CCHA Awards First Trumbower Arts Grant to Opus Oaks, An Art Place

In 2004, the Clarke County Historical Association established the Sarah P. Trumbower Memorial Scholarship, a $5,000 GRANT awarded annually to a Clarke County student pursuing a college degree in the fine arts. The scholarship commemorates Sarah “Sally” Trumbower, who served as the CCHA President for 15 years and was a founder of the Art at the Mill show, now in its 22nd year.  Mrs. Trumbower passed away in 2003.  Two percent of art sales from Art at the Mill are devoted to this fund.  To date, eight students have used Trumbower scholarships to attend schools as diverse as Savannah College of Art and Design, Virginia Commonwealth University, Pratt Institute, and the Rhode Island School of Design.

In 2011, the CCHA Board voted to expand the outreach of this fund and established the Trumbower Arts Grant, available for an art educator, non-profit group, or artist doing a community service project in Clarke County.  This $1,000 annual grant may be used for materials, educational purposes, and/or outreach.

The first recipient of this grant is Opus Oaks, an Art Place, located in Berryville, Virginia.  Directed by Gale Bowman-Harlow and with the support of many local citizens, artists, students, and instructors, Opus Oaks has offered programs to hundreds of children and adults and significantly contributed to the artistic beauty and awareness of our community since 1999.

The grant will be used to offer six scholarships to eligible students age 5 to 18 to attend Opus Oaks’ summer camp and workshop program.  According to Ms. Bowman-Harlow, “Classes and camps are taught in a wide range of art mediums and designed to promote problem solving, visual and kinetic learning styles, and active involvement in self-discovery.  The studio also provides a place to hang out for creative young people.”

“We are happy and proud to share the support of the arts in this community, through the generosity of the artists and patrons of Art at the Mill, with such a deserving organization as Opus Oaks,” said Jennifer Lee, CCHA’s executive director.  “We know the grant will be put to excellent use.”

For more information on Opus Oaks and its programs, visit them on the web: or contact

For more information on the Clarke County Historical Association and the Trumbower Arts Grant, visit or e-mail


  1. supportn Clarke says:

    Excellent story! Thanks to the CCHS and Ms. Trumbower’s legacy for supporting our youth and the arts~

    • AWESOME!! Gale and all the instructors work tirelessly to bring art and beauty to so many and now they’ll be able to share that with more kids! Way to go Opus Oaks and CCHS!

  2. We are deeply honored to be the first organization to receive the Sarah P. Trumbower Arts Grant. We thank the Board of CCHA and all those who have contributed to the Funds. The faculty, the Board, the students and the staff at Opus Oaks will benifit greatly from this gift. This grant will kick start a program to offer free art classes to children who cannot afford to take classes here. For more information about the Open Art Classes for Outreach please contact us at the above e-mail.