The Rapp for May 3

An ‘open-eye meditation’ in Sperryville

Detail from Helga Hohn-Heiberg's "Compensation and the Nature of Opposite" oil on canvas.
Detail from Helga Hohn-Heiberg's "Compensation and the Nature of Opposite" oil on canvas.

“Graphic Dimension,” the show by Front Royal artist Helga Hohn-Heiberg, is definitely worth a visit to the Confluent Gallery at River District Arts before the show is taken down after May 13.

According to Hohn-Heiberg, who came to the U.S. from Germany in 1987 under the sponsorship of the Sudeten German Society (which awarded her its First International Prize in 1983), the title of the show refers to “the structure of all spaces and its position in time, as well as the spatial constitution of objects within” as well as the use of color to enhance the sense of space and dimension. It’s a different approach to art that some have called an “open-eye meditation, and inspiring expression for the viewer.” Having studied not just painting and sculpture but philosophy, psychology, pedagogy and blacksmithing, Hohn-Heiberg has a unique approach worth experiencing, including in her “Compensation and the Nature of Opposite” oil on canvas, a detail of which is pictured here.

For more information, call River District Arts (3 River Lane, Sperryville) at 540-987-8770.

Play it again, Audrey

This Sunday (May 6) at 3 p.m., when Canadian pianist Audrey Andrist performs at the Theatre at Washington, Robert Schumann’s “Carnaval” will make up the second half of the program – a request, Theatre owner Wendy Weinberg says, made after Andrist performed the same piece at the  Theatre several years ago. It resulted in “such rousing and sustained applause from the audience that, following the concert, I asked Andrist if she would play it again at the Theatre one day.”

This Sunday’s recital also includes Schubert’s Impromptu in B-flat Major, op. 142 No. 3, and Beethoven’s Sonata in E-flat Major, op. 31 No. 3 (“The Hunt”), and Andrist’s playing, described by The Washington Post as “riveting and radiant,” will surely inspire additional outbursts of appreciation. Tickets for the concert are $25 ($10 for students 17 and younger) Call 540-675-1253 or email to reserve.

Win dinner at The Inn — for Mom

The Inn at Little Washington is running a essay contest that your Mom would be happy to hear you’ve entered – if you email the Inn your 500-words-or-fewer take on the reasons why your mother deserves The Inn at Little Washington’s luxurious pampering and fabulous food this Mother’s Day, May 13, you could win a free Mother’s Day dinner for her.

Send all submissions to (include your full name, telephone number and email address) by Sunday (May 6). The Inn says all submitted entries will be judged by an independent panel of real mothers.

The Inn opens at 1 on Mother’s Day and plans a special six-course sprng tasting menu created by chef Patrick O’Connell for $128 (excluding tax, gratuity and beverages), with seatings available at 1, 4 and 7 p.m. For reservations, or more about the contest, call 540-675-3800 or visit

Winning film team to shoot in Rappahannock

Greg Hess, left, and Francisco Campos-Lopez try out some local transportation for their 48-Hour Film project in Rappahannock this weekend.
Alex Sharp VIII | Rappahannock News
Greg Hess, left, and Francisco Campos-Lopez try out some local transportation for their 48-Hour Film project in Rappahannock this weekend.

The 48 Hour Film Project is an annual short film competition among filmmakers from all over the world. Not knowing what their assignment will be until tomorrow evening, producer Greg Hess (shown here on the left) and his crew of 19 will have just this weekend (May 5 and 6) to create the entire film . . . from writing the script, shooting it, editing it and delivering it by 7 p.m. Sunday.

Reston-based, Virginia Tech graduate Hess teamed up once again with director Francisco Campos-Lopez (shown here on the right) for this year’s competition. Their 48-hour film last year won best picture and best cinematography for the D.C. area – so the duo’s giving it another shot, to see if they can advance even further in the competition. In 2011, nearly 60,000 48-Hour filmmakers made 4,000 films in 96 cities on six continents.

“One of the things you can do before the competition begins is secure your locations,” Hess said by email Tuesday. “So when trying to determine a spot that would be very versatile, since we don’t know what genre we will get, Rappahannock was a clear winner – not only because of its sheer natural beauty, but also because every single person I’ve met there is so incredibly nice and accommodating.

“I was really surprised at how welcoming everybody has been to us city slickers,” Hess continued. “And we are all super excited for the chance to film in such a beautiful place, and in local establishments such as the Rappahannock News, Copper Fox Distillery and Copper Fox Antiques. We have all the ingredients to make something really special here, and for that we owe so many thanks to the folks of Rappahannock County.”

– Alex Sharp VIII

Discover the Junior Master Gardener Club

All fourth- through seventh-graders are invited to participate in an After School Farm to Table/4-H Workshop at 4 p.m. next Tuesday (May 8) at the Mountain Laurel Montessori Farm School in Flint Hill.

If you enjoy nature, learning about gardens, plants and bugs, come and get inspired to become a certified Junior Master Gardener (JMG).  Rappahannock County Public Schools’ Farm-to-Table coordinator Jenn Rattigan, Mountain Laurel’s farm manager and educator Mark Cuppett and members of the Rappahannock County Master Gardeners encourage you to join us for an after-school workshop that will be a preview for the JMG club to be offered next school year.  

Activities will include projects leading to becoming a certified Junior Master Gardener, planning a vegetable garden to benefit the Rappahannock County Food Pantry, visiting the sheep, pigs and chickens who live at Mountain Laurel Montessori, eating fresh-grown vegetables and snacks, and of course, having fun!

The workshop leaders are also looking for enthusiastic eighth- and ninth-grade Junior Leaders to work with them.

There is limited bus transportation from the RCES to the Mountain Laurel Montessori Farm School.  To sign up, call the Extension office at 540-675-3619. For more information, call Rattigan at 443-827-2997 or Mark Cuppett at 540-675-1011.

Mountain Laurel Montessori Farm School is at 23 Sunny Slope Lane in Flint Hill.

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