Join the Fall Art Tour artists and galleries during this beautiful summer season with new art exhibitions to visit in the County, many continuing exhibitions, and the new phase of RAAC’s Ephemeral Arts Program to experience!

It’s a great time to come out to Rappahannock to enjoy our galleries and shops, award-winning wines and micro-breweries, incredible restaurants – featuring two recently opened new venues – The Base at Blue Ridge and Ours Noir , plus all our other amazing restaurants. And, stay for the weekend in one of our inns, B&B, and Airbnb’s!

Here’s what’s happening this month:

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New Exhibition with featured artist Aster da Fonseca

August 18 – October 16, 2023
Opening reception: Saturday, August 19, 4:00 – 6:00 p

The show features the work of Aster, returning artist Adam Waimon, and Kevin H. Adams.

Aster is a self-taught artist born in Brazil, who moved to Washington, D.C. in the mid-90s and began painting shortly after his arrival there.  His work has been shown in many galleries and venues in the D.C. area.  He now lives and works in Florida.  While Gay Street Gallery has been proud to show some of his work in the past, this is Aster’s first featured exhibition in Little Washington and he will be at the opening to talk with visitors about his beautiful and unique collage paintings.

Adam returns to Gay Street Gallery for another exhibition of his sculptural glass work, primarily engraved blown glass.  With a BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art, Adam lives and keeps his studio in Rhode Island, but is frequently in Virginia because of family connections here. His work is included in numerous public and prviate collections throughout the US and abroad.

Resident artist Kevin H. Adams will show landscape paintings from Virginia and elsewhere.

Images, top to bottom:

Aster da Fonseca, Spring
Adam Waimon, Berry Blossoms
Kevin H. Adams, First Snow



The opening ceremony for the 2023 Rappahannock Association for Arts and Community’s (RAAC) Ephemeral Arts Program will take place on Saturday, July 1, 2023, at 1:00 p.m. at the Rappahannock County Park’s pavilion. The ceremony will include a short social period with complimentary drinks and light snacks followed by a brief presentation by the artists. Guests are welcome to walk the park trails afterwards and experience the art installations firsthand.

The Ephemeral Arts Program, sponsored in collaboration with the Rappahannock League for Environmental Protection (RLEP) and the Rappahannock County Recreational Facilities Authority (RCRFA), features temporary art installations by local artists using natural materials from the environment at hand. Three proposals were selected from this year’s applicant pool:

  • Barbara Sharp’s Domum Apes (A Home for Bees), a bee skep made with local grasses and woven together with cane.
  • Regina Yurkonis’ Confluence, a wool “waterway” flowing from and through natural and human-made features connecting the land and its elements to our water and us.
  • Dabney Kirchman’s Nature’s Eye, concentric circles of colored river rocks surrounding a central “eye.”

The art installations will remain in place through the last weekend of August.


Photograph: Patricia Brennan and Jen Cable’s ephemeral art installation in Fall, 2022.


Online Exhibition

Cottage Curator
12018A Lee Highway
Sperryville, VA 22740

Hours: Friday – Sunday, 11:30 am – 3:30 pm and by appointment

You are also welcome to shop online and make an appointment to pick up.
Call Jackie: 202-345-1733 or email jackie@cottagecurator.com.

“Still” intrigued by the challenge of arranging and capturing their subject’s ephemeral existence, artists remain passionate about fruit and flowers.

They bring their signature brushwork, palette preferences, and vision to a blank picture plane and set about giving new life to an age-old tradition.

These artists masterfully take on the challenge of still life.

Photograph: “Green Appeal,” by Nancy Van Meter


Dreams of Nature
July 14 – August 20, 2023

“Dreams in Nature,” a Watercolor Exhibition by Anita Zymolka Amrhein will be shown at Middle Street Gallery in Washington, Virginia on Fridays to Sundays from July 14 to August 20. The artist will be present on July 14 and July 29. There will be no Reception.

Middle Street Gallery
311 Gay Street, Lower Level,
facing Main Street & across from Ballard’s
Washington, VA 22747

Hours: Friday – Sunday, 11 am – 5 pm



A new exhibition featuring the paintings of resident artist Kevin H. Adams and first-time visiting artist Jack Albrittain as well as the glasswork of returning guest artist Diana Branscome.

May 27 – August 15, 2023

Gay Street Gallery
337 Gay Street
Washington VA 22747


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


A Virginia native, Diana Branscome apprenticed at a local glass studio before venturing out on her own. At her Charlottesville studio, Diana chiefly works with recycled and reclaimed glass, ranging from bottles to factory throwaways to scrap art glass. Diana’s latest work showcases forms and textures inspired by nature and especially by the contrasts of dark and light. Darkness can be associated with loss but also with repose and rest. Light can stand for feelings of fellowship and gratitude, but can hold unsettling surprises like clear air turbulence. A Yeats quote is a source of inspiration: “…with golden and silver light, the blue and the dim and the dark cloths of night and light and the half light…”

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.




Long-awaited new works from Virginia based artist, Jeannine Regan, have arrived at R.H. Ballard Gallery. After a smashing re-debut in the Gallery for the 2022 Fall Art Tour, Jeannine’s work has become one of their most asked about features. Utilizing the time-honored, and painstaking, methods of encaustic, Jeannine breathes new life into the medium. Her work explores the fleeting balance of nature and experience, existing somewhere in-between the liminal and subliminal that make up perception.

These new works showcase her aptitude for color and space, depicting meditative landscapes that evoke the viewer to journey along with the artist.  With each viewing, one can find a new path and direction that guides their personal pilgrimage through her work. From her penchant for relief work, carving directly into the soft beeswax medium, to her subversive layers that create an uncommon field of depth for the viewer, her work challenges the limits of encaustic work and showcases a singular mastery of the medium.

R.H. Ballard Gallery
307 Main Street
Washington, VA 22747

Hours: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, daily


Exhibition at Rappahannock Cellars
May 1, 2023 – August 31, 2023

Phyllis has a show up at Rappahannock Cellars in Huntly VA with Lori Wallace-lloyd, featuring a collection of Phyllis’ Shenandoah National Park paintings as well as paintings of other national parks and some botanical pieces. Lori is showing a collection of her exquisite florals done in watercolor, gouache and pastel. The artists are also offering a collection of prints and small unframed originals. Come enjoy some excellent wine and their show, up through the end of June!

Rappahannock Cellars
14437 Co Rd 635
Huntly, VA 22640

Hours: Open Daily, 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm