The art of tourism (and vice versa)

Despite some iffy weather on Saturday, last weekend’s 11th annual Artists of Rappahannock Studio and Gallery Tour, a production of the Rappahannock Association for Arts and Community, proved again what a big draw the county’s unique artists and galleries are — bringing steady crowds to Rappahannock County for demonstrations (including by Sperryville printmaker Maggie Rogers, one of the few people who can legitimately ask strangers if they’d like to see her etchings), impressive displays (including by jewelry designer Gina Sweatt, of Ridge Line Designs) and just great works of art, both complete (including a striking indoor-outdoor collaboration by Brenda Van Ness and Nol Putnam) and in progress, as shown by artist Ruthie Windsor Mann at work in her studio near Washington). Photos by Emily Harris and Betsy Brooker.

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