Sperryville collective to nurture artists

Inteior view shows artists' studios almost ready for business. Photo by Georgia Landman.

By Georgia Landman
Special to the Rappahannock News
River District Arts is a new artist collective planned for this summer in Sperryville’s River District. Like the well-known Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, RDA’s goal is to provide local artists of all media with studios where they can work in an inspiring environment, promote and sell art, and organize events, classes and workshops.

RDA will hold exhibitions of the works of member and non-member artists in the Confluent Gallery of Art. RDA is dedicated to buildomg a relationship with the local community and to be actively involved in promoting creativity among Rappahannock residents of all ages.

Jerome Niessen, owner of the Rappahannock Central building (formerly known as the Rappahannock Coop building and later as the Sperryville Antique Market) is working to complete construction of RDA’s new home.

Niessen has recruited Georgia Landman, a former Northern Virginia resident and friend, to run the artist collective. Landman just graduated from one of the country’s top art schools, the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) with a bachelor of fine arts in photography. Georgia and her husband Rob recently moved to Flint Hill. He will be running the Grand Café Indigo, also located at Rappahannock Central.

RDA is currently looking for artists who are interested in becoming a member of the RDA and who are interested in renting a studio. Studio spaces will be rented to artists for one year at a time, on the basis of work submitted to a jury. There are seven single artists studios and two studios that can be shared by a group of artists. There is no obligation to become a member until an application is filed and the selection process is completed.

Visit www.riverdistrictarts.org for more information or e-mail Georgia Landman at georgia@riverdistrictarts.org.

Rappahannock Central (formerly the Sperryville Antiques Market). Photo by Georgia Landman.

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