Rappahannock in summertime is a beautiful place to be! Join the Fall Art Tour artists and galleries during this beautiful season with new art exhibitions to visit both in the County and at nearby wineries, historic venues, and further afield; opportunities to meet our artists and register for a workshop in the Park; and hear about a new book authored by a local artist!

Here’s what’s happening this month:

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Ruthie was awarded a RAAC Claudia Mitchell Fund grant for her upcoming second book, 12 Months on 12 Acres. This will be a sketchbook filled with monthly sightings from the 12 acres surrounding her studio—a microcosm of Rappahannock County. The book will be published in the summer or early fall of 2023 and in time for the Fall Art Tour.


Jason will have a show for the month of June at the Crozet Artisan Depot and will be there on June 17 to speak about his work.

Historic Crozet Train Depot
5791 Three Notch’d Road
Crozet, Virginia, 22932

Hours: Monday through Saturday 10 am – 5 pm, Sunday 12 pm – 5 pm

June 10-11 Jason will be showing his work at Revalation Vineyards:

2710 Hebron Valley Road
Madison, Virginia 22727

Hours: Saturday 12 pm – 6 pm, Sunday 12 pm – 5 pm


Pam will have her work on display at Linden Vineyards for the month of June. Come out for some excellent wine in beautiful surroundings, and Pam’s exquisite abstracts!

Linden Vineyards
3708 Harrels Corner Road
Linden, VA 22642

Hours: Friday – Sunday, 11 am – 5 pm


The Secret Life of Flowers
Dwell Fine Art, Hume, VA
June 2 – July 30, 2023

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

Hours: Friday, 12 am – 5 pm; Saturday-Sunday, 11-5

Middle Street Gallery member Jo Levine is part of a group show at Dwell Fine Art. Jo believes the flowers tell stories if you are willing to observe well and listen closely. Her photography pays homage to what they share and the joy they bring us.


Harmony in the Barn
June 2 – July 9, 2023

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

The natural world and the built world come seamlessly together this month in the color photographs of Gary Anthes.. His poetic views of plants, animals, and farm tools – carefully arranged in an abandoned barn on his Castleton property – evoke the elemental beauty in rural woodlands and meadows. Works by the other members of the artists’ cooperative will be on display as well. “The barn on my Virginia farm was built 200 years ago and has stood abandoned for 60 years,” he says. “It once housed a cow, a horse, and a few chickens, but it now shelters spiders, mice, wasps, and the occasional snake. Despite these creatures, and the perils of copious dust and rusty nails, it was a perfect retreat from a pandemic, and here I discovered the joy of creating still-life art.”

Set against the interior walls of the structure, the objects are illuminated by natural light streaming through doors and gaps in the wooden planks. They are at first glance simple things, but the simplicity yields to more complex views on closer inspection, Anthes says. Of the title of the show, he says, “I think of my carefully constructed arrangements as musical compositions employing the elements of melody, harmony, rhythm, and texture to create small works for a chamber ensemble.”

Anthes will donate his proceeds to the Humane Farming Association.


Phyllis is teaching the second of two seminars for the Shenandoah National Park Association this spring. “The Illustrated Journal” will be Wednesday, June 28 in the Park. Participants will be inspired by nature quotes from well know naturalists, and will learn to illustrate their field notes through a series of easy drawing exercises and writing prompts. No previous art experience or skills are needed, and all materials will be provided.

Visit snpbooks.org/seminars to register.



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 – June 30, 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

In other news, Phyllis is teaching the second of two seminars up in the park for the Shenandoah National Park Association this spring. “The Illustrated Journal” will be Wednesday, June 28. We will be inspired by nature quotes from well know naturalists, and you will learn to illustrate your field notes through a series of easy drawing exercises and writing prompts. No previous art experience or skills are needed, and all materials will be provided. If you are interested in participating, go to snpbooks.org/seminars to register.


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
Opening reception with Artists May 27, 2023 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm, with refreshments. Visit with the artists.

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.