Watch Art Being Made

Page Valley Arts

If you come to Page County this weekend, you won’t be disappointed. The streets in Luray and elsewhere will be alive with artists and musicians at the second annual Festival of the Arts, April 12-14. Almost all of the events are free and most are family-friendly as well.

The weekend kicks off with a round-robin style concert on Friday evening at the Warehouse Art Gallery, featuring four musicians or bands (suggested donation $5).

On Saturday and Sunday more than 50 artists and artisans will demonstrate how they create their art from 10am-5pm at six locations in Luray and at Stevens Cottage in Shenandoah. Watch the artists as you learn about the tools and techniques they use. My favorites are the stone carver, needle-felter, stained glass artist, basket makers, weavers, and more, but every artist will inspire you and share insights into their work with you.

I’ll be demonstrating silk scarf dyeing at the American Legion, just behind the Visitor Center in Luray. If you want to make a scarf (or a smaller ponytail scarf), you can make one for the regular class fee of $28 (or $16) anytime either day. Dye it, rinse it, iron it, and wear your masterpiece home! Consider making several, scarves make excellent gifts, and Mother’s Day is just around the corner.

Two free Saturday afternoon performances at 1pm and 4pm by Master puppeteer Hobey Ford will delight people of all ages. The Festival also features ongoing live music, readings by local authors, a wearable art fashion show, performances by two dance troupes, several workshops and classes, and specials at participating restaurants.

Shenandoah Moon will be open both Saturday and Sunday of this weekend, from 10am-5pm. We’re offering 10% off everything in the store. You must mention that you read about it in this newsletter to get the 10% discount.

For the complete schedule, including a list of artists and their specialties, musicians, authors and performers, go to Page Valley Arts Council

bridge constructionBridge Update, SALE, & April Classes

The work on the Main Street bridge is continuing, and will through the summer. We only have regular hours on Saturdays, but I am usually at the shop almost every day. It is no trouble for me to meet you there at your convenience, please email me and I will arrange it if possible.


Attention plus sizes! All of our 1X, 2X and 3X Lost River and Parsley & Sage tops are now 40% off. If you shop this weekend, April 13-14, you’ll get an additional 10% off.


Saturday, April 20

11am – 1pm — Gemstone & Leather Earrings & Bracelet, $28

Learn how to make a simple yet stunning pair of earrings using leather and your choice of big-hole gemstones, pearls, or sea-glass-like beads. Then make your choice of either a necklace or bracelet to match it. These are so easy and beautiful that you’ll want to make one for everyone you know!


Saturday, April 27
11am – Sit & Knit
1pm – Free Essential Oils class


Please share this newsletter with anyone you know who is interested in the Arts, might be looking for something to do this weekend, or enjoys a drive in the country. Thanks!