The Rapp for July 5

First Saturday is Sperryville’s Arts Saturday

Old Rag Gallery in Sperryville will be having their first opening of a show with outside guest photographers from 2 to 5 p.m. this Saturday (July 7). Two of our photographers will also be exhibiting at River District Arts – which itself is holding an opening reception for the artist cooperative’s July show from 3 to 5 p.m., featuring 12 artists. Also celebrating this “First Saturday with the Arts” in Sperryville are Glassworks Gallery and Maggie Rogers at Central Coffee Roasters.

(And, next door to RDA, Middle Street Gallery has a reception from 2 to 5 to open a show of works that take you into the “Art of the Extreme.” See the separate item on that show below.)

Jack Daily's “FDR-Aliens” is part of the show at Old Rag Photography Gallery.
Jack Daily's “FDR-Aliens” is part of the show at Old Rag Photography Gallery.

Old Rag’s visiting photographers are Jack Daily and Norma McGehee Woodard. Daily enjoys creating impressions in both writing and photography. Originally from Birmingham, Ala., he resides in Culpeper. but spent most of his career in Miami and the D.C. area supporting projects in the medical and space industry. The cultural elements that emerged from these experiences offer a rich collage for artistic departure. He is an active member of the Alexandria Art League, the Fairhope and Culpeper Photography clubs and the Windmore Foundation of the Arts. Daily is a member of the Art League Gallery in the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, where his work has been selected in 11 juried shows the past two years.

Woodward is showing work based on a project she recently completed project called “Forgotten Communities.” The book that inspired the project is “Lost Communities of Virginia,” published by a Virginia Tech architectural group. Many small towns in Virginia were at one time thriving communities with economies built on manufacturing, mining, the railroad or farming. As the demand for the items produced decreased along with the demise of the railroad or small farms, the towns withered. Her photographs attempt to capture, with dignity and sensitivity, the once-proud buildings and other remnants of these forgotten communities.

Exhibiting in the main part of the gallery is one of our members, Bette Hileman. She has been involved in photography since 1981, taking photos to illustrate her articles about health and the environment. Since retiring from journalism in 2008, she has been concentrating on photography, showing images in local venues. In this opening, she will exhibit local landscapes as well as dramatic views of the Canadian Rockies and the California coast. The other photographers exhibiting will be Francie Schroeder, Joyce Harman and myself. For more information, call 540-987-9706.

Since 1984 Glassworks Gallery has offered innovative and unique artwork by more then 25 local artists. Most have been doing their trades for over 25 years. See the best local talent displayed in 2,200 square feet of open airy space. Offering ceramics, hand-blown glass, jewelry, wood, metal, engraved glass, stained glass, artwork and much more. A mile west of the village on Lee Highway, look for the red swinging bridge entrance. Glassworks is open 10:30 to 5 weekdays, till 6 weekends (closed Wednesdays).

At Central Coffee Roasters, Maggie Rogers is showing her etchings as well as the work of guest artists. Central Coffee is less than a mile west of Sperryville on Lee Highway.

What all this means: This Saturday is the day to be in Sperryville to see all the new artwork on display.

– Raymond Boc

Going to extremes at Middle Street

Gary Anthes' "Ansonia" at Middle Street.
Gary Anthes' "Ansonia" at Middle Street.

Watch out, “Extreme Art” is coming to the Middle Street Gallery. The special exhibition, running from July 6 through July 29, will feature works from 20 of the cooperative gallery’s members from Northern Virginia and nearby counties.

The definition of  “extreme” has been left to each artist. Some have taken their chosen medium in an unusual direction, and some have chosen edgy or politically charged subject matter. Other artists have pushed a certain quality – such as form, color or contrast – beyond conventional limits.

“Our artists have pushed themselves into new territory,” said Middle Street artist Janet Brome. “The gallery will be full of surprises.”

Jo Levine, a photographer from Sperryville and Washington, D.C., will show an image called “UFO? (Unidentified Floating Object).”

“The word ‘photography’ comes from Greek words for ‘light’ and ‘writing,’” said Levine. “In keeping with those roots, ‘UFO? (Unidentified Floating Object)’ does not rely on any physical objects, but rather uses light alone to create the image.”

Fellow photographer Gary Anthes of Castleton and Arlington will show photographs taken inside the factories of the Ansonia Copper & Brass Co. in Connecticut (including the photo above) Founded in 1845, the company once employed thousands but has been reduced to a few dozen workers after years of layoffs caused by foreign competition. The photos show the sad, stark and gritty interiors of factory buildings that have closed — a mute testimony to the decline of manufacturing in New England.

The show will include paintings, prints, sculpture and multimedia works, each accompanied by the artist’s interpretation of his or her work.

The gallery will hold an opening reception for the public, with refreshments, from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 7. The gallery is at Rappahannock Central, 3 River Lane, Sperryville, and is open Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 540-987-9330 or go to  

RAAC chooses Mitchell Fund awardee

Amanda Carroll accepts her Mitchell Fund award from RAAC's Robert Ballard.
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Amanda Carroll accepts her Mitchell Fund award from RAAC's Robert Ballard.

The Rappahannock Association for Arts and the Community (RAAC) has selected Amanda Carroll to receive its RAAC Claudia Mitchell Arts Fund internship award. A longtime resident of Rappahannock County, Carroll is the daughter of Laurie and Robert Carroll of Castleton and a recent graduate of Wakefield County Day School. She will be attending the Rochester Institute of Technology in the fall to study media arts and technology.

During her internship, Carroll will assist the Artists of Rappahannock Studio and Gallery Tour, now in its 8th year. Funds raised through the art tour help support the Mitchell Fund.

“We are pleased to honor such a talented and dedicated student with this award,” said Pat Burke, chair of the RAAC Mitchell Fund Committee, which chose Carroll from applicants from throughout the county. “The intent of the RAAC Mitchell fund is to promote innovation in the arts in all media and to provide support for both established and emerging artists in Rappahannock,” Burke said.

“I cannot thank the RAAC Mitchell Fund enough for giving me this opportunity to intern with the Artists of Rappahannock Tour. It will give me the kind of professional experience I need to truly prepare me for college and the future,” said Carroll.