All across the county, our trail sites are featuring a diverse collection of special events, artist classes, workshops, exclusive open studio experiences, special package rates for lodging, culinary highlights, wonderful wines and more!
As all these sites are on our Artisan Trail, you can click their links below to be directed to more information on what they do and their activities year ‘round. And, be sure to pick up a trail map/brochure the minute you hit the region!
Here is what you will find on June 2nd:
Belle Grove Plantation Museum – Trail Site #62 (336 Belle Grove Road Middletown, VA 22645)
Belle Grove Plantation Open for Touring Coming to the Top of Virginia Trail for First Saturday fun? Belle Grove is open 10am-4-pm & the Museum Shop has artisan and local items for sale too! No cost to visit Museum Shop; House Tours $12, 10 am – 4 pm
Center Ring Design – Trail Site #1 (325 S Church St Berryville, VA 22611)
1st Saturday Open Door Tour Each first Saturday we hold an Open Door Tour from 11-4. We bring you a sale or demonstration or have goodies to share. As the days get warmer, plan to bring a lunch and join us – we’ll be sure to have tea and lemonade. Watch our website and FB Page for details for each month. Free, 11 am – 4 pm, http://centerringdesign.com
Fire House Gallery and Shop – Trail Site #15 (23 E Main St Berryville, VA 22611)
Open Door Reception The Firehouse Gallery is a local non-profit gallery that showcases the work of many local artists for the Clarke County and Shenandoah Gallery area. Please join us for refreshments and possible demonstrations or workshops! Free, 11 am – 4 pm
Handworks Gallery – Trail Site #17 (150 N Loudoun Street Winchester, VA 22601)
Handworks Open Studio Handworks Gallery will always be open for the Open Door Tour! Come see all the best artists the local area has to offer! Local pottery, woodworking, jewelry, and sculpture. Free, 10 am – 7 pm
Julie Read’s Back Lot Studio – Trail Site #7 (BEHIND 222 S Loudoun ST, Winchester, VA 22601)
Water Color Demonstrations Ronda Albright and Donna Ashbaugh are two West Virginia watercolor artists who infuse their works with a loose, colorful style that brings a liveliness to their paintings.
Donna employs the surprises and happy accidents of watercolor to convey her unique vision of landscapes, buildings and flowers. Ronda‘s work embodies a realistic style, yet her artwork often takes on an abstract quality. She is often intrigued by the way light creates interesting shadow patterns. All three artists are signature members of the Baltimore Watercolor Society, and will be available to answer questions on Saturday, June 2, 2018.
Julie Read will have her watercolor originals and prints and note cards for sale. Or, watch a video of a watercolor lesson by Julie Read. This is your opportunity to buy great art directly from the artists. Free, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm.
Museum of the Shenandoah Valley – (901 Amherst St, Winchester, VA 22601)
Open Studio with the Shenandoah Potters Guild Spring Show at the MSV Shenandoah Potters Guild Spring Show at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester Virginia. Featuring the work of 10-15 talented local potters with demonstrations throughout the day. Come meet the potters. Free, 10:30 am – 4:00 pm.
Old Town Winchester Farmers Market – Trail Site #35 (119 N. Loudoun Street, Winchester, VA 22601)
Farm Market The Old Town Farmers Market is comprised of local farms, local artisans and others sharing items from the surrounding area. We are always looking for new vendors to add variety to the market. The market has a community approach and encourages lingering and local entertainment. Local vendors participate in the market weekly and others on a rotating basis. The market strives to offer a wide variety of items for sale including in-season fruits, vegetables, artisan breads, cookies, cheese, grass fed beef, gluten free bread, cured meats, jam, eggs, honey and many other items (produce and items for sale may vary each week). All items to date have been grown or produced within a 60-mile radius of Winchester Free, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm.
Patsy Cline Historic House – Trail Site #70 (608 S Kent St Winchester, VA 22601)
Patsy Cline Historic House Open Door Tours Patsy Cline lived in this house longer than any other associated with her. Learn how she became Patsy Cline. Born Virginia Patterson Hensley in Winchester, Virginia, Patsy Cline—known by her friends and family as “Ginny”—moved numerous times before she was 15 years old. She lived in this house longer than any other in her lifetime. Patsy’s big break came when she won an Arthur Godfrey Talent program in 1957 with the hit Walkin’ After Midnight. From there she pursued a recording career appearing at the mecca of country music – the Grand Ole Opry in 1958, and received national awards in 1961 and 1962. Tour introduces a young Ginny Hensley and shares how she became Patsy Cline. $8 adults; $6 65-older, 10 am – 4 pm www.patsyclinehistorichouse.com
PH Miller Studio, Frame-Makers – Trail Site #10 (1 E. Main St Berryville, VA 22611)
Open Door Tour In celebration of first Saturdays on the Top of Virginia Artisan trail, stop by the Studio to watch free gilding demos and refreshments. Plan on stopping by the studio to see works in process, frame making, gilding and the woodworking products of 6 woodturners, 1 furniture maker and 1 wood sculptor all from Northern Virginia. Free, 10 am – 5:30 pm
Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum – Trail Site #23 (19 W. Cork Street, Winchester, VA 22601)
Visit the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum for four floors of interactive exhibits, art activities, and appearances from our Artisan in Residence! With exhibit areas focusing on the arts, mathematics, sciences and the humanities, the Discovery Museum offers hours of fun for the entire family. $9, 9 am – 5 pm.
Nancy Polo’s La Capretta Gallery on Smithfield Farm – Trail Site #57 (568 Smithfield Lane Berryville, VA 22611)
Open Studio at Nancy Polo’s La Capretta Gallery on Smithfield Farm Come visit me at Smithfield Farm in Berryville, VA. My studio is open on the first Saturday of every month beginning in March as part of the monthly Clarke County Open Studio Tour. I paint in acrylics and watercolor on wooden panels and paper. I will be working toward making paintings and drawings for a large exhibit to be held at the Barns of Rose Hill in Berryville, VA from July 27-August 27. While you are here, take a walking tour of our farm, home to Smithfield Farm Bed & Breakfast and Smith Meadows Grass-Fed Meats. We have a lovely two-mile birding trail that winds through the pastures, allowing you to see our farm animals and local wildlife. Free, 10 am – 3 pm
Winchester Book Gallery – Trail Site #73 (185 North Loudoun Street, Winchester, VA 22601)
Book Talk/Signing: Lyn Widmyer – Chasing Pills, I Must Be Old, I Have a Pill Dispenser Lyn Widmyer shares humorous, informative advice about how to navigate the tricky shoals of old age. Topics include unwanted body noises, fear of dementia, living with a hard of hearing spouse, computer mysteries (what is the Cloud, anyway?), understanding confusing medical bills, surviving retirement and travel tips for Old People. Dylan Thomas suggests people “do not go gentle into that good night…rage, rage against the dying of the light.” Fine advice but Lyn plans to laugh her way into eternity. Free, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm.
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