After several years indoors and a year off due to the pandemic, 1000 Faces Mask Theater returned to the great outdoors — specifically to the grassy hill beside Pen Druid Brewing in Sperryville, Va., with the Blue Ridge Mountains as backdrop. Besides the perfect, cloudless day and a big crowd, Peggy Schadler’s masks and play were wonderful as always, the band was terrific, and — most important — we brought three cameras.
Conceived by Jane Bowling-Wilson, executive director of the Warrenton, Va.-based Northern Piedmont Community Foundation, who also wrote the script, this two-minute informational short features the playful illustrations of Richmond, Va. artist Lucas Wilson and a world-class narration by Tish Iceton of Toronto
The Rappahannock Center for Education sent Luke and I back to school this spring — specifically to Rappahannock County High School, to make a short documentary on what it’s been like to be in high school during the coronavirus pandemic. Particularly for the majority of Rappahannock County residents, most of whom are well beyond having kids in school, it was an eye-opening education.
What’s “Motional?” Why, it’s my second album of original music — and the first since 2008, back when I thought I’d finally retired from newspapers. In 2009, it turned out I was wrong about that. But now, after a extra bonus decade of fact-ferreting and word-wrestling and a more recent transition to video production, I’ve been able to return to my first love: music.
As this winter of our disconcertment (don’t ask) tried to become spring earlier this month — and is still trying — our little production company somehow got two more videos out the door.
See the video on the Artists of Rappahannock Fall Art Tour — and then be there for the Tour, coming up on Nov. 3-4, 2018.
Most artists are struggling artists, one way or the other, but Kat Habib struggles mostly to find the time to be an artist. When she’s actually practicing art, hey — no problem.
The fifth video in the Artists of Rappahannock series is different from the rest — for one, it’s a profile of a musician rather than visual artist: renowned jazz pianist Bill Harris, who shares a historic home in Flint Hill with his wife, Stella Liong, Rappahannock’s only resident dentist.
For the fourth video in the Artists of Rappahannock series, Patricia Brennan of De’Danann Glassworks talks about her longtime love of the light and color that is stained glass — and how she’s managed to make a living, raise a family, learn new techniques and more during her nearly four decades as a stained glass artist in the mountains of Sperryville, Va.
The third Artists of Rappahannock video, part of a series exploring the symbiotic relationship of art and nature in Rappahannock County, Va., focuses on impressionistic oil painter Nedra Smith of Washington.