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Neil and Kerry at Duvall’s

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On an overcast hurricane day, we went to see a delightful collection of Neil and Kerry Stavely’s art in Millwood. Duvall Design in Millwood, VA is a great location for this kind of show. Artistic and artisan combined in perfect balance.

Duval Design Art Opening

Duval Design Art Opening

Neil and Kerry own Horse and Hare and operate a shop on the mall in downtown Winchester, VA.

Neil and Kerry Stavely

Neil and Kerry Stavely

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The show will be up for a few weeks. Make sure to go take a look.

Art Trifecta in Millwood

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It was a day of multiple art openings in Millwood, and we only saw three of the four sets of work. At Burwell Morgan Mill, Jim Costello‘s work anchored a retrospective. The work is contemporary and very open with vibrant colors.

Jim Costello

Jim Costello

This sketch was our favorite.

Jim Costello

Jim Costello

Jim Costello

Jim Costello

At Duvall Gallery across the street, artists Julie Miles and RH Ballard are sharing a joint show. Excellent work by both.

My favorite work of the day is Julie Miles’ work in silver (apparently finished just hours before the show opened—nothing like a deadline!).

Julie Miles

Julie Miles

Julie Miles

Julie Miles

The work by RH Ballard is hard to capture in bits. Up close and personal, it is gorgeous.

RH Ballard

RH Ballard

RH Ballard

RH Ballard

Missed the Opening? No Problem! Tia Maggio Rocks Duvall Gallery

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Tia Maggio at Duvall Gallery

Tia Maggio at Duvall Gallery

Our plan was to go to the real opening shindig, but we were thwarted by the new equine arrivals! Not to worry. We made our own opening+1.

Tia Maggio works in pastels and does very intricate, delicate work with beautiful lines and lots of movement. The colors are not “easter colors” in case that’s what you’re thinking. Tia’s work can be dark and mysterious or summery and light. Whole spectrum. Great work. We’re proud to have some of Tia’s stuff in our collection at Apothecary Shed.

Tia Maggio's Show at Duvall Gallery

Tia Maggio’s Show at Duvall Gallery

One of the great things about the Duvall Gallery is that it is an old old building. The patina inside is a striking and effective offset for the work. So glad it is not boring and white.

Of course, an opening+1 requires a nice cocktail. The doctor’s bag was handy.

Campari and Prosecco with a twist

Campari and Prosecco with a twist

Tia Maggio captures the tropics

Tia Maggio captures the tropics

The artist: Tia Maggio with a cocktail for opening+1

The artist: Tia Maggio with a cocktail for opening+1

Oh look, it's apothecaryshedster!

Oh look, it’s apothecaryshedster!

Yes, we had fun!  And we learned about some of Tia's methods and inspiration.

Yes, we had fun! And we learned about some of Tia’s methods and inspiration.

My personal favorite. Fire.

My personal favorite. Fire.

Why don’t we do it in the road??

Why Don't We Do it in the Road?  Tia Maggio

Why Don’t We Do it in the Road? Tia Maggio

Well that was fun

Well that was fun

Clarke County Arts Collaboration

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My band the Bitter Liberals just played a house concert in a barn decorated with original paintings by Winslow McCagg. In true cross pollination, the show was put on by the proprietors of the Duvall Gallery where Winslow is showing. Living in a county where artists support each other like this is a joy.

Artwork by Winslow McCagg (this one titled Stone Age) defined the stage

Artwork by Winslow McCagg (this one titled Stone Age) defined the stage

The stage is set for the Bitter Liberals

The stage is set for the Bitter Liberals

The Bitter Liberals in White Post

The Bitter Liberals in White Post

For more on the show, see the One Barn posting on the Bitter Liberals website.

Shenandoah Moonlight Finds a Home

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After a two week delay, Antonia Walker‘s painting Shenandoah Moonlight finds a home. Special thanks to the Duvall Gallery in Millwood and to Allen Kitselman for his great eye.

Shenandoah Moonlight (Antonia Walker)

Shenandoah Moonlight (Antonia Walker)

Shenandoah Moonlight (Antonia Walker)

Shenandoah Moonlight (Antonia Walker)

Shenandoah Moonlight (Antonia Walker)

Shenandoah Moonlight (Antonia Walker)

Tough Decisions

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Our weekend was full of tough decisions, including which one of these two pictures to buy.

Shenandoah Moonlight

Shenandoah Moonlight

Arbor II w/ Vines

Arbor II w/ Vines

Both outstanding paintings by Antonia Walker. We went with the river.

Thanks to Duvall Gallery for featuring local art by very talented artists.