Spend some time browsing a Virginia art gallery or two during your stay, and you'll soon discover how the beauty and history of Central Virginia have uniquely inspired local artists. Select a meaningful remembrance of your trip in a beautiful piece of artwork to grace your home.
Other cultural activities abound in Central Virginia as well, such as performances at the Riverside Center Dinner Theater in Fredericksburg and music and lectures at the Ash Lawn Opera in Charlottesville.
Custom Art Gallery
The Corner Gallery's focus is on Virginia, featuring the work of Virginia artists Linda Boudreaux Montgomery, and niece Coryne Simone LaBry. You'll find original paintings and prints of historic sites & landscapes, hand-painted gift items, and one-of-a kind handcrafted jewelry. Located at: 173 W. Main Street, Orange, Virginia. Telephone: (540) 672-5019
Ed Jaffe Gallery
Most sculptors only sculpt. Most painters only paint. Ed Jaffe is proficient in both disciplines.
In 1997, Fred and Beth Nichols purchased the Barboursville Estes-Sparks Hotel. Built around 1900, the Hotel was a landmark building for the village, which had gone from hotel to boarding house to apartments, as the railroad depot closed and the village was bypassed by highway expansions. Beth had always wanted to run a gallery, and with the growth of the wine industry around Barboursville, it seemed possible. In 1998, they held their first show, "A Celebration of the Landscape," featuring the work of over 20 Virginia artists. Since opening, Nichols Gallery Annex has exhibited the work of over 50 artists from the mid-Atlantic region. Located at: 5420 Governor Barbour Street, Barboursville, Virginia. Telephone: (540) 832-3565
Five productions annually, including popular outdoor Shakespeare, first three weekends in August. Sun's Traces Gallery features ceramic work created by Paula Brown-Steedly who also creates stunning one-of-a-kind equine pieces. The gallery also represents more American Craft Artisans. Sun's Traces is located in the village of Barboursville, Virginia near the Blue Ridge Mountains and Virginia wine country. Located at: 5449 Governor Barbour Street, Barboursville, Virginia. Telephone: (540) 832-7044
The mission of BozArt, an artists' cooperative, is to effectively represent accomplished artists who are committed to creating original works of art. The gallery supports the artistic vision of its members without exclusive focus on the commercial salability of their work. Located at: BozArt Gallery, 211 West Main Street, Charlottesville, Virginia. Telephone: (434) 296-3919
The Riverside Center opened on June 18th, 1998 with the dinner theater's inaugural performance of Oklahoma!. Since then Riverside Center has been the site of over 20 different Main-Stage, Broadway-quality Musical productions, over 30 different musical adaptations of popular children's stories, and countless weddings, class reunions, military balls, trade shows, and hosted events such as New Year's Eve Galas, Bridal Fairs, Concerts and much, much more. The Riverside Center has positioned itself within the Fredericksburg area as a centerpiece to an already thriving cultural arts and special events community. Located at: 95 Riverside Parkway, Fredericksburg, Virginia. Telephone: (540) 370-4300
Ash Lawn-Highland encompasses two major operating units: the museum and the Summer Festival. The Festival began as a program to interpret the Monroe era's cultural milieu for modern audiences. Today it explores the evolution of all American musical traditions. The Festival has expanded from three evenings of lectures and one-act operas in 1978 to nine weeks of full-length operas and musical theater productions, lectures, Music at Twilight (classical, folk and contemporary music), and Summer Saturdays (family entertainment). From 1988 - 1990 the Opera Company traveled to Boise, Idaho. An important source of revenue, these tours also marked the emergence of the Festival's national presence. Located at: 111 4th Street, N.E., Charlottesville, Virginia. Telephone: 434-293-4500.