We’re so close to the 17th Annual Fall Art Tour, but there are still many other events happening with our artists and galleries!

There are so many wonderful things to see and do in Rappahannock County; make it a weekend and stay at one of our many lodging options! Our most recent blog post has all the information you need.

Here’s what’s happening this month:

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Thomas Spande, Solo Show

October 2 – October 30, 2022
Artist Reception: October 15, 2022 from 3:00 – 5:00 pm

311 Gay Street, Lower Level
Facing Main Street across from R.H. Ballard
Washington, VA 22747

From Thomas about this new show: “My show of brand-new and lively watercolors, perhaps in the tradition of Winslow Homer, and of new, detailed and well-worked pencil drawings, is art often done on scene in Virginia, or on travels to New England, and also includes European vistas and the occasional cityscape. All these recently completed works are framed by Joan of Art custom framing in Marshall Virginia, using archival quality framing with matching fillets and toned mats.”


An Evening with Nol Putnam, in Person and on Film

October 7, 2022, 7:30 pm

The Washington Theatre
291 Gay St, Washington, VA 22747

This special evening, brought to you by RAAC, will begin with the 2022 Maryland Public Television film, “Forging Art: Nol Putnam, Artist Blacksmith,” in which the beloved Rappahannock ironworker discusses art, mythology and the mystery of making metal move.  Following the half-hour film, Putnam will expand on insights in the film in an open discussion, and will reflect on the gifts of moving beyond his forge to a new chapter of creative life.


New Exhibition Opens Saturday, October 15, 2020

Reception with Artists 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Visit with Colby Allred, Chris Liberti, and Kevin H. Adams

337 Gay Street
Washington, VA 22747

Working from both Rappahannock County and southern Maine, Colby Allred works primarily with clay to create forms that echo his surroundings. He received his BFA from Montana State University in Bozeman and has spent the last decade living and working in rural areas across the United States. He draws inspiration from the local culture, industries, and landscapes that embody the essence of these rural spaces.

This is Chris Liberti’s second show at Gay Street Gallery. His urban, suburban and country landscapes evoke both memory and emotion. “I’m always looking, seeking color, design and composition in form, light, shadow and space,” Chris explains, adding that “the man-made and natural elements collide together like pieces of a puzzle.” His work is shown at galleries across the country.


Kevin H. Adams, the Gallery’s resident artist, unveils new paintings from Virginia 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.


Located on the Sperryville Trail Network, along the section from Before & After to Headmaster’s Pub

Now through November 6, 2022

RAAC recently launched the first installations of the Ephemeral Art Program. Three installations are now in place along the Sperryville trail network, and are identified by accompanying signs. They will remain up through the Fall Art Tour weekend.

Donna Marquisee’s installation, titled Orbesque Concatenation, is a mobile of linked vine wreaths and a few vine balls in a tree with open branching behind Before & After.   

Patricia Brennan (Thornton River Art, Fall Art Tour gallery) and Jen Cable (Flourish Root Floral Studio, former Fall Art Tour studio) created Peace of Mine (pictured at left), a small structure built with natural materials (bamboo, grasses, vines, stones, etc.), large enough for two people to sit inside. The two entryways allow for river sounds and air flow to enter. The location is an opening next to the trail directly behind Cheri Woodard Realty.

Janet Kerig (guest artist on the Fall Art Tour, at Rosabel Goodman-Everard’s studio) constructed her contribution with local honeysuckle and cattail leaves woven into an “ephemeral gateway.” Named Ephemeral Gateway, it is located on the trail behind Headmaster’s Pub.   

Recognition and appreciation goes to RAAC, the Rappahannock League for Environmental Protection (RLEP) and the Sperryville Community Alliance (SCA), for making this project possible, and a special thanks goes to the landowners upon whose property these exhibits reside. The second round of the Ephemeral Art Program will debut in Spring, 2023.