The Arts as an Economic Driver Forum

Artists, musicians, and performers are creative in either an entertaining, colorful, or thought-provoking way. But they can also be a powerful force in shaping an area’s economy.

The Arts as an Economic Driver Forum

YOU can also be an important factor in boosting the economy, but we need YOUR help in making Page County an Arts destination.

Join us on Tuesday, March 26 at 7:30pm for The Arts as an Economic Driver Forum at the Warehouse Art Gallery. 

A panel of experts will share success stories and help us develop strategies and goals to boost the Arts and economy of our area.

We will be more successful with YOUR help! Please attend, everyone is welcome. For more information contact

The Arts as an Economic Driver Forum


Calling Page County Artists

Festival of the Arts LogoThe Page Valley Arts Council is planning our second annual Festival of the Arts on April 13-14,2019 from 10am-5pm each day.  We are looking for artists or writers who are interested in demonstrating their craft — with the tools or process they use to create.  You can sell your creations as well, as long as you also demonstrate.
There is no charge to participate, but artists who do not show up at the last minute will not be invited back.  Please see the information sheet below for all details.
If you are interested, have any questions, or would like us to pencil you in, please contact either Jim or Susan at:
Jim Mayes
Susan Rocke
Please respond by February 20.  We will get back to you after that to confirm your participation and give you details about the event.

Download information sheet here: Festival of Arts Artist Information 

Color Exhibition Winners

See some photos of the artwork at the COLOR art exhibition here.

Selected for awards by judge Mia LaBerge were:
First – Ben Somberg for “Blue Ridge Morning”,
Second – JoEtta Deaton for “Zebe’s Attention”,
Third – Donald Liscomb for “Colors I Have Known”.
Artists Choice Award – Sara Gondwe for “The Healing Tree”.
This award was given for the work of art selected by vote of the artists who attended the reception.


Auditions will be Wednesday and Thursday (Sept. 19 and 20) at 7:00pm at the Trackside.

Roundhouse Players is pleased to announce auditions for their Christmas show – ‘The Christmas Express” by Pat Cook.

A small town railway station, with eccentric small town characters, and two mysterious strangers make for an unforgettable day the day before Christmas eve. Hilda, the station manager, has declared, “This is the most hopeless place in the world.” Enter Leo and impossible things start happening – a group of carolers no longer sound like a group of cats being bathed, unscheduled trains arrive, humbugs are actually looking forward to Christmas. A lively comedy ensues.

***The play requires 3 men and 5 women – any age. And 1 man and 1 woman – young, newly married.***

Performance dates are: Friday, November 30; Saturday and Sunday, December 1 and 2. Also, Friday, December 7 and Sunday, December 9. (December 8 is the Luray parade)

Rehearsals start September 24 and will be Mondays and Wednesdays at 7:00pm.

Auditions will be Wednesday and Thursday (Sept. 19 and 20) at 7:00pm at the Trackside. If you can’t make auditions, but would like to be considered for a part, please let us know.

Tell everyone about the auditions – we need actors

See you all at auditions!

Call for Entries: Exhibition for Works in all Media

Page Valley Arts Council, Page County, Virginia in collaboration with the Warehouse Art Gallery, Luray, VA

Exhibit: “Color”, an all-mediums art exhibit, will be presented by the Page County Arts Council at the Warehouse Art Gallery, 15 Campbell Street, Luray, Virginia 22835, (540) 843-0200, September 29- October 31, 2018.


  1. Application deadline: August 31, 2018
  2. Media: photography, painting, mixed media, sculpture, and any other visual art forms
  3. All entries must have been produced in the last two years and fit within the theme “Color”
  4. Maximum dimensions: 60 X 60 x 60, call Warehouse for exceptions
    Works to be delivered to the Warehouse 12-5pm on Wednesday or Thursday, September 26/27. Contact Warehouse for exceptions
  5. Promotion: Artist agrees that the Page Valley Arts Council may use images of the artwork for promotion
  6. About the Venue: Page County is home to a large and diverse community of artists. The Arts Council provides weekly events and activities for art enthusiasts, as well as several major events throughout the year. The Warehouse Art Gallery, in operation for more than 15 years, appeals to local art enthusiasts as well as the many tourists who visit Luray, a leisure and tourist destination 15 minutes from Skyline Drive and Shenandoah National Park. Luray is the site of the world-famous Luray Caverns.
  7. Exhibition Opening Reception: Saturday, September 29, 2:00-4:00 pm
  • Benefits to Participating Artists:
    • Online, downloadable catalog including images of work
    • Exhibition at a gallery that features high levels of foot traffic and purchases by a local and national and international tourist audience
    • First prize $500, 2nd prize $300, 3rd prize $100, viewers choice $100
    • Increased visibility of artist’s name and artwork through:
    • Press announcements
    • Promotion on websites and social media platforms associated with the Art Warehouse Art Gallery and the Page Valley Arts Council.

How to apply: Complete the application below. Email to
Application fee: $35. Submit your fee by Paypal.

Please attach your payment receipt to your application. Or mail a check, payable to the Page Valley Arts Council, to PVAC, c/o Warehouse Art Gallery, 15 Campbell Street, Luray, VA 22835.

Call for Entries PRINTABLE FORM 

Fill out this form and submit. Then come back and pay for your $35 Registration Fee.


Thank you for submitting your registration form.

1.) A maximum of three images with a full description of each work including title, dimensions, and media. Please keep images to 72-150 dpi.
2.) Artist statement, one page maximum
3.) This form
4.) Artist resumé or cv
5.) Application fee: $35.00

One Page Maximum


Saturday, July 21, 2018
Skyland (mile 41.7 and 42.5 on Skyline Drive)
10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Blackberry Cobbler a la mode – Shenandoah National Park For many Shenandoah National Park visitors, it’s all about the blackberries. Starting mid-summer, thickets of Shenandoah blackberries ripen in the open areas along the roads, trails and streams of the national park.

Blackberry Delight is an annual event that celebrates the sweet-tart fruit in all its glory. Skyland chefs create special blackberry-infused dishes combined with a full day of live music, dancing, local crafts, pony rides, and kid’s activities to make it a fun day for the entire family!

Stay at Skyland (mile 41.7 & 42.5) for convenient, in-park lodging closest to the activities! Or, there’s also Big Meadows Lodge (mile 51) not too far down Skyline Drive. But, book now, because rooms fill fast!

Upcoming Events at HTC

The following events will be happening at the Hawksbill Trading Company in Luray VA. Advance Registration is required.

Paint with Penny – FARMER’S WIFE

Come join the fun on July 19, at Hawksbill Trading and paint The Farmer’s Wife. The cost is $30 which includes all materials. You must pay at time of registration by either coming in or over the phone. Looking forward to having many farmers’ wives on July 19th.

White Oak Basket Making Class

Nathan Jenkins will be teaching you the old fashion way off weaving a traditional white oak basket from start to finish. Nathan has 15 years experience as a master basket weaver. His baskets can be found all over the world. He is also a second generation basket maker.

The class schedule is Friday, July 20 7-10 pm and Saturday, July 21, 10-5. The cost of the 2 day class is $75.

You need to sign up at Hawksbill Trading by Thursday, July 19. Payment must be received when signing up. You can pay buy credit card over the phone @ 540-743-1819 or you can come into the shop.

Students will be making a white oak small laundry basket or quart basket. Others will make a square basket.

This is a wonderful opportunity to learn a traditional Shenandoah Valley craft

Home Based Business Event

Hawksbill Trading Company will be sponsoring a Home Base Consultant Event on Saturday, July 21, from 11-3.

Mattie’s Soft Serve will also be here from 1-5.

If you have a Home Base Business please contact Carole Kemp at

The cost is $5 for a space and $5 if you want to rent a tent.

You may either set up without a tent or rent one of ours. We are trying to make our outside more uniform and appealing.

If you have any questions please call HTC at 540-743#1819. Or email Carole

All Page County VA School Art Show

The Warehouse Art Gallery is pleased to announce the 2018 All County School Art Show which will run for the next two weekends….April 14 and April 21.

There will be a reception held at the Gallery on Sunday April 15 from 2 – 4pm.

Please join us to support our Page County Young Artists!

2018 Festival of the Arts: Luray VA Now History

The Festival of the Arts in Downtown Luray, Virginia, March 23-25, 2018, was a three-day family-friendly event featuring juried exhibitions and demonstrations by more than 50 artists who live in Page County, Virginia.  They work in traditional and cutting-edge contemporary formats and media. Participants included painters, potters, fiber artists, basket-weavers, jewelry-makers,  and woodworkers.

Musicians, writers, and dancers performed. Venues included the Regional Center for the Performing Arts of Luray, which has offered year-round culture and entertainment for more than a decade.

The Warehouse Art Gallery, an art and performance center, hosted artists and artisans. The gallery–a former industrial building in the heart of Luray–features works by local, regional, and national artists. It also features an ongoing series of performances by musicians, writers, and poets.

The Arts and Artisans Gallery featured music and displays from the Gallery’s permanent collection, including works by Burton Silverman, who painted the portrait commissioned for the cover of Jethro Tull’s Aqualung (on right side of the table).

Writers read from their works at the Trackside Theater, which develops plays, workshops, and community theater for children and adults throughout the year.



All participating artists and artisans demonstrated their processes, techniques, and talked about the histories and nuances of their crafts.

Performers included modern gymnastics, dance, acrobatics, traditional Civil War era dances, and cloggers.

Here’s the flyer for this event. Approximately 300 people visited the venues during the day and approximately 200 attended evening events at the Theater of the Performing Arts of Luray.

Thank you for your support

At the Valley Today

Thank you to TV, radio, and newspaper outlets that got the word out

Jim Mayes and Susan Rocke talk about the festival in an interview with The River 93.5.


Thank you, WHSV TV for your great coverage of this event.







Many thanks to the Page News and Courier and Rebecca Armstrong for great coverage.

More great coverage in today’s “Page News & Courier”