Come out to Rappahannock this month to enjoy world-class local and national fine art art – there are fabulous exhibits at all of our galleries! It’s a wonderful time of year to come out to the County for the day or weekend, do some shopping in all of our galleries and local shops, and enjoy our wineries, micro-breweries, farm stands and markets.

Visit these links to award-winning local wines and micro-breweries, numerous amazing restaurants for every budget (did you know there are 3 new restaurants in Rappahannock?!), and lots of options for overnight accomodations.

The Marketplace at Sperryville has now opened in the former Sperryville River District Arts building, too! Housed in the beautifully restored 1930’s post and beam apple packing facility, it’s a wonderful addition to Sperryville and the County, and includes many shops, one of the new restaurants, and a new coffee shop!

There’s something for everyone in Rappahannock!

Check out the permanent collections at these local galleries as well as the current exhibitions featured below:

R.H. Ballard Shop & Gallery: Housed in a 1930’s building on Main Street in Washington, VA, since 1996, Ballard’s includes both a beautiful art gallery in its downstairs space as well as an award-winning shop upstairs featuring one-of-a-kind finds, table wares, European & vintage items, women’s accessories, and so much more. Ballards has won many awards and accolades, including “Best Shops in the South” by Southern Living Magazine, “Best Shops in Virginia” from THE SHOPKEEPERS, and in the press in the Washington Post and Washingtonian Magazine among others. It has also been awarded 5-stars and touted on TripAdvisor by loyal fans and clientele.

Cottage Curator: Cottage Curator is an independent art gallery owned by artist/curator Jackie Bailey Labovitz. As a curator with over thirty years’ experience in organizing art collections for corporations, embassies and public spaces around the world, Jackie now assists residential clients with the purchase and placement of her own art as well as artworks by other local, regional, and nationally recognized fine art and fine craft artists.

Haley Fine Art: Established in 2000, Haley Fine Art (HFA) presents its collection in Sperryville, Virginia. Ensconced in the Blue Ridge Mountains, HFA provides a quiet natural space for collectors and artists to connect. The gallery offers two to three shows annually, typically on the second Saturday of May, October and December. Decades-long relationships are the norm, Chris Stephens, Robin Purnell, Patton Wilson, Drew Ernst, Michael Fitts, BK Noh, Woody Blackwell, and Tom Mullany are among the artists represented by HFA for more than twenty years. HFA features works sold for each artist on the website—a testament to lifelong commitments.

Hazel River Arts and Antiques: This local gallery and antique shop features the work of several local artists on the Fall Art Tour. The shop and gallery covers over 8,000 square feet and features these artists as well as over 100 dealers, and consignors displaying antique and vintage furniture, home decor, art, rugs, jewelry, collectibles, and much more.

Thornton River Art is a collaboration of three Rappahannock County artists: Patricia Brennan, Heidi Morf, and Martin Woodard. Located on Main Street in Sperryville, it features the work of 30 local artists.

Here’s what’s happening this month:

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Cathy Suiter-Henry, Maureen Storey, and Kevin H. Adams

May 25, 2024 – August 13, 2024

Gay Street Gallery
337 Gay Street
Washington VA 22747

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

The new show features paintings by Cathy Suiter-Henry and the glass work of Maureen Storey.

The Gallery will also continue to show work by the late Kevin H. Adams, collage paintings by Aster da Fonseca, and clay work by Shawn Ireland.


Tim Carrington

June 14 – July 21, 2024

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

Hours: Friday – Sunday, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Tim Carrington’s paintings recycle images from travel, memory and observation. His works draw on his own photographs, notes and sketches. They don’t recreate a scene or episode so much as rhyme with it. Paintings that draw heavily on memory present the echoes of a journey, where the evidence is sifted and rearranged through the filter of time.

The show features oil paintings from Africa, the Dominican Republic and Rappahannock County.


May 25, 2024 – July 13, 2024

Melissa Ichiuji Studio
223 East Main Street,
Front Royal, VA 22630

Hours: Fridays and Saturdays from 11am-6pm, and by appointment.

This group exhibition celebrates the rich diversity of Shenandoah Valley artists and will transport you to mesmerizing scenes through their unique interpretation of Landscapes, both literal and psychological, in relation to Desire.

Fall Artists in the show are the late Nol Putnam, Tom Mullany, Patricia Underwood, Ron Paras, Jim Serbent, Janet Brome, Francie Schroeder, Anita Zymolka Amrhein, and Robert Ballard.