have plenty of art classes to keep you busy and warm this winter.  All your favorites classes and some new ones too:  Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor, Sculpture, Stained Glass, and Fused Glass.

GREAT NEWS – Winchester Classes Too!

We are proud to announce that Opus Oaks has partnered with Shenandoah University’s Conservatory Arts Academy in Winchester to bring classes in drawing, painting, jewelry making and fiber arts to Winchester. Check out our schedule for both Winchester and Berryville classes.


  •   Painting the Landscape and Painting the Portrait with Timothy Chambers
  •   Classical Drawing and Portrait Drawing with Michael Cecere
  •   Abstract Art Lab 101 and Building & Drawing Lab with Jonathan Holland
  •   Bobbin Lace Making, Intro to Fiber Arts, and A Taste of Weaving with Kelli Arrington
  •   Beginning Wirework Jewelry and Cold-Forged Jewelry with Rachel Rogers-Rodgers

Plus Copper Forging Workshop with Steve Clegg and a variety of Blacksmithing Workshops with Phil Travis.

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