Artists and galleries chosen for annual tour

Trunk IV is a work by Jeanne Drevas, whose studio is part of the annual tour.

By Charlotte Taylor
Special to the Rappahannock News
What does a master blacksmith whose forged iron works are at the National Cathedral, a landscape painter whose work is in the U.S. State Department’s Art in Embassies program and a sculptor and potter who works in natural forest materials and functional clay all have in common?

They, along with another 55 other artists will be part of the the Artists of Rappahannock Studio & Gallery Tour. The tour, which has become an annual tradition and tourism attraction, is Nov. 6-7.

“Rappahannock is a wonderful place for emerging artists, not only for the inspiration drawn from its beauty, but also because of its many artists. Many have mentored and encouraged me, and made me want to continue to paint,” said Kevin Adams, one of the participating artists on the tour. Adams is also the president of the Rappahannock Association for the Arts and the Community (RAAC), the organization sponsoring the annual event.

Last year, the “Artists of Rappahannock Studio & Gallery Tour” was voted the “2009 Best Event” by the readers of Piedmont Virginian Magazine. This year it promises to be even better, due to a growing base of local community sponsors who welcome visitors, including local restaurants, inns and vineyards.

All the artists were selected by a jury of other professional artists. The event’s goal is to provide a unique experiential art tour, where visitors can meet the artists to explore not only their artistic process, but the source of their inspiration. The range of talent in the tour is extensive, ranging from works in oil and watercolor to those made of natural materials such as wood, clay, mosaics and llama felt. Visitors will see sculpture, pottery, glassworks, jewelry, textiles, photography and more.

The tour, which is held rain or shine on the first Saturday and Sunday in November, is self-guided and costs $10. It can be experienced as a day-long event, or a weekend stay for out of town art lovers, and draws business to local B&B’s and restaurants. It begins at the tour headquarters, located at the Fire Hall, in Washington. The Fire Hall itself will be transformed into a gallery during the event, displaying examples of artwork by each artist whose personal studio is open on the tour. In this way, visitors can plan their day using the descriptive map which outlines the locations of the participating studios and galleries.

Individuals or businesses interested in joining as sponsors for this year event can download a sponsorship form from the RAAC Web site at Sponsors contributing prior to the time the tour program goes to print in September will be listed as either a “patron” or a “friend.” Donations are tax-deductible.

Galleries on the tour

1. R. H. Ballard Art, Rug & Home
307 Main Street
P.O. Box 412
Washington, VA 22747

2. Caulfield Gallery and Studio
325-B Middle Street
P.O. Box 374
Washington, VA 2747

3. Glassworks Gallery & Oldway Art Center
Eric Kvarnes
11774 Lee Highway
P.O. Box 219
Sperryville, VA 22740

4. Goodine’s Designs in Gold & Silver
353 Main Street
P.O. Box 417
Washington, VA 22747

5. Middle Street Gallery
Patti Brennan
325 Middle Street
P.O. Box 341
Washington, VA 22747

6. Old Rag Photography
E. Raymond Boc
29 Main Street
Sperryville, VA 22740

7. Six Pack Gallery
Corner of Gay & Porter Streets
Washington, VA 22747

8. Geneva Welch Gallery
341 Main Street
Washington, VA 22747

Artists/Open Studio Participants

1. Kevin H. Adams (painter)
160 Gay Street
P.O. Box 482
Washington, VA 22747

2. Susan Dienelt (potter)
Juba Mountain Pottery
96 Juba Mountain Lane
Sperryville, VA 22740

3. Jeanne Drevas (potter/sculptor)
70 Potter’s Ridge Lane
Sperryville, VA 22740

4. Hans Gerhard (painter/sculptor)
Hughes River Farm Studio
3494 Slate Mills Road, Route 707
P.O. Box 144
Sperryville, VA 22740

5. Benita Rauda Gowen (painter)
Over the Hill Studio & Gallery
771 Zachary Taylor Highway
P.O. Box 480
Flint Hill, VA 22627

6. Nancy Keyser (painter)
Fox Den II
242 Tiger Valley Road
Washington, VA 22747

7. Linda Lawler (portrait painter)
Linda Lawler Portrait Studio
291-B Main Street
P.O. Box 365
Washington, VA 22747

8. Nan Mc Evoy (felting/fiber arts)
‘The Wild Hair’
Skye Llama Farm
13782 Crest Hill Road
Flint Hill, VA 22627

9. Heidi Morf (mosaics)
24 Crows
650 Zachary Taylor Highway
P.O. Box 487
Flint Hill, VA 22627

10. Margot S. Neuhaus (painter/photographer/sculptor)
Margot S. Neuhaus Studio
110 Padua Lane
Sperryville, VA 22740

11. Nol Putnam (iron work/forge)
White Oak Forge
31 Shootz Hollow Road
Huntly, VA 22640

12. Barbara Matteo Serbent (painter)
Three Bears Farm
536 Castle Mountain Road
Castleton, VA 22716

13. Merrill P. Strange (potter)
Strange Designs
90 Toad Hill Lane
Viewtown, VA 20106

14. Linda Tarry (mosaics)
60 Strother Lane
Washington, VA 22747

15. Patricia Underwood (painter)
Castle Spring Studio
103 Castleton Ford Road
Castleton, VA. 22716

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