A group of 24 invited, professional artists will paint outdoors to capture the beauty of the streams, woodlands, pastures, and mountains that make Nelson County, VA such a wondrous place. Visitors will watch paintings being developed from sketches to finished works of art while they also can take part in a naturalist walk/talks about the ecology, agriculture, history, and unique character of the region. A free youth painting class will be available for ages 6 to 13. The weekend event is sponsored by the Rockfish Valley Foundation (RVF). This free event will take place all day Friday, Saturday, and Sunday October 7, 8 & 9, culminating in Quick Draw competition at Spruce Creek Park during which artists will have two hours to create a painting, AND to then present an exhibition and sale of all their wet paintings from 1-5 pm at the Tuckahoe Clubhouse at Stoney Creek, VA..
There is a long tradition of outdoor painting—often called plein air painting—that in America began in the 19th century with artists exploring new frontiers. That tradition continues today with groups of artists painting during events organized to let local residents and art collectors observe the artists’ individual responses to scenes that are very familiar to the community. This event in Nelson County will offer the same opportunity to be part of an informational celebration of all that makes our communities so special.
Rockfish Valley Foundation (RVF) works hard all year to preserve the natural, historical, ecological and agricultural resources in Rockfish Valley. The organization accomplishes this by supporting the Rockfish Valley Loop Trail system, Spruce Creek Park and the lands associated with them. The mission further supports conservation, recreation, preservation, and environmental education an promotes a rural tourism experience in the Rockfish Valley of Nelson County, Virginia.