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Historic Garden Week 2014, right around the corner

Glenbrook, Loudoun, by Missy Janes, Stone Barn Photography 

April 26 to May 3 marks the annual historic garden week in Virginia. Almost 200 private homes and gardens will be open for 31 separate tours across the state. Stroll through scenic gardens while you celebrate spring. For 81 years, the grounds of some of the Commonwealth’s most cherished historic landmarks have been restored or preserved using proceeds from the tour including Mount Vernon and Monticello.

Hickory House, Loudoun, by Missy Janes, Stone Barn Photography 

Notable locations in the Piedmont include:

Saturday, April 26

Old Town Alexandria

Clarke County and Winchester (also open Sunday)

Orange County: Gordonsville

Charlottesville: Morven

Sunday, April 27 and Monday, April 28

Albemarle: Charlottesville

Middleburg and Upperville

Tuesday, April 29

Fredericksburg: Caroline Street

Charlottesville: University of Virginia

Tickets may be purchased at any tour location throughout Virginia on the day of the event. Prices vary from $15 to $40 per tour. For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit:

This year, the Albemarle Garden Club celebrates its 100th anniversary with several locations open for tours including Redlands, Esmont and Bellair Farm. Morven Estate , the gardens at Monticello and the University of Virginia’s Pavilion gardens will also be open for tours.

Read about Garden Week in old town Gordonsville in our new spring issue. Preview the article on our website:

Hopsice of the Rapidan 2013 Swing for Life Golf Tournament, May 17th

Hospice of the Rapidan will host their 2013 Swing for Life Golf Tournament on Friday, May 17, 2013 at Fauquier Springs Country Club in Warrenton,VA. The tournament is open to all! The “all inclusive” entry includes greens fees, cart, range fees, two mulligans, tee prize, continental breakfast, on course beverages, and lunch at awards reception. Early Bird Tournament Registration Specials are open until April 1, 2013 and Corporate Sponsorship opportunities are available. This event is an opportunity to support outstanding hospice care by doing what you love…playing golf!
New this year is a chance to win a trip to the “2014 Masters Golf Tournament” in Augusta, GA. Raffle tickets are $50 each with only 400 being sold! The trip for two includes round trip economy air, 3 day/2 night deluxe hotel accommodations, badges to any two rounds of the Masters tournament play at the Augusta National Golf Club,3 day car rental, full hospitality at the Magnolia Manor, and much more! Drawing will be held on May, 17, 2013. Winner does not need to be present to win.

For registration, raffle tickets and more information, please HOTR’s website at to download your registration, or contact Shannon Gearing at (540) 825-4840. Proceeds from the tournament help Hospice of the Rapidan provide compassionate and dignified end-of-life care to our community neighbors, regardless of their financial ability.

Hospice of the Rapidan provides compassionate and dignified end-of-life care for terminally ill patients and for their families. Unparalleled medical care coupled with emotional, social, spiritual and grief support focuses on caring, when curing is medically determined to be unlikely. Hospice of the Rapidan supports each patient in achieving their end-of-life choice to die free from pain, with dignity, surrounded by family and loved ones, and attended by caring professionals who understand end-of-life processes. Hospice of the Rapidan is the only non-profit community hospice serving Fauquier, Rappahannock, Culpeper, Madison and Orange Counties and has been providing service to the citizens in these communities for 29 years. To learn more about hospice care, grief support, or volunteering call Hospice of the Rapidan at 540-825-4840 or visit them online at

SEPT 30 COLOR LECTURE AT THE ARTS CENTER IN ORANGE you are an artist, quilter, floral arranger or just struggling to choose the right color for a shower curtain … COLOR IS EVERYTHING! And, who better to learn about color harmony than from the man who wrote the book?

A full-time artist since 1996 and author of the book “Color is Everything“, Dan Bartges is a recognized expert on color, lecturing at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

Visit the VA H2O exhibit in the Morin Gallery at The Arts Center In Orange during August and September to see examples of his fine work in oil and his clear knowledge of color harmony.

A Hampden-Sydney grad, Bartges went on to earn an M. A. from the University of Richmond, and has studied under several prominent artists, at the Modlin School of Art (U. of Richmond) and the Studio School of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. He and his family live in Richmond.

The lecture on September 30 at 1pm is free, although a donation of $5 is appreciated.  The Arts Center In Orange is located at 129 East Main Street in Orange, VA and online at Hours: 10-5, Monday – Saturday. Funded in part by a grant from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

CONTACT: Laura Thompson
Executive Director
The Arts Center In Orange
129 East Main Street, P.O. Box 13
Orange, VA,  22960

h/t to Kush Arora Attorney at Law.

Focus on the Print — November & December

Check out the latest news from our friends at the Frederick Nichols Studio:

During November and December, a group of galleries from Charlottesville to Orange, along the Route 20N corridor, will host a “Focus on the Print,” featuring the work of regional printmakers.

Since ancient times the urge to replicate images has been a goal of artists.  Before the invention of the printing press methods were invented to duplicate artwork, such as cast seals and relief carvings.  They were often used to disseminate information, religious, political, and cultural, to the masses.

As artists became involved in the pursuit of what has been called the “democratic” form of art, interest in multiples as discipline distinct from painting or drawing began to emerge. Some artists were inspired by process, from woodcuts to etchings.  Manipulating the image by invention and design became central to the process.

With the advent of computer prints, the lines between craftsmanship and the mechanical have been blurred.  But traditional methods continue to interest artists, and many artists now merge the digital with other methods. Conversely, a recent development in printmaking has been the monoprint, the technique of using printmaking techniques to produce one print, where spontaneous invention and gestural markings are central to the process. For the “Focus on the Print,” all forms of contemporary printmaking will be represented, from experimental to traditional.

On the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville, Chroma Projects Art Lab will feature Charlottesville artist Rosamond Casey in the gallery during the month of November with her book/game installation, Catch the Baby, that involves a giclee’ print process for the project’s imagery. Their December show will feature recent work by Richmond Printmakers’ One/Off group, whose members demonstrate a rich diversity of printmaking approaches from wood block prints to etching and engraving with subjects ranging from abstract to landscape to figurative work which often contains a sense of humor.

Second Street Gallery, also on the Downtown Mall, and Les Yeux Des Monde Gallery on Rt 20, just North of Charlottesville, are collaborating on a major 25 year survey of the art of Dean Dass, professor of printmaking at UVA.  His most recent prints and paintings will be shown at LYDM while Second Street will have a range of his work from the early 1980s till today. The exhibition will open at LYMD on Nov 18 and at Second Street Gallery on the First Friday in December.

Further up Rt 20N in Barboursville, Frederick Nichols Studio will be having a mini-retrospective covering 35 years of Nichols’ printmaking career during November and December. Tours of the studio will be offered.  Nichols Gallery Annex will feature prints by ten artists from around the region, including silkscreens by Ed Bordett of Roanoke and Lou Stovall of Washington, DC, monoprints by Frank Hobbs and David Freed of Richmond, and digital collages by Charlottesville artist McCrea Kudravetz.

Fifteen miles from Barboursville is the Art Center in Orange.  In November 3rd thru December 23rd, the Center will feature  a group show of artists from the DC area Washington Printmakers Gallery, whose foundation promotes fine-art printmaking by fostering the creation and appreciation of hand-pulled, artist-made prints.  Just north of Orange is Woodberry Forest School, where the school’s Baker Art Gallery is featuring “Six Printmakers,” including Kelly Lonergan, who teaches art at Woodberry and curated the show, Dennis Winston of Richmond, and Russell Richards of Charlottesville, whose works represent a variety of printmaking methods and materials. The exhibition will run from November 1st through December 18th.

For information regarding individual gallery hours, exhibition dates, openings, and special events, visit

Autumn Over Warm Springs

32″ x 48″
[Fred Nichols]

Conferences, Summer Camps & Gods and Generals

Our friends at The Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership (JTHG) have some pretty amazing events and projects going on this year.  From Gettysburg to Monticello, the JTHG is full of local culture, wineries, old towns, breath taking views and the amazing rich history of this region.

The first event that is quickly approaching would be the JTHG Partnership Annual Conference on May 24-25 at George Mason University in Manassas, VA.  JTHG along with A&E Television Network invite you to this annual conference featuring History Channel Chief Historian and Senior Vice President, Libby H. O’Connell as the keynote speaker.  The conference is open to the public however you must register to attend ($30-$100 for registration).  There will be networking events, battlefield tours, and workshops covering genealogy and tourism; mobile technology and visitors; African American heritage and the Underground Railroad; engaging youth in our shared national heritage; and the latest news on the commemorations for the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War and Emancipation.  Seating is limited so please register soon!

JTHG also offers a wonderful Extreme Journey Summer Camp every Summer.  However this year, for the very first time, middle-school-aged students from around the globe can also experience Extreme Journey Summer Camp!  The JTHG Partnership is also teaming up with Woodberry Forest School this year to host a two-week overnight camp that builds on the enormous popularity of the normal Extreme Journey Day Camp.  Both of the day and overnight camps take 6th through 8th grade boys and girls on historic adventures through Presidential homes, internationally known heritage sites, and through some of our nation’s most significant national parks.  They will hike, bike, canoe and spend time with National Park Service Rangers, expert historians, archaeologists, and educators to unlock stories and lessons of leadership found in the region.  For more info and registration, click here.

HISTORY (channel) recently announced its financial support of $100,000 to the JTHG Partnership’s award-winning Of the Student, By the Student, For the Student service-learning program.  This donation will be used over the next three years to bring this groundbreaking, multimedia educational program to students and schools in order to interpret life and events during the American Civil War and from battlefields within the JTHG National Heritage Area.  The donation will allow JTHG to work closely with 12 National Park partners and nearby grade schools with in the JTHG National Heritage Area, and will teach young people about the impact of the Civil War.

The JTHG Partnership, Warner Brothers Entertainment, and Producer/Director Ron Maxwell invite you to see the new Extended Director’s Cut of Gods & Generals at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas, Va.  The actors will discuss the making of the film and the importance of our nation’s heritage.  Several of the actors/actresses will attend this event as well!  Come out and enjoy the premiere on Friday, July 22 at 3pm.  Tickets are $61 and benefit the education programs of the JTHG.  Group rates are available.  Click here for more information and to order tickets.

As you can see, there are so many fantastic things going on with The Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership and we’re so excited to be a part of it.  We hope that you and your family will take the time to enjoy one or all of these amazing events or programs coming up.  Please visit the JTHG website for many more event listings such as The Heart & Soul of the Journey Annual Gala on June 18th; Kids to Parks Days; the Dinner at Palladio Restuarant with Gods and Generals director Ron Maxwell, or read about the six JTHG Certified Tourism Ambassadors that have reached the finals for the annual Star Award!  Visit to stay up to date with all of the amazing events happening for this organization.

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