The Tenth Annual Studio & Gallery Tour
The Rappahannock Association for the Arts and the Community invites you to tour the Studios and Galleries of Rappahannock County:
Saturday and Sunday, November 1 & 2
10AM to 5PM
In the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains lies Rappahannock County, home to Virginia’s finest artists. You are invited to view the works of over 50 artists at 20 studios and 7 galleries. Here are some of our Rappahannock County Artisan Trail sites who will be opening their doors and connecting with visitors all along the studio-gallery tour.
In my studio and kiln on Juba Mountain I make pottery to be used in the home. Beauty belongs throughout our everyday lives—art on the walls and in the ground, flowers in the garden and in a special vase. When we wash our berries, and take that first morning sip of tea or coffee, the vessels we use should bring beauty and joy to our lives. At the same time, they should be functional and easy to use and care for.
is the studio of artists Tom Mullany and Kerrie Mullany. Along with their personal work, the studio offers a broad range of art-related services including large scale murals, painting and sculpture commissions, decorative wall finishes, furniture painting, and art repair. Also located at the studio is The Studio School which provides a variety of classes and workshops for all ages and experience levels.
“I have a love affair with wood, all types of wood.”
I find it captivating, I am enthralled by it’s appearance, texture, aroma, color, patterns, flexibility, density, figure and form as it merges with my personality.
Margaret Rogers’ is an artist /printmaker in Sperryville Va. The themes in her work are nature and familiar rural scenes. Although she is mainly a printmaker, her work includes illustration, graphite and botanical drawings. She an alumni of The Corcoran School of Art . Her workplace, equipped with a Griffin etching press, is tucked behind the family’s coffee roastery on the Thornton River. The woods and river surrounding the studio are a designated Wildlife Habitat, which attracts plenty of interesting subjects to draw. Drypoint, aquatint, and monotypes, etchings are some of the techniques used. She is represented in local galleries and has exhibited at art shows in Washington DC, Richmond, and Charlottesville.
There are 9 Artisan Trail winery sites along the way that will be waiting to serve you a glass of local wine, like Gadino Cellars.
The inspiration for my work comes from Japanese traditions which use simple lines, and complex joinery. I also am inspired by the works of Greene and Greene, Frank Lloyd Wright and Roycroft. Since most of the furniture I produce is commissioned, custom work, I have had the pleasure of exploring many genres and mediums, dabbling in stained glass, metal work, and pottery.
The Middle Street Gallery is a regional, nonprofit artists’ cooperative and gallery based at River District Arts in Sperryville, Virginia. Our members include painters, photographers, artists working in multimedia and sculpture. Our mission is to support quality and innovation in the arts. Please check our website for information about our exhibitions, meet-the-artists receptions and individual artist’s work.
Don’t want to rush? Stay for the weekend at one of the many B&B’s in the county like the highly acclaimed White Moose Inn.
Located in historic Washington, VA, r. h. ballard gallery was founded in 1997 by Robert H. Ballard, an established artist and curator who has been in the gallery/museum business for over 40 years. The gallery has a changing exhibition program, where work by gallery artists rotates throughout the year including a select number of one person and group exhibitions. Painting, sculpture and original prints from local, regional and national artists are featured in the gallery lineup.
Old Rag Photography is a cooperative gallery in Sperryville, Virginia, run by some of Rappahannock County’s finest photographers. Our artists are inspired by the local environment and by their travels, both imagined and real.
River District Arts is a vibrant creative community with nine open studios, galleries featuring local and regional art, and an Artisan Market with fine craft created by Virginian artisans. The sixteen studio artists work in a variety of styles and mediums including photography, oil painting, watercolor, mixed media and ceramics.
Geneva Welch Gallery
Welch is a nationally known artist, displaying watercolor, oil paintings, and dry point etchings of animals and country scenes. Her limited edition prints, hand-painted ornaments, and platters are also available.
Pick up your program at the Tour Headquarters Gallery at the Fire Hall in Washington, Virginia. Admission is $10 per person. View selected works of the artists at the fire hall and then continue the tour at the studios and galleries located throughout the county.