Great works of industry, great works of literature, great works of art….. September is a great month to celebrate great works. And you can find them all over Rappahannock!
Enjoy the pristine scenery – one of our greatest works – while you explore the many creations to be found in studios, galleries, restaurants, wineries, distilleries, markets, shops, B&B’s and other points of interest.
Before and After – 31 Main St., Sperryville, VA 22740
At a 5 pm reception, meet the local artist with great works hanging at Before & After! Lori Wallace-Lloyd is a former military officer once stationed in Italy where she became fascinated with Italian painting. Through rigorous atelier training, she built her own skills as a painter and has won many awards for her realist figurative work. View her works and learn about her perspective as an artist. Her current show hanging at Before & After and named Floribunda, reflects her love of combining flowers, insects and animals in a variety of mixed media. It is inspired by historical botanical illustrations and the spectacular beauty and nature of Rappahannock County.
Belle Meade B & B– 353 F.T. Valley Rd., Sperryville, VA 22740
Mid-September is a beautiful time at Belle Meade Bed and Breakfast! The pool is still open, the water inviting! Hike nearby Old Rag Mountain while the weather is pleasant and enjoy a complimentary bag lunch at the top of the trail. Our setting in the valley surrounded by mountains is beautiful and our farm fresh meals will satisfy any appetite. Extend your adventure by exploring Sperryville’s antiques emporium, art gallery, gift shops and hiking – campeing specialty store. Reservations 540-987-9748 or www.bellemeade.net
Griffin Tavern – 659 Zachary Taylor Hwy. Flint Hill, VA 22627
Come for the food; stay for the music. May as well have a beer while you’re here. Kick back with Vinyl Tracks, a classic rock band presenting an eclectic mix of 60s, 70s and 80s music, and a wonderful repertoire of the Beatles great works! Performance from 8 to 11 pm.
Kevin Adams – at Gay Street Gallery, 337 Gay St., Washington, VA 22747
Kevin Adams, Ruthie Windsor-Mann and Shawn Ireland present a trio of great works at Gay Street Gallery. Paintings and prints by Adams are on display across the United States and a number of his American landscapes hang in embassies around the world. Windsor-Mann also has work in collections throughout the world. Since moving to Rappahannock, her inspiration has been the nature surrounding her studio, while Ireland’s trips to Italy have inspired him to take a sculptural direction in the form of zoomorphic candlesticks, vases and bowls that he calls Animalware. Open 10 am – 5 pm
Magnolia Vineyards & Winery– 200 Viewtown Rd., Amissville 20106
Acoustic guitar and vocal duo, Steven Shaffer and Bruce Turner, return to the tasting room! Acoustic Soul plays a wide variety of classic rock and rhythm and blues that is sure to have you singing along to awesome oldies but goodies! Open at 11 am. Performance 2-5 pm
Middle Street Gallery – 325A Middle St., Washington, VA 22747
Exhibition by Jo Levine and Gary Anthes illustrates how photography adapts to different subjects and perspectives. Anthes’s photographs of mostly urban landscapes span three continents and hint at the mysteries he finds there. Levine’s photographs of the beautiful Palouse countryside in Washington state range from a dreamlike quality to abstractions created from patchwork farmland. Meet the artists in a reception from 3-5 pm. Open 10 am – 5pm
Old Rag Photography at Griffin Tavern 659 Zachary Taylor Hwy. Flint Hill, VA 22627
Joyce Harman takes you on a photographic journey through the life cycle of trees, from birth to death and beyond. Trees are among the oldest living things on the planet and contribute to its health in many ways. They provide shade, a place for kids to climb, food for animals, building materials for people and carbon dioxide recycling through photosynthesis. Harman has collected images of trees many years and they never cease to fascinate her. Reception in upstairs gallery 3 to 5 pm.
Sperryville ARTists Cooperative – 3 River La., Studio 1A in the River District, Sperryville, VA 22740
Earth Allegiance© is a new world pledge created by Living Sky Foundation founder Cherl Crews. The pledge, originally illustrated by students to celebrate earth day in 2010, includes images of more then 500 species native to Rappahannock County and identified as conservation concerns. This great work was donated to the Shenandoah National Park to commemorate its 75th anniversary and housed there for two years before being returned to Rappahnnock and installed at the Sperryville ARTist Cooperative, This summer the mural was restored by a team of local volunteers and you are invited to join them and featured artists for a mural unveiling and open house from 12-3 pm.
The Inn at Mt. Vernon Farm– 147 Mount Vernon Ln., Sperryville, VA 22740
Great works come in many forms and our latest is a beautiful new nature trail through grounds and woods above the inn. Stay with us for a weekend to remember and be one of the first to hike the trail with its sweeping views of Sperryville and the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains. Take advantage of our multi-night discount by staying two or more nights. You’ll be glad you did! Reservations at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 540-987-8115.
Wild Roots Apothecary– 4 River La., Sperryville, VA 22740
It’s fun and a labor of love to make your own soap, guided by Lisa Ference, owner of Signal Mountain Artist. Groups of 2-3 people will make batches of cold process lye soap, measuring and combining the ingredients, adding fragrance and color, and pouring into molds. All necessary ingredients and equipment are provided. Bring your sense of adventure! $65 per person. 4- 6 pm For more details and reservations click here.