In partnership with the Barns of Rose Hill, 1455 is excited to announce a special panel discussion, ART DURING A PANDEMIC, on November 23 at 7 PM EST. This free event will be stream live to The Barns of Rose Hills Facebook page.

COVID, which disrupted all aspects of society in 2020, has only intensified as we head into another long winter. This pandemic has presented severe challenges for the artistic and creative communities, which count on events, audiences, and the opportunities live interaction provides. This panel will bring together four artists, all with ties to the Winchester area, representing four distinct fields, to discuss how COVID has impacted their professional and personal lives, as well as ways they’ve adjusted and created during uncertain times. Sean Murphy, 1455’s Executive Director and widely-published writer, will moderate the discussion with Blayne Weaver, an actor/writer/director, Julie Miles, an artist and painter, and Morgan Morrison, an acclaimed musician and Program Director at The Barns of Rose Hill.

1455 remains dedicated toward making our programs free to the public, but we support our friends and partners at The Barns of Rose Hill, and ask all attendees to consider making a donation to this venue, which brings so much wonderful art and culture to the Shenandoah Valley. 

Event Details

November 23   |   7:00 PM   |   FREE VIRTUAL EVENT


Tune into the Barns of Rose Hill Facebook page at the scheduled event time to watch the live stream!

Blayne Weaver has starred in, written and directed the acclaimed romantic comedy 6 MONTH RULE Previous films he’s written and directed include WEATHER GIRL and OUTSIDE SALES. He also co-wrote and acted in MANIC, as well as the southern noir thriller CUT TO THE CHASE and most recently GETAWAY (which was featured in our recent collaborative event with the great Alamo Film Club). His numerous episodic television credits include ER, NCIS, and THE MIDDLEMAN. He also provided the voice of Peter Pan in the Disney animated feature RETURN TO NEVER LAND. A native of Bossier City, Louisiana, Blayne has studied acting in New York, Los Angeles, Oxford University and graduated from UCLA with a degree in English Literature. He currently runs the East Coast office of Secret Identity Pictures.

Morgan Morrison joined the Barns of Rose Hill in 2012 and became Programs Director in 2013. She is responsible for booking, producing, and marketing events and programs at the Barns in coordination with the Executive Director and Programs Committee of the Board. Morgan is a professional musician, band member and principal manager of the popular band, Furnace Mountain, and performs extensively in the United States and internationally. She teaches mandolin and guitar to local students. Morgan also coordinates more than 200 volunteers for the annual River & Roots Festival and Watermelon Park Festival in Clarke County.

As a native Virginian, Julie is a gifted artist who brings her curatorial eye and talents to our exhibits. J Miles Studios, founded in 1991, is a full spectrum decorative painting atelier. Specialties are murals, wood graining, fine art painting and gold leafing. Julie is dedicated to the tactile artistry, craftsmanship and curious wonderment of the painting world. A native Virginian, with a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. Her work has been featured in several embassies, hotels, restaurants, private residences and numerous publications. Often her canvases begin with layers of different substrates (the beginning of the story-if you will) then gilded with gold or silver leaf and painted. The paintings explore the natural world in the form of pods, seeds, flowers, orbs, animals and often bees.

Sean Murphy is founding director of 1455. He has appeared on NPR, and been quoted in USA Today, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, AdAge, and others. He has twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and served as writer-in-residence of the Noepe Center. His chapbook, The Blackened Blues, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press. To read excerpts from his books and published work, visit him online at

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