Around Clarke County April-May
Maggio & McCagg
A show featuring artists Tia Maggio and Winslow McCagg runs through April 27 at the Duvall Designs Gallery in Millwood, with a closing reception on the 27th, from 4pm till 6pm. Maggio works with pastels and Winslow with oil paint on canvas. Both have been musing and applying themselves in their work on the complexities, colors, light, patterns, and abstractions inherent in nature around them. Both artists have been painting and drawing in this area for over 20 years. Check them out Fridays–Sundays, noon till 5pm—and be sure to attend the closing.
20, Operation Inasmuch
Berryville Baptist Church is organizing Operation Inasmuch, a day devoted to helping people in the community. At least 80 congregants and friends are teaming up to help, based on the scripture Matthew 25:40: “Inasmuch as you did it to the least of these, you did it to me.” There will be a “free for all” yard sale, a visit to residents at Washington Square apartments and sharing “we care” bags filled with first-aid items; windshield washing at the gas station on Triple J, Berryville; “Sunshine baskets” filled with fruit, nuts, and baked goods at the Senior Center; sing-alongs at Johnson Williams apartments, Godfrey House and Greenfield; litter clean up along Senseny Road off Rte. 340, and more. If you want to help in some way, call Rose Staples at 540-303-2199.
19, Choral Concert
Clarke County H.S. Chorus at Grace United Methodist Church in Middletown.
20,Conservation Film Festival
American Conservation Film Festival presents ‘ACFF Best of Fest’ in the multipurpose room of American Public University’s Finance Center, 393 North Lawrence Street, Charles Town, W.Va. Starting at 1pm, three of the top films from the 2012 film fest will be shown: Bidder 70, Cape Spin, and The Last Iceman of Chimborazo. Tickets are $10 per person, with student, senior and military discounts available at $8. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance via the ACFF website www.conservationfilm.org.
19, The Tempest
At the Barns April 19–21. The Sixth Annual Spring Shakespeare Emerging Artists’ production for Wayside Theatre will be The Tempest in cooperation with Barns of Rose Hill in Berryville. In this fantastical comedy, the sorcerer and rightful Duke of Milan, Prospero, and her daughter Miranda, have been exiled on a tropical island for 12 years. When Prospero’s enemies make the mistake of sailing too close to the island, she and her faithful spirit-servant, Ariel, summon a terrible storm to make sure that they make amends for their past actions—and have fun playing matchmaker for Miranda while they’re at it. For info: www.barnsofrosehill.org.
20, Arboretum Tour
At Blandy Farm, 10am till noon. By mid-April, the Arboretum shows off its glorious display of ﬂowering trees, shrubs, and wildﬂowers. Learn about your State Arboretum and take a guided tour through our gardens. Tour is free, but reservations required.
21, Laura Cortese
There is nothing timid about Laura Cortese (cor-TAY-zee). She wields a fiddle like a rocker slings his guitar, and sings with even more swagger. A native San Franciscan, Cortese moved to Boston to study violin at Berklee College of Music and has since immersed herself in the city’s vibrant indie music scene. She has made appearances with Band of Horses, Pete Seeger, Patterson Hood and Michael Franti, and Jocie Adams of the Low Anthem. Showtime 7:30pm; tickets $10; $15 at the door. Barnsofrosehill.org or 540-955-2004.
First meeting for a Monday workshop at Opus Oaks, 10am till noon, April 22–June 3, ages 12 and up. With instructor Gale Bowman-Harlow, at Studio East (109 First Street). $85. Bring your own materials or pay an additional $50 for a beginning set at the first class. Bring your own pictures and ideas. Beginners will start with the basics: color mixing, composition, layering color, experimenting, brush techniques, washes, and materials. The instructor is there to help with artistic decisions and to introduce new techniques to students. 6 classes. www.opusoaks.org.
22, Acrylic & Oil Painting
First meeting of a workshop meeting Mondays at Opus Oaks, 1–3:30pm, April 22–June 3, ages 12 and up. With instructor Gale Bowman-Harlow, at Studio East (109 First Street). $100, plus $15 materials fee. Learn techniques in composition; focal point, abstract verses descriptive, depth of field, and canvas prep. Explore color mixing and theory, light source, brush techniques, layering paint, glazing, and style. Continuing students work on their own paintings. Please bring an 18×24 canvas/canvas board/masonite and 6 pictures of things to paint. 6 classes. www.opusoaks.org.
