October kicks off the most wonderful time of the year to visit Rappahannock County, Virginia: Autumn! The air is cool and crisp, the leaves are changing and the mountains are a riot of color. Located close to Washington, DC, and the DC Metro Area, the County is the perfect place for a day or weekend getaway, and there’s so much on offer in Autumn: craft demonstrations, art instruction, open studio experiences, gallery openings, culinary experiences, wonderful brews and wines, live entertainment, special rates and more! With the Shenandoah National Park in our back yard, the options for hiking and enjoying the outdoors abound. And, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention our many wonderful orchards and farm stands, chock full of locally grown apples, cider, pumpkins and more!
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, or at any of the participating venues, or check it out online here.
Here’s what you’ll find on Saturday, October 14, 2017:
(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).
Blue Ridge Artisans – Spirit Trail Fiberworks – Trail Site #106 (12018 B Lee Highway, Sperryville, VA 22740)
Hot Cider and Knit! Join us in our gallery and studios, on a beautiful October day in the country. We feature local artists’ work in ceramics, glass, jewelry, fine art paintings, prints, and hand-dyed yarn and silk scarves. Get a leg up on Holiday shopping! We’ll have hot cider, a selection of teas and coffees, and treats in the gallery. Bring your knitting and hang out with us for a while! 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Contemporary Color – Trail Site #110 (82 Resettlement Rd, Huntly, VA 22640)
Monotype Demonstration Join artist Carolyn Roth in her studio as she demonstrates how to create a multi-layered monotype. Roth’s work, expressed in paintings, prints and mixed media, embraces aspects of the natural world, cultural diversity, and the subconscious. Noon – 4 p.m.
De’Danann Glassworks – Trail site #4 (23 Spyder Mountain Lane, Sperryville, Va 22740)
Making Fused Glass Earrings Fused glass is the process of melting glass together in a kiln at a high temperature. Artist Patricia Brennan will teach students how to cut glass and explain the process of using a glass kiln. Working with small pieces of different colored glass, students will each create 3 pairs of earrings in this class. They will make and fuse the earrings on Saturday and arrange a time to pick up their projects after the earrings are out of the kiln and cooled the next day. Call 540-987-8615 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested or would like more information. $30 covers instruction and all materials 10 a.m. – Noon
Glassworks Gallery – Trail Site #42 (11774 Lee Hwy Sperryville, VA 22740)
Glass Engraving Master engraver Patty Sevre demonstrates hand-carved and engraved illustration on fine crystal and glass. While you watch, Sevre will custom engrave a design for you on wine glasses, decanters or other items with special pricing. Sevre creates her unique engravings with little more than revolving stones, copper and diamond wheels, and cooling water. Come see her unique hand engraving firsthand! 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Little Washington Winery – Trail Site #60 (72 Christmas Tree Lane, Washington, VA 22740)
Wine Bootcamp Spend 2½ hours and become a certified wine snob! This is an advanced class on all the basics. Led by winemaker Carl, it is in plain English. The session includes a molecular sandwich pairing, three chocolate pairings and the Dirt Road Wine Tour! Register online and save 50% with coupon code: wb358 Class from 11 a.m. -1:30 p.m.
Living Sky Foundation – Trail Site #44 (Sperryville ARTist Cooperative, 3 River Lane, Sperryville, VA 22740)
Communication ART Art For All. You are invited to join artists Jane Forth and Cherl Crews for this simple, yet personal creative workshop. Draw, paint or collage a postcard and send it to a friend or someone in need of cheer. All materials are provided. Drop in anytime from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Suggested donation $5.00 per person. Reservations encouraged. 540-987-9288
Magnolia Vineyards and Winery – Trail Site #61 (200 Viewtown Rd, Amissville, VA 20106)
Live Music Join us for an afternoon of entertainment with music by Grass Fed, a local favorite from Flint Hill, VA. We are excited to welcome back Dan and Brian to our tasting room! Grass Fed plays an acoustic mix of funk/groove and reggae with both original songs and covers. Normal $10 tasting fee applies 2 – 5 p.m.
Middle Street Gallery – Trail Site #45 ( 31 Main Street, Sperryville, VA 22740)
Nancy Brittle Exhibition “Completing the painting in one sitting works best for my goals of freshness of both idea and paint,” says Brittle on her alla prima painting style. “For the last year, I have been consciously working with looser but more precise brushstrokes on smaller canvases. I work from life, the subjects usually being my family and my home. These works reflect my effort to create a painting, not a picture.” Open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Artist talk from 3 – 4 p.m.
Narmada Winery – Trail Site #62 (43 Narmada Lane, Amissville, VA 20106)
Harvest Fest After the harvest in ancient India, the Festival of Lights, or Diwali, marked the end of the farming year. As grape growers in Virginia, Sudha and Pandit keep the tradition alive and the Indian harvest festival of DIWALI is one of our most anticipated events of the year. Dinners or antipasto and cheese platters are available by pre-order. There will be a dance performance followed by a Bollywood dance lesson and then freestyle dancing. All ages and skill levels are welcome. The evening concludes with a fireworks display at 7:30 p.m. 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Ridge Line Designs – Trail site #33 (10 River Lane, Sperryville, VA 22740)
Artisan Jewelry Demonstration Jeweler Gina Irwin will be demonstrating the art of sheet and wire construction, using sterling silver and assorted stones. See Irwin at work while enjoying apple cider and assorted snacks. 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
River District Potters – Trail Site #32 (7 River Lane, Studio 7B Sperryville, VA 22740)
Play With Clay! Potters will be working in the studio, answering questions, sharing techniques and introducing new products. Join in the free “play with clay” workshop from 2 – 4 p.m. Studio open 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Warmglass Designs – Trail site #109 (Located at Ginger Hill Antiques, 12625 Lee Hwy, Washington, VA 22747)
Glass Suncatcher Workshop Artist Jennifer Webb will teach you how to fuse glass to make your own suncatcher. A round clear base and colored glass are provided to make a mandala – a circular pattern that starts from the center. All tools and materials are supplied. Suncatchers will be fired off site and ready for pick-up within a week. Fee: $10.00 (Additional $5 fee if shipping needed.) 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
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