Art & Wine

Do you have a heart for art? Fluvanna County has some things you should hear about, whether you’ve been an avid arts-lover for years or merely possess a vague interest.

For starters, mark your calendar for the next quarterly Palmyra Arts Fest on Saturday, December 9, 2023, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m (rain date is Sunday, December 10). This event will take place at the Old Stone Jail Museum and is presented by Sweet Art Emporium and Fluvanna County Arts Council & Carysbrook Performing Arts Center. Tables hosted by local groups and charities will be available to peruse, along with food trucks, kids’ activities and more. There will be a raffle for a chance to win a door prize donated by vendors, and more information can be found on the Facebook event “Palmyra Arts Fest.”

Next, the annual Studio Tour will take place on October 19 and October 20, 2024, and is presented by ARTS of Fluvanna County. This is a free, self-guided art studio tour where attendees will have the opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes peek at the processes and materials county artists use in their working studios. You’ll also have the chance to speak with artists and learn more about their process; and, of course, purchase some of their art if you so choose. It’s never too early or too late to start your art collection! Interested in becoming a sponsor or donating to the event? Head to the ARTS of Fluvanna County website!

Know any shopping lovers? Sweet Art Emporium is a gift shop specializing in locally crafted fine art and Virginia-made sweets, opened by Erika Mitchell in February of 2019 in an effort to boost the artists and artist lovers in Fluvanna County. It boasts a variety of art workshops, outdoor art markets and events, and is described as a “quirky, retro, artsy shopping experience.” How fun is that? You can find more information on the Sweet Art Emporium website. If you’re looking for opportunities to experience art, they may be closer than you think.

After an artsy day out on the town, what’s better than relaxing with a refreshing glass of wine? Cunningham Creek Winery and Hardware Hills Vineyard feature excellent options, with beautiful views perfect for enjoying solo or with loved ones. After all, in the words of Pablo Picasso: “art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” Wine—some people might say—does the same; better indulge in both just to be safe.