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).

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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.

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“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.

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!

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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.

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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.
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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.
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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.

Rappahannock Cellars Launches Dida’s Distillery

Dida’s Distillery opens a new frontier in Virginia craft distilling with 100% grape-based spirits.didas.jpg

Rappahannock Cellars, a renowned and award-winning Virginia Winery located in Rappahannock County, recently announced the opening of Dida’s Distillery at their Huntly, VA winery & tasting room. With a combined 30 years of grape growing and wine making experience between California and Virginia, Rappahannock Cellars is the first Virginia winery to capitalize on Virginia’s booming craft distilling industry by specializing solely in spirits made 100% from premium grape wines produced on site.

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With regard to the expansion into the spirits industry with a sole focus on distilling from grape, Rappahannock Cellars founder John Delmare says, “Grapes have some major advantages over grains; they have a lot more flavor and aroma. More flavor and aroma going into the still provides more flavor and aroma in the final spirit. And not only as brandy: grapes also make for incredibly smooth and flavorful Vodkas and Gins, with character you can’t get from grains. Making exceptional wines isn’t easy, or cheap; distilling them is much more difficult and complex. But with three decades of winemaking experience, we’re crafting world class wines and distilling them into exceptional spirits.”

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To launch Dida’s Distillery (pronounced “did-uh’s”), Rappahannock Cellars spent nearly three years planning and navigating the unique challenges of distilling from grape, from permitting, to the unique logistics of wine making, to the timing of it all around one annual harvest where the fresh wine needs to be immediately turned into spirits.

The name Dida means “grandfather” in Croatian, and is tribute to Paul Mariani, the Delmare family’s grandfather, who established the family legacy of fruit farming.

Dida’s is open for walk-in tastings from 11:30 am – 5:00 pm Friday through Sunday. Its initial lineup includes Pressed Vodka, Immature Brandy, and coming soon, a barrel-finished Pressed Gin. Its first barrel-aged signature Brandy will be ready in two years.

For more information and reservations see www.DidasDistillery.com

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Rappahannock Cellars is a family-owned and operated vineyard and winery located in Huntly, VA. After selling their California winery and moving to Virginia in 1996, the Delmare family founded Rappahannock Cellars, and has been producing internationally acclaimed wines since 2000. Rappahannock Cellars & Dida’s Distillery is a member of the Rappahannock County Artisan Trail, Blue Ridge Whisky Wine Loop, and the American Distilling Institute.

Follow Rappahannock Cellars on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

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Featured Member: Patti Brennan

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Patti Brennan, stained glass artist who’s company is De’Danann Glassworks, was recently featured in a video by Rappahannock County resident Roger Piantadosi, a newspaper writer and editor (and former editor of the Rappahannock News). Roger is doing a series of videos on Rappahannock County artists, and we’re so glad he featured Patti in one.

Patti is the founder (raising $15,000 to kick off the Trail) and driving force behind the creation and ongoing development and expansion of the Rappahannock County Artisan Trail.

Patti is a Juried Artisan with the Artisan Center of Virginia, as in an artist on the popular Annual Artists of Rappahannock Studio and Gallery Tour, on November 4-5, 2017. Many Trail artisans are also on this Annual Art Tour.

Click on the above photo for Roger’s video, which was made possible through a grant from the Claudia Mitchell Arts Fund and the Rappahannock Association for Arts and the Community.