Spring has sprung! Rappahannock County is gorgeous in April, with blooming trees and flowers, clear blue skies, and perfect temperatures. And our artists are busy this month with shows, opening receptions, and more!

Here’s what’s happening this month:

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“When Duality Does No Longer Obtain”
April 1 – May 31, 2023
Opening Reception: April 1, 2023 from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Dwell Fine Art & Craft
5047 Leeds Manor Road
Hume, VA 22639

Friday 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Saturday & Sunday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm, and by appointment

Sperryville, VA based artists Linda Croxson & Philip Ward present a series of abstract paintings which are fiercely non-referential. In choosing to celebrate the complexities of color, surface and shape, they create immersive works of art that are fun and thought provoking.

To RSVP for Opening Reception, please email Dwell.

For more information, please visit Dwell Fine Art & Craft.


Shape & Story: A Journalist Collides with Art

Jackson Center
3050 R Street, NW
Washington, DC

Sunday, April 16, 2023, 2:00 – 3:00 pm


Have you ever wondered where Art and Journalism collide? Join Tim Carrington, a Washington DC based journalist and artist, and host Phil Linder as they discuss his approach to oil painting and his lifetime involvement in both art and journalism.  His paintings suggest a story of human drama brought to life through vidid color, design, and a distinct style informed by years of international travel.

Register for this free event at Eventbrite.


Online Exhibition: “In Bloom

Cottage Curator
12018 Lee Highway
Sperryville, VA 22740


Thursday – Sunday 11:00 am – 4:00 pm and by appointment

Flowers have attracted artists for centuries, from ancient Egypt to the renaissance in Northern Europe to contemporary America. A cooperative and accessible subject, flowers offer up their colorful, organic forms. Just in time for spring, Cottage Curator features Mid-Atlantic artists celebrating their views, from still-lifes to plein air studies to ceramics.


Susan Raines, “Out and About in Black and White”
April 21, 2023 – May28, 2023

Middle Street Gallery
311 Gay Street, Lower Level, facing Main Street & across from Ballard’s
Washington, VA 22747
(540) 675-1313

Friday – Sunday, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm


From Susan, “The exhibition consists of black and white portraits taken over many years.

“Some were taken for publication in newspapers and magazines and others were taken for a calendar of Atlanta bars. Many of the photos are part of my ongoing personal series of portraits. All of the photographs were taken with film cameras, either 35 millimeter
cameras or a vintage Rolleiflex twin lens reflex.  Black and white film was used and developed in my home dark room where the original prints were made. Most of the prints in this show are archival digital prints made on an Epson P600 printer.”


Paulo Neuhaus
April 21, 2023 – May28, 2023

Middle Street Gallery
311 Gay Street, Lower Level, facing Main Street & across from Ballard’s
Washington, VA 22747
(540) 675-1313

Friday – Sunday, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm


From Paulo, “Several images I will be showing were prompted by a recent visit to Peru’s Sacred Valley. I’m also intrigued by a contemporary rendition (in a Michigan sculpture park) of Leonardo da Vinci’s iconic Horse drawing, which he never ended up executing.”


“Art at the Mill”
April 22, 2023 – May 7, 2023

The Burwell-Morgan Mill
15 Tannery Lane
Millwood, Virginia 22646

Saturdays, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Sundays – Fridays, 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Annual Art Gallery exhibition at the Burwell-Morgan Mill, an historic mill still in operation. During each show, around 300 artists display more than 1,000 pieces of art of all descriptions and media. Oil paintings are predominant, but other types of painting, mixed-media, sculpture, fine woodworking, and pottery round out the stunning diversity of the show. There is truly something for every taste, budget, and decor.

Art at the Mill has become one of the premier art shows in the mid-Atlantic region, attracting artists and buyers from more than a dozen states.

For more information, visit Art at the Mill.


Image: “Water Whirled” by Pam Pittinger


Jason will have a booth at Sperryfest:

April 29, 2023

Main Street
Sperryville, VA 22740

This annual festival, which began in 2019, features over 30 local artisans, food vendors and non-profits in a day of community, camaraderie, shopping and the ever popular Duck Race Down the Mighty Thornton River.


For more information about Sperryville, and Sperryfest, visit Sperryfest.



A Celebration of Spring: Welcome the Season through the Eyes of an Artist
Lori Wallace-Lloyd & Phyllis Northup

March 10 – April 16, 2023

Middle Street Gallery
311 Gay Street, Lower Level, facing Main Street & across from Ballard’s
Washington, VA 22747
(540) 675-1313

Friday – Sunday, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Come celebrate the season of renewal, when the natural world awakens from its long winter slumber. Lori Wallace-Lloyd and Phyllis Northup bring you the delights of spring through the eyes of an artist.

Lori, a local Rappahannock artist, is showing a collection of colorful flowers, butterflies, moths, dragonflies, bees and birds. They are inspired by nature and historical botanical illustration, and are exquisite in their detail and layering of gouache, watercolor and pastel.

Phyllis’ watercolors capture many signs of spring, such as new leaves just beginning to unfurl, wildflowers along the trails, and streams and cascades released from winter’s ice.

Both artists specialize in art inspired by nature, and you will enjoy their keen observations of the unfolding of spring and the feast of colors after the somber hues of winter.

For more information, visit Middle Street Gallery.

Image: “Blue & Purple Iris with Eastern Tailed Blue Butterfly ” by Lori Wallace-Lloyd


New exhibition featuring Frederick Williamson, Mike Howat and Kevin H. Adams

March 11 – May 23, 2023
Opening reception with Artists March 11, 2023 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm, with refreshments. Visit with Frederick Williamson, Mike Howat and Kevin H. Adams

Gay Street Gallery
337 Gay Street
Washington VA 22747


Wednesday-Monday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, or by appointment 540-522-9688

Frederick Williamson returns to Gay Street Gallery with a new collection of his striking wooden bowls and vessels. They are crafted from sections of fallen trees, most from within a 30-mile radius of his home in Crozet, Virginia.  He has been a woodworker since 1971 and his creations have been displayed in galleries throughout the region. 

Mike Howat, a New Hampshire-based painter, also returns to Gay Street Gallery, with a new collection of paintings exploring collective memory, urbanization, and Americana. Since earning his B.F.A. from New Hampshire Institute of Art in 2014, he has been actively engaged in the East Coast art scene, showing regularly at galleries throughout the area and also at the Rochester Museum of Fine Arts.

Kevin H. Adams, the Gallery’s resident artist, unveils new paintings from Virginia, Cape Cod, and his travels. Kevin is a member of New York City’s Salmagundi Club, the oldest association of artists in the U.S., and also of The Provincetown Art Association and Museum. His work is regularly on display in both venues. His focus when capturing the landscapes he witnesses is on the light and its impact on color as we see it.


Image: “Mitchell Farm” by Kevin H. Adams