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Art goes on

The RAAC Stu­dio and Gallery Tour may be over, but the on­go­ing vi­tal­ity of the art community in Sper­ryville brings us diver­sity and beauty and is one of the many ad­van­tages of vil­lage life. Last week­end, hun­dreds of art afi­ciona­dos ex­plored the gal­leries and stu­dios in the county. Mean­while, un­der the tent in front of Co­terie, we had the op­por­tu­nity to meet Maggi Mor­ris and see her demon­strate her sculpt­ing tech­niques. Maggi owns Green Gin­ger Farm in Castle­ton and works in wal­nut, cedar and cherry wood and in alabaster and soapstone. Born in the cre­ative community of Hollin Hills in Alexan­dria (where an­other Sper­ryville artist – Jeanne Drevas, see be­low – was born and raised), Maggi was one of the orig­i­nal artists at the Torpedo Fac­tory in Alexan­dria, but now dis­plays her work locally at Co­terie.

The com­plex of shops at the School­house of­fers many op­por­tu­ni­ties for per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences and to sup­port small, lo­cal, cre­ative en­ter­prise. This com­ing week­end, Patti Bren­nan is of­fer­ing two Mo­ra­vian Star work­shops (reg­is­ter at 540-9878249) and you will soon be hear­ing about the Hol­i­day Fair be­ing held at the School­house in De­cem­ber. In the mean­time, Main Street’s Ha­ley Fine Art gallery opens “Flood,” an ex­cit­ing new ex­hibit by Korean-born artist Bongkyun Noh to­day (Nov. 8, con­tin­u­ing through Dec. 2), while River Dis­trict Arts and Mid­dle Street Gallery continue their on­go­ing ex­hibits.

Jeanne Drevas’ last art tour

Jeanne Drevas is an icon in the art community, and while we’ll write a longer ar­ti­cle about her once she and hus­band Carl Aplin move to Ore­gon next spring, dur­ing this year’s gallery tour, Jeanne’s stu­dio was mobbed with many old friends who came to per­haps find one more trea­sure of her work to take home. Jeanne was one of the orig­i­nal or­ga­niz­ers of the RAAC Stu­dio and Gallery art tour eight years ago and de­serves to be re­mem­bered for her work fos­ter­ing greater aware­ness of Rap­pa­han­nock County as the “Soho of the South.” Jeanne and Carl are leav­ing with a large truck­load of per­sonal be­long­ings this week, but will re­turn in the spring for a fi­nal move, af­ter their new home is ready for them to move in. We wish them a safe jour­ney and look for­ward to their re­turn.

Birthday Wishes

We send our best wishes to Anne Gray and Hank Gold­fein who cel­e­brate their birth­days in Novem­ber.

Vet­er­ans Day

“A hero is some­one who has given his or her life to some­thing big­ger than one­self.” – Joseph Camp­bell

To­day, and ev­ery­day, we salute and give thanks to all those heroes who have served our coun­try.

Above: A de­tail of "Shore 7," one of pain­ter Bongkyun Noh's works in the "Flood" ex­hibit at Ha­ley Fine Art, which ex­plores Noh's decade­long pre­oc­cu­pa­tion with the role of the writ­ten word in the hu­man ex­pe­ri­ence.

Photo by Bar­bara Adolfi

Left: Castle­ton artist and busi­ness owner Maggi Mor­ris demon­strates her sculpt­ing tech­nique un­der the tent at Co­terie dur­ing last week­end's Stu­dio and Gallery Tour.

Photo by Bar­bara Adolfi

Jeanne Drevas gives a farewell-fornow talk at the artists' potluck fol­low­ing last week­end's eighth an­nual tour.

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