Featured Member: Kevin H. Adams’ New Exhibit Opening

Shenandoah National Park Artist-in-Residence and Rappahannock County Artisan Trail member Kevin H. Adams unveils 30 paintings he began on location during his residency in the Park in the Summer of 2017, at a new exhibit at Gay Street Gallery in Washington, VA (adjacent to Mr. Adams’ studio).

Kevin H. Adams on location in the Shenandoah National Park.

Please join Kevin at Gay Street Gallery, for the Opening Reception with the Artist, on Saturday, January 20, 2018, from 4 – 7 pm (the Gallery is open from 10 am – 7 pm if you are unable to make it for the Opening Reception). Beverages and refreshments will be served during the reception.

“Two Mile Overlook,” 24″ x 24″ oil on canvas, by Kevin H. Adams

20% of the sales of Kevin’s paintings sold on January 20 will be donated by the Gallery to the Shenandoah National Park Trust. Additionally, Kevin will present one of the paintings to the Superintendent of Shenandoah National Park for the Park’s permanent collection.

Kevin’s paintings and prints are regularly on display across the United States, including in solo and juried group exhibitions, and in both private and public collections. The U.S. Department of State, through its Art in Embassies Program, has selected a number of Kevin’s American landscapes to hang in embassies around the world. The U.S. Department of the Interior has twice commissioned significant collections of Kevin’s work: For the 75th Anniversary of the Grand Canyon National Park, Kevin created a series of paintings of the inner gorge of the canyon, and for the 85th Anniversary of Glacier National Park, he likewise produced a series of paintings of the park’s back country. Exhibitions of these series were held both at the parks and at the Department of the Interior Museum in Washington, D.C. After a number of years living and working in the Washington, DC’s Adams Morgan neighborhood, he now resides and keeps his studio in the historic town of Washington, Virginia. 

To see more of Kevin’s work, please visit his website or follow him on Instagram.


Second Saturday on the Trail, January 13, 2018!

Happy New Year! Rappahannock County Artisan Trail members invite you to a day of art, entertainment, shopping and good food and drink!  It’s a brand New Year and here’s a great way to get into a celebratory spirit.  Take the Second Saturday tour on the Rappahannock County Artisan Trail.  Stretch your artistic muscles, learn about herbs, enjoy musical entertainment, and dine on delectable food and drink.  Take home a good book, a bottle of wine, an herbal mix, a piece of your own art or other unique products!

Here’s what you’ll find on Saturday, January 13, 2018:

The featured trail sites below are listed in alphabetical order.  Click the linked name to learn more about each member, their Google map location and the activities, artists, and specialties they are featuring. When in the county, pick up an Artisan Trail map/brochure at the Rappahannock County Visitors Center on Route 211 West, just east of Washington, VA and adjacent to the Rappahannock County Library.

Contemporary Color  – Trail Site #110   (82 Resettlement Rd., Huntly, VA 22640)

Create a Tessellation. The rotating and repeating pattern of a tessellation reminds me of the movement of time, something I am thinking about as the New Year begins. Join Carolyn Roth in the studio to design your own symbol and see it play out on the page as you print your design. Come alone or bring friends. $37 fee includes studio space, instruction and all materials.  Reservations required –  8 participant limit.
Contact:  carolyn@contemporarycolor.net
Class  1 – 4 p.m.

DK Artfelt  – Trail Site #8 (Sperryville Schoolhouse, Upper Level Rm 8, 12018 Lee Hwy., Sperryville, VA 22740)

Felt Dreamscape.  “Winter is rich with long starry nights.” Tap into your dreamscape to create a flat felt in luscious colors of merino wool, silk and mohair. $55 fee includes studio time, instruction and all tools and materials. Reservations required – 6 participant limit.
Contact: dabneykirchman@gmail.com  Class 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Griffin Tavern – Trail Site #74 (659 Zachary Taylor Hwy, Flint Hill, VA 22627)

Food and Music.  Give your personal chef the day off and dine with us.  Then, rock out with the Side Men, an awesome classic rock band performing at 8:30 p.m. Open 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.



