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.
We send our best wishes to Anne Gray and Hank Goldfein who celebrate their birthdays in November.
“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.
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.
Jeanne Drevas gives a farewell-fornow talk at the artists' potluck following last weekend's eighth annual tour.