23, Stained Glass
First meeting of a workshop meeting Tuesdays at Opus Oaks, 4:30–6pm, April 23–May 28, ages 12 and up. With instructor Sheryl Reid at Studio East (109 First Street). $85, plus $15 materials fee. You will be guided through choosing a pre-made pattern or designing your own stained glass project. Learn basic techniques of foiling, soldering, and finishing while making light catchers and decorative hangings. Continuing students will work on more advanced projects. 6 classes. www.opusoaks.org.
23, Acrylic Painting
First meeting of a workshop at Opus Oaks for ages 6 and up, Tuesdays, April 23–May 28, 5–6:30pm. With instructor Gale Bowman-Harlow, at Studio East (109 First Street). $85, plus $15 materials fee. Students will learn basic painting techniques: color-mixing, building with color, mediums, color theory, light, and composition. Bring an 18 x 24 canvas/canvas board and pictures of things you want to paint. Returning students will work on their own paintings. 6 classes. Opusoaks.org.
23, Oil Painting
First meeting of a workshop for ages 15 and up, two class choices. Tuesdays, 6:30–9:30pm, April 23–May 28 with Eric Cherry, or Saturdays, 10am–12:30pm, April 20–June 1 with Gale Bowman-Harlow. At Studio East, 109 First Street, Berryville. $125, plus $15 materials fee. Students will learn the Old Masters technique of oil painting and glazing. Instruction includes: laying out your palette, canvas prep, color theory, grey scale color mixing, composition, and mediums. Bring your own paints or use our studio paints, an 18 x 24 canvas or board, and 5 photos. 6 classes. Opusoaks.org.
24, Full Moon Hike
At Blandy Farm, 7:30-9pm. Explore the Arboretum under the full moon. Bring a ﬂashlight, wear comfortable shoes, and explore the natural world at dusk and after dark. Perfect for the family, but no dogs please. FOSA members $8; nonmembers $10 Bring the whole family for $20. Reservations required—space is Limited. State Arboretum of Virginia, 400 Blandy Farm Lane, Boyce, www.blandy.virginia.edu, or call 540-837-1758 Ext. 224 for information.
24, Woody Pines
At the Barns, showtime 7:30pm; tickets $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Ragtime, boogie, viper jazz, lightning speed folk. Full of stomp and swing, and jump and jive. It’s old-time feel-good music done by a young master who clearly understands that this kind of music was always about having a great time. http://www.woodypines.com. Info and tickets: Barnsofrosehill.org or 540-955-2004.
24, Fused Glass
First meeting of an Opus Oaks workshop, ages 13 and up, 12:30–3:30pm Wednesdays. $125. Fusing glass in a kiln creates 2D and 3D art pieces with luminous colors, decorations and shapes. Learn to develop a design, cut, assemble, decorate and fuse art glass. Stingers, frit, confetti, glass paint, noodles, rods, and strips to enhance your piece and a brief intro to jewelry making will be presented. 6 classes. Opusoakes.org.
First meeting of a workshop meeting Thursdays at Opus Oaks, 6:30–8:30pm, April 25–May 30. With instructor Gale Bowman-Harlow, at Studio East (109 First Street). $85. Bring your own materials or pay an additional $50 for a beginning set at the first class. Bring your own pictures and ideas. Beginners will start with the basics: color mixing, composition, layering color, experimenting, brush techniques, washes, and materials. The instructor is there to help with artistic decisions and to introduce new techniques to students. 6 classes. www.opusoaks.org.
25, Fundamentals of Drawing
Workshops meets at Opus Oaks Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30pm, with instructor Doug Pifer. $85 plus $10 material fee. Students will explore line quality, composition, perspective, lights/darks, building forms and shapes, shading and developing visual acuity skills with different drawing instruments such as graphite, charcoal, and inks. Students will draw from plaster models and still life. 6 classes. Opusoaks.org.
25, Landscape Painting
For students ages 12 and up: Learn about laying out your palette, canvas prep, color theory, grey scale color mixing, composition, and mediums. The first class will involve mixing a palette with landscape colors, preparing the canvas and a composition discussion. Dress comfortably and bring your own oil paints, an 18 x 24 board, folding chair, and outdoor easel. 6 classes, $125 plus material fee. Workshop meets Thursdays, 10am–12:30pm. See opusoaks.org.
26, Banana Express
At the Barns, 8pm. Tickets $10. A bluesy, jazzy and all around, hard-driving musical experience. Barnsofrosehill.org or 540-955-2004.