Little Washington Winery – Trail Site #60 (72 Christmas Tree LA, Washington, VA 22747)

Wine Bootcamp.   Appreciate wine even more by learning about it from grape to glass.  This session includes a sandwich pairing, three chocolate pairings plus the Dirt Road Wine Tour!  Register online: $20 with coupon code: wb358   Class 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.  Winery open until 5 p.m.

Magnolia Vineyards and Winery – Trail Site #61 (200 Viewtown Rd, Amissville, VA 20106)

Wine, Herbs and Song.  Michael Frank of family owned and operated Full Moon Farms in Sperryville, will be on hand to offer certified organic culinary herbs and products made from those herbs.  Full Moon specializes in organic produce from their greenhouse and farm of more than 6 acres free of herbicides and pesticides. 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

The talented and lovely Toni Clare, a young country artist from Madison County has been performing since the age of 10.  A singer, musician and songwriter, her music is influenced by Johnny Cash, Patty Loveless, Alison Krauss, and Mary Chapin Carpenter.  Performing 2 – 5 p.m.    Open 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Middle Street Gallery  – Trail Site #45  (25 Middle St., Washington, VA 22747)

Doodling in the Dark.  Rosabel Goodman-Everard Solo Exhibit, December 1, 2017 – January 14, 2018.  In the Fall of 2016, I needed a new approach to my art – colorful and beautiful, relaxing to do but interesting, and with an intensity to distract me from everyday events. I embarked on a series of colored panels with abstract truncated tree shapes and continued with marks and patterns: circles, dots, squares, rectangles, bark patterns, thorns, nets, droplets and foot prints, blending drawing with painting.  Every panel was an adventure and it was the most fun I have ever had making art!  Open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Quievremont Winery –  Trail Site #64 (162 Gid Brown Hollow Rd. #335, Washington, VA 22747)

Wine and Word.  Come for a glass, or a bottle, of our newly-released 2015 Meritage or other Bordeaux-style wine and get acquainted with Flint Hill native Chuck Smith.  Smith will be signing his newly published Vietnam: Stories from a War, a collection of humorous short stories based on his 1966-1968 “free trip to Southeast Asia courtesy of the U.S. Army.”  Smith will also have copies of his first book, a collection drawn from experiences growing up in Rappahannock County – Stories from Potomac County: Truths, Half-Truths, and Lies from Rural Virginia and Someplace Else.  Book signing 1 – 5 p.m.   Open until 7 p.m.

River District Potters  – Trail Site #32 (7 River Lane, Studio 3B, Sperryville, VA 22740)

Look and Learn.  Come by for a visit with potter Nancy Nord who will be working in the studio, throwing bowls on her wheel.  Get the scoop on pottery-making techniques, browse our many designs, or just visit for a while.  Open 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.




Wild Roots Apothecary – Trail Site #104 (4 River Lane, Sperryville, VA 22740)

Self-Care Saturday.  Visit Wild Roots Apothecary for a wonderful morning of making your own herbal bath soaks and learning which herbs promote self-care on a daily basis.  All guests will take home their own herbal bath soak.  Self-care 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.  Open until 6 p.m.



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Second Saturday on the Trail, December 9, 2017!

Rappahannock County Artisan Trail members invite you to a day of art, entertainment, shopping and good food and drink!  

What you’ll find on Saturday, December 9, 2017 in Rappahannock are lots of options for holiday gifts, either created by local artisans, or made by you in several fun workshops! Plus wine tastings, live music, great food, art gallery exhibits, beautiful views … Rappahannock County has it all!

Click each featured site’s link below for more information on activities and to navigate via their online location map.  When in the County, pick up an Artisan Trail map / brochure at the Rappahannock County Visitors Center just outside Washington, VA.

