This month, we have new online exhibitions opening, and the upcoming relocation of Middle Street Gallery to a new space on Gay Street in Washington, VA (watch our social media for updates!).

All our galleries are open, and July is a gorgeous month to come out to the country to enjoy the beauty of Rappahannock while strolling our small towns, enjoying a wine tasting, eating at our locally-owned restaurants, sampling our local distilleries and microbreweries, and supporting our local shops!

Rappahannock’s July 4 celebration is also back this year, and is a fantastic event for families. For information, click here.

So many wonderful things to see and do; make it a weekend and stay at one of our many lodging options! Our Plan Your Visit page has all the information you need.

Here’s what’s happening this month:

 Click all images to open them in lightbox, all names are linked to their Tour pages for more information.



A new exhibition featuring work of painters Edmund Praybe and Kevin H. Adams,
and glass artist Diana Branscome

Exhibition:  – June 4 – July 16, 2022

Gay Street Gallery
337 Gay Street
Washington VA 22747

Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Monday 10a-5p or by appointment 540-522-9688

 More information on this exhibition here.

 Featured Image: work by Edmund Praybe



Museums Collect… https://cottagecurator.com/pages/museums-collect

Why do museums collect? We know why O’Keeffe, Van Gogh, and Rubens are sought after by museums, but what about art by living artists? Museums acquire pieces by these artists because a curator believes their work has a certain quality that will hold up over time. Here we present works by artists in national and international museum collections. You can make these pieces, available at Cottage Curator, part of your home.

12018A Lee Highway
Sperryville, VA 22740

Summer Hours:
Thursday – Saturday
11:30 am – 3:30 pm


Forging Art: Nol Putnam, Artist Blacksmith is a 30-minute video produced by fellow Rappahannock residents Tracy and Mathieu Mazza. Viewers will be transported inside White Oak Forge, where Putnam employs centuries-old techniques to make art out of iron and steel. Over four decades, Nol has bent metal into iconic pieces, like his trio of Gates for the West Crypt Columbarium at the Washington National Cathedral, his whimsical indoor sculptures, and colorful Poppies, in honor of the Farriers who served in WWI. Enjoy Putnam’s fascinating talk on art, mythology, and making metal move! 

To view the PBS documentary visit MPT Presents | Forging Art: Nol Putnam, Artist Blacksmith | PBS


Local glass artists have made these fused glass flag pins to support our friends in Ukraine. The attractive I Stand with Ukraine pins are $15 each. 100% of all sales are donated to Jose Andres’ World Central Kitchen. Available at Thornton River Art in Sperryville and Red Truck Bakery in Marshall.

Thornton River Art
36 Main Street
Sperryville, VA 22740

Red Truck Bakery
8368 W. Main Street
Marshall, VA 20115