27, Spaghetti Dinner
Fundraiser for Clarke County Choral Department at Clarke County High School, 5pm. $10 ($5 for children 10 and under). Build-your-own pasta bar. Ice cream sundae bar for dessert. Entertainment by choir students.
28, Kids acting classes
At the Barns, 10am, with Sarah Douglas. Theatre Fundamentals for ages 5–8, 11am–1pm.
Participants build basic theatre skills through acting games, creative movement,
and story dramatization. Acting and Playmaking for ages 9–12, 2–5pm. Participants explore acting and storytelling techniques though theatre exercises and games. Barnsofrosehill.org or 540-955-2004.
30, Trillium Hike
Sponsored by Blandy Farm at the Thompson Wildlife Management Area 9am–12:30pm. Join the annual field trip to one of the region’s most spectacular wildﬂower displays, featuring a sea of trilliums. Meet at the Blandy library and carpool. FOSA members $8; nonmembers $10; reservations required. State Arboretum of Virginia, 400 Blandy Farm Lane, Boyce, www.blandy.virginia.edu, or call 540-837-1758 Ext. 224 for information.
30, Aberdeen Green
At the Barns, 7:30pm. Tickets $10. Carley’s gritty, raw vocals are the culmination of her influences – folk artists such as Joni Mitchell, Patty Griffin, and Bob Dylan and blues singers like Keb Mo and Eva Cassidy. Listen to the lonesome sound coming out of Amanda’s stellar set of pipes, and it’s no surprise to learn she grew up on the tunes of artists like the Dixie Chicks, Allison Krauss, and Bonnie Raitt. Put these two together, and the result is something truly magical. And it’s easy to get hooked on their cool, Americana vibe. Barnsofrosehill.org or 540-955-2004.
2, Miss Tess & The Talkbacks
At the Barns, 7:30pm; tickets $10. Modern vintage is the sound from former Boston and now Brooklyn-based chanteuse Miss Tess. She’s jazzy, retro, cabaret-esque, sweet, sassy, old-timey, enchanting, sometimes a little folky, and sometimes she’s got the blues. Barnsofrosehill.org or 540-955-2004.
3, Last Ham Standing
At the Barns, 8pm. A hilarious show full of laughs for the entire family. A group of talented performers take suggestions from the audience to create wacky scenes and funny improv games. If you like Whose Line Is It Anyway? you’ll love Last Ham Standing . . . the other comedy meat. Tickets $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Barnsofrosehill.org or 540-955-2004.
At the Barns, 8pm. Yamomanem features a repertoire rooted in the 20s and 30s hot jazz styles, with electric guitars and funky congas. Not really a brass band, not really a Dixieland band. It’s like old New Orleans music at the root of it all, but with many branches. They’ll explore them all. Tickets $10. Barnsofrosehill.org or 540-955-2004.
11, Garden Fair
May 11 and 12, it’s Mother’s Day weekend and the Virginia Arboretum’s Garden Fair, 9am–4:30pm. Garden Fair is a huge plant and garden supply sale, and also features an entire weekend of free events, including guided tours, activities for the whole family (family events are 12–2pm Saturday and Sunday), food, and more. Admission is $10 per car; all activities and events are free. The Foundation of the State Arboretum is a nonprofit organization, and the Garden Fair is the foundation’s largest annual fundraising event. Proceeds support programs at the State Arboretum. Rte. 50 in Clarke County. For more information call 540-837-1758 or visit www.blandy.virginia.edu.
16, Myth, Magic & Medicine
At Blandy’s Herb Garden, 2¬4pm. Learn about spiritual and medicinal uses of herbs in Blandy’s Herb Garden. Wear comfortable shoes. FOSA members $8; nonmembers $10 Reservations required—space is limited. State Arboretum of Virginia, 400 Blandy Farm Lane, Boyce, www.blandy.virginia.edu, or call 540-837-1758 Ext. 224 for information.
24, Full Moon Hike
At Blandy Experimental Farm, 7:30–9:00pm. Explore the Arboretum under the full moon. Bring a ﬂashlight, wear comfortable shoes, and explore the natural world at dusk and after dark. No dogs please. FOSA members $8; nonmembers $10. This hike is for those 14 and older. Reservations required. State Arboretum of Virginia, 400 Blandy Farm Lane, Boyce, www.blandy.virginia.edu, or call 540-837-1758 Ext. 224 for information.