The days are long, the evenings are light and the temperatures are warm… and August is for Art! Leave the dogs and cats at home and indulge in a day of art and entertainment before school starts up again. Rappahannock County Artisan Trail members are featuring art classes, gallery exhibitions and entertainment for your enjoyment, and there are always wonderful lodging opportunities and culinary delights for you as well. Welcome to a day – or a weekend – of artful pleasure on the Trail!
Click each featured site’s link below for more information on activities and to navigate via the online location map. When in the county, pick up an Artisan Trail map/brochure at the Rappahannock County Visitors Center just outside Washington, VA.
Here’s what you’ll find on Saturday, August 11th:
Before and After – 31 Main St., Sperryville, VA 22740
Art Soiree. Drown in the glorious depths of sight, sound and taste as CatBoneFace plays an acoustic set of Hendrix, Dylan, Mathews, The Who, Etc., while surrounded by thirteen of his original, bold, beautiful and grand scale oil abstracts currently exhibited on our walls! Meet this artist of many talents and check out his expressive paintings, a must see for all who appreciate art! There will be mouthwatering hors d’oeuvre, soul-warming wines and all while having your senses electrified in an atmosphere of bounty, feast and friends. Open at 8 a.m. Reception from 5-7 p.m.
De’Danann Glassworks – 23 Spyder Mountain, Sperryville, VA 22740
Mosaic for Beginners. Students learn the process of making a glass mosaic using stained glass as a medium. You will create the artwork and then grout it. This process will give you a working knowledge of how mosaics are made.
Instructor: Patricia Brennan. Time: 10 am – 2 pm Fee $email@example.com or call 540-987-8615 with questions or to reserve.
Gadino Cellars – 92 Schoolhouse Rd., Washington, VA 22747
Hot Music. Linda Heimstra and Bob Williams of the “Nethers Hot Club Band” are terrific! They will bring their jazz, blues and Latin tunes from the 30s, 40s and beyond to our tasting room from 2 – 5:30 pm. No cover charge. Open 11:30 am – 6 pm.
Griffin Tavern – 659 Zachary Taylor Hwy. Flint Hill, VA 22627
Vinyl Tracks. Wear your dancing shoes for this group’s performance from 8 to 11 pm. Classic Rock at its finest! Come for dinner and enjoy dishes prepared with love and fresh local produce! Since it’s Art Appreciation Month, it’s a good time to check out the photography art for sale exhibited in galleries upstairs and down. Open from 11:30 am.
Hazel River Arts and Antiques – 12625 Lee Hwy., Washington VA 22747
Nantucket Baskets. Accomplished basket-weaver John Bauer will demonstrate his skills throughout the day and relate the origin of the Nantucket Basket. Come meet John and enjoy his stories about the history of basket-weaving. Open 10 am. – 5 pm.
Magnolia Vineyards & Winery – 200 Viewtown Rd., Amissville 20106
Acoustic Soul. We are excited to welcome back acoustic guitar and vocal duo, Steven Shaffer and Bruce Turner to our tasting room! From 2 to 5, Acoustic Soul will play a wide selection of classic rock, rhythm and blues. Steven and Bruce are great entertainers who enjoy engaging with the audience. Sit outside and enjoy the view of grapes ripening while you enjoy a tasting! Open 11:30 am to 5:30 pm.
Middle Street Gallery – 325A Middle St., Washington, VA 22747
Winter Landscapes. This weekend is your last chance to catch Kate Anderson’s “Winter Landscapes” oil paintings. Come in and cool off with scenes of snow and wintery skies. This is definitely art to appreciate! Open Fri-Sun 10 am – 5 pm. Free.
Narmada Winery – 43 Narmada La., Amissville, VA 20106
LightSearch. According to Mack Rowe, light is primary and positive and in all he creates. Enjoy his exhibition of watercolors and his photographs created with non-digital technology and close-up lenses. Rowe invites you to “Enjoy your trip into my visual adventures.”
Kathy Davis & Bradley Bishop team up to present a musical experience that is exciting, entertaining, and offers something for everyone! The innovative duo draws from bluegrass, old time, and swing influences to create a magical performance. 2 – 5 pm
Our Tasting Room offers Wine and Chocolate and Vineyard Picnic pairings as well as three different tasting flights that allow guests to zero in on wines they know they will love while exploring less familiar ones. Open from 11 am – 7 pm.
Quievremont Winery – 162 Gid Brown Hollow Rd., Washington, VA 22747
Art Ahoy! Carolyn Roth’s monotype exhibition invites you in with bold beautiful shapes and colors. While you’re appreciating the bold art, try some of our bold wines! Open from 12 pm – 7 pm.
River District Potters – 7 River La., Sperryville, VA 22740
Art in the Garden. Potter Sara Adams will instruct you in creating a colorful ceramic marker for your vegetable or flower garden or potted plant. Art class available between 11 am – 4 pm. Please allow an hour to create your marker. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or text: 202 256-7005 to let us know if you might attend. Free.
The Inn at Little Washington – Parsonage Courtyard, Middle and Main Sts., Washington, VA 22747
Village Market. If you’ve always wanted to sample something from The Inn, here’s a chance to taste their pulled pork BBQ! Shop for items for Sunday breakfast like delicious gourmet sausages, jams, pickles, preserves and baked goods. Celebrate Art Appreciation Month as you browse the offerings of many local artisans. A portion of the proceeds from sales of Inn items is donated to the Rappahannock Food Pantry. 10 am. – 2 pm.
Martin Woodard Art Studio – 36 Main St., Sperryville, Va 22740
Susan Dienelt of Juba Mountain Pottery will display her work and discuss producing functional salt-fired stoneware that is designed for enjoyment and use in everyday life. She will talk about the creative process, share some of her tips and talk about her technique. 12 – 3 pm.
For more detail, refer to the Calendar of Events.
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