The 2018 Festival of the Arts: Luray as an Arts Destination

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.