Traveling the Piedmont north of I-66 from The Plains to Middleburg and out to Millwood, you will find the beautiful historic villages have preserved their charm and the glorious rolling countryside that lays between them.  This is horse country, hunt country, wine country, or some say, a culinary wonderland. What about art? Oh yes, there is art!

This region is home to a variety artists – authors, musicians, visual artists and performers. The Red Fox Gallery, The Sporting Gallery and The Byrne Gallery have been the visual art anchors in Middleburg for many years. Of course the Museum at the National Sporting Library is world-class.  Recent additions include the Middleburg Arts Project Gallery and the Artists in Middleburg Gallery.

In the Plains you’ll find artists Tom and Lina Neal’s Live An Artful Life Gallery, along with the Zig-Zag Gallery and Youngblood Art Studio. Millwood is “art” famous for its Art at the Mill each spring and for several years now has enjoyed contemporary art at the Duvall Design Gallery next to the historic Locke Store. So much art in these small towns.

Middleburg showcases several events in February. The Middleburg Arts Project Gallery will host “Beginnings” from February 6th thru March 15th, which features local emerging artists. The Middleburg Arts Council is sponsoring “On Main Street” at The Byrne Gallery from February 7th thru March 1st with artworks regarding America’s cultural icon, Main Street. The most popular one night art event of the month will be the Art of the Piedmont Art Auction & Reception, a benefit for Middleburg Montessori School. It is a wonderful art and social event to be held on Friday, February 20th from 5:30  to 8:30 pm at the Middleburg Community Center located at 300 W. Washington St. in Middleburg. A tremendous showing for the shortest month of the year.

This Piedmont region arts community is working hard to bring you local, regional and world-wide art for your destination experience. You can find all the art events on www.middleburgarts.org. Come enjoy the arts with us!

Peter Wood is a local metal sculptor, founder of the Middleburg Arts Project and Chair of the Middleburg Arts Council. More about his art: www.rustymetal.com. Learn about the art events in the region at www.middleburgarts.org