It’s March, and Spring is coming! It’s a great month to visit Rappahannock County as we have several new shows opening! Two of our artists also have shows in other cities, if you’re near Bethesda, MD or New York City!

Here’s what’s happening this month:

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Online Exhibition: 23 Women Artists
March 1 – 31, 2023

Cottage Curator
12018 Lee Highway
Sperryville, VA 22740



Thursday – Sunday 11:00 am – 4:00 pm and by appointment

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.


Following the lead of the National Museum of Women in the ArtsCottage Curator joins in celebrating women artists this month by featuring our 23 Women Artists in a new online exhibition and on social media.


“Of Integration,” Group Show at Van Der Plas Gallery
March 3 – 12, 2023
Opening Reception March 3, 2023 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Van Der Plas Gallery
156 Orchard Street
New York, NY 10002

Wednesday – Saturday: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm, Sunday: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

This gallery is committed to representing artists who “channel authentic, unabashed creativity” and who are “willing to explore unconventional modes of creativity.” The exhibition is part of Van Der Plas Gallery’s All Art+ program, a monthly group show where artists are invited to present their work to the NYC public for one week in response to a given theme. Of Integration asks artists to respond to the theme of unification, where the multiplicity of bodies forms into a diverse whole.


For more information, visit Van Der Plas Gallery.


Solo Exhibition at Waverly Street Gallery

March 5 – April 1, 2023
Opening Reception March 10, 2023 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Wavery Street Gallery

4600 East West Highway
Suite 102

Bethesda, Maryland 20814

Thursday, Saturday, Sunday 1:00 – 5:00 pm, Friday 4:00 – 8:00 pm, and by appointment.


The show, “Where I Call Home,” features Kevin’s paintings of Virginia’s countryside and rural architecture. If you aren’t able to see his work in person, the paintings can be seen at Waverly Street Gallery’s website.


A Celebration of Spring: Welcome the Season through the Eyes of an Artist
Lori Wallace-Lloyd & Phyllis Northup

March 10 – April 16, 2023
Reception:  March 11, 2023 from 3:00 – 5:00 pm

Middle Street Gallery
311 Gay Street, Lower Level, facing Main Street & across from Ballard’s
Washington, VA 22747
(540) 675-1313

Friday – Sunday, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Come celebrate the season of renewal, when the natural world awakens from its long winter slumber. Lori Wallace-Lloyd and Phyllis Northup bring you the delights of spring through the eyes of an artist.

Lori, a local Rappahannock artist, is showing a collection of colorful flowers, butterflies, moths, dragonflies, bees and birds. They are inspired by nature and historical botanical illustration, and are exquisite in their detail and layering of gouache, watercolor and pastel.

Phyllis’ watercolors capture many signs of spring, such as new leaves just beginning to unfurl, wildflowers along the trails, and streams and cascades released from winter’s ice.

Both artists specialize in art inspired by nature, and you will enjoy their keen observations of the unfolding of spring and the feast of colors after the somber hues of winter.

For more information, visit Middle Street Gallery.

Image: “Trillium on Stonyman Trail” by Phyllis Northup


New exhibition featuring Frederick Williamson, Mike Howat and Kevin H. Adams

March 11 – May 23, 2023
Opening reception with Artists March 11, 2023 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm, with refreshments. Visit with Frederick Williamson, Mike Howat and Kevin H. Adams

Gay Street Gallery
337 Gay Street
Washington VA 22747


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

Frederick Williamson returns to Gay Street Gallery with a new collection of his striking wooden bowls and vessels. They are crafted from sections of fallen trees, most from within a 30-mile radius of his home in Crozet, Virginia.  He has been a woodworker since 1971 and his creations have been displayed in galleries throughout the region. 

Mike Howat, a New Hampshire-based painter, also returns to Gay Street Gallery, with a new collection of paintings exploring collective memory, urbanization, and Americana. Since earning his B.F.A. from New Hampshire Institute of Art in 2014, he has been actively engaged in the East Coast art scene, showing regularly at galleries throughout the area and also at the Rochester Museum of Fine Arts.

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.

Image: work by Fred Williamson