By Patti Brennan
Perhaps you’ve seen some of the Artisan Trail signs that have popped up throughout Rappahannock County? The Rappahannock County Artisan Trail now has 100 participants, the largest of any trail developed in the state to date.
And, this holiday season, you will have many opportunities to benefit from the artisan trail signs that denote where our local talent lies for shopping this holiday season.
At Chester Gap, you’ll find Tree Top Studio, where clay artist Cathy Wolniewicz has created handmade demitasse mugs filled with peppermints — a great stocking stuffer for $18. (For an appointment, call 540-327-9028, or visit treetopstudiodesigns.com).
In Little Washington, R. H. Ballard Gallery will be celebrating the season with their affordable Small Works Show that runs through Dec. 15. Geneva Welch Gallery offers wonderful note cards, prints and ceramics created with Geneva’s original artwork “Mom with Lambs.” Be sure not to miss Christmas in Little Washington on Dec. 7, where many of the Artisan Trail artists will be displaying their work.
In Woodville, Strike Daekins Designs will be hosting a Yuletide Open Studio Event on Nov. 29 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 1 Red Oak Mountain Rd. Meagan Daekins makes fabulous Renaissance clothing. You will also find her at the Washington Christmas parade festivities.
In Sperryville, Glassworks Gallery will be waiting to show you amazing — and functional — hand-blown glassware, made by glass artist Eric Kvarnes.
From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 28-30, Sperryville be alive with holiday celebration. Coterie Shop will be hosting its third annual artisan market, with glass ornaments, holiday tabletop gardens and floral creations by Jen Perrot (which are locally sourced), as well as tastings from Wild Root Apothecary and Cocoa Manna. Local musicians will be serenading with holiday music. Also that weekend, KnitWit will host an open house, serving samples of their Women’s Bean Project soups and dips and highlighting their Christmas ornaments and holiday gifts. They will also be offering a 10-percent discount to residents of Rappahannock, Culpeper and Fauquier counties.
Triple Oak bakery will have delicious gluten-free goodies from their holiday menus for Thanksgiving and Christmas. See their website at tripleoakbakery.com (select the “Holiday Ordering” tab). The bakery will have an open house the weekend of Dec. 13-14, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Also in Sperryville, you’ll find an amazing selection of artful presents at Old Rag Gallery, Middle Street Gallery, Living Sky Foundation and River District Arts.
Patti Brennan is the primary organizer of the Rappahannock Artisan Trail. The Artisan Trail is a statewide effort to market the talent of artisans (including craft, fine art or agriculture) to encourage a tourism destination. For more on the Rappahannock Artisan trail, go to artisanscenterofvirginia.org (click on “Artisan Trail Network,” then scroll down to Rappahannock County Trail”).