Artists of Rappahannock video series: Launched!

Maggie Rogers in her Sperryville printmaking studio.

Because of my unplanned return last spring to the Rappahannock News, my planned series of short videos on the artists of Rappahannock took nearly a year to get rolling. But thanks initially to the generous 2016 grant by the Rappahannock Association for Arts and Community’s Claudia Mitchell Arts Fund, and then to the Mitchell Fund committee’s patience and understanding in allowing me to get the promised first six videos done by the end of September 2017, we are now launched!

This first video is a brief visit with Maggie Rogers in Sperryville, Va. — where Maggie’s printmaking studio shares the building with her family’s coffee roastery, and from which Maggie also pursues her love of hiking, nature and gardening. You can play the video below, or visit the Synergist Media YouTube channel and subscribe — especially as we add videos.

The next one coming up in early August is on plein air painter Nedra Smith of Washington, Va.

Synergist Media, and especially these videos, would not be possible without the hands-on assistance of photographer and videographer extraordinaire Luke Christopher, and the full-hearted advice and support of Luke’s mom, Charmaine Lee, my wife, ally and inspiration.

(Also stepping up — from Florida, no less — to make music for this first video was my brother John Piantadosi, a guitarist/bassist like no other.)

10 Comments

  1. Kevin Adams
    July 6, 2017

    Roger – The video on Maggie is wonderful! How many of these videos does your Mitchell grant allow you to do? Look forward to seeing the next one! Kevin

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  2. Roger Piantadosi
    July 6, 2017

    Thanks, Kevin. Six videos is what the grant covered, by September. But I am just going to keep going, at least through the end of the year, and see what happens. Very grateful for the opportunity, and by the way if you’re up for it I planned to knock on your door at some point, camera in hand.

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  3. Lisa
    July 6, 2017

    Beautiful Roger. Very happy to see your work. Exciting!

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    1. Roger Piantadosi
      July 7, 2017

      Lisa Lisa Lisa, so am I.

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  4. Charise Hoge
    July 6, 2017

    What a great series you’ve begun, Roger! Look forward to more. Beautiful blend of storytelling, music, film, art – thank you (and Charmaine, your muse) for this artistry.

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    1. Roger Piantadosi
      July 7, 2017

      Thank you, Charise. I’m actually having a lot of fun. Please don’t tell anyone.

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  5. Jean Tamarin
    July 6, 2017

    Beautiful Roger. So glad you’ve got this underway. And I love the music…it was noticeable, along with the other cool stuff.

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    1. Roger Piantadosi
      July 7, 2017

      Thank you, Jean! This is way better than writing and editing for a living. (Although there is a whole lot of editing going on.)

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  6. Deborah
    July 7, 2017

    OH, well done, Roger. It is so gratifying to see your collaborative soul and gifts back in action and on display. Deborah

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  7. Sydney Frymire
    July 11, 2017

    Congratulations! What a worthwhile project and a wonderful way to support the artists in your community.

    Reply

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