Spring is here, and Rappahannock County is incredibly beautiful with Spring flowers. It’s especially wonderful to watch the new greens of Spring creep up the mountains of the Shenandoah!

Come out to the County to enjoy our galleries and shops, award-winning wines and micro-breweries, amazing restaurants, and overnight accomodations.

Here’s what’s happening this month:

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The Art Experience
at the Executive Mansion

Capitol Square
Richmond, VA 23219

Hours: Tours are available every Tuesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. No appointment is necessary.

Visit the Executive Mansion this month to view a limited time exhibition of Ruthie’s paintings, “The Blank Canvas” and “Not Quite Hidden.”

The second installment of the dynamic Art Experience at the Executive Mansion, titled “Do What You Love in Virginia,” highlights the pastimes, places and people that are enjoyed and adored by Virginians and visitors alike. The Art Experience at the Executive Mansion was designed in collaboration with artists, museums, and curators throughout the Commonwealth to educate, excite and inspire those who visit. The exhibition highlights works from a mix of genres and mediums with particular focus on Virginia artists and themes. It is a living display which will evolve and change over time as additional works of art become available and as different parts of the Virginia story become the focus.



Meg Walsh Exhibit, and new work from other featured artists

307 Main St.
Washington, Virginia 22747

Hours: 10 am – 6 pm every day except Tuesday.

Visit R.H. Ballard Gallery to see new work by Meg Nottingham Walsh, an award-winning painter and former National Geographic editor, who offers a unique artistic vision that invites viewers into her world, capturing serene moments that often pass unnoticed. Drenched in light and color, her paintings convey the lush hues of nature with heartfelt honesty. Characterized by simplified shapes, limited values, and glowing color, her work has a strong abstract element while remaining rooted in realism. Her ability to evoke an emotional response makes her paintings more than just a visual experience; they are journeys into the heart of the landscapes she portrays.

New work at R.H. Ballard also features Barbara Heile, Giselle Gautreau, Jacque Towner, and Lynn Mehta.

Images top to bottom:

Meg Walsh paintings
Work by Barbara Heile



Joe de Feo, Shawn Ireland, and Kevin H. Adams

March 16 – May 21, 2024
Opening Reception: March 16, 2024, 4 pm – 6 pm

Gay Street Gallery
337 Gay Street
Washington VA 22747

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

Joe de Feo paints in oils, acrylic, watercolor, and casein to create mostly representational paintings that showcase technique, materials, and process. His pieces begin with a technical challenge or question, and he devises rules that govern brushstrokes, color, depth, and detail for each painting or series. Solving the puzzle of each painting entails iteratively applying and occasionally breaking these rules. His work often juxtaposes the geometric with the organic, the hard-edged with the calligraphic, and the stylized with the realistic. He creates tension that prompts a closer look at the work and the world beyond the frame.

A native of Brooklyn, he graduated from Yale University and worked in nonprofits in New York and Washington, D.C. before co-founding a sustainability and risk management consulting firm. For fifteen years, he painted before the city woke up and after it finished its workday. He now paints full-time in Washington. He has shown his work in the U.S. and Costa Rica.

Shawn Ireland lives and works in Georgia. For more than 25 years, he has made pots with food, flowers and candles in mind. “I choose to make pots with a foundation in folk tradition,” Shawn explains, “and for me, this involves using a variety of hand processed local clays and glaze materials, single firing in a wood burning kiln, and using a kick wheel. These ingredients promote surprises and keep my craft connected to the natural world.”

Shawn creates useful, rustic pots for the home, but several trips to Italy have inspired a sculptural direction in the form of zoomorphic candlesticks, vases and bowls he calls Animalware. “My pots are eclectic,” he observes, “I work quickly and playfully with the clay while respecting the nature of my materials and tools. Whether potting or painting, I love to be lost in the moments of making – in the search.”

Shawn’s work has been exhibited in galleries and juried shows, including at the Smithsonian Craft Show and the Philadelphia Museum Show. He has been a Resident Artist at Penland School of Crafts, the University of Georgia Study Abroad Program in Cortona, Italy and at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, in Venice, Italy.

There will be a few newly discovered sketches by Kevin H. Adams.


Images top to bottom:

Passage to the Sky (acrylic on canvas, 20×20”), Joe de Feo
Ceramic Vase, Shawn Ireland
Sketch, Kevin H. Adams


Jim Serbent Exhibition

March 22 – April 22, 20204
No opening reception

311 Gay Street, Lower Level,
facing Main Street & across from Ballard’s
Washington, VA 22747
(540) 227-5066

Hours: Friday – Sunday, 11 am – 5 pm


“Retinal Circus,” digital artist Jim Serbent’s second solo show at Middle Street Gallery features works that are solely from his on-going Bardo series. These works take visual art to a new level by fusing photography, CGI, digital painting and video processing. Since camera, lens, and image capture remain integral to this methodology, the resulting compositions may be described as enhanced photographic art through advanced digital techniques — without the use of AI. A fellow artist of high esteem described it as Twenty-First Century Art. The BARDO project presents positive, meditative, abstract works about transcendence. Not only do these pieces attempt to elevate the spirit of the viewer, the entire process is profoundly contemplative for the artist. These archival pigment prints are comprised of high energy fractal renderings superimposed over still-framed video feedback backgrounds, often combined with aerial photography or other natural sources. Digital brushstrokes blend it all together. Fractals are CGI visualizations of mathematical formulae that emulate repeating patterns found in nature, from river deltas to plant blossoms, to orbits: sub-atomic and astronomical. Shaping, twisting, warping and multiplying nascent geometric forms into final compositions becomes an art unto itself. If all of this seems overly complicated, all one needs to know is that this series was inspired by levels of being and states of consciousness rooted in Tibetan Buddhism. As you look deeper into each composition, your mind will hopefully transcend mundane concerns and, even if just for a moment, approach a deeper level.

Jim Serbent, whose artworks have been displayed in California, NY, Connecticut, Maryland, DC, and Virginia galleries, has also produced works of video art, including pieces that were featured at New York, Tokyo, and London film festivals. Intuition, imagination and experimentation provide the basis for his artistic efforts.