It’s Snowing in Culpeper

Tony is preparing for his annual 25 Days of Snowflakes, and our snowflake shop is open thanks to our friends at Kash Imprints. On sale now through Sunday, December 5 a new snowflake featuring Culpeper landmarks is available. Also back by popular demand is last year’s snowflake tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Click here to shop.

Tony has been cutting custom pop culture snowflakes for the past 7 years and posting them on social media. You can follow along beginning December 1 on Facebook and Instagram.

Air Fest

Tony along with his fellow Culpeper Air Fest board members are excited for Air Fest to return this Saturday! This free event is celebrating 21 years of the best little airshow in the East. Gates open at 9:00 a.m., and the main show begins at noon. Free parking is available at Culpeper County High School and Eastern View High School. Shuttle buses will bring you to the festival.

The festival has already begun for local students with the STEM program running at the airport all this week. For all the latest info, visit the Air Fest website and follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

Free Fall Fun! Take a Break and Get Outside!

It’s time for one of our favorite events—Farm Tour weekend! Take a break and get outside for some FREE family fun here in Culpeper on Saturday and Sunday, September 18-19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

The Culpeper Harvest Days Farm Tour offers a special opportunity to explore local working farms, agribusinesses, plus wineries, breweries, and distilleries. Activities, food, and entertainment vary by location. To learn more, visit the Farm Tour website, follow them on Facebook, or download the app for the latest updates.

You can start anywhere and visit one or all of the stops on the tour! Click here to download a copy of the brochure which includes a map and directions to each farm. Each location will have printed brochures onsite as well.

I hope you can take a break and check out some part of the tour. Planning events like these has become increasingly complicated, and it would mean a lot to the coordinators, the volunteers, and the farms to have a good turnout. They take great pride in the work that they do, and they’d love to share it with you.

First Fridays Culpeper

Downtown Culpeper has started a First Fridays program with many businesses open late and special events and menus being offered on the first Friday of each month. Last month was K Art and Design’s first time participating and the gallery was full of new paintings to see, and Kelly was working at the easel taking a painting from start to finish before the evening was over (with some help from Dorothy Skelton).

Visit Kelly Friday, September 3 from 5-8 pm for our next First Friday! Or if you are less of a night owl and morning of an early bird, stop by the Farmers Market just down the street and see Kelly in the studio on Saturday, September 4 from 9 am-1 pm.

Air Fest returns

Tony along with his fellow Culpeper Air Fest board members are excited to announce the return of Air Fest this fall! After the challenges of 2020, Air Fest is rising above the pandemic to honor, educate, and entertain once more through the festival and the STEM program for local students.

Performers have just been announced. For all the latest info, visit the Air Fest website and follow them on Facebook. If you would like to support the festival as a donor or sponsor, email Tony for more information.

Art Camp is Back!

Kaleidoscope has been a summer tradition for my family for many years now, and I am so glad that we’ll be able to have camp again this June. It will look a little different because it will be held outside under the pavilion at Lenn Park, but having fun while being creative has always been at the heart of the program!

Camp is Monday, June 7-Friday, June 11 with 2 sessions for ages 6-8 and ages 9-12. The older group is full with a waitlist, but the younger group has 10 open spots because of an issue with a registration link. Please sign up or share with others who might be interested.

We’ve got 2 new instructors and 3 returning ones, and some of our regular volunteers are back, as well as some first time ones who were former campers! I’m excited for all that we have planned, but I could use your help filling spots! Thank you!

Featured Artist at Elevate

I had an unexpected opportunity to display my work locally, and after the lessons of 2020, I was hesitant to share the news until I saw my work on the walls–something like don’t count your art shows until they have hung.
I’m thrilled to announce that I’m the featured artist at Elevate for the month of April. Elevate is a co-working and community space in historic downtown Culpeper, and they’ve been wonderful to collaborate with. It was exciting to gather all the floral paintings together and see them as a collection, and I love how they chose to display the paintings using natural materials. If you’re local, I hope you can stop by to check it out. I’d love to send some new faces to Elevate to thank them for this opportunity. All of these paintings and more are available to view and to purchase on Etsy.
Happy Spring!

Art Jam virtual classes

Registration for Art Jam: Color Academy closes Monday, 4/5
Color can be exciting, soothing, or inspiring! We’ll learn about the color wheel and go beyond the basics to understand how to mix any color. Exploring color through the lens of art history, we can see its influence and maybe even find a new favorite color as we create our own drawings and paintings. All supplies are included in a kit.

The Art of K Art and Design

A silver lining of 2020 was I made a lot of paintings, and I had the honor of creating a couple of commissioned pieces as well. I’ve been looking forward to sharing the painting above with you! It is a watercolor painting for our friends at Pepperberries. This Culpeper postcard is available exclusively at their shop, and it was created to celebrate the opening of The Second Door at Pepperberries.
The Second Door at Pepperberries is a pop-up shop open for 2 months at a time, and then it will close for May and re-open in June with a new theme and products. Currently the focus is on stationery and spring!
Tony designed signage for the pop-up shop that fits with the established Pepperberries brand. It was exciting to help a fellow downtown business make a creative idea a reality. Please shop local and especially small local businesses when you have a need. Many of our downtown businesses offer online shopping, and you can pick it up curbside or in the store. No more hoping for shipments to arrive on time, and you’ll know your purchase made a difference.
Warmest wishes,

Day Trip Idea

Kelly and Pixie’s version of a Norman Rockwell cover for a Art Jam: Drawing Academy lesson

Currently on display at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley is “Norman Rockwell’s America.” It includes original paintings, drawings, and hundreds of covers from The Saturday Evening Post.

The museum is located in Winchester, VA and is family-friendly with a historic property, gardens, and they recently added trails. It’s one of our family’s favorite places to go because the touring exhibitions are such high quality, and the permanent collections are fun too. There are sections dedicated to dollhouses as well as the history of the valley.