An ex­hibit in­spired by ru­ral life

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A small works show called “Bu­colic Mo­ments” opens this Satur­day (Dec. 1) at River District Arts (RDA), with more than 50 paint­ings, pho­to­graphs and ce­ramic pieces cre­ated by 15 artists on dis­play through De­cem­ber. An artist re­cep­tion im­me­di­ately fol­lows the hol­i­day pa­rade in Lit­tle Washington, from 2 to 6 p.m. at RDA (3 River Lane, Sper­ryville).

Among the artists par­tic­i­pat­ing are Mary B. Allen, Jan All­mon, Toni Bragg, Ar­mand Cabr­era, Bon­nie Dixon, Jacques Smith, Kath­leen Willing­ham, Richard Young, Su­san Horn­bostel, Bran­den East­wood, Joyce Harman, Bette Hile­man, Mar­garet Meyer, Nol Put­nam and Fran­cie Schroeder.

“The cri­te­ria for the show was smaller works, 14-by-18 or less un­framed, that cap­tured the essence of coun­try life,” said RDA art and mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor Jim All­mon. “We had an avalanche of sub­mis­sions and lim­ited the se­lec­tion to no more than five pieces per artist so we could show a va­ri­ety of styles and medi­ums.

“The artis­tic tal­ent that abounds here in Rap­pa­han­nock County and neigh­bor­ing coun­ties is amaz­ing," All­mon con­tin­ued. “The ru­ral char­ac­ter of the re­gion at­tracts artists be­cause it is so in­spi­ra­tional.”

All­mon, who, with his wife, founded and owned fine art gal­leries in Woodstock, Vt. and Wil­liams­burg over the last 20 years, adds that the show is “about 50/50” paint­ings and pho­to­graphs, and all the works can be seen on RDA’s Face­book page.

River District Arts and its ad­ja­cent nine artist-run stu­dios are open 10 to 5 Fri­day-Sun­day.

De­tail of a work by Jacques Smith that's part of RDA's "Bu­colic Mo­ments" ex­hibit.

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