NEWS from the Studio: Exciting Things are Happening!

NEWS FLASH!!!  We have recently created a new site, where you can find and purchase original paintings, including Frans’s latest work.  Meanwhile, we will continue to offer prints of Frans’s remarkable watercolor collection on this website.  We appreciate your feedback as we work to improve (and ultimately consolidate) our websites.  We hope you enjoy the features and offerings of both sites.

You can also visit our Facebook page by typing House of van Baars Gallery in the Facebook search box. There you will also find many of Frans’s most recent paintings, as well as news and updates from Frans.

We have provided framed picture collections for resorts and hotels along the East Coast.  What a joy to bring the beauty of these areas inside with van Baars artwork framed to match their décor!  Contact Brenda van Baars at 252-291-1967 if you would like us to furnish your vacation destination or other business with fine art from Frans. We also provide prints and specialty notecards for retail sale in gift shops and boutiques. Contact us for pricing information.

Frans has been painting on-site at a number of area events, including Wilson’s Whirligig Festival, the Oriental Croaker Festival, and the Mile of Hope. Some of his art is currently on exhibit at the Arts Council of Wilson. His art has also been featured in several area galleries, as well.  Frans is a member of the Wilson Active Artists Association, where he networks with other visual artists to provide greater appreciation for and availability of fine art.

Frans and Brenda continue to work with their favorite annual event, THE MILE OF HOPE: a week of fun at the beach for children and their families who are struggling with grave illness. Each year’s theme provides opportunities to create new art and provide art projects for the kids to enjoy. They cherish the smiles on the faces of these amazing children.

Recent travels have taken Frans to visit children and grandchildren in trips reaching to Williamsburg VA, the DC area, and eastern Ohio.  Frans and Brenda recently had the pleasure of celebrating the 90th birthday of Brenda’s mother on a scenic river cruise in eastern NC.  Travel sparks Frans’s artistic creativity and offers new opportunities for artistic expression.  In the past few years Frans has created artistic backdrops for theater productions and painted murals for homes, houses of worship, and businesses.

The year 2016 marks a special milestone for Frans as he celebrates his 80th birthday! We are excited and hope to bring you some spectacular new paintings as Frans travels this year to celebrate his new status as an octogenarian! Check back soon to see his latest creations!

We are also hoping to announce an Open House at the House of van Baars Gallery soon. Meanwhile, we are always open to you by appointment. Call us at 252-291-1967 or e-mail: to schedule your time.

Thank you for visiting our website.  Remember, we have Original Paintings for sale at our sister website  Here is an opportunity to acquire one of the many oil, acrylic, and mixed media originals that Frans has painted most recently. You will find landscapes, seascapes, abstracts, and more. Be sure to check it out!