An exhibit inspired by rural life
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.