Branden Eastwood, son of county residents Francie Schroeder and Henry Eastwood (owners of the Eastwood Nursery), is the next guest artist at the current exhibit at Old Rag Photography on Main Street in Sperryville.Eastwood, who has an associates degree in photojournalism from Brooks Institute of Photography and is an alumnus of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism in Phoenix, spent the last year living in Jakarta and uses his photos to illustrate everyday life in the city. Eastwood flies into the U.S. this weekend, and will be at the reception at Old Rag Photography from 1 to 5 this Saturday afternoon (Oct. 13).
Eastwood, a graduate of Westtown Quaker School in Pennsylvania, uses his love of photography to explore social issues. Although his images can portray picturesque moments (such as children playing soccer on a beach, shown here), others depict the sadness of poverty, including one of children begging as passersby on their cell phones ignore them. Eastwood’s work can be previewed at his website brandeneastwood.com and on Facebook.
What do Leoncavallo’s “La Traviata,” Edith Piaf’s “La Vie En Rose,” and “Camelot” have in common? Well, for starters, arias from these operas, and songs from these Broadway shows, along with Piaf’s iconic melody, are all on the program of the concert coming to the Theatre at Washington at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20.
The melodies are part of the annual concert given by soprano Jacqueline Neimat. Neimat and pianist George Peachey have appeared at the Theatre for the last several years and will be joined this year by Wammy Award-winning musician Jose Sacin, who has played numerous operatic roles and given recitals worldwide.
During the first part of the concert, musician Elizabeth Daniels will serve as narrator, introducing the operatic arias and placing them in context. Her humorous and sometimes wry commentary has always been a diverting and enjoyable counterpoint to dramatic arias from grand opera.
Tickets for the performance are $25 ($10 for students 17 and younger). For reservations, call 540-675-1253 or email TheatreVA@aol.com.
R. H. Ballard Gallery will be exhibiting new work by artist Nora Harrington, beginning Oct. 20 at 307 Main St., Washington. An opening reception, including a gallery talk and live music, is 4:30 to 7 p.m. that Saturday.
Nora Harrington was born in London in 1974. She graduated from Suitland Center for the Arts, and received a BFA with honors from the Cooper Union School of Art in New York City. While in New York, Harrington taught painting to high school students and worked at the Whitney Museum of American Art. In 1998, led by her passion for painting outdoors, Harrington moved to rural Rappahannock County, where she still resides with her husband and son on Harris Hollow’s The Farm at Sunnyside. Her paintings are in private and corporate collections throughout the U.S., Germany, England, Spain and Italy.
“I share with The Farm at Sunnyside a deep reverence for the natural world and a desire to ﬁnd and create balance in our environment,” says Harrington. “As an artist I intuitively seek balance for aesthetic reasons between manmade and natural forms; between individual elements and their larger context; between what is evanescent and what is enduring. The Farm at Sunnyside is working with issues of balance in the landscapes they create as well; it is the fulcrum of their work within the worlds of agriculture and conservation.”
As part of the opening event at Ballard’s, Harrington and Sunnyside’s Nick Lapham will speak briefly about the organic farm, its mission and how this exhibition of paintings, created at the farm, relates to this mission. Live music with Lorraine Duisit will also be provided, and award-winning wine from Rappahannock Cellars will be served along with light fare from Tula’s Off Main.
For more information, visit rhballard.com or call 540-675-1411.
Knights of Columbus provide new coats for kids
Just in time for chilly fall weather, the Knights of Columbus council at St. Peter’s Catholic Church has donated a big batch of new winter coats for needy kids in Rappahannock County. The Knights delivered two large cartons of new coats last week to the county’s Department of Social Services, for distribution to foster children or other needy youngsters.
Shown here, KC Grand Knight Bill Jarrett and Rappahannock Social Services director Sharon Pyne look over some of the 24 warm jackets, in sizes 8 through 18, for boys and girls. The local effort is part of a national Knights of Columbus program that last year distributed more than 31,500 new coats for kids through 698 local KC councils. For information on availability of the coats, call Sharon Pyne at 540-675-3313.
Deputy Charles W. “Chucky” Baker is new to the Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Office but not to Rappahannock. Formerly with the Strasburg Police Department, lifelong county resident Baker grew up in Sperryville and lives in Amissville with his family.
He attended the Northern Virginia Police Academy and the Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy and holds certifications in law enforcement as well as fire suppression and fire investigation. “I believe Chucky will be a good asset to this department and to the citizens of Rappahannock County,” said Sheriff Connie C. Smith.
Virginians looking to plant trees on their land in the spring will have to go no farther than their computers. The Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) opened its online tree seedling store this week.
Every year, VDOF offers hardwood and pine bareroot seedlings. This year, container-grown longleaf pine seedlings are also available. The six loblolly pine varieties available this year range from 25 percent to more than 60 percent in improved growth and yield, when compared with unimproved seedlings. Most seedlings are available in quantities as low as 10 and 25.
“Our seedlings are bred and grown in Virginia soil,” said Josh McLaughlin, nursery forester, “and our pine seedlings use the best genetics from our tree improvement program. Landowners who plant trees as an investment should take a look at what we have available this year. And, if you want to add trees to your property but have a smaller area to plant, the smaller quantities we offer may be exactly what you need.”
The VDOF’s two tree nurseries grow and sell 24 million tree seedlings each year.
State Forester Carl Garrison said, “Our tree nurseries cultivate, pack and ship some of the best seedlings available – something we’ve been doing for the citizens of the Commonwealth for 95 years.”
Virginians who are interested in purchasing tree seedlings can log onto BuyVirginiaTrees.com and order from the more than 40 species available. The online store also includes information to help landowners choose the right species, as well as pricing and shipping details. For more information, or to order by phone, call 540-363-7000.