IMG_5797Blue Ridge Artisans – Trail Site #106 (12018-B Lee Highway, Sperryville, VA 22740) 

Holiday Shopping – Visit our gallery and shop for that special, one-of-a-kind holiday gift, created by local Rappahannock County artists!  Two working artist studios, plus a gallery and shop featuring the work of  both studio arts, plus other Rappahannock artists in ceramics, glass, jewelry, woodworking, printmaking, hand-dyed silk scarves, hand-dyed luxury yarns and fine art paintings in oil and acrylic. A unique and wonderful selection of gifts!  Enjoy hot mulled cider, a selection of teas and coffees, and treats while you browse our beautiful shop.  Open 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

dkartfeltDKArtfelt – Trail Site #8 (12018 Lee Highway, Upstairs Room 8, Sperryville, VA 22740)

Open House – Join Dabney Kirchman of DKArtfelt for an open house featuring beautiful hand-felted ornaments and gifts. Enjoy a cup of hot tea while you peruse Dabney’s gorgeous work in bas relief art, one-of-a-kind pillow tops, and other work. Open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Griffin TavernTrail Site #74 (659 Zachary Taylor Hwy, Flint Hill, VA 22627)

A Little Night Music – Elizabeth Lawrence Band. Lawrence’s eclectic style and powerful voice cause her to be compared to Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt and Susan Tedeschi.  With her band’s tight solid rhythm and two studio albums under her belt, she has emerged as a local favorite. Performing 8:30 p.m.   Open 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Little Washington Winery – Trail Site #60 (72 Christmas Tree Lane, Washington, VA 22740)

Wine Bootcamp – Become a certified wine snob in this two-hour class.  The session includes lots of aha moments – a molecular sandwich pairing, three chocolate pairings and the Dirt Road Wine Tour! Register online: $20 with coupon code: wb358   Class from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.  Winery open until 5 p.m.

magnolia-300x279Magnolia Vineyards and Winery – Trail Site #61 (200 Viewtown Rd, Amissville, VA 20106)

Holiday Cork Craft!  Help put our used corks to good use!  Make your own ornaments and holiday decorations! No reservations required.  $5 per craft and we will provide instruction and all of the supplies! 11:30-5:30 p.m.


Middle Street Gallery – Trail Site #45  (25 Middle St., Washington, VA 22747)

Doodling in the Dark – Rosabel Goodman-Everard Solo Exhibit, December 1, 2017 – January 14, 2018.  There is only one remedy for darkness: light.  What brings light?  For this artist it is beauty, color, pattern, the freedom to explore new things.  I set out to pour those ingredients onto canvases and panels and it worked.
Artist’s Reception: Saturday, December 9, 2017 – 3 – 5 p.m.   Open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Old Rag Photography – Trail Site #46 (12625 Lee Hwy Washington, VA 22747)

Holiday Show and Celebration –  Gallery members will be on hand through the day with holiday sweets and witty conversation about photography and other topics.  Open 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Quievremont Winery –  Trail Site #64  (115 Reality Farm Ln. #335, Washington, VA 22747)

Wine, Music and More – Come for a wine tasting and stay for the music! Forrest and Jonathan Marquisee will be playing their original folk and country music from 3 to 6 p.m.  Winery hours are noon to 7 p.m. However, stay after hours for a 7:30 p.m. talk on the evolution of firearms during the interwar period, presented by CPT Matthew DiRisio, United States Army. 5% off glasses of wine during the talk.

Rappahannock Cellars – Trail Site #63 (14437 Hume RD, Huntly, VA 22640)

Christmas At The Cellars – Join us for mulled wine and Christmas tunes, and shop our selection of fine wines and spirits for holiday gifts!  Enjoy the warmth and hospitality that only a family nurtured winery can provide.  Open 11:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

River District Potters  –Trail Site #32 (7 River Lane, Studio 3B, Sperryville, VA 22740)

Make and Take – Painting on clay is fun! Make an ornament for your home or one to give as a gift.  Potters will guide you in a workshop from 1 – 3 p.m. Free! Open 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Warmglass DesignsTrail site #109 – (located at Ginger Hill Antiques, 12625 Lee Hwy Washington, VA 22747)

Suncatcher/Ornament – Make a suncatcher or holiday ornament. Create your own design, arranging colorful glass on a 4” round clear base. Items are glued, and fired offsite. All ornaments will be ready for pick-up the following Thursday at Ginger Hill. All tools and materials are supplied. Fee: $20  Workshop: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Studio open til 4 p.m.



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Middle Street Gallery Moves Back to Middle Street!

Rappahannock Artisan Trail member Middle Street Gallery is excited to announce their upcoming relocation back to Middle Street, in Washington, VA. The gallery’s new address will be 325A Middle Street, Washinton, VA, adjacent to The Inn at Little Washington!

Middle Street Gallery will be located in the back of this beautiful, historic building, next store to the Inn at Little Washinton

Gallery members are hard at work preparing for their grand reopening on December 8. The space has been painted and hanging systems installed, with a new lighting system installed soon. The space is lovely and bright, with a view out to the gardens behind the building. Middle Street Gallery is delighted to be back on ground level, accessible to all.

Part of Middle Street Gallery’s new space on Middle Street.
Rosabel Goodman-Everard will be the featured artist for Middle Street Gallery’s first show in their new location, with her series “Doodling in the Dark”. They will also have a group show of work by all member artists.
work by Rosabel Goodman-Everard
The opening reception will be Saturday, December 9, 2017, from 3 – 6 pm, which also debuts the reopening of Middle Street Gallery in Washington, VA, at its original address on Middle Street. Washington’s Mayor, John Fox Sullivan, will perform the ribbon cutting ceremony.
work by Rosabel Goodman-Everard
Goodman-Everard describes her work for this show as, “Doodling in the Dark is a series that I started in the Fall of 2016, as the sight of the good citizens of the Not-Anymore-So-United States of America clawing at each other’s throats required an antidote: a new, for me at least, approach to art that had to be colorful and beautiful, relaxing to create, and with an intense flow that would distract me.
“So I embarked on a series of small panels that I spray-painted in various intense colors, starting each piece by laying down abstract truncated tree shapes (which you will find, in one form or another, in all my work), which later developed into various other and less abstract depictions of trees.

“Then, using acrylic paint pens in many vivid colors, I continued by covering the panels with marks and patterns: little circles, dots, squares and rectangles, bark patterns, thorns, nets, drops of water or blood, foot prints. I blended drawing with painting.
“Figuration also introduced itself: ants, tadpoles, leaves, flowers, fruits, clouds, chains, helicopters, the moon, ropes and nails, prisoners behind barbed wire, clouds. Nothing was forbidden – I used black, gold and silver, as well as hot pink, I glued canvases and panels together and covered the seams with garnet gel. While working, I listened to Mozart, and Beethoven’s Overtures, and Shakira and my beloved Afropop, drank wine and “WhatsApped” endlessly with all my friends all over the world.
“Every panel was an adventure, nothing was ever planned, all results were unexpected and nothing ever came out a failure. It has turned out to be the most fun I have ever had making art.”
Work by Middle Street Gallery members.
For more information, please see Middle Street Gallery’s website, and for news and announcements, follow Middle Street on Facebook.

Black Friday & Small Business Saturday on the Trail!

Thanksgiving weekend is a great time to get away for a short day or weekend vacation, and a perfect time to visit Rappahannock County. As usual, there’s lots happening on the  Rappahannock County Artisan Trail!

Black Friday Events, on November 24, 2017:

Black Friday Holiday Gift Fair at Narmada Winery! Avoid the crowds and shop small, and stay for a wine tasting, and delicious Indian tastings menu. This is a great opportunity to find unique gifts for all the special people on your holiday shopping list, handmade by some of our local Rappahannock County Artisans. Among other local artists, Trail Members Jennifer Webb and Gina Irwin will be participating in the Fair with their fused glass and jewelry. You’ll find jewelry, crafts, Tupperware and more while you relax and enjoy Narmada’s delicious wines and live Christmas music by John Tole.


Live Music at Rappahannock Cellars! Mark Clay, 1-4 pm. Tasting room open 11:30 am – 5 pm. Enjoy Rappahannock Cellars’ absolutely gorgeous tasting room and award winning wines.


Start your holiday season with Gray Ghost Vineyards!  Enjoy one-day only gift specials and live music by Valerie Von Fange: 2:30 to 4:30 pm on Friday, November 24, 2017.  This is the perfect event to entertain guests!  The world’s largest Christmas display made entirely from corks will open on Friday, November 24! The display will remain up for viewing through Christmas Eve.  The tank room then goes back into winemaking activities, so the display is not available to see after Christmas Eve. Please plan your visit accordingly!



Live Music at Griffin Tavern! Local favorites Madonnas in a Field will be performing their distinctive blend of bluegrass-americana in the pub from 8 – 11 pm. Madonnas in a Field are reminiscent of Gram Parsons, Jerry Garcia, Michael Hurley, and Jonathan Edwards, but very much stand in their own right by putting an unusual twist on folk music.

Come for dinner, stay for the music. Griffin Tavern is a gem of a restaurant, and a local favorite in Rappahannock.


Blue Ridge Artisans in Sperryville, VA is open from 12 noon – 5 pm. This lovely gallery and shop, with two working artist studios on the premises, is the perfect place to find that special, one-of-a-kind gift. Come browse jewelry, ceramics, fused and stained glass, prints, hand-dyed yarns, hand-painted silk scarves, woodworking, oil and acrylic paintings, all created by local Rappahannock County artists!


Magnolia Vineyards Holiday Wine specialSome of our wines pair so nicely with your Thanksgiving Turkey (or Tofurkey!) leftovers, we’ve decided to keep the 2014 Viognier AND 2014 Black Walnut White as the Holiday wine specials through Sunday for Black Friday and Small Business Saturday both! Available at 25% off bottle purchases, 50% off 6 or more!

Small Business Saturday Events, on November 25, 2017:


Live Music at Griffin Tavern! A favorite at Griffin, Vinyl Tracks, will be performing in the pub from 8:30 – 11:30 pm. Vinyl Tracks, which evolved from the Beatles-tribute band Glass Onion, is a classic rock band based in Front Royal, VA, that dishes out an eclectic mix of 60s, 70s and 80s music from a song list currently at 200+ songs and growing.

Come for dinner, stay for the music and dancing. Griffin Tavern is a gem of a restaurant, and a local favorite, in Rappahannock. Well worth a visit ~ we bet it will become one of your favorites, too!


Blue Ridge Artisans in Sperryville, VA is open Saturday, November 25, 2017 from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm for Small Business Saturday. Shop their fabulous collection of local fine art and crafts in their gallery full of unique gift items, including jewelry, ceramics, fused and stained glass, prints, woodworking, hand-dyed yarn, hand-painted silk scarves, oil and acrylic paintings. All created by local Rappahannock County artisans.

While you’re here, enjoy a cup of hot cider, from one of our local apple orchards!


Wine Boot Camp at Little Washington Winery from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm (tasting room open from 11 am – 5 pm. You could call this Wine 301 – an advance class on all the basics of wine. Spend 2 hours with Little Washington Winery and they’ll turn you into a certified wine snob! Led by their wine maker, Carl, this seminar is the snob free zone in plain English all about wine. Learn how to achieve aeration perfection, how to behave in a restaurant, and all the tidbits about wine nobody will tell you. The session includes a molecular pairing experiment with a sandwich, a chocolate pairing session & the Dirt Road Wine Tour.


Live music by Dan & Chuck at Narmada Winery. Come for a wine tasting, enjoy the music, gorgeous view and pairings with the Indian tasting menu. Open 11 am – 5 pm.


Live music at Rappahannock Cellars: Marie Miller, 2 – 5 pm. Tasting room open 11:30 am – 6 pm. Award-winning wines in a gorgeous setting.


This plus much more in Rappahannock County over Thanksgiving weekend. Come try one of our many wonderful restaurants, tastings at local wineries, micro-breweries, and our distillery, shops and galleries, orchard stands, and gift shops. Hope you’ll join us for a day, or the weekend!