Though it’s been a staple of Rappahannock County – and particularly Little Washington, where it officially resides – for nearly three decades, Goodine’s Designs in Gold and Silver is closing its doors in early August.
Originally opened in July of 1985 by Christopher Goodine, the little jewelry store has supplied many Rappahannock residents with memorable pieces for 28 years. After Goodine passed away last fall, said his wife Jean, the store remained open due to the hard work of his apprentice, Kaitlyn Mullan.
“It really is too bad,” Goodine said, “But it’s not just a matter of selling the jewelry. You also have to be able to make it.”
Mullan, who spent years apprenticing under Christopher, learning to make his many masterful designs, is relocating to South Carolina, necessitating the store’s closing. In the meantime, however, Goodine’s granddaughter Morgan Cloud is manning the shop and presiding over its farewell sale, which lasts until the store’s final day on Saturday, Aug. 3.
“It’s a farewell sale to thank the community for all its support,” said Goodine, who hopes the community will remember the store’s “distinct wavelength patterns” and its famous “orbit” earrings.
Those earrings consisted of a series of concentric circles that actually opened up, “like atoms,” Goodine explained, noting how they’d rotate when worn. “They were one of his big sellers,” she said proudly.
– Matt Wingfield
The Artists of Rappahannock Studio & Gallery Tour has selected the 17 artists to participate in the ninth annual open studio and gallery tour. These include two new artists — Tom Mullany and Lynne Horning — who join the 15 returning artists who participated last year. In addition, seven galleries — two in Washington and five in Sperryville — are holding special exhibits, swelling the number of artists that can be seen in the two-day event to well over 50.
Scheduled for Nov. 2-3, this annual event is a favorite of the region’s art lovers. It has been featured in the Piedmont Virginian, Virginia Living and a multitude of newspapers, and draws close to 1,000 visitors from as away as Baltimore and North Carolina.
“Each year, our geographic reach expands as the tour becomes better known and its reputation grows,” said Nancy Raines, who co-chairs (along with Robert Ballard) the committee of the Rappahannock Association for the Arts in the Community (RAAC) that organizes the tour.
“The quality of our artists’ work makes this event a major regional tour,” added Raines, noting that the committee carefully vets the artists to assure that its standards remain high.
Kevin Adams, painter
Susan Dienelt, potter
Rosabel Goodman, painter
Benita Gowen, painter
Libet Henze, ceramicist
Lynne Horning, potter
Nancy Keyser, painter
Tom Mullany, painter
Margot Neuhaus, sculptor/painter/photographer
Nol Putnam, metal sculptor
Maggie Rogers, printmaker
Rene Ruffner, painter
Jerry Smith, rustic furniture maker
Nedra Smith, painter
Ruth Anna Stolk, painter
Linda Tarry, mosaics
Patricia Underwood, abstract painter/printmaker
Brenda Van Ness, painter
Mike Wolniewicz, fine cabinet maker
Haley Fine Arts
Middle Street Gallery
Old Rag Photography
River District Arts
The 17 artists who open their personal studios all live and work in the county, many of them nationally and regionally known. The tour’s “open studio” format is a major draw for visitors, who like to visit the artists in their personal work space and learn about their creative process.
The participating artists this year offer a rich array of media, including painters who work in oil and watercolors; sculptors who work in wood, iron and found material; potters and ceramicists; photographers and print makers; as well as those who work in iron, wood, glass, mosaics and textiles. In addition, the event promises to be even more vibrant and varied this year since many of the artist studios are host visiting artists to show with them.
RAAC created and sponsors this event in order to spotlight the artistic richness of the community, and to highlight the works of the many artists who live in Rappahannock. Sponsor donations and fees from the event are used to support RAAC’s community arts-related programs and the Claudia Mitchell fund, which provides grants to aspiring artists.
The tour takes place from 10 to 5 both days and costs $10. It starts at the Washington fire hall, where visitors can see samples of the work of artists so they can plan their personal tour. They then travel the bucolic back roads of Rappahannock County on a scavenger hunt for studios during Virginia’s fall foliage weekend.
For more information on the tour, including the full list of participating artist and galleries, call 540-675-3193 or visit raac.org.
Due to an accident that has temporarily disabled one its principal actors, the previously scheduled Aug. 16-17 performances of Tom Stoppard’s “The Real Inspector Hound” at the RAAC Community Theatre have been cancelled.
The next scheduled play at the Theatre is “Love, Loss and What I Wore,” a funny and poignant play by Nora and Delia Ephron, based on the bestselling book by Ilene Beckerman, which will be performed on Sept. 20 and 21. For more information, call 540-675-3193 or visit raac.org/theatre.html.