Sperryville column for Nov. 18

Welcome to Photoville

Subtly and quietly, photography is becoming a growing presence in Sperryville and Rappahannock County. Old Rag Gallery on Main Street in Sperryville has become the base for Blue Ridge Workshops. Over the last three years, BRW’s creative, professional instructors have brought at least 200 workshop participants into the county for weekend workshops. (Sign up at BlueRidgeWorkshops.com.)

Interestingly, former participants have been regularly spotted when they invariably return to capture our incredible scenery. During the Studio and Gallery Tour this year, Old Rag Gallery featured the work of Ray Boc, Beverly Hunter, Brenda Van Ness and Greg Robertson, all Rappahannock residents.

The gallery is open occasionally on weekends and otherwise by appointment. Call Ray Boc at 540-987-9706.

Photo finishing is a new service offered by Mary Ann Dancisin of Studio ECS in Amissville. She specializes in those “almost great” photos you’ve worked so hard to capture. If something’s a little bit off, there’s an unanticipated shadow or overexposure, or perhaps a speck of dust got onto your lens at a crucial moment, Mary Ann can subtly and expertly correct and enhance the shot, respecting your individual aesthetic. She’s also offering restoration services, especially nice around the holidays. We’ve all got those lovely, fading old Polaroids of family and friends. She can bring these images back to life! Mary Ann can make up to 11-by-14 prints or return the finished digital file to you for output elsewhere. Contact her at mdancisin@studioecs.com.

Many of you know that Ray Boc loves to photograph people and events in the community as a community service and that he is a freelance photographer for the Rappahannock News. Ray studies light as he drives around the county and has captured the essence of form and color in his luminous landscapes and animals.

Ray’s use of light draws one into the photo to discover and experience the subject in a deeper way. Ray studied photography at the New School in New York, where he also had a gallery. He maintains an exhibit at Old Rag Gallery for retail sales of work inspired by, and reflecting, the beauty of our countryside. Contact Ray at 540-987-9706 or eraymond.boc@att.net.

Molly M. Peterson moved to Rappahannock about two years ago with her husband, Mike (now farm manager of Mount Vernon Farm). She is the photography director for Flavor magazine and also runs her own MJM Photography.

Molly specializes in natural-light, natural-moment photography of children, pets, farm, equine, families and more. She approaches each session with a calm and gentle demeanor to capture the essence of the subject. A portion of each month’s sales go to nonprofit organizations. You can find her work online at mJmphotography.biz or, for the most recent and up-to-date images and information, on her Facebook fan page by searching for Molly M. Peterson and mJm photography.

Photo Studio 964 is a new photo studio in Flint Hill, run by fine art photographer and Savannah College of Art and Design graduate Georgia Landman. Georgia’s interest in photography lies in human importance. For her, taking a portrait goes beyond taking the subject’s likeness. She explores the larger environment that surrounds the subject and she engages the viewer to be aware of this environment.

There is always a story behind a portrait, and although the viewer might not always get the entire story while looking at it, he or she can at least find more substance than just the resemblance of the person. Georgia recently started a project called “Women of the Land,” which will be an ongoing project about women who work with or on the land. Apart from photographic services, Georgia also prints large-scale archival prints on a professional Epson 9900 (44-inch-wide) printer.

The state-of-the-art printer with Epson UltraChrome HDR ink produces the widest color gamut ever from an Epson printer. It offers local photographers an easy way to have their prints printed on the best available archival inkjet papers available today. For more information, contact Georgia at georgia@photostudio964.com or visit georgialandman.com.

Photo by E. Raymond Boc

Happy Birthday, TRG

The multi-generation Thompson family has added greatly to the quality of our lives in Sperryville with the success of the Corner Store, Thornton River Grille, Rudy’s Pizza and now Terri Lehman’s catering services. The Lunch Bunch, an informal, long-standing social club, recently gathered on the deck to celebrate the Thornton River Grille’s seventh anniversary with Ken Thompson. Congrats to the family and the staff for your consistent quality of food and service and best wishes for ongoing success.