Sperryville column for March 19

Lovely ‘Ruins’ at Old Rag

“Relics and Ruins” is a vibrant new exhibit that the photo artists of Old Rag Gallery, at River District Arts, open with a reception from 2 to 5 p.m. this Saturday (March 21) at RDA.

An infrared shot of a Castleton landmark by Ray Boc is among the works in Old Rag Gallery’s current “Relics and Ruins” show at RDA.Raymond Boc | Rappahannock News
An infrared shot of a Castleton landmark by Ray Boc is among the works in Old Rag Gallery’s current “Relics and Ruins” show at RDA.

As photographer Francie Schroeder, an Old Rag member, puts it, “Photographers have long been attracted to everything old from rusty bits and pieces to fine old automobiles.” Through their unique medium, photographers celebrate history, capturing the stories that silent artifacts and ever-changing nature seek to bestow.

According to Old Rag’s Ray Boc, “Old Rag Photography is a cooperative gallery founded in 2011 on Main Street in Sperryville. Membership has changed through the years but the mission remains the same. We are six people passionate about photography, and Old Rag Photography is our window to the community. With this dedication, we enrich the culture of our county and support tourism and its economy by making the county an arts destination.”

Evidence of the group’s passion abounds in the “Relics and Ruins” exhibit.

Bette Hileman is showing images of international renown: a convent from the 1500s, whose gray empty stone hallways seem to speak in hushed tones, a crumbling cathedral where knights and jesters once roamed and an old Swiss barn that hints at the majesty of the Alps and the modesty of the sheep herders who once paused here.

Ray Boc celebrates many of Rappahannock’s myriad treasures, capturing the simple beauty and charm of an old truck, an ancient tree bursting with life where the truck’s engine once was. Toying with infrared photographrapy, Ray also captures the simplicity of an old and weather withered Sperryville barn, long forgotten. The black and white landscape, trees and woods surround and highlight the bold red colors of the barn. It’s “a barn that was once a ‘corn crib,’” Ray says, “where corn cobs were stored to feed poultry or ground up for livestock feed in the winter months on a farm long past. Quite possibly, the corn was ground at the Estes Mill, down the hill on 211.”

Francie Schroeder enjoys toying with rich textures and nostalgia, depicting in one photograph an old mill country store, its front porch laden busy with rural paraphernalia. Joyce Harman celebrates a love of history and nature, her startling depiction of a moonlit Rappahannock night sky, thick with stars. Geoff Archer enjoys all things vintage, “and the play between different shapes and textures.” His photograph of a rusted horseshoe, tinted black and orange peeking out of an aged green barn door, depicts days gone by.

Old Rag Gallery and River District Arts are open noon to 5 Fridays and 11 to 5 Saturdays and Sundays at 3 River Lane in a complex shared with El Quijote restaurant, Copper Fox Distillery and Copper Fox Antiques. The gallery not only offers photographs for sale but conducts classes and offers photography services.

Yin Yoga at Stonewall Abbey

Stonewall Abbey Yoga and QiGong, on Main Street in the village, begins offering a Yin Yoga class at 5:45 p.m. this Monday (March 23). Fees are $75 for a six-class pass. Stonewall Abbey provide mats, straps, bolsters and blankets. Contact Susan at 540-987-8369 or visit stonewallabbeyyoga.com for more.

The trout are out

Spring has definitely arrived, and, according to Kaye Johnson of Skyline Trout Farm in Old Hollow, “the ice is finally off the pond, the fish are hungry, and we are ready to open!” She says the trout farm will open this Saturday (March 21), and thereafter 9 to 4 Saturdays and Sundays. Call 540-987-9438 or visit skylinetroutfarm.homestead.com for more.

Chris Green
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Chris Green (formerly Chris Doxzen) is an an executive recruiter by profession who enjoys exploring and writing about all things Rappahannock. Friends and neighbors with potential stories for her Sperryville column should email her at chrisdoxzen@gmail.com.