“You can’t go home again,” said the novelist Thomas Wolfe in 1940. But clearly he didn’t anticipate what would happen to the Middle Street Gallery, Rappahannock County’s only nonprofit art gallery and co-operative.
Indeed, after an interlude of seven years at two Sperryville locations, the gallery is delighted to announce that it will be going home to the little yellow house next to The Inn at Little Washington—at 325A Middle Street, to be exact.
The Middle Street Gallery will celebrate its return and re-opening in Little Washington with a public reception from 3 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. and a ribbon-cutting ceremony by Mayor John Fox Sullivan.
This reception will at the same time honor gallery member Rosabel Goodman-Everard, whose solo show, Doodling in the Dark, opens that day and will run through January 14. The gallery will also host visitors between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on wDec. 10, during the Little Washington Christmas Parade.
Goodman-Everard’s works are varied, fantastic and fun—mostly small panels spray-painted in vivid colors, then covered with marks and patterns: circles, dots, squares and rectangles, bark patterns, thorns, nets, drops of water or blood and foot prints.
“Figuration also introduced itself,” said Goodman-Everard, “Ants, tadpoles, leaves, flowers, fruits, clouds, chains, helicopters, the moon, ropes and nails, prisoners behind barbed wire, clouds. Nothing was forbidden—I used black, gold and silver, as well as hot pink. I glued canvases and panels together and covered the seams with garnet gel.”
The gallery, and the artist, hope visitors will enjoy looking at her paintings as much as she did creating them.
“While working, I listened to Mozart, and Beethoven’s overtures, drank wine and WhatsApp’ed endlessly with my friends all over the world,” said the international lawyer, who became an artist 20 years ago. “Every panel was an adventure, nothing was ever planned, all results were unexpected and nothing ever came out a failure. It has turned out to be the most fun I have ever had making art.”
“In its new/old location, the gallery’s 21 members hope, having come full circle, that they will enter a new period of artistic fertility, inspiration and excellence,” says gallery president Ann Currie.
For the winter months, the gallery (http://www.middlestreetgallery.org/) will be open Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.