Bridge the Gap for Art Inaugural Weekend

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Bridge the Gap for Art Inaugural Weekend
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04/06/2019 - 04/07/2019
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Solace Studios Fine Handcrafts
193 W. Spotswood Ave.
Elkton, VA 22827


What is Bridge the Gap for Art?

Bridge the Gap for Art is a gallery hop joining two galleries connected by a scenic drive over the Blue Ridge Mountains. Visit Noon Whistle Pottery in Stanardsville, Virginia to enjoy art, wine, music and tapas. Drive the beautiful 15 miles passing over Shenandoah National Park to SoLace Studios Fine Handcrafts in Elkton, Virginia for more art, wine, music and tapas. Visit both galleries in the same day or visit one gallery each day.  Linger in the mountains overnight with accommodations at Cair Paravel Farm and Lodging in Stanardsville, Virginia or Chesley Creek Farm in Dyke, Virginia. You’ll be planning your return trip while in the middle of your first visit. 

When: Gallery openings held simultaneously at both galleries on Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7, 2019 10am-5pm. Exhibit continues through May 31. Spend the weekend touring the backroads of Virginia over Shenandoah National Park forming the bridge between Noon Whistle Pottery in Stanardsville and SoLace Studios Fine Handcrafts in Elkton enjoying unique art, wine, music and tapas.

Whichever gallery you choose to go to first will be the beginning of your mini tour through the backroads  of Virginia to the other gallery.


Bridge the Gap for Art in the foothills of the Blue Ridge


Two craft galleries, one on each side of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Shenandoah National Park, are joining to strengthen shared ties of art and community.

Thanks to a grant from the Virginia Tourism Corporation, SoLace Studios Fine Handcrafts, Elkton, Virginia and Noon Whistle Pottery, Stanardsville, Virginia are hosting Bridge the Gap for Art featuring local artists, musicians, wineries and vacation cottages bridging the gap between Rockingham and Greene counties.

SoLace Studios began in 2001 as a work space for marbling fiber artist Barb Polin. This creative endeavor evolved into a gallery representing the fine handcrafts of over 250 regional and national craftsmen in a completely restored 1920’s building originally The Kite Drug Co.

During Bridge the Gap for Art weekend, SoLace Studios will feature original works by local artists including watercolors by Janet Wright, rug hooking by Nancy Slye and nuno felting by Johlene Hess.

Also at SoLace, sample light edibles from a Bowl of Good in Harrisonburg and wine from Brix and Columns Vineyards in McGaheysville.

Curated by potter Holly Horan and sculptor John Pluta, Noon Whistle Pottery is a fine art and craft gallery representing over 200 American artists housed in a 1930’s Chevy dealership building. Holly believes Bridge the Gap for Art is a way to support small businesses and increase awareness for the disappearing skills of creating handcrafted art.

A small group of Central Virginia textile artists who meet monthly to share ideas will share a sampling of wall pieces and woven scarves at Noon Whistle Pottery at the inaugural weekend event. Also tinkerings by clock maker Allan Young will be featured. In addition, sample the wines of Stanardsville’s own Kilaurwen Winery.

Bridge the Gap for art premiers Saturday, April 6, 2019 and Sunday, April 7, 2019 from 10-5pm. Experience light edibles by local farm-to-table venues, wineries and musicians from their respective counties.

Following the launch party weekend, Bridge the Gap for Art continues through May 31.  A map for a self-guided tour visitors can enjoy with participating partners will be available.

Participating partners include Brix and Columns Vineyards of McGaheysville,  Kilaurwen Winery of Stanardsville, The Cottages at Chesley Creek Farm in Dyke and Cair Paravel Farm and Lodging of Stanardsville. Thanks to Greene County Tourism, Rockingham County Tourism and Virginia Tourism Corporation. 540-298-5222 or 434-985-6500.

for more information on Bridge the gap partners:

Noon Whistle Pottery

Brix & Columns Vineyards

Kilaurwen Winery

The Cottages at Chesley Creek Farm

Cair Paravel Farm & Lodging

Greene County Tourism

Rockingham County Tourism

Virginia Tourism

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