Spring is coming! March is a great month to visit Rappahannock County to enjoy the fresh air and beautiful views, fine art and local crafts, and perhaps a wine tasting at one of our award-wining wineries

This month, we have several Rappahannock County artists exhibiting work in Washington, DC, and other locations, as well as new gallery openings and receptions here in the County. Here’s what’s coming up:

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


Jim Serbent
Exhibition: February 25 – April 3, 2022

Middle Street Gallery
325A Middle Street
Washington, VA 22747

Gallery Hours: Friday – Sunday, 11 am – 5 pm

“Transcendence” is an apt title for Jim Serbent’s first solo show at Middle Street Gallery. It describes works that are other-worldly yet accessible, being inspired by ideas associated with Zen and the possibility of spiritual enlightenment.


Their Turn
A new online exhibition

Cottage Curator
12018A Lee Highway
Sperryville, VA 22740

Gallery Hours: Thursday – Saturday, 11:30 am – 3:30 pm, and by appointment

Their Turn” is a new online exhibition featuring the art of contemporary wheel-thrown clay!

Ceramic artists have been literally and figuratively taking ‘their turn’ since the potter’s wheel arrived sometime between 6,000 and 4,000 BC. Turning clay on the wheel opened up a world of possibilities. Moving beyond the utilitarian, artistic forms started to take shape. Their Turn highlights work by accomplished and innovative contemporary American ceramic artists. Many have attracted the attention of private and public collectors. It’s your turn to take a look.


#23WomenArtists – 2022
A new online exhibition

Cottage Curator
12018A Lee Highway
Sperryville, VA 22740

Gallery Hours: Thursday – Saturday, 11:30 am – 3:30 pm, and by appointment

#23WomenArtists – 2022 – It started with a seemingly simple question: Can you name five women artists? 

Since 2016, the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) has been asking this question on social media each March during Women’s History Month using the hashtag #5WomenArtists. The campaign calls attention to the fact that women have not been treated equally in the art world, and today they remain dramatically underrepresented and undervalued in museums, galleries, and auction houses.

Women’s History Month is a celebration of women’s contributions to history, culture and society and has been observed annually in the month of March in the United States since 1987.

This month, Cottage Curator joins in celebrating women artists by featuring our #23WomenArtists.

Image: “Iris at Griffin Tavern,” oil on canvas by Cathy Chumley


Fundraiser: March 1 – 32, 2022

36 Main Street
Sperryville, VA 22740

Gallery Hours: Friday – Sunday, 11 am – 5 pm

Thornton River Art is selling hand-knitted Sperryville Beanies for the months of February and March. 100% of the proceeds go to the Rappahannock Food Pantry.

The artist wishes to remain anonymous, but in her words:

What does a knitter do when a friend brings her huge bags of fine yarn to lighten her own stash?
Well, she knits.
What does a painter do if she’s the knitter?

Well, she intuitively combines the yarns by color harmony and varieties of weight and makes a one-of-a-kind hat to gift her family and friends at Christmas.

Then, she gets an inspiration…..

Designed by a knitter
Knit by a painter
The Sperryville Beanie

The beanies will be appearing just as Winter nods to Spring but they’ll be back in circulation again as Fall appears in the air and heads need a bit more warmth. 

Thornton River Gallery will offer this hat for sale in their Sperryville gallery. They have joined in the inspiration and our wonderful Rappahannock Food Pantry will receive 100% of the proceeds. Come and see the Sperryville Beanie!

You might join the company of those who have begun to hear “hey, nice beanie…where did you get it?”


Creative Quest:  Art from the Holocaust’s Second Generation
Exhibition: March 1 – April 28, 2022
Opening Reception: March 27, 2022, 2- 5 pm

Howard Community College, Horowitz Center for Visual & Performing Arts,
Rouse Company Foundation Gallery
10901 Little Patuxent Parkway
Columbia, MD 21044

“While journaling with paints and paper, I realized that as a child of Holocaust survivors, I was depicting my parents’ unspeakable buried feelings. These paintings became the series ‘In Memoriam,’ to honor the victims of the Holocaust, including most of my family. Some of those pieces are included here.”

More information about this exhibition here.


Doodling in the Dark
Exhibition: March 4 – 27, 2022
Opening Reception: Friday, March 4, 5 – 7 pm

Arts Club Washington
2017 I St, NW
Washington DC 20006

Goodman says of this show, “This show has 18 pieces. The whole series has 47 and originated in 2016 when I needed distraction and found it in creating these panels.”


Image: “The Birds, The Bats, The Balloon, The Helicopter And The Plane”. Acrylic (Montana spray paint and Posca paint pens) on wood tondo, diam. 24” x 1” 


Coming Down to Earth
Exhibition: March 4 – April 23, 2022
Opening Reception: March 4, 2022, 5 – 8 pm

Candela Gallery
214 West Broad St
Richmond, VA 23220

Candela Gallery’s new group show, Coming Down to Earth, features works by 11 artists weaving a lyrical study around the subterranean garden, both real and imagined.

Artists featuring work in the exhibition include Alanna Airitam, Jasmine Clarke, Paul Guilmoth, Justine Kurland, Gita Lenz, Anne Arden McDonald, Justin James Reed, Patricia Underwood, D.M. Whitman, Iwase Yoshiyuki, & Susan Worsham.

More information on this exhibition here.


An exhibition featuring work Joe de Feo and Kevin H. Adams,
and pottery by Shawn Ireland
Exhibition: March 12 – May 31, 2022
Opening Reception with the artists: March 12, 2022, 4 – 6 pm

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 Joe de Feo