The Rapp for Oct. 20

Visit ‘Old Friends’ this Sunday

At 3 p.m. this Sunday (Oct. 23), the Little Washington Theatre screens “Old Friends,” a personal and heartwarming documentary film by Peabody award-winner Peter Odabashian about growing older with his and his wife’s “old friends.” After the movie, Rapp at Home, which is hosting the film, presents a panel discussion, live and onstage, about the movie and growing older in Rappahannock County. The conversation is moderated by John McCaslin and includes Sallie Morgan, Danny Wilson and Peter Odabashian — who is coming from New York with his wife, Esther.

Peter Odabashian, whose documentary "Old Friends" screens Sunday at the Theatre, will be on hand for a panel discussion afterwards.
Peter Odabashian, whose documentary “Old Friends” screens Sunday at the Theatre, will be on hand for a panel discussion afterwards.

The film is free. If you have any questions, call Rapp at Home at 540-937-4663 or visit For a trailer of the movie

Plein air at Ballard, new works at Adams

This Saturday, R.H. Ballard Gallery opens the exhibit, “Vantage Point,” of new paintings by three regional plein air artists — Gray Dodson, Lynn Mehta and Meg Walsh. The show runs through Nov. 16.

An opening reception with the artists is 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 22), with Gadino Cellars wine and light fare, and is part of “An Evening of Art in Little Washington,” which also includes the opening reception a block away of the Gay Street Gallery’s exhibit of works by Kevin Adams, Robert Bouquet and Paul X. Rutz, also from 4 to 7 p.m.

In Ballard’s three-person show, artists Dodson, Mehta and Walsh have exhibited widely and all get their inspiration from being in the landscape and painting directly from it.

“Though I am a representational painter,” says Meg Walsh, “I am more concerned with creating a strong composition than accurately depicting a scene. I try to translate the landscape, emphasizing what interests me most about a specific place at a moment in time, whether it be a dramatic shadow pattern, the blazing heat of a summer day or the rolling sky of a passing storm. My paintings have a strong abstract element, and I often limit my values and simplify shapes to make a more forceful statement.”

At R.H. Ballard, Lynn Mehta's "Maine Rocks" is a 12-by-16-inch oil on linen.
At R.H. Ballard, Lynn Mehta’s “Maine Rocks” is a 12-by-16-inch oil on linen.

Lynn Mehta has this to say about her work and process: “When I paint I connect with changing light, the color of the landscape, and movement. I feel the most free when I paint outdoors, whether I paint deserts, cities, mountains, farms, docks, rivers, or beaches. I focus on abstract shapes and forms that create a whole, seeking inspiration that makes a universal connection.”

Says Gray Dodson: “My work is about place and mood. Color and light are extremely important. I adjust them as they relate to each other and the entire composition, often emphasizing the contrasts of lights and darks while relying on my emotional response to the landscape. I hold a deep reverence for nature and strive to connect with its spiritual aspect.”

Gray Dodson's "Golden Light," a 16-by-20-inch oil on linen, is part of Ballard's "Vantage Point" exhibit through Nov. 16.
Gray Dodson’s “Golden Light,” a 16-by-20-inch oil on linen, is part of Ballard’s “Vantage Point” exhibit through Nov. 16.

“Vantage Point” runs for three weeks only at R.H. Ballard Gallery (307 Main St., Washington, open 10 to 6 daily except Tuesday). To schedule an appointment or viewing contact Robert H. Ballard at 540-675-1411 or See more selected works from this exhibition at

In an exhibit opening in tandem with the Ballard show, Gay Street Gallery presents works by Paul X. Rutz, formerly of Virginia and now keeping his studio in Portland, Oregon, who offers a collection of contemporary still life paintings on carved panels. And the Gallery welcomes back Culpeper-based sculptor Robert Bouquet, who presents abstract and figurative work in Virginia soapstone and Italian alabaster. Finally, resident artist Kevin H. Adams presents new paintings of Rappahannock and from his travels, all focused on the quality of light illuminating the landscape. More at

Paul Rutz's “Hanging Bottles: Street View," a 12-by-12-inch oil on carved panel, is among the works on exhibit through December at Gay Street Gallery.
Paul Rutz’s “Hanging Bottles: Street View,” a 12-by-12-inch oil on carved panel, is among the works on exhibit through December at Gay Street Gallery.

All about ‘Hollywood on the Potomac’

Mike Canning speaks at the library Nov. 11.
Mike Canning speaks at the library Nov. 11.

View and discuss the “Old Friends” documentary with pals old and new; brush up on your plein air appreciation at R.H. Ballard; “Hollywood on the Potomac” author speaks at the library; and learn learn the art of Pysanky and needle felting at the Studio School.

On Friday, Nov. 11 at 8 p.m., the Rappahannock Association for Arts and Community welcomes Mike Canning as the featured speaker in the Second Friday at the Library Series. Canning will discuss his book “Hollywood on the Potomac,” which offers a lively look at how Washington, D.C. has been portrayed in American feature films. Canning has reviewed films for the Hill Rag newspaper for more than 20 years. His talk is aimed at everyone who loves movies and who loves (or hates) Washington’s shenanigans.

Mike Canning was a foreign service officer for nearly 30 years, working in eight countries on four continents. He is a movie buff of even longer standing. He saw his first film at the age of 4, in Fargo, North Dakota. His book covers some 50 films, from classics to froth to thrillers to duds, and includes information on “goofs” that made it onto the big screen. Canning has tales galore about Hollywood’s Washington and the real thing, and how the two compare. The talk is free. All are welcome. Visit for more.

Make those gifts

Learn to make a felted bunny with artist Donna LaPré this Saturday at the Studio School in Flint Hill.
Learn to make a felted bunny with artist Donna LaPré this Saturday at the Studio School in Flint Hill. Courtesy photo

This Saturday at the Studio School in Flint Hill, you could learn the art of Pysanky (drawing designs in wax and dyeing eggs) with Nina Shepardson, or needle felting with Donna LaPré, who’ll teach you to make an adorable small bunny. Both workshops are 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 23) and cost $45 each (all supplies included). Visit or call 540-878-3687 if you’re good with your hands and interested in going beyond shopping for gifts.

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