Heart of the art community
Art in all its expressions and modalities can now be found from one end of Sperryville to the other. Long famous for the artists whose studios were tucked away in bucolic hollows, Sperryville now offers a variety of retail options that features the work of many familiar and new artists. Eric Kvarnes’ Glassworks Gallery in the Oldway Art Center at the western end of Sperryville has been with us since 1985 (that is 26 years!) and represents 28 artists, the majority of whom are local.
Haley Fine Art on Main Street has built a relationship with many local artists and those who collect their work. Openings at that gallery have introduced artists whose work is often coveted.
Sperryville Pottery is both a retail outlet and a workshop for children and adults.
Dexter Lake Club Antiques, also on Main Street, often features antique paintings.
Old Rag Gallery on Main Street will soon be open weekends and will feature all county photographers.
The newly opened Confluent Gallery of Art at Rappahannock Central has rented all its studio and gallery space to a total of 19 artists. On Saturday (June 18), from 2 to 5 there will be opening reception for an exhibit by 31 artists in Rappahannock and surrounding counties, many of whom are associate members of the gallery.
Simultaneously, a small show is opening in Studio 8 Saturday (June 18), “A River Runs Through It”, presented by the Firnew Farm Artists Circle. It will run through June 30.
If you have not yet been to Rappahannock Central to see artists at work in the gallery, to dine at Cafe Indigo or to visit the shop (the beaded jewelry is exquisite), this Saturday is the
perfect opportunity to stop in and become familiar with the rustic elegance of this carefully and beautifully renovated building. Of course, a visit to the 30,000-square-foot Copper Fox Antiques and Copper Fox Distillery, just behind Rappahannock Central, would fill your afternoon. More and more often we hear people say that “Sperryville is the place to be!” We’ve thought so for a long time and now you have even more to see and experience more when you come to our little village.
Welcome home, soldier
We recognize the decision to serve as soldier, first responder or teacher as based on an honorable and noble intention. We know that those who serve experience both joy at success and heart-wrenching pain. We welcome home from Afghanistan Tyler Hartman of the Army’s famed 101st Airborne Division, known as the Screaming Eagles, who lost 131 soldiers, the most killed in a single deployment for the unit since Vietnam, with many more wounded or injured. Some of the heaviest fighting came this spring as they attempted to take control from insurgents who were coming over the Pakistan border in eastern Afghanistan. The 101st found thousands of weapons caches, killed thousands of insurgent fighters, improved security in dozens of districts and trained Afghan military and police.
Because Tyler’s company saw extensive active duty not all his fellow soldiers made it home. Nothing can erase what Tyler and other soldiers have experienced, the invisible wounds of war. However, we hope that knowing that our community appreciates his service and shares his pain may be of some comfort to him. Welcome home, Tyler, and thank you for your service.
Best wishes to John and Theresa B. Dodson who celebrated their first anniversary June 12. Birthday wishes to my favorite photographer and husband, Ray Boc, whose birthday was June 15. Denise Chandler will celebrate her birthday June 26. And Happy Birthday to Sheila Hoben, who will celebrate her 70th birthday on June 17.