Heart of the art com­mu­nity

Rappahannock News - - SCHOOL & SPORTS NEWS - Bar­bara Adolfi adolfibar­[email protected] verizon.net (540) 987-8682

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.

Cel­e­bra­tions

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.

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