Come out to the County to enjoy new events at our galleries and shops, award-winning wines and micro-breweries, amazing restaurants, and overnight accomodations.

Here’s what’s happening this month:

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Beginning April 27, 2024

Firth River Coffee Company
Sperryville Marketplace
3 River Lane
Sperryville, VA 22740

Hours: Thursday – Sunday, 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Old Rag Photographers, Ray Boc, Joyce Harman and Francie Schroeder (https://www.oldragphoto.com/), members of Middle Street Gallery, are excited to be exhibiting in the Firth River Coffee Company located in the new Sperryville Marketplace, Sperryville, Va. The official grand opening for the Marketplace is April 27th, 2024 (same day as Sperryville Fest https://www.sperryfest.org/).


Paulo Neuhaus, with Guest Artist Margot Neuhaus

May 3, 2024 – June 9, 2024
Opening Event with the artists: May 25, 2024, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

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

The photos Paulo is exhibiting were taken in recent trips to California, Mexico and Costa Rica, and feature arresting landscapes, as well as images of the local flora and fauna that caught his gaze.

The work Margot is showing almost formed itself. After she started painting, she noticed a protruding line embedded in the canvas that would come through the paint. She decided to include this “accident.” It gave her work a new direction, which the artist appreciated.



May 18, 2024, 4:00 – 7:00 PM

R.H. Ballard Gallery
307 Main Street
Washington, VA 22747

Hours: 10am-6pm, every day.

R.H. Ballard Gallery is having a Reception, Artist Talk & Demo on Saturday, May 18, 4-7pm, with a new artist, LAURA HOPKINS. It will take place in the gallery, and light fare and refreshments will be provided.

Laura Hopkins works in the tradition of the 19th century American Tonalists, painting moody, atmospheric landscapes in oil. The ephemeral light of twilight, dawn, and evening, particularly in autumn and winter, serve as favorite motifs.

Although Laura creates much of her work in the studio from memory and imagination, her painting process remains rooted in time spent outdoors drawing, painting, taking photographs, and appreciating the beauty of the natural world. These studies, drawings, and photos serve as a creative wellspring. Her intuitive, gestural approach leads to paintings that can vary from closely representative of a specific place to boldly imagined from an abstract start.

Laura is a member of the Oil Painters of America, the American Impressionist Society, the Art League, Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters, the Loudoun Sketch Club, the Artists in Middleburg Gallery, and the Lyme Art Association. Her award-winning work has been featured in Elan Magazine and Middleburg Life.


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

May 25, 2024 – August 13, 2024
Opening Reception: May 25, 2024, 4:00 – 6:00 PM

Gay Street Gallery
337 Gay Street
Washington VA 22747

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

Gay Street Gallery will have an opening reception for their new exhibition on Saturday, May 25; wine and nibbles will be served. 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.


May 25, 2024 – July 13, 2024
Opening Reception May 25, 2024, 3:00 – 6:00 PM
Artist Panel Discussions: May 25, 2024, beginning at 1:00 PM

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.



The Art Experience
at the Executive Mansion

Capitol Square
Richmond, VA 23219

Hours: Tours are available every Tuesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. No appointment is necessary.

Visit the Executive Mansion this month to view a limited time exhibition of Ruthie’s paintings, “The Blank Canvas” and “Not Quite Hidden.”

The second installment of the dynamic Art Experience at the Executive Mansion, titled “Do What You Love in Virginia,” highlights the pastimes, places and people that are enjoyed and adored by Virginians and visitors alike. The Art Experience at the Executive Mansion was designed in collaboration with artists, museums, and curators throughout the Commonwealth to educate, excite and inspire those who visit. The exhibition highlights works from a mix of genres and mediums with particular focus on Virginia artists and themes. It is a living display which will evolve and change over time as additional works of art become available and as different parts of the Virginia story become the focus.


Joe de Feo, Shawn Ireland, and Kevin H. Adams

March 16 – May 21, 2024
Opening Reception: March 16, 2024, 4 pm – 6 pm

Gay Street Gallery
337 Gay Street
Washington VA 22747

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

Joe de Feo paints in oils, acrylic, watercolor, and casein to create mostly representational paintings that showcase technique, materials, and process. His pieces begin with a technical challenge or question, and he devises rules that govern brushstrokes, color, depth, and detail for each painting or series. Solving the puzzle of each painting entails iteratively applying and occasionally breaking these rules. His work often juxtaposes the geometric with the organic, the hard-edged with the calligraphic, and the stylized with the realistic. He creates tension that prompts a closer look at the work and the world beyond the frame.

A native of Brooklyn, he graduated from Yale University and worked in nonprofits in New York and Washington, D.C. before co-founding a sustainability and risk management consulting firm. For fifteen years, he painted before the city woke up and after it finished its workday. He now paints full-time in Washington. He has shown his work in the U.S. and Costa Rica.

Shawn Ireland lives and works in Georgia. For more than 25 years, he has made pots with food, flowers and candles in mind. “I choose to make pots with a foundation in folk tradition,” Shawn explains, “and for me, this involves using a variety of hand processed local clays and glaze materials, single firing in a wood burning kiln, and using a kick wheel. These ingredients promote surprises and keep my craft connected to the natural world.”

Shawn creates useful, rustic pots for the home, but several trips to Italy have inspired a sculptural direction in the form of zoomorphic candlesticks, vases and bowls he calls Animalware. “My pots are eclectic,” he observes, “I work quickly and playfully with the clay while respecting the nature of my materials and tools. Whether potting or painting, I love to be lost in the moments of making – in the search.”

Shawn’s work has been exhibited in galleries and juried shows, including at the Smithsonian Craft Show and the Philadelphia Museum Show. He has been a Resident Artist at Penland School of Crafts, the University of Georgia Study Abroad Program in Cortona, Italy and at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, in Venice, Italy.

There will be a few newly discovered sketches by Kevin H. Adams.


Images top to bottom:

Passage to the Sky (acrylic on canvas, 20×20”), Joe de Feo
Ceramic Vase, Shawn Ireland
Sketch, Kevin H. Adams