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.


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!