As you may now, when you move into a new home, especially one in a new town, the to-do lists never really seem to get any shorter. I’ve been here a year…in fact, a year officially as of last Saturday…and I’m only now becoming aware of something amazing the Shenandoah Valley has to offer…
Arts and Crafts!
On on of our first sojourns into the small towns around our home, we visited Edinburg Gallery. There we met Mark Strauss, a local artist and Holocaust survivor. We purchased his print “Stone Wall,” which you can see at his website and which graces the wall of my office/studio. I also purchased a small clay vase. I could have spent a small fortune there!
I’m reading this month’s local “what’s happening/what to do” monthly paper, the “Mountain Courier,” and I’m keeping one hand on the computer to visit all of the art-related websites! I haven’t visited most of the following, but you may want to make the time to do so on your visit to the Valley. I’ll add reviews or notes of each as I make the trip!
The Art Group Gallery – “501 (c)(3) non-profit cooperative of artists whose goal is to promote the art and artists in the Shenandoah Valley in a fun and relaxed community atmosphere.” – Knowing there are local opportunities to take classes and get those creative juices flowing is really exciting. I may finally get to use the little kiln Tim’s mom gave me. (I haven’t touched clay since college, which is a good 15 years!)
VECCA – “Valley Educational Center for the Creative Arts – Dedicated to Excellence in the Arts” – More classes and workshops to check out!
fiberSmyth – “Historic Woodstock’s yarn Shop” – I’m excited to see that the shop also offers classes! I’ve crocheted since I was 5 years old, when my Granny taught me. I remember crocheting a whole ball of yarn with single crochet, ripping it out, and starting over. I tried to teach myself to knit a few years ago. I managed to learn the stockinet (?) stitch, and that’s about it. I do hope to pick up the hook or needles again this winter, and knowing there’s a local yarn source that doesn’t belong to a big-box chain is exciting!*** This personal blog is comprised solely of the opinions, views, projects, and travels of its author, Stacey Morgan Smith. She is lucky enough to have loving family and friends whom she drags along with her on her adventures and whom she puts to work on her little farm. She uses this blog to help promote living in the mountains of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, from Roanoke to the Potomac